Version 10 is coming!

New versions of Intellect, Time & Chaos and Legal Billing are all coming very soon! We are unifying the version numbers to more clearly identify what works with what, so all three of these apps will be jumping up to version number 10.

If you want a taste, check out the Intellect 101: An introduction to Intellect (updated for Intellect 10).

You can also download one of the release candidates from our Chaos Labs to get an early start.

These new versions work with the databases from Intellect 4, Time & Chaos 8 and Legal Billing 7 so no data conversion will be necessary when making the switch.



Great tips on “How to Write a Heroically Effective Email Autoresponder Series”

I saw this great article on “How to Write a Heroically Effective Email Autoresponder Series” by  today and I knew this was information many of our users of Intellect would want to take a look at.

Intellect has offered this feature for many years, but it a feature that tends to get lost in the shuffle as you learn how to use Intellect for your business. As Beth puts it:

“Autoresponders are the hardest-working, unsung heroes of content marketing. They’re a series of emails you write once and set up to send out at pre-set intervals to anyone who asks for them.

“They keep working day and night, continuously reaching out to your audience with valuable content and relevant offers.

“They work for you whether you’re writing, eating, sleeping, or playing with your pooch. They never get tired, and they never give up.

“That’s pretty heroic.”

I agree and Beth gives you some great tips in her article on writing a great series that will offer you a payoff in months and years to come.

If you want to learn more about how this feature works in Intellect, take a look at this video from our Chaos University: Intellect 410: Welcome Email Series

Then, when you want to see some great tips on writing the best emails in the series, take a look at Beth’s article on “How to Write a Heroically Effective Email Autoresponder Series“.

Tips, Tricks and Secrets # 10: Snippets

We have been sharing some of our favorite tips, tricks and secrets using our software products. If you look in the tags on the sidebar, “tips” is a great way to see the other posts in this series. This tip is another that features our Intellect email client.

Tip #10: Snippets

If you send lots of the same replies to common questions or just have content that you tend to type out over and over again, this will quickly become one of your favorite features in Intellect 4 because it is such a time-saver!

If you have frequently used text in emails, you can and should save your response as a snippet.

Behind the scenes, snippets are really a folder full of little .html files, each with commonly used content ready to drop into any email message you write.

In Intellect, though, the snippets are easily used and saved using the Snippets section of the toolbar at the top of every email you write.

To save a snippet, you should highlight a block of text that you want to make reusable. Then, press F8 on your keyboard or use the Save Snippet button on the toolbar (it is found to the right or below the font choice) or go to Edit and click on Save selection as Snippet. You will be prompted for a name for this text you have highlighted. Once saved, it will be added to the drop-down list of Snippets you can insert at your cursor position any time you need it in the future.

To use a snippet, just put your cursor right where you want the text to appear, then use the pull-down and pick the content you want. As soon as you make your choice, Intellect will paste that content right where your cursor is!

Getting Windows 10? Chaos Software has you covered

You may already be aware that Microsoft is releasing a major update on July 29th: Windows 10. This does and should raise questions about whether all your programs would make the transition if you do.

The good news: Legal Billing 7, Intellect 4 and Time & Chaos 8 are Windows 10 ready!

I’ve installed Windows 10 already on one of my computers and tried out our software with it. The great news is that all our current versions seem to be ready to go when you are!

So, how is Windows 10?

The short answer? I like Windows 10 and I’m happy I upgraded.

The slightly longer answer? I like the fact that Windows seems to be back to focusing on real computer desktop users again. I like the start menu that doesn’t hide my desktop and I like that Microsoft’s new apps run in Windows like everything else does on my desktop instead of taking over full screen like they did in Windows 8. I think these changes will help things be more familiar to Windows 7 users making the jump, as well.

For all the media talk about the PC being dead, the fact is that for you and me, our computer is still the main place to get work done! Our smartphones and tablets are great, but when I’m near my computer, I’m going to use it to answer email and do my work, not my phone. Of course, that is also where our Chaos Software programs are the most powerful, too!

So to sum it all up, if you decide to take the leap and upgrade to Windows 10, our software should be ready for you!

Chaos University Returns: New Intellect and Legal Billing videos premiere

Hopefully, you have found our Chaos University and the wealth of free training information we offer there.  We recently added a few new videos to the mix, so if you haven’t looked there in a while, here are the new updates!

Intellect 411 – Mail Rules – All about creating your own rules in Intellect 4 for blocking or filtering junk mail and for filing messages in folders.

Legal Billing 105 – Adding Cloud support with ChaosHost – A remake version updated for the new LB that also includes a cameo from our Chaos Billing for Android.

Legal Billing 106 – Client Ledger – An introduction to newest feature added to Legal Billing in version