PayneGroup Achieves Microsoft Gold Application Development Competency

SEATTLE, WA – January 27, 2017. PayneGroup Inc., a software and professional services company that specializes in solving client problems with workflow processes and Security software utilities, announced today that it has again attained a Microsoft Gold Application Development competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corporation’s customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.
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PayneGroup Founder and CEO Donna Payne Recognized as “Fastcase 50” Legal Innovator

SEATTLE, WA – July 14, 2016. Donna Payne has been chosen for the 2016 Fastcase 50. “The Fastcase 50 has honored a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, policymakers, judges, law librarians, bar association executives, and people from all walks of life,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters in the press release. “In many cases, honorees are well known, but in many others, the award recognizes people who have made important, but unheralded contributions.”
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STEM Legal Webinar June 9th: Failure is an Option – Having a Growth Mindset (free)

SEATTLE, WA – May 13th, 2016. Speakers include Donna Payne, Lisa Beard (Amazon) and Bernadette Bulacan (Thomson Reuters)
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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2nd Annual Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award

SEATTLE, WA – May 9th, 2016. Download today.
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PayneGroup Offers Expanded Master Series

SEATTLE, WA – March 28th, 2016. PayneGroup has changed the format of its Master Series class to expand beyond in-depth training on the Microsoft Word program to also include what’s new in Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint 2016.
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PayneGroup Products hires Rick Hudson

SEATTLE, WA – March 1st, 2016. PayneGroup is happy to announce the addition of Rick Hudson to the development team. Rick is based in the Seattle office and will join the Workflow product group.
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PayneGroup Products Support Microsoft Office Professional 2016

SEATTLE, WA - Sept. 22, 2015. PayneGroup announces that all their software applications are compatible with Microsoft Office Professional 2016 and Windows 10.
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PayneGroup Releases Metadata Assistant 5

SEATTLE, WA - April 22, 2015 — PayneGroup today announced the release of Metadata Assistant 5.0, the company’s latest version of the award winning and first to market security tool for removing electronic metadata. Metadata Assistant removes embedded, and potentially embarrassing embedded metadata from Microsoft Office, PDF, graphic, sound and video files. This product has long been the gold standard for document security and the new features continue with this effort.
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PayneGroup Releases Numbering Assistant Making Paragraph Numbering in Microsoft Word Easier

SEATTLE, WA - April 7, 2015 — PayneGroup today announced the release of Numbering Assistant 11, a Microsoft Word utility that simplifies paragraph numbering in Word documents. Numbering Assistant is a robust and mature product, and in this new version, the entire code base was updated to include more options, speed up operations, including an updated user interface that better matches the look and feel of newer versions of Microsoft Word and Office.
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PayneGroup Releases Next Generation Version of Outlook Send Assistant To Prevent Accidental Email Disclosures

SEATTLE, WA - February 19, 2015 — PayneGroup today announced the release of the next generation Outlook Send Assistant (version 3.1). This product is an email security tool that is proven to reduce the risk of accidental email disclosure by warning when Reply to All, externally directed recipients, or large distribution lists responses are attempted. Other prompts include special handling with blind carbon copy recipients, warnings about missing attachments and blank subject lines, and much more.
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PayneGroup Again Achieves a Microsoft Gold Application Development/ISV Competency

SEATTLE, Washington, USA — January 29, 2015. PayneGroup today announced it has again attained a gold Application Development/ISV competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.
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PayneGroup Releases Redaction Software for Confidential Information in Electronic Documents - Safely Remove Sensitive Information from Microsoft Word and Excel Files While Maintaining Application Functionality

SEATTLE, WA - January 12, 2015 — PayneGroup announces the official launch of Redact Assistant 2.0. The product is designed to redact electronic versions of Microsoft Word and Excel files while retaining the functionality of the documents. Redact Assistant obfuscates information from both Word and Excel files. The software comes with useful aids that help to mask common terms to be redacted, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and more. All of which makes the software easier to use. Says Donna Payne, PayneGroup CEO, “This isn’t just software for a law firm. Government agencies, pharmaceutical and health care organizations, corporations, and of course legal will find this software not only useful, but necessary.”
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PayneGroup Announces New Customer Service Help Center for 24x7 Support

SEATTLE, WA - October 3, 2014 — PayneGroup, a long-time leader in security and workflow products as well as technical training and software migration services, has launched a new cloud-based support portal for its clients. The new portal provides PayneGroup customers with full, speedy access to product knowledge base articles, release notes, courseware, announcements, and more.
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Tara Byers Moves into the President of Development Role at PayneGroup

SEATTLE, WA - August 12, 2014 — PayneGroup announced today that Tara Byers has been appointed President of Development. In this new capacity, she will oversee new product and existing product development for both the Collaboration and Workflow groups, as well Security Product Division.
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PayneGroup Announces New Corporate Giving Effort

SEATTLE, WA - May 9, 2014 — PayneGroup, a long-time leader in security and workflow products, as well technical training and software migration services is pleased to announce their first corporate and social responsibility giving effort.
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PayneGroup Announces Enhanced Office 2013 Professional Services

