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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


Welcome to Docs4Lawyers!

This project was started at the end of 2008 with the intention of taking a well established concept – document management for law firms – and creating a new pioneering solution to offer to all law firms (large, medium and small) as an alternative to the proprietary products currently offered in the market.

Many law firms will be very happy with their current products, but given the turmoil in the ECM sector over the past few years, many, we believe, will be looking for a new type of solution that is not tied into the software providers and the tight group of integrators offering such solutions.  Also, we believe that there are a great number of small and medium sized firms who wish to deploy this funcionality to their users but have been unable to do so due to the high cost and complexity involved.

We have seen at first hand the challenges faced when implementing the traditional solutions in law firms.  We have also seen in recent times the huge interest being shown in open source technology products and the tendency in the market to move towards a new model of acquiring and implementing IT solutions.  So, by combining high quality open source software with a mature and well understood requirement, we set about building a new document management system for law firms based on the principles of ease of use, ease of deployment, lower cost of implementation and total cost of ownership and above all freedom from the proprietary model of software development and licensing.

Docs4Lawyers is a solution framework built on top of the world-class document management platform from Alfresco Software.  For readers who are not familiar with Alfresco, the company was created in 2005 by the founders of Documentum, Interwoven and other companies like OpenText, Vignette and FileNet.  This domain knowledge combined with expertise from the world of open source and with the backing of an experienced management team and venture capital has provided the foundation for a very successful new player in the ECM market.  The first version of Alfresco was released in 2006 and today has achieved well over 1 million downloads and the company has approaching 1,000 subscribing customers across most market segments, and is one of the most succesful open source companies ever.

We have spent 6 months developing Docs4Lawyers and it is the first open source document management solution specifically designed for law firms.  This initial version is made available for any interested parties to download, test and use as they wish, under the commonly-used GPL licence.

Central to our philosophy is open community collaboration, and as such, we have created the Docs4Lawyers site within the OneWayClear Community Portal to enable people to get hold of useful information, share ideas, provide feedback (good or bad) and also to contribute back to the project.

Over the coming weeks and months we will be posting software updates to the site, and adding informative articles and training materials which we hope you will find useful.

For more information and to register to download the software and documention, please visit

Stay tuned!

Best Regards,
The Docs4Lawyers Team