Fastcase Takes Printing to the Cloud
Cloud Printing Utility Allows Unmetered, Beautiful Printing from Web or Desktop Software
Washington, DC (July 22, 2011) — Legal publisher Fastcase today launched a suite of Fastcase Cloud Printing applications for legal research that allow one-click case printing from many legal applications. The suite launched this morning with the first three three printing applications, for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, and a case finder application for law firm intranets.
“Fastcase Cloud Printing is a snap. With a single click, Fastcase finds the case you’re reading, or extracts all the citations on the page, finds them on Fastcase, and formats them in clean, dual-column format for printing, all in seconds,” said Ed Walters, Fastcase CEO. “It’s both a print server and a citation extractor. And it’s integrated wherever you work: anywhere on the Internet, on your firm’s intranet, or in your word processor.”
Fastcase Cloud Printing helps solve two major problems in printing law from the Web. Printing from commercial sites can be expensive – $20 or more per case in some instances, costs that law firms are seldom able to recover in the new economic climate. Fastcase Cloud Printing is a free part of enterprise subscriptions to Fastcase, so firms can save on usage-based pricing, without worrying about cost recovery.
Second, browser printing from free legal websites can yield unpredictable results, such as messy URLs at the bottom, right-hand margins cut off, or advertisements. Fastcase Cloud Printing is elegant and court-admissible and in a format that lawyers would unabashedly share with other lawyers or with clients.
“One obvious benefit of such an app is simply to be able to print cleaner, better-formatted versions of Web cases. Another is to be able easily to bulk print a set of cited cases,” said law technology columnist Robert Ambrogi, in a first-look preview. “A less-obvious benefit of this app is that it may save a firm money.”
“Firms pay for the printer, the power, the toner, and the increasing cost of subscriptions to access the legal materials. They shouldn’t be paying every time they push print, too,” said Walters. “Firms estimate to us that printing can be as much as 20% of their usage of commercial legal research sites. Fastcase Cloud Printing can help reduce that usage – and save users time in the process.”
Fastcase launched the suite of applications this morning in an invitation-only alpha release. In the coming months, Fastcase will release a commercial beta version of Fastcase Cloud Printing to its enterprise subscribers for free. In addition to the Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word toolbars, the company plans to debut versions for Firefox, Chrome, Adobe and Outlook in the next few months.
Fastcase has gained very strong momentum in the legal research market and was recently voted #1 in Law Technology News’s inaugural Customer Satisfaction Survey, finishing first in 7 out of 10 categories over traditional research providers Westlaw and LexisNexis. Fastcase’s free apps for iPhone and iPad have dominated the category, winning the prestigious New Product of the Year award from the American Association of Law Libraries. And in 2010, Fastcase joined Apple, Google, Twitter, and others in the prestigious EContent 100 listing of companies that matter most in the digital economy.
As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 500,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase, or visit www.fastcase.com.
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