Child Welfare News and Notes–New York Office of Child & Family Services

OCFS is pleased to issue this inaugural edition of Child Welfare News and Notes as one more way to communicate the good work happening across the state and beyond. These newsletters will be brief – we know you’re busy – and will include links to additional resources and who to contact if you want more information. We welcome ideas to include in these monthly News and Notes as well.

NYS Office of Children and Family Services

52 Washington Street, Rensselaer, New York 12144-2796

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Google Docs Gets Outline Tool | Ubergizmo

By Adnan Farooqui 

Google Docs has received a new feature today on the web and on the Android app. The outline tool is displayed in a pane to the left of the page and it features headers for every section of the document. This enables users to jump quickly from section to section without having to scroll through the entire document to get to a particular section of the document.

If you’ve worked with super long documents in Google Docs then you might have been frustrated at times by having to scroll through the entire document. It’s time-consuming and there can certainly be a better way to go about this.

Now there is. With the outline tool it becomes much easy to jump from section to section. It doesn’t matter if you’ve manually applied headers in the document or not. Google Docs will intelligently detect logical divisions in your work and apply the headers which can then be added or removed as necessary.

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Latest Issue of ‘Law Practice’ Focuses on Legal Technology – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

by Robert Ambrogi

Hot off the presses is the Techshow issue of Law Practice, the magazine of the ABA’s Law Practice Division. The issue is devoted to legal technology, with a particular emphasis on becoming technologically competent.

I’m proud to say that I served as “team leader” for this issue, along with the stellar team of Mary VandenackRoberta Tepper and Lance Johnson.

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Correcting OCR Errors-Acrobat for Legal Professionals

By Rick Borstein

Optical Character Recognition, commonly referred to as OCR, is the process of converting scanned images of letters and words into a electronic versions. For example, you can use the Recognize Text feature in Acrobat DC to convert an image of a page into a searchable version in which you can select text, comment on it and even edit it.

OCR is an imperfect process. While some very good originals will process at or near 100% accuracy, if you feed Acrobat a poor quality document, results will suffer. So, yes, a fax of a fax of fax is not going to OCR well. Scanned documents may also contain handwriting which seldom is recognized as text.

OCR affects search quality and that should be a concern to legal professionals. Consider a contract that may be part of your case. Perhaps the only place your client’s name can be found in the document is in handwritten Name and Signature fields.

If you use Acrobat (or other tools) to search for your client name, no result will be returned.  Since your client’s name is an important term for most cases, you might want to consider correcting key documents to enhance search results.

Fortunately, Acrobat DC includes tools to help you audit OCR quality and correct OCR errors.

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Acrobat for Legal Professionals

The Acrolaw Blog is a resource for lawyers, law firms, paralegals, legal IT pros and anyone interested in the use of Acrobat in the legal community. Rick Borstein, blog author, is a Principal Solutions Consultant with Adobe Systems Incorporated.

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