Version History and Roadmap Update

Here below is a summary of the functionality implemented so far in Docs4Lawyers.   We have some ideas for future versions, including moving the custom functionality to Alfresco Share, the new document-centric collaboration user-interface which is comparable to SharePoint in many ways.  Other areas we feel need some work is with the permissions model, after defiining some users and roles we will look at options on designing group structures and apply complex security rules.  Talking about security, shortly we’ll be taking a look at embedding digital signing functionality.

If you have any comments or ideas, please add let us know!

Released Versions:
Information relating to past and current versions of Docs4Lawyers

Version 1.0 – May 2009
Based on Alfresco 3.0
Legal metadata model – document details, search form
Client-matter dashlets
Document type and sub-type dashlets
Favourite client-matter folders
Synchronisation between client-matter dashlets and folders
Synchronisation between document profiles and document space location

Version 1.1 – July 2009
Label changes and icon changes
Replaced Image kernel PAE

Version 1.2 – July 2009
Replace CIFS mount to be \ipaddress\docs4lawyers
Replace URL to be http://ipaddress:8080/docs4lawyers
Change user start page to show document folders

Roadmap:
Information about future planned releases (subject to change)

Version 1.3 – Date TBD
Add new permissions role to manage client-matter view permissions
e-mail user notifications based on “critical date”

Version 1.5 / 2.0 – Date TBD
Add support for digital signatures
Port customisations to Alfresco Share 3.2 (Alternative to Sharepoint)
Configuration of e-mail management server
Add Docs4Lawyers splash screen to VMware image
Move metadata management to administration console

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6 Responses to “Version History and Roadmap Update”


  1. 1 uriquetle November 25, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Wow loved reading this article. I added your rss to my reader.

  2. 2 moses mwangi January 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

    nice work

  3. 3 Joshua January 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    This sounds like a very interesting product, but the website is very uninformative. I would like to know more about what this product does and how much it will cost to use. For any document management software, I ask the following questions (and would like to know the answers for this particular software). First, can I readily access old versions of a document so that I can redline them against the current version (without, for example, having to export them out of the DMS)? Second, can I edit the current version of the document in Microsoft Word through the DMS and then directly save it to the DMS (again without having to export/import)? Third, can I use full text search to find a document? Fourth, what does the service cost? Fifth, can I set rights to documents on an individual-user basis? The website doesn’t let me get answers to these pretty basic questions. I need to register to find out how the software works, and this is somewhat annoying. Maybe somebody will email me with the answers.

    • 4 docs4lawyers January 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm

      Hi

      Pretty sure Docs4Lawyers can do all this. Using CIFS you can integrate to any redlining tool and compare the documents. Yes, the version control is taken care of, by business rules if reuired, full text search is included, document level security.

      In terms of costs, there is no oost for the product. We can provide development and consulting services as you require. Please email more information at your project and your requirements at info@docs4lawyers.com.

      Regards,

  4. 5 Joshua Stein January 24, 2010 at 5:32 am

    I don’t really want to pay consultants to set up the specs I just described. The specs seem pretty basic for any document management system for lawyers. They should be part of the product “out of the box.” It’s not clear to me if they are.

  5. 6 Brad February 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Joshua, Doc4Lawyers is based on Alfresco. You should be able to find answers to your questions on the forums and in the comprehensive knowledgebase articles on the Alfresco website http://www.alfresco.com.


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