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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. Cloud Mode

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

Off-site backup of your database.

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

  Dropbox

  Microsoft OneDrive

  iCloud Drive



2. Local Network Mode

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

File permission settings and remote access must be manually managed.



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



Instructions for Cloud Mode

1. Prepare your first computer.

If you've already entered any data into TimeNet Law, do this first step from the computer that shows your data in TimeNet Law.

Be sure you are signed into your Cloud account on this computer.
If you don't have a cloud account, click here to make a free one on Dropbox.

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 Dropbox option, and click Next. NOTE: Even if you aren't using Dropbox, select this option.

TimeNet Law Networking Setup Window

2a. If you are using Dropbox, with no advanced custom path settings, click Finish.

TimeNet Law will move your data onto Dropbox.

2b. To use a custom path, or to use another service such as Microsoft OneDrive:

Click "Choose Another Location" and select your cloud sync folder. Click Finish. TimeNet Law will move your data to this new location.

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

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

4. On all other computers, repeat this 3rd 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.

You are now finished configuring TimeNet Law for cloud networking.



Instructions for Local Network Mode

1. 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 2.


  • 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 important - 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.


2. Configure TimeNet Law's networking settings on the first computer.

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 option, and click Next.

TimeNet Law Networking Setup Window

Click Choose and navigate to your network/shared folder, and click Choose again. This is where the TimeNet Law Database will be stored. Then click Finish.

3. On all other computers, repeat this 3rd 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 from step 3. Click Finish.

You are now finished configuring TimeNet Law for local networking.

Important Note About Database Files

The TimeNet Law Data folder contains invisible files, so when copying the folder, be sure to copy the entire folder, and not just the files within it.

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