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# 1 Tech Tip For Lawyers-Copernic

I recently gave a presentation to the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association about my top ten tech tips.  It was a difficult assignment since I have so many tech tips that it was difficult to narrow it down to ten. 

What I did not have any trouble with was determining what my number one tech tip might be.  As I have blogged previously here, here, here, here, here and here, Copernic is the number one productivity tool on the market today for lawyers. 

What does Copernic do?  Copernic does what Google search does and Windows Desktop Search tries to do.  It indexes all your emails and files on your local and server hard drive on the fly.  This means that when you punch in any search term, all emails and files come up in less than a second.  There is no better productivity tool than one that delivers the files you need in less than one second.  Copernic is my number one productivity tip for lawyers.

Comments

Enrico S.

People underestimate how much the simple things make a huge difference. That’s what technology is really all about. If you could reduce the amount of time it takes to find a document or identify an email, you have achieved the magical effect of productivity.

But the real beauty of Copernic is that it actually allows you to find that email or document on the fly. Most of the time, we’re on the phone with an adversary or client and we are trying to remember or guess what someone said in their email. It would be too difficult to find the file let alone the correspondence trail with adverse counsel on a particular issue. So we strategize, discuss, argue and posture from memory. Copernic along with a digital repository of all paper both in and out allows you to apply your trade. After all, we’re attorneys most of whom are paid on very high hourly rate. Should we really be operating from a foundation of anything less than facts and data?

Being able to pull up the entire email or correspondence history during a conversation with a client or adversary gives you a huge advantage. Finding new ways to access data fast allows you to gain productivity and work smaller. It is that powerful and that simple.

John D.

I've never used Copernic before, but this is my favorite feature of Mac OSX Leopard. The ability to type Command+Spacebar and have access to every piece of work I've ever written, research memo, web page cache, email, application, etc. is quite possibly the coolest thing ever. Now with iCal streaming Basecamp To-Do's and milestones to my laptop, I can even search through those.

I know you aren't a Mac-type guy, but another cool feature in Leopard that is a gigantic time saver is the ability to preview every document by hitting the spacebar. It allows me to sort through 20 PDFs that I hit on through a search of a client's name in a matter of seconds.

Another program that rocks is DevonThink Pro Office. I sort all of the PDFs that I collect from Westlaw or Lexis through my research on common issues into its database by area of law and test. It has brilliant AI that will search through the PDFs and sort by relevancy, and the database is completely modifiable with flags etc. I just drag and drop any files that I have into it and its ready to go. The best part: it saves everything into a single file that minimizes clutter and redundancy. It would be absolutely amazing for collecting NAF and WIPO decisions and sorting them by outcome on a given issue since the playable field, so-to-speak, is so small.

John D.

I've never used Copernic before, but this is my favorite feature of Mac OSX Leopard. The ability to type Command+Spacebar and have access to every piece of work I've ever written, research memo, web page cache, email, application, etc. is quite possibly the coolest thing ever. Now with iCal streaming Basecamp To-Do's and milestones to my laptop, I can even search through those.

I know you aren't a Mac-type guy, but another cool feature in Leopard that is a gigantic time saver is the ability to preview every document by hitting the spacebar. It allows me to sort through 20 PDFs that I hit on through a search of a client's name in a matter of seconds.

Another program that rocks is DevonThink Pro Office. I sort all of the PDFs that I collect from Westlaw or Lexis through my research on common issues into its database by area of law and test. It has brilliant AI that will search through the PDFs and sort by relevancy, and the database is completely modifiable with flags etc. I just drag and drop any files that I have into it and its ready to go. The best part: it saves everything into a single file that minimizes clutter and redundancy. It would be absolutely amazing for collecting NAF and WIPO decisions and sorting them by outcome on a given issue since the playable field, so-to-speak, is so small.

GAL

Exactly. Universal find. So simple yet so brilliant. I work on a Mac at home and finder is the Copernic of Mac.

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