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Game Changing Legal Practice Software for Today’s Legal Counsel

2.0.0.780 Sept 2019

License Details

This is a on-premise install only Cloud Option
This is not Freeware or Open Source. HoudiniEsq is licensed software.

Solo Practitioners If you are a solo practitioner you may download and use HoudiniEsq Solo (on-premise) and our support and training services for free perpetually. No fine print. No hoops to jump through. No data or record size restrictions. Just download and register. 

A Solo license is a single user login using the product. You may purchase a practice license (multi-seat) at any time if you need to add additional users. No need to download any additional software, purchase the licenses you need when you need it. 

A few advanced features are disabled in a Solo license such as Chat and OCR otherwise the feature set is identical to our Cloud and Elite licensing

Requirements

You do not need to install HoudiniEsq on every machine

This is Enterprise Class software. You only need to install HoudiniEsq on a single machine that will act as the host.

The product runs on just about every operating system. Windows, Mac OSX and Linux based systems are all supported. HoudiniEsq is installed as a service, it is not an 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. Most modern browsers are supported. Chrome, IE 8+, Edge, Safari, and Firefox are the most popular.

Voted Best Legal Software Product HoudiniEsq
Note Microsoft’s IE 11 is an exception since this revision does not adhere to our standards.

Warining Internet Explorer 11 aka IE11 has a major exploit that allows hackers to steal Windows users’ local data. Microsoft was informed of the vulnerability by security experts but to this day have “declined to consider the bug for an urgent security fix.”. DO NOT USE Internet Explorer 11. Consider dropping support for it altogether and get it off all your staff computers completely as soon as possible.

You do not need an expensive server

Any computer you can pick up from BestBuy for $400 will do such as the Dell Inspiron. Keep in mind that all your data, emails, attachments, and documents will be stored on this device so a large hard drive of 500 gigabytes or greater is very important. At least 4 gigabytes of memory is also suggested.

If you are a solo practitioner (no other staff will be using HoudiniEsq) installing HoudiniEsq onto your personal computer or laptop is fine. If you are NOT a Solo Practitioner, have staff and a HoudiniEsq Practice (multi-seat) or Elite license it is best practice to install HoudiniEsq onto dedicated hardware.

If you plan on using an existing machine to host HoudiniEsq you should install a fresh operating system on the device or wipe it completely clean prior to installation. The host machine should be dedicated to hosting HoudiniEsq and securing your data, nothing more. If you want to connect to your instance of HoudiniEsq remotely via an iPad or your cell phone when on the go, working from home, a courtroom, or from any device outside your local network, then you should install HoudiniEsq onto a standalone computer in your office, not your personal laptop. Think 24/7 access.

Securing your data starts with the host machine

Securing the host machine. This includes performing routine daily backups and using Anti-virus software. We suggest American made Anti-virus software. DO NOT USE products developed outside the USA such as *McAfee, *Norton, or *Kaspersky. We suggest and trust PC Matic for Windows users.
Remember, you will be storing critical information on this device, therefore the host machine should have limited access to staff, external apps, devices, local and external networks, generally the outside world.

Data security starts and stops with you. Follow best practices. If you have a question we are here here to help.

Remote access to your data

Secure remote and private cloud access will require a static IP address which you can obtain from your Internet Service Provider. Think of a IP address as a phone number to a computer on the Internet. You will also need a Domain Name, and a 256Bit SSL Certificate. Think of a Domain name as speed dial name of the phone number you want to call. It is easier to remember a name than a number. The SSL Certificate is required to secure the connection from a man in the middle attack. All of the above is best practice.

You can forgo all the hassles and sign-up for a secure Cloud account and start today. With a Cloud account, we manage everything for you including tiers of backups, security, hardware, and all software updates and you always have secure 24/7 access from just about anywhere in the world.

Getting the most out of

HoudiniEsq is trusted by State and Federal agencies. The preferred choice of organizations with large legal teams that work complex legal cases. However, size does not matter. If your team is small that is ok.

HoudiniEsq is comprehensive and feature rich. There are currently over 12,865 distinct features. Many features are enabled by default. The interface can be customized and many features can be disabled until you need them. Drop downs throughout the product contain just the basics but configuring HoudiniEsq is easy. To add to the list-of-values in a dropdown menu simply enter the new value and hit the enter key. Wala! It’s that simple.

HoudiniEsq is comprehensive but does require some initial setup. That being said, you are not alone. We don’t expect you to be proficient out of the box.  We can customize the product to meet your practice area requirements and train your staff at no cost. We can help you add custom fields, create workflows, create templates.

The most important thing to remember is that reading is fundamental. If you are the type of individual who likes to go at it alone or you just want to explore keep in mind that everything has a tooltip. Hover your mouse over anything you have a question about, especially over icons.

This is not your typical legal practice software product. We do things differently and for good reason. For example, there is no such thing as a separate billsheet to record your time. This is inefficient. Since all task you perform have a start time and a duration it makes sense that these events record your time. Everything you do can appear on a calendar and can be billed. No separate time entry that can slip between the cracks but more importantly this is defensible billing. If you need to record time simply calendar the task or event. In many cases HoudiniEsq will record time for you such as when you are composing or reading email in Outlook. These entries appear as completed events or task.

