Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pika Tips & Tricks

The Challenge:
Search for a Pika CMS contact name when you only know the person's first name.

The Solution:
Pika CMS needs a wild card symbol (%) in order to search for a contact when the last name is not known. Name searches are expecting a LastName, FirstName format. For example, search for a contact whose first name is Carlos.
  • Use the Pika Search box
  • Type in: %,Carlos
All contacts whose first name is Carlos should display. Entering S%,Ashley will produce all contacts whose last name begins with S and whose first name is Ashley.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

LSC GAR Update - Now in Patch Form

The LSC GAR update for Pika CMS is now complete and was included in last week's release of Pika CMS 5.1. For programs that want to stick with their existing version, I've prepared a GAR software patch that's ready for general use. There's a full write up, including step-by-step installation instructions, on the Pika Docs web site at:

The patch is a free download for all current Pika CMS subscribers! Please give us a call if you need any assistance getting it set up, our help desk line is (888) 321-7452 x0.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pika CMS 5.1.0 Released

Greetings Pika Community,

I am writing to announce the immediate availability of Pika CMS 5.1.0 for general release.

Those of you with current Pika subscriptions can download the software from:

If you would like to try out the new release it is now up and running at our demonstration site at the link below. Please contact us for a current username and password for the demonstration site if you have not yet been provided with one.

Here is a
n abbreviated list of the new features added for this release. A comprehensive listing of features and bug fixes is available in the file (changelog.txt) included in the release.

  • Added the ability for users to e-mail case links
  • Added password expiration feature to user accounts.
  • Updated the layout of the System Users Screen
  • Installed random password generator to assist users in setting strong passwords
  • Updated display icons for Pika Mobile
  • Upgraded case transfers to be password protected
  • Added the ability to use Word 2007 & 2010 documents (.docx) in Document Assembly
  • Updated the system settings screen layout
  • Added the ability to automatically redirect users to HTTPS (SSL encrypted) site via system settings
  • Added 2011 LSC GAR updates

In order to ensure that Pika 5.1.0 operates properly please verify that your server meets the following minimum requirements:

  • PHP version 5.2 or newer
  • MySQL version 4.1.2 or newer
  • Apache version 2.0.54 or newer

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions at

These updates were funded by the subscription dues paid by Pika clients. Thank you for your continued support!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We Want to Hear from YOU !

Thank you for being a valued Pika Software customer. We appreciate your candid feedback regarding your experience using Pika CMS as your legal case management tool. Please take a few moments to complete this questionnaire to help us better evaluate and improve our services.

Friday, September 16, 2011

New LSC Reporting Rules

Good news! The programming for the latest LSC reporting changes is complete. I've installed the new code on our online demo so everyone can take a look at it and kick the tires.

It's not too late to make changes so let me know if something needs to be tweaked.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Pika Tips and Tricks

The Challenge:
Keep your web-based applications such as Pika Software CMS always a mouse click away within your Firefox browser without relying upon bookmarks and eliminating the accidental closing of browser tabs.

The Solution:
The newest release of the Firefox v5 browser offers a feature called App Tabs which allows a web-based application such as Pika Software CMS to reside in a browser tab automatically when the browser is opened. App Tabs are small and show only the application's icon so that your tab space is not cluttered.
    • Make sure you are using Firefox v5.  About screen will offer upgrade instructions
        • Windows workstations check by selecting pull-down menu Help, select About Firefox
        • Mac workstations check by selecting pull-down menu Firefox, select About Firefox
    • Open a browser session and open your Pika Software CMS
    • Right Mouse Click on top of the browser tab containing Pika and select "Pin as App Tab"
To Use:
Simply mouse click on Pika tab to login and begin your legal case management activities.  Each time the browser loads Pika is within easy reach.  
Right mouse click on tab to access App Tab options.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pika CMS 5.0.1 is Released

Greetings Pika Community,

I am writing to announce the immediate availability of Pika CMS 5.0.1 for general release. Those of you with Pika subscriptions can download the software from:

This release of Pika addresses several bugs for users of Pika CMS version 5.0.0 Below is the list of issues addressed.
  • Fixed issue with cookies preventing multi-site login
  • Fixed bug with activity interval rounding
  • Fixed issue with templating quoted tags in pikaTempLib
  • Updated case filler script and corrected to work with MySQL 5.1+
  • Corrected issue with the MegaReport not sending to spreadsheet
  • Updated iCal subscription page (ssl enabled for iCal/Sunbird)

Also, I'd like to announce a change that we are making to the way we number releases.

Starting with this release (Pika CMS 5.0.1) we will begin numbering our releases with 3 digits. The numbers (in order from left to right) refer to the major version, minor version, and patch number. This methodology should appear familiar as it is used in a variety of software packages (PHP and MySQL, for example).

In prior versions of Pika CMS we have numbered a release with both a major and minor version number in order to differentiate newer versions from previous versions. We have also released modules, reports, and patches to Pika that required or were geared towards one or more of these specific versions. As a result of this, and the growing number of installations of Pika, it has become apparent that we need to append more information onto our version numbers in order to indicate specifically the version and the patches that have been applied to individual installs.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions at

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Pika CMS 5.0 is Now Released

If you're subscribed to the Pika CMS mailing list, then you've already heard that our new version, Pika CMS 5.0, is now out. Here's the download link for subscribers:

This release represents a big leap forward in the development of the Pika CMS software. Some of the new features introduced in version 5.0 are not available in any other competing product - only in Pika CMS! Here’s an executive summary of the changes in this release:

* We’ve added a Volunteer Access Module, a separate web site for volunteer attorneys that allows them to submit their case notes and time keeping directly to your Pika system.

* We’ve set up a mobile-enhanced version of Pika CMS that’s optimized for your iPhone or Android smartphone. It gives you fast access to your cases and more while on the go.

* We’ve retired the old, HTTP-based login system and have implemented a brand new login system. The new authentication scheme that adds a ton of new functionality that the old HTTP authentication wasn’t capable of providing.

* We’ve added a new suite of password tools, including visual feedback on the strength of your password, and the ability to require users to use strong passwords.

All this work was directly guided by ideas and requests from our clients. So keep that feedback coming in, it let’s us know where to focus our efforts!

Thanks everyone,