SEATTLE, WA - April 30, 2014 — PayneGroup, a long-time leader in technical training and software migration services as well as security and workflow, is pleased to announce the release of an enhanced toolkit of Office 2013 professional services.
PayneGroup has been working with firms migrating to newer Microsoft Office versions since the company’s inception 20 years ago. With the release of Office 2013, PayneGroup has enhanced these services, starting with the recent release of PayneGroup’s Word 2013 for Law Firms book and the creation of a more streamlined and in-depth Office 2013 migration roundtable service covering all phases of the migration. PayneGroup also offers high-end training on all Office 2013 applications for IT staff, trainers and power users, as well as end user training, support services, courseware materials, and migration project management services.
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PayneGroup Integrates its Metadata Assistant with Citrix ShareFile

SEATTLE, WA - February 21, 2014 — PayneGroup today announced its Metadata Assistant now integrates with Citrix ShareFile®, a secure file sharing solution, to prevent disclosure of metadata within files. Users will have the option to scrub metadata, such as names and file properties, from their files before sharing them securely using ShareFile.
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Donna Payne Wins ILTA’s 2013 Distinguished Peer Award for Vendor Thought Leadership

SEATTLE, WA and Las Vegas, NV - Aug. 27, 2013 — PayneGroup today announced that CEO and founder, Donna Payne has been recognized by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) with a 2013 Distinguished Peer Award for outstanding achievements in the category for “Vendor Thought Leadership.” The event took place on August 20th at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in conjunction with ILTA’s annual conference

Says Peggy Weschler, Program Director for the International Legal Technology Association, “When I think of thought leadership in the legal community, Donna Payne always comes to mind. She has helped educate us throughout the years with books on software for legal, and inspires us when speaking at numerous events. She is always on the cutting edge in innovation as evidenced by her recent focus on digital privacy. She constantly looks for ways to provide value to our community, and being recognized by her peers with this award is well deserved!”

For over three decades, ILTA members have faced challenges in their law firms and law departments, and they’ve shared their struggles and their successes along the way. ILTA’s Distinguished Peer Awards program honors the achievements of those ILTA members who are making technology work for the legal profession. The program recognizes those who have delivered great business value and transformational impact through their innovations and implementations or have been champions in specific areas of focus for their organizations.

Donna Payne is a well-known member of the ILTA community. In the past year alone, Donna has conducted two multi-city roadshows coast-to-coast for ILTA members - one on digital privacy and the other on Microsoft Office 2013. She has spoken to members of Congress on the subject of metadata and accidental disclosures, as well to government, legal and security agencies worldwide.

“I am extremely honored to be one of the recipients of ILTA’s Distinguished Peer Awards for 2013, and especially for the recognition as a thought leader,” says Donna Payne, CEO of PayneGroup. “I am so grateful and humbled by the award and share this with the amazing team of people at PayneGroup whom I am lucky enough to work with on a daily basis.”

“I’m thrilled to see Donna take home the trophy for “vendor thought leader,” as she’s been leading the pack for years. She is the perfect combination of intelligence, professionalism, entrepreneurial spirit and fun! Donna rocks, and she rocks the ILTA thought leadership world“, said Randi Mayes, executive director of ILTA.

For more information about the Distinguished Peer Award program, please visit http://awards.iltanet.org/.


Paynegroup's Continued Growth Sparks Immediate Hiring

SEATTLE, WA - April 4, 2013 — PayneGroup, a leading provider of security and workflow products, has seen business increase significantly in the past year. This growth has prompted the relocation of their Seattle office to a significantly larger space along with the hiring of key personnel.

The most recent addition to PayneGroup is Alan Denny, as project manager. Alan is a seasoned, well-known IT professional and consultant who was most recently at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliff in Silicon Valley, and previously at Manatt Phelps & Phillips in Los Angeles. He will be based in California.

"I was already well aware of PayneGroup’s exceptional reputation for providing top-notch customer service on their products, but what really attracted me was the opportunity to be a part of their team and company,” Denny said. “I look forward to applying my project management experience and communication skills toward working with PayneGroup clients and the internal team.”

Alan Denny is the first of what the company hopes will be many new hires in 2013. Donna Payne, CEO of PayneGroup, states, “Business demands have us actively looking for more developers, project managers and sales staff. We’re a close-knit group that has been together on average for more than 12 years, so finding the right people will be key to the success of our expansion plans."


PayneGroup Products Trainer Certification Class Announced

SEATTLE, WA - August 1, 2012 — PayneGroup, a long time leading provider of training services and courseware, today announced that it is offering a training certification course for all trainers of PayneGroup products: Forms Assistant, Numbering Assistant, Metadata Assistant and Outlook Send Assistant.

The PayneGroup Professional Services group, led by Susan Horiuchi, designed the class to include organizations that do not use PayneGroup trainers. This might include in-house trainers or third party training companies brought in to help with the rollout. Says Horiuchi, “In the past, organizations would purchase the products and then hire companies that said that they were experts on the software only to find out later that this wasn’t the case. With this program, we’re going to give trainers the knowledge that they need to succeed and present the products in the best light and a way for firms to verify the expertise.”
For more information about the PayneGroup Products Certification class, please contact Training@thepaynegroup.com or call 1-888-GoPayne.