If you have any questions give us a ring or shoot us an email. Support and training is FREE so don’t be shy, we are happy to help.

Whether you plan on growing a practice or manage your team’s caseload more efficiently HoudiniEsq is the best product to do so, bar none.

Installers

Full Install

This will install the most recent revision of HoudiniEsq. Existing users see Update Tab.

Windows
7.0 above
Download
Mac OSX
10 above
Download
Linux OS
5,6,7,8…
More Info

Important Reading is fundamental. Follow the installer’s directions for a quick painless install.

Note Although you will be using a Web Browser to 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. More info

Update


This install updates HoudiniEsq to the most recent revision of the software. New users see Full Install Tab.

Windows
Download
7.0 above
Mac OSX
Download
10 above
Linux OS
Download
More Info

 

Note You must have HoudiniEsq 1.9.9.3 or greater to update, upgrade or patch.

32Bit Windows users
You must have a OS that is 64bit. Most modern operating systems are 64bit. If your instance of HoudiniEsq is installed under Program Files(x86) then HoudiniEsq was installed as a 32Bit application. Upgrading to 64Bit is easy, here is how.

Step 1
Shutdown the HoudiniEsq service on the host machine. How to shutdown HoudiniEsq

Step 2
Move/drag (do not copy) the HoudiniEsq folder from Program Files(x86) to Program Files

Step 3
Download this update and run it. The installer will spin HoudiniEsq back up after the install.

Add-ins

These add-ins/plugins tightly integrate with HoudiniEsq. Outlook • Word • Excel • WordPerfect • Acrobat • QuickBooks • Calendar Rules • SoftFile • Google Calendar and DOCS • Evernote • BIRT Reports • The US Post Office • Law Pay • and more

 

Best In-house Counsel Legal Software MS Outlook

Manage email, contacts, and your calendar from within Outlook and HoudiniEsq seamlessly and bidirectionally.

Supports
Email
Contacts
Calendar
Record and bill your time

Bi-directional sync your Calendar, Contacts and Email. Bill for composing or reading email. Link matter related correspondence to matters with a click or drag-n-drop to Matter folders right in Outlook. Mater related emails are organized in Matter folders in Outlook for you automatically. Emails and attachments are automatically full text indexed. Emails appear in the associated Matter’s email and docs tabs in HoudiniEsq.

Install
Step 1: Exit Outlook completely
Step 2: Uninstalled the add-in if it exist
Step 3Download and run Installer for Windows

Uninstall
From the Windows control panel, add/remove programs, look for HoudiniESQForOutlook, click Remove.

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software MS Word

Open, edit and save documents in HoudiniEsq from within Word.

Supports
Data merges
Manage Templates
Generate documents
Full test indexing
Record and bill your time

Install
Step 1: Exit Word completely
Step 2: Uninstalled the add-in if it exist
Step 3Download and run Installer for Windows
Note For Mac OSX see our Office365 add-in

Uninstall
From the Windows control panel, add/remove programs, look for HoudiniESQForWord, click Remove.

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software AcrobatPro

Open, edit and save documents in HoudiniEsq from within Acrobat Pro. Track and bill for your time while working on PDF files effortlessly.

Install
Step 1: Exit Acrobat Pro completely
Step 2: Uninstalled the add-in if it exist
Step 3Download and run Installer for Windows

Uninstall
From the Windows control panel, add/remove programs, look for HoudiniESQForAcrobat, click remove.

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software WordPerfect

Open, edit and save documents in HoudiniEsq from within WordPerfect.

Install
Step 1: Exit WordPerfect completely
Step 2: Uninstalled the add-in if it exist
Step 3Download and run Installer for Windows

Uninstall
From the Windows control panel, add/remove programs, look for HoudiniESQForWordPerfect, click remove.

Note WordPerfect does not support the HoudiniEsq Open Document Format (ODT files).

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software Office365

Open, edit and save documents in HoudiniEsq from within Office365. Track and bill for your time while you work.

Supports
Matter data merges
Generate documents
Record and bill your time

Office365 Desktop Install
For Office365 Desktop on OSX and Windows all that is needed is to install an XML file. Tell me more
Download from the Microsoft Store

Office365 Online Install
Download from the Microsoft Store

Note This plugin works with Office365 desktop on OSX and Windows as well as Office365 online.

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software MS Excel

Open, edit and save documents in HoudiniEsq from within Excel.

Install
Step 1: Exit Excel completely
Step 2: Uninstalled the add-in if it exist
Step 3Download and run Installer for Windows

Uninstall
From the Windows control panel, add/remove programs, look for HoudiniESQForExcel, click remove.

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software QuickBooks

This connector allows you to post to QuickBooks seamlessly from HoudiniEsq.

Supports
Client details, Invoices, Payments, Credits, Expenses, Trust deposits, Trust withdrawals and Trust earned

No duplicate data entry and no importing or exporting to QuickBooks. If item descriptions or clients don’t exist in QuickBooks, HoudiniEsq will create them for you.

