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Docs4Lawyers New Version 1.3.

We’re pleased to announce the release of a new version of Docs4Lawyers (v1.3). This new version incorporates the following improvements and new features:

  • Creation, edition, deletion and search for Clients and Matters.
  • Access to stored documents using the CIFS, HTTP, Webdav and Sharepoint protocols.
  • Client-Matter foldering integrated in Share Sites.
  • Online document previews.
  • Integrated collaborative environment similar to Microsoft Share Point.
  • Sample users and sites including example knowledge taxonomy.

The new version can be downloaded from our portal at, where you can also find updated documentation.

It can also be downloaded from SourceForge (VMware format) –

Getting Started Guide v1.3 also available in Slideshare –

Please direct any questions, suggestions to the email address

Here below some screenshots of the new version:


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

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