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Networking Guide


TimeNet Law supports two different types of networking modes. The first step is deciding which mode will work best for you.


1. Local Network Mode

Check Mark Use an existing in-office network or a simple shared folder.

Check Mark File permission settings and remote access must be manually managed.



2. Cloud Mode

Check Mark No file permissions to manage and automatic remote access (from home, while traveling, etc.)

Check Mark Off-site backup of your database.


TimeNet Law is fully compatible with many cloud syncing tools, including:

Dropbox     Dropbox

Microsoft OneDrive     Microsoft OneDrive

iCloud     iCloud Drive


Once you've decided on a network mode (this can always be changed later), follow the steps below.


1. Open TimeNet Law on your first computer.

If you've already entered any data into TimeNet Law, be sure to do this first step from the computer that is showing the data in the program.

With TimeNet Law open, select File > Configure Network from the menubar. If you don’t see Configure Network, hold Option down on your keyboard and click the File menu again.

Select the Local Network or Dropbox (Cloud) option, and click Next.

Cloud Mode


2. Make sure all computers are signed into the same cloud service.

If you don't have a cloud account, click here to make a free one on Dropbox.

3. If you are using Dropbox, with no advanced custom path settings, click Finish.

TimeNet Law will move your data onto Dropbox. To use a custom path, or to use another service such as Microsoft OneDrive, click "Choose Another Location" and select your cloud folder. Click Finish. TimeNet Law will move your data to this new location.

Make sure your sync status says "Sync Complete" or "Up to Date" (usually in the menubar, under the Dropbox/OneDrive icon).

4. On all other computers, repeat this 4th step:

Open TimeNet Law and select File > Configure Network. Choose the Dropbox option, click Next, and then click Finish, or "Choose Another Location" and browse to the same cloud folder (depending on what you did in step 2).

You are now finished configuring TimeNet Law for cloud networking.






Local Network Mode


2. Setup the computer that will store/share the TimeNet Law Database.

If you already have a properly configured shared folder on your network, skip to step 3.

  • Create a folder on the computer that will be used as a Shared Folder.

  • Turn on File Sharing and drag the folder you just created into the Shared Folders list ( > System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing)

  • Create a sharing user account for each user that will access TimeNet Law (System Preferences > Users & Groups > New User)

  • Be sure all users that will use TimeNet Law are in the same group (System Preferences > Users & Groups > Make a Group and add all users to it)


  • This step is CRITICAL - Set ACL permissions with Terminal (open Terminal and copy/paste the below command):

  • sudo chmod -R +a "GROUPNAME allow delete,chown,list,search,add_file,add_subdirectory,delete_child,file_inherit,directory_inherit" SHARED_FOLDER_PATH

    Be sure to replace GROUPNAME with the name of the Group you are using, and SHARED_FOLDER_PATH to the location of the TimeNet Law Data folder. You can drag the Shared Folder into the Terminal window to automatically fill in the path.

    You will be prompted for your Administrator password. Type it in and press return.


    3. Click the Choose… button and select a location on the network.

    This is where the TimeNet Law Database will be stored. Then click Finish.

    4. On all other computers, repeat this 4th step:

    Open TimeNet Law and select File > Configure Network. Choose the Local Network option and click Next, click Choose…, and select the TimeNet Law Data folder that was created inside your shared folder. Click Finish.

    You are now finished configuring TimeNet Law for local networking.







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