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Since I started playing with wireless e-mail, I’ve been intrigued by the possibility of being able to pull information from and store information to my computer databases using my e-mail connection. The need is obvious, the programming couldn’t be difficult for a journeyman programmer, but no one offered it. I was very pleasantly surprised to see exactly that capability in the Client-Server edition of Gavel & Gown’s Version V of its Amicus Attorney software. I began by installing the server and client components, for a one-user system, and set the program to integrate with my e-mail system. A short installation, and all of the e-mail that runs through Microsoft Outlook 2000 or a full MAPI-complaint e-mail client is ported to the Amicus Attorney Comm Center. This means that incoming and outgoing e-mail (as well as notes of telephone calls, letters and other documents) can be associated with specific client files, a feature I had previously seen only in TimeMatters. Once you have the e-mail connection set up so that the program is automatically receiving all e-mail that comes to your account, Version V can now be set to recognize properly headed e-mail received as program commands to store a time entry, to retrieve unanswered telephone calls, to list appointments scheduled for a specific date, and a variety of other functions. If the e-mail is to obtain information in the Amicus Attorney database, the program e-mails the information back to you. Of course, this feature assumes that your Internet connection is “on” at all times. A dial-up connection just won’t do it. This capability is convenient if you are out of the office at an opposing attorney’s office or an Internet Caf�. It is obviously even more convenient if you are in court, at the library, on a train, or just anywhere that your wireless e-mail is accessible. Version V is a significant upgrade, with a lot of other interesting features. Figure on spending about $500 per seat to install it. I’ll do a complete report on Version V after working with the program for awhile. In the meantime, if you are looking for a new case/practice management program, you should ask if the program can follow orders from outside e-mail. A couple of years from now, this will be a feature common to all case/practice management software. Today, we consider it big news. SUMMARY The new Amicus Attorney Version V now reads any e-mail that goes to your full MAPI-compliant e-mail software, and can send e-mail to the Internet. Better yet, Version V can understand and act on e-mail you send from the outside, opening a whole new world of functionality when you’re out of the office. Amicus Attorney, Version V Gavel & Gown Software Inc. 184 Pearl Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H1L5 Phone: (800) 472-2289 or (416) 977-6633 Fax: (416) 977-2563 Web: www.amicusattorney.com

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