By Nerino Petro at 13 April, 2013, 1:13 pm
There were three technologies in the Exhibit hall at ABA TECHSHOW 2013 that brought me a WOW moment when I learned about them. These three technologies have the potential to be game changers for lawyers. Learn why I think a video conferencing and screen sharing service, technology from HP and a MS Word add-in are potentially game changing technology for lawyers after the break.
The technology that was most exciting for me was Zoom video conferencing . Started by former Cisco and Webex staff, Zoom offers HD video conferencing on desktop AND mobile devices with desktop sharing and Recording capabilities. Even more impressive is the price: $10 will get you a month of unlimited video conferences with 25 participants. Your read that right, $10.00 per month for 25 participants! And the quality is very good: there is no comparison between the Zoom video and say a service such as Skype. Zoom wins hands down. Nick Chong from Zoom was running the service across a PC, several Apple and Android devices including a Kindle Fire tablet using a MiFi card. I can only hope that they don't get bought up by a competitor that is charging a lot more (like DimDim was bought by Salesforce and taken off of the market) . At this price point, the service is affordable by all attorneys.
The second piece of technology is actually an older technology that’s been improved. HP has launched their Officejet Pro X476/X576 color MFP series. These are inkjet based work group multi-function devices that HP claims delivers prints at one-half the cost of color laser printers. With built-in duplexing, 500 sheet paper try, and up to 65,000 pages monthly, make these viable replacements for laser printers in your office. Did I mention it was fast? Depending on the model, print speeds range between 36 and 42 pages per minute. They come standard with built-in wired networking with wireless networking as an option. Prices start near $550 and a fully optioned model is under $900.
Finally, WordRake editing software for lawyers . WordRake is an add-in for MS Word and helps identify extra language in a document. WordRake helps you write more concisely. Create your document in Word, run WordRake and get editing suggestions in seconds within right Word. WordRake is a subscription service starting at $99 per year that can help you make your documents shorter and easier to understand. WordRake is designed for transactions and works best in contracts.
Check these three technologies out ans see of they can improve your practice.