Law Practice Management Software

Free On Premise Law Practice Management Software Houdini Esq 2.0.0.360

IMPORTANT This is a on-premise install only! For our Cloud option click here. This is not Free Ware or Open Source software. HoudiniEsq is licensed software.

If you are a Solo Practitioner or just want to evaluate the product you may download and use HoudiniEsq on-premise and any of our plugin-ins for free perpetually. No fine print. No hoops to jump through. No data or record size restrictions. Our support, training and all updates to the product are free.

A Solo license is a single user login using the product. The following features are disabled in a Solo license: Chat, Triggers, Task Automation features, Customization of Matter and Contact Forms, and Creating Custom Data Collection Forms otherwise the product is identical in every way. All other customization features are active including but not limited to Ad-hoc Reports, custom Email, Invoice, Statement and Document templates, custom Classification, Type and Status Codes etc. You can add additional users or unlock all features at any time by upgrading to a Practice license which removes these restrictions.
This is Enterprise Class software. You only need to install it on a single machine that will act as the host. The product runs on just about every operating system. HoudiniEsq is installed as a service, it is not a end user program. There is no app you click to login. You and your staff will use a Web Browser of your choice to interact with the product. Typically using a URL that looks similar to this https://localhost/houdini or https://yourLawFirmDomain.com/houdini.

What will I need? You do not need an expensive server. Any computer you can pick up from BestBuy for around $300-$400 bucks will do very nicely. Keep in mind that all your data, emails, email attachments and documents will be stored on this machine so a large hard drive (500GB+) is very important. You must also invest in or provide an external hard drive (required) to perform routine backups of the HoudiniEsq install folder (1TB+). IMPORTANT: If you are going to use an existing machine to host HoudiniEsq it is best practice to install a fresh operating system onto the device or wipe it completely clean prior to installing HoudiniEsq. The host machine should be dedicated to hosting HoudiniEsq and your data, nothing more. If you are a solo practitioner you may install HoudiniEsq onto your personal computer such as a laptop. 

If you want to connect to your instance of HoudiniEsq remotely via a iPad or your cell phone when on the go, working from home, a courtroom or from any PC outside your local network, then you should install HoudiniEsq onto a standalone PC in your office, not your personal laptop. Think 24/7 access. Remote access will require a static IP address which you can obtain from your Internet Service Provider, an optional Domain name from GoDaddy, and an optional SSL Certificate to secure the connection or sign-up for a Cloud account Today and start right away. With a Cloud account we manage everything for you including tiers of backups, security, updates and you always have secure 24/7 access from just about anywhere in the world.

Downloads

HoudiniEsq Full Install

HoudiniEsq Full Install

You may download and use HoudiniEsq Solo (On-premise) and our support services for FREE.
You may purchase a license at any time if you need to add additional users for just $240 per user per year. That is only $20 a month. No need to download any additional software, just purchase the licenses you need when you need it.
Windows 64bit 7.0 and above
Download HoudiniEsq

OSX 64bit 10.10 and above
Download HoudiniEsq
Please note, although you will be using a Web Browserto interact with the product you are NOT going over the internet when connecting locally. All your data resides on the HoudiniEsq host computer regardless if you access HoudiniEsq locally or remotely. You will find more information here

HoudiniEsq Updates

HoudiniEsq Latest Updates

Start by locating your existing copy of HoudiniEsq on the host machine then download the appropriate update installer on the right.

IMPORTANT 1.9 users You must have HoudiniEsq 1.9.9.3 or greater to upgrade from 1.9 to 2.0. Please verify that the login screen of your current instance does in fact reflect this version or above before proceeding with an free upgrade. Once you upgrade you will no longer have access to the 1.9 Flash interface. The new interface is similar so getting up to speed is quick.
Windows 64bit 7.0 and above
HoudiniEsq installed in Program Files
Download HoudiniEsq Update

Windows 32bit 7.0 and above
HoudiniEsq installed in Program Files (x86)
Download HoudiniEsq Update

OSX 64bit 10.10 and above
HoudiniEsq installed in Applications
Download HoudiniEsq Update

HoudiniEsq Utilities

HoudiniEsq Service Repair Utilities

These utilities reinstall the HoudiniEsq Service. Your data is unaffected.

On rare occasions a Windows or OSX operating system update may remove the HoudiniEsq Service.

Start by locating your existing copy of HoudiniEsq on the host machine then download the appropriate repair installer. Please note, the upgrade installer can also fix any service related issues you may have.
Windows 64bit 7.0 and above
HoudiniEsq installed in Program Files
Download HoudiniEsq Repair

Windows 32bit 7.0 and above
HoudiniEsq installed in Program Files (x86)
Download HoudiniEsq Repair

OSX 64bit 10.10 and above
HoudiniEsq installed in Applications
Download HoudiniEsq Repair
HoudiniEsq Host Manager Utilities
On all installations starting with version 2.0.0. build 300 or greater these utilies can be found on OSX in the /Applications/HoudiniESQ/ folder and the C\:Program Files\HoudiniESQ folder on Windows.

These utilities are useful for configuring the HoudiniEsq service memory footprint and manually starting or stoping the HoudiniEsq service on the host machine. Just download, unzip and drop these Apps onto the HoudiniEsq host machine's desktop to quickly configure, start and stop the HoudiniEsq service.
LogExpert.exe Utility

This utility is useful for monitoring the HoudiniEsq logs on Windows. Similar to the Unix tail -f command and OSX's Console, the view is updated in real time as the log is being written to by HoudiniEsq. This utility eliminates the need to continuously reload a log file to see what was added to it as HoudiniEsq executes.

To monitor the HoudiniEsq log download and run this application and point it to any file located in c:\Program Files\HoudiniESQ\logs\ folder, for example houdiniesq-stdout.2018-02-04.log
Windows 7.0 and above
Download HoudiniEsq Manager
OSX 10.10 and above
Download HoudiniEsq Manager
Windows 7.0 and above
Download LogExpert Utility

HoudiniEsq FREE Plugins

These plugins are free and tightly integrate with HoudiniEsq
You can work in the native applications you are already familiar with.
OutlookWordExcelWordPerfectAcrobatQuickBooksCalendar RulesSoftFileGoogleB.I.R.TUS Post OfficeLaw Pay • and more
Microsoft Outlook
Adobe Acrobat
CalendarRules.com
Microsoft Word
WordPerfect
Google
Microsoft Excel
QuickBooks
Law Pay
Windows, OSX, Linux see plugin details
Download Plugins Here

HoudiniEsq Plugin Utilities

If you get an error message when installing one of the MS Plugins e.g. Outlook, Word, etc., this utility will install the required MS libs. Install this lib and restart plugin installation.

Windows 7.0 and above
Download Microsoft-VS Repair
May be required for some older versions of Windows

HoudiniEsq Mobile

Best thing to hit practice management
The way HoudiniEsq runs on the iPad is phenomenal. I would say the price of the iPad is justified even if you just use it for the HoudiniEsq App. It will pay for itself. I walk into court with just my iPad now.
William Burns Esq Bartlett Burns LLC