A1-Law / WCFMS Newsletter March 2002

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In This Issue
A1-Law Version 4.1.7 now available. The New Support Forum.  This issue will be a little short because I want to focus more on the new features since version 4.0.3 which are now available on this web site. Also, my hope is that as more users continue to utilize the support forum, everyone will learn from everyone else.

A1-Law Version 4.1.7
Version 4.1.7 is now available right here on the web to all 4.0 users.  No one even needs to quit out of A1-Law for you to install this update.  This alone is extremely convenient especially if your office has a lot of users (try keeping 50+ people out of a case management system;  it's not easy).  All you need to do is download the module into the A1-Law\extras folder, quit the program and go back in at your leisure and you will have access to the new features.

See Version 4 for more information and all of the new features.  We have already added 27 new features and/or bug fixes since version 4.0.3 that are currently available to you.  Some of the highlights include:

1.  Full, complete and tight integration with Microsoft Word and Corel Word Perfect.
2.  New Case Activity screens allows for many different formats and viewing options.
3.  Table Transfer Utility for compatibility with Crystal Reports.
4.  Colors are now activated in the calendar at the Day and Custom tabs.
5.  Colors for case activity and calendaring are now user definable.
6.  Allows you to manually order the Injuries at the client card.
7.  Universal spell check throughout the entire program.

The ability to offer you updates on our website makes it convenient and easy to provide you with minor updates as often as once a month or more rather than having to wait for CD's to be burned and shipped..

All of the newsletters through November 2001 are contained in the new version 4.00 help files otherwise you may find them all right here on the web.

The New Support Forum
The support forum is still probably the most undervalued service that we have to offer because not too many use it.  But, those that do have the potential to learn more about the program and how others are using it than they otherwise could.  You may visit the forum anytime and read messages and learn questions that others are asking and view answers to those questions.  You are free to post your replies as well to questions or start a new thread and ask your own question or questions.

Once again,, the more people that use the discussion forum, the greater the benefit to everyone.  The Support Forum will now automatically send you an Email any time you check the box to send Email for any replies to the thread you post on.  I automatically receive an Email for any posts on the forum.

Advantages to using the forum
First, it's a great learning tool and everyone can learn from everyone else.  You may learn a lot by just randomly reading interesting posts on the forum.

Second, it's possible that someone else may answer your questions before I even read the post.  Also, others may share how they utilize A1-Law in that situation.  I don't think people yet realize the true value of the support forum.  For more information, see the Support Forum.

Third, you may click the Search hyperlink at the forum and search for a "key word."  Since your question may have already been posted and asked by someone else on the forum, you may be able to immediately find the answer to your question rather than have to wait for an answer.

Newsletter Back Issues
Looking for some back issues?  You'll find them on our web site at http://www.appellsoftware.com. They have also been included in the help file in Version 4.00 up to November 2001.

Problems with Email Support
If you send me an Email and I have not replied within 48 hours please send a cc to Appell@AppellSoftware.com.  Better yet, feel free to post your question on the support  forum so that others can offer their input and suggestions and everyone can learn from everyone else.  You can access the discussion forum at http://www.appellsoftware.com.

Remote Access Programs / PC Anywhere
Better support can be obtained if you upgrade to PC Anywhere with DSL.  Check with your consultant about firewalls and security issues.  Some offices are upgrading from DSL to a T1 line which is even faster.  Most important of all, there is no substitute for a good backup.  Have you done your backup this week?

Next Month
Questions and answers.

And now for my usual sign-off.......

Until next time, have a great month.