Kutana has invested a six-figure sum in a new version of its print management software Kappris, which it says can be “transformational” for law firm clients.
Kappris, which clients include Taylor Wessing, Nabarro, Travers Smith and, as of the summer of 2016, Ward Hadaway, is a software plugin that is embedded in Microsoft Word and Outlook and, as of the new version, also embedded in Excel.
Addressing the age-old issue of how to print from Excel, the new version of Kappris includes a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin button – ‘fit to sheet.’ Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Kutana’s commercial director Rob Simcock said: “Even if you’ve had Excel training, when you try to print from Excel quite often it will go over six pages. Regular users know how to do it but for people who don’t know, it’s not intuitive.”
Other changes include new electronic stationery capability for firms wishing to go paper-lite or paperless, which is compatible with e-signatures. Simcock adds: “This is about enabling firms to deliver best practice by helping users become more productive by finding a better way of doing time-consuming processes.”
The new version is the result of a 30-month project led by Kutana’s technical director and founder Roger Middlebrook, during which the Oxfordshire-headquartered company has sought significant client feedback.
Simcock said: “Firms are trying to encourage people not to print but we’re saying if you do print, we’ll help you do it in the most efficient manner.”
Ward Hadaway’s director of IT, David Bullock said: “Kappris has thoroughly changed the way we work day-to-day, giving our employees the freedom to work more efficiently and effectively.”