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As a longtime LogMeIn user (I even paid big bucks for their Ignition iPad app), I was sorry to see LogMeIn eliminate their free remote access and control service and switch to a paid subscription-only model. I don't use remote access often, so I didn't want to pay a subscription fee. When on the road, I access my important files using the excellent SugarSync cloud-based file synchronization service. I prefer SugarSync to Dropbox for its better user interface and more favorable subscription pricing structure. For viewing and editing documents on my iPad, Android phone, Chromebook, or Windows 8.1 tablet, access to files via SugarSync is more important to me than the ability to remotely access and control my primary PC.

But once every few months I need remote access capabilities to run software that is installed only on my primary PC. For that reason, having a reliable remote access service installed and ready to go is a good idea. For those who want to work at home and access their office computer regularly, a remote access service is even more important. Now that LogMeIn Pro (their cheapest option) is $99 per year, is there a free remote access and control service that works well?

Until recently, Microsoft Office was the undisputed "must-have" software for any law practice. While an office suite is still essential, and MS Office remains the most common choice, the use of scanning, electronic filing, e-discovery, and digital/paperless practice has made Adobe Acrobat equally important to law firms. The added features of Acrobat Pro make it a particularly useful upgrade from Acrobat Standard for law firm use.

The Pro version adds many batch processing features that can save time. Among them is the Action Wizard to automate many tasks including reducing the size of your PDF files. This can be done not just one file at a time, but with multiple files or entire folders.

Law office computer users spend too much time obsessing over the internal specs of their machines and not enough time thinking about the devices they use to interface with all of that computing power. The mouse (or other pointing device, such as a trackball), keyboard, and monitor you employ will make or break your computer using experience. For example, if you are using the keyboard that came with your computer, you are making your job harder than it needs to be.

Many computer users suffer from a malady called mouse shoulder. It is a repetitive stress injury caused by moving a standard computer mouse around on a desk. One remedy is to switch to a different type of pointing device, such as a trackball.


We are pleased to inform you that Amicus Attorney is in the process of releasing version 2014 Premium Edition. Enhancements include:

An Interactive Home Page that gets you working on important items faster.

Integration with Dropbox turns this popular mobility tool into a lawyer’s filing cabinet. Amicus automatically creates folders in Dropbox for all your client files, so when you add a document to that folder in Dropbox it instantly appears in Amicus, associated with the client file. Another convenient way to access documents wherever you are. It’s like magic!

Real-Time Data On All Devices! Between Amicus' new direct integration with Exchange and the automatic Google synchronization, the updates you make on your phone are reflected in Amicus, ensuring everyone sees these updates in real time, and vice-versa – updates made in Amicus will be seen on your mobile device. Even if your office computer is turned off! It's real time information regardless of location or device.

More Cash Flow, Faster! Mass Email billing ensures bills are in your client's hands sooner and you get paid faster for your efforts.

See Better in Higher Resolution - Amicus has enhanced support for high resolution monitors, giving you clearer fonts and larger dialog boxes to read and work in.

Graphical Time Sheets give you a visual snapshot of your performance so you can stay on track, grow and profit!

Hide Inactive Contacts From View to unclutter and better manage your contact list.

Time Entry Summary helps you quickly see posted and uposted time and identify lost billing opportunities.

“Add To File” option lets you quickly add contacts, phone calls, tasks and appointments to any file with a single click.

Graphical Outlook Signatures let you easily add logos or images, helping build your professional look.

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