New technology for running the office

DATA.TXT releases Time Matters for Windows 2.0

DATA.TXT Corp. has released Time Matters for Windows 2.0, a 32-bit version of its law office calendar, contact, case and document management software for PCs and networks.

New features include laptop and multiple office synchronization; long file name support; and direct links to "HotDocs" legal forms software, the "Pilot" hand-held computer, "PaperPort Deluxe" scanning software, and the "TABS III" billing system. Time Matters 2.0 also includes phone messaging, improved document management and new calendars with multi-day and monthly views.

For further information, call Bob Butler at 1-800/328-2898.

Agreement offers secure Internet communications

A recent agreement between Counsel Connect (www.counsel.com), an online service for attorneys, and Pretty Good Privacy Inc. (www.pgp.com), a leader in digital privacy software and services, now ensures Counsel Connect members a high level of security while communicating over the Internet using PGPmail encryption software.

"By equipping our members with PGPmail encryption software, we have taken an important step in helping them to communicate securely over the Internet and have set an example for the entire legal community," said Jeffrey Weitzman, Counsel Connect chief operating officer.

To send a member a confidential e-mail, a sender encrypts the message with the recipient's public key. Encrypted messages can be decrypted only with a private key, which the recipient alone has. Members also will be able to use PGPmail to encrypt files before attaching them to e-mails or putting them on disks.

Counsel Connect members will soon be able to download PGPmail software. The new arrangement between Counsel Connect and Pretty Good Privacy allows all U.S. and Canadian members to use the encryption service at no additional cost. The product retails for $149.95. For more information, contact Counsel Connect at 1-800/455-4354.

West InsureOne legal research service available

West Group has introduced a new computer-assisted legal research service called West InsureOne which provides in-depth coverage of important insurance law and related insurance information for attorneys and insurance professionals.

West InsureOne contains comprehensive coverage of insurance materials for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico. The service includes annotated federal and state statutes; legislative databases; administrative regulations; bill and regulation tracking; bulletins and memoranda; case law; attorney general opinions; National Association of Insurance Commissioners model laws, regulations and guidelines; and court rules and orders.

Other features include practice guides; jury verdicts; settlements and judgments; treatises and periodicals such as Best's Review, Mealey's Liti-gation Report and World Insurance Report; Couch on Insurance and in-surance-related news through Dow Jones News/Retrieval on WESTLAW.

The more than 200 West InsureOne databases are continually updated online. For more information on the service, call 1-800/228-0820 or visit the West InsureOne web site at www.westpub.com/WLAWInfo/insur/ inshome.htm/.

Updated Back Room Technician introduced

Kettley Publishing has released the 97.1 version of its Back Room Technician (BRT) software program, a financial library offering more than 300 ready-made reports that can be personalized for clients and prospects. A Windows-based program, BRT enables attorneys to present complex financial concepts in clear, easy-to-understand language utilizing text pages, numeric analysis, flow charts, diagrams and 3-D color graphs.

The updated version provides new material with information on asset allocation, basic investment tools, key employee insurance and different types of investment risk. The 97.1 version was submitted to the National Association of Securities Dealers for compliance with NASD Rules and was found to be consistent with applicable standards.

Founded in 1979, Newport Beach-based Kettley Publishing offers a variety of affordable quality software products, sales tools and services for the life insurance and financial services industry. For more information on BRT or other Kettley products, call 714/752-8613.

Free law school access to online research

VersusLaw Inc., developer of the online legal research service "V.", will make the program available at no charge to anyone affiliated directly with an accredited law school.

V. is the only legal research service on the World Wide Web that provides access to appellate level opinions from all 50 states, all federal circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court in one location. It provides an archival library that goes back to 1950 in a majority of jurisdictions and back to 1930 for its U.S. Supreme Court cases.

Students, faculty members and library staff at accredited law schools are eligible for the free service, which must be used for academic purposes associated with educational responsibilities. There are no fees to the academic institution to underwrite the free access.

For further information, contact Tim Jones, 206/250-0142, ext. 3015. V. is located at http://www.versus law.com.

New interactive legal research tool from West

West Group is working on consolidating the three most powerful electronic legal research tools in the market, WESTMATE 6.X, PREMISE, and Folio Views, into a single, interactive search tool called Trinity. This will increase productivity of legal researchers by allowing users to access a combination of information sources from their desktop.

Trinity, which will be available in early 1998, will link WESTLAW, West Group's online legal search service, to more than 300 West Group CD-ROM and print titles. For further information, call Jennifer Moire at West Group, 1-800/778-8090, ext. 74064.