Eclipse embraces the iPhone generation

Leading case management software provider, Eclipse Legal Systems, has announced plans for smartphone integration within its Proclaim system.

The ubiquity of handsets such as the iPhone is affecting the way in which legal professionals, and their clients, view and use data. Eclipse recently carried out research among its clientbase to gauge interest in smartphone integration, with response being extremely positive.

The first global deployment of this technology will be in the forthcoming new version release, v3.2, of Proclaim (this software upgrade is being rolled out free of charge to all Eclipse clients). Proclaim’s new fee-earner diary feature will enable 2-way integration with Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft’s browser-based calendar tool, enabling users to view and update their own (and, settings permitting, their colleagues’) diaries direct from the web, iPhone or other smartphone.

Eclipse is currently also working on Google Calendar integration, to add further choice for users.

Future developments will utilise Web Services (this toolkit is shipped with all Proclaim systems) and will enable both Eclipse and, importantly, Proclaim users to build their own applications. Initial developments will focus around ‘case tracking’, and will allow law firm clients to use their iPhones (or similar) to access case updates and matter data via a secure connection.

Barnetts Solicitors, a long-standing client of Eclipse and one of the country’s top conveyancing firms, recently became the first UK law firm to launch an iPhone application. Developed in-house at Barnetts using Web Services, the application allows clients to generate instant conveyancing quotes and even follow the progress of their case, utilising data from Proclaim. The “iClick” application is available free of charge via iTunes by searching for the keyword “conveyancing”.