Install
Step 1: Exit QuickBooks
Step 2: Uninstalled the add-in if it exist
Step 3Download and run Installer for Windows

Note This add-in is for QuickBooks desktop and should be installed on the QuickBooks host machine.

Uninstall
On the QuickBooks host machine delete the HoudiniEsq QuickBooks connector.

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software Utilities

These utilities help manage and configure the HoudiniEsq service, plugins and logs.

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software Service Repair

On rare occasions a Windows or OSX system update may remove the HoudiniEsq service. These utilities reinstall the HoudiniEsq Service. Your data is unaffected.

Note This utility is included in the full install and update installers. The HoudiniEsq update installer will also fix any service related issues you may have.

Download
Windows
Repair Tool
Download
Mac OSX
Repair Tool

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software Service Config

This utility configures the HoudiniEsq service and memory footprint on the host machine. Drop these Apps on the HoudiniEsq host machine’s desktop for quick configuration and to start or stop the HoudiniEsq service.

Note This utility is included in the full install and update installers.

Download
Windows
Config Tool
Download
Mac OSX
Config Tool

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software Log Expert

Similar to the Unix tail -f command and OSX’s Console, the view is updated in realtime as the log is written to by HoudiniEsq. This eliminates the need to continuously reload a log file to see what was added to it as HoudiniEsq executes.

Download LogExpert for Windows

How to use
To monitor the HoudiniEsq log download and run this application and point it to any file located in c:\rogram Files\HoudiniESQ\logs folder, for example houdiniesq-stdout.log

 

HoudiniEsq In-house Counsel Software Add-in Utility

Fixes issues on older Microsoft Windows platforms missing required lib files.

Older versions of Windows may report missing lib files when installing Plugins in Outlook, Word, etc,. This utility will install the required Microsoft Windows libs.

Download Microsoft Windows Lib Utility

How to use
Install this utility and restart the plugin installation

Frequent Questions

Is support included?

Yes. Support, training and all software updates are included.

Why the choice of Cloud or On-premise?

There is no one model that fits all. 

The number one reason an organization would prefer to keep things in-house (on-premise) is compliance regulations that require that data reside internally. Coming in second is the significant expense in existing infrastructure. Third is having a readily available pool of competent cost effective IT expertise in-house.

Today you have a choice of how to record your legal practice management systems's cost thanks to the Cloud.

Cloud based deployments do provide significant cost savings that come with not having to build out or maintain a physical data center and expensive on-site expertise. The Cloud fundamentally changes how an organization's IT personnnel are leveraged adding more value by freeing up resources to work on other projects.

HoudiniEsq - Legal Practice Management Cloud or On-premise Private Cloud.
 

Do I have remote access to my data with On-premise like the Cloud?

Yes. HoudiniEsq is 100% web-based so access across a wide variety of devices and platforms is supported. Thers is no App you click on to access your dtata but instead use a Web Browser of your choice to interact with the product. Remote access is a choice you make as an organization.

You can access HoudiniEsq over a local, wide-area network and the Internet.  You can choose to allow your staff to work on-the-go with an iPad or phone from home, a court room or the beach. Your very own private Cloud.

Do I need to purchase anything in addition to HoudiniEsq?

No. This is true for both the Cloud and On-premise options. With the Cloud you just sign-up. With On-premise all you need is a single computer to install the product on to regardless of the number of staff you have. HoudiniEsq is 100% turn-key. Unlike many on-premise software products you do not need to purchase a separate database license such as Oracle or MS-SQL in addition to a software license. The product is enterprise class software architected by former Sun Microsystems software engineer and only needs to be installed onto a single machine that will act as the host for all your data.

Can I switch from Cloud to On-premise at a later time?

Yes. In fact you can switch from On-premise to the Cloud as well. The product is identical regardless of how it is deployed. If you decide to make a change it is as easy as zipping up your data and dropping it into the new deployment.

Is HoudiniEsq single tenant or multi tenant architecture?

HoudiniEsq is single-tenant. The database, memory and all processes are distinct and separate.

In a multi-tenant architecture every client's data is stored in the same database separated by a schema name. This has huge risk. If database corruption occurs every tenant/client is affected. Very similar to a tenement building catching fire hence the name. Database backups exist but it does take significant time to recover terabytes or worse a petabyte of data. This means every client instance is down during this time. With single tenant no one instance fault affects another.

Additionally HoudiniEsq is an in-memory single-tenant architecture. What this means is the memory and database allocated to an instance can not be accessed externally of the running instance. That means data center staff don't have access to a running instance's data. Not only is this far more secure than any other product on the market this architecture is very resilient offering best practices and peace of mind.

Can I install HoudiniEsq onto an external or secondary drive?

No. This is not best practice. The host machine HoudiniEsq is installed onto should only be used to secure your data nothing more. If you don't have enough space to store your data on the device's primary drive then the host machine is obviously being used for another purpose other than securely hosting your data.

Installing onto an external or network drive poses a potential security risk and unnecessary support calls. The host machine should have limited access to your network, Internet, staff and generally the outside world. Most security issues arise from unnecessary complexity. Keeping things simple makes securing your data easy.