PayneGroup and Biscom Deliver Improved Email Security: Collaboration yields ability to automatically scrub metadata for delivery via Biscom’s Microsoft Outlook integration

Chelmsford, MA - April 10, 2012 — As more and more law firm CIOs and IT professionals struggle to protect confidential information from unauthorized access, PayneGroup and Biscom, two of the legal industry’s leading security solution providers, are delivering an increased level of protection for client documents and data. The companies have seamlessly integrated PayneGroup’s metadata cleaning and Biscom’s secure document delivery technologies to interoperate in a Microsoft Outlook environment. With this integration, PayneGroup’s Metadata Assistant will clean email attachments of harmful hidden metadata and Biscom Secure File Transfer will redirect the email as a secured, encrypted delivery.

"The protection of confidential client data demands that every precaution be taken with document delivery. Not only does the delivery need to be encrypted from unauthorized access and delivered only to designated individuals, it also needs to be clean of metadata prior to that delivery. PayneGroup’s Metadata Assistant connects directly with Biscom’s Outlook add-on to ensure maximum security with a minimal effect on work habits and productivity,” said Charles Magliato, Legal Program Director for Biscom. “Our collaboration with Biscom brings a new level of security to the Microsoft Outlook environment,” says Donna Payne, CEO of PayneGroup. “The seamless integration of our security products significantly reduces the risk of data breaches without changing user behavior.” The integration of the PayneGroup Metadata Assistant and Biscom Secure File Transfer products will be demonstrated in an upcoming International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) product briefing on May 18, 2012, at noon ET. Register for the ILTA product briefing at http://bit.ly/HBaNs0.


PayneGroup Introduces Metadata Assistant 3.0 — “Award winning metadata removal tool delivers faster processing speed, new user interface, and enhanced file type handling capabilities"

Seattle, WA - August 11, 2009: PayneGroup, the pioneer in metadata removal software, today announced the availability of the latest version of its software, Metadata Assistant 3.0, the company’s flagship software product. Metadata Assistant 3.0 has been completely redesigned for Office 2007 and above and features unprecedented speed; a new user interface; the ability to clean .zip and .pdf files in addition to Word, Excel and PowerPoint; and improved file handling, among other enhancements. Version 3 works in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 environments.
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PayneGroup Introduces Outlook Send Assistant — “Behind the scenes” technology tool provides more e-mail security options for Outlook

Seattle, WA - August 3, 2009 — PayneGroup, a long-time and leading provider in security software and automation tools, today announced the release of Outlook Send Assistant, one in a series of its workflow productivity and protection tools. Outlook Send Assistant verifies recipient e-mail addresses and warns the user if the message is being sent under a variety of different, and potentially damaging, circumstances such as to a distribution list or using Reply To All.
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Forms Assistant for Microsoft Office 2007 Provides Quick Document Generation, Increases Productivity, Resolves Security Risks and Reduces IT Costs

Seattle, WA - January 2009 — Given the current economic climate, firms are under increased pressure to improve productivity, increase efficiency and lower costs while still providing quality work product to their clients. With this goal in mind, PayneGroup is pleased to announce its new and improved Forms Assistant product for Office 2007 that helps companies produce quality letters, memos and other types of documents in record time.
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Sixth Annual Law Technology News Awards Recognizes PayneGroup and Donna Payne

Seattle, WA - January 2009 — PayneGroup has been awarded two prestigious awards from Law Technology News. Donna Payne is the recipient of the first-ever award for Consultant of the Year, while PayneGroup wins Bronze for best Collaborative product.
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Continuing Education and Certification Credentials for Metadata Assistant Support Team

Seattle, WA - December 2008 — Several members of the PayneGroup Metadata Assistant technical support team have completed the E-Discovery Certification Course from Kroll. This course is held in Kroll's Minneapolis area location and includes specializations and topics on forensics and metadata mining. Says Donna Payne, "We are committed to certifying all of our Metadata Assistant support team to ensure that they are up on the latest in E-Discovery and are even more prepared to assist our clients. We are very pleased with the Kroll OnTrack certification course and look forward to sending the rest of the team."


Numbering Assistant Featured on The Connected Lawyer Website

Seattle, WA - September 11, 2007 — PayneGroup's Numbering Assistant is featured on the front page of the website, The Connected Lawyer. The site also notes the collaboration between PayneGroup and Ken Adams www.adamsdrafting.com and his best selling book, "Manual of Style for Contract Drafting".


Payne Metadata Assistant Tops Annual ILTA Survey For Most Widely Used Metadata Removal Tool

Seattle, WA — August 18, 2005 — In the most recent survey published by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), PayneGroup's Metadata Assistant was determined to be the most widely used metadata removal tool.
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PayneGroup Releases Numbering Assistant 7.0

Seattle, WA — August 04, 2005 — PayneGroup has announced an upgrade of their best-selling Numbering Assistant software. Numbering Assistant 7.0 is an add-in to Microsoft Word designed to simplify complex paragraph numbering in legal documents and reduce the amount of training time required to get up and running.
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