Two brothers — one a lawyer, the other a software engineer — have teamed up to create a software application they say will make the process of creating and analyzing contracts more accurate and efficient. But before all you Windows users get too excited, the software works only on Apple Macintosh computers.

The software, Turner, was released yesterday by the two brothers’ company, Paper Software. According to the announcement, Turner’s core feature is called Proofreader. It automatically checks a contract for common drafting problems. It looks for words and phrases that look like defined terms but are not, broken cross-references, and more. Proofreader works in the background so that users can keep working without interruption.

Another feature, Navigators, allow users to find high-level information in a contract quickly and easily, the announcement said. The Provisions Navigator lets the user explore a contract using an outline view. The Defined Terms Navigator lets the user find important words and phrases with one click. The Related Items Navigator helps find interconnections. Other Navigators help you manage comments and create attachments. As the user make changes to the contract, Turner keeps the Navigators and the contract in sync.

The announcement said that Turner also provides new tools that make finding detailed information in a contract quick and simple. In addition to conventional text searches, users can use tokens to easily find amounts of money, dates and times, defined terms, and more.

It also includes editing tools that can be used to add provisions, numbered lists, defined terms, and other items with one click. Start typing a use of a defined term and then complete it by choosing from a simple menu. To create a cross-reference, click the item you want to reference.

Turner offers a 30-day free trial. After that, the cost is $125 monthly or $995 yearly.

The lawyer half of the team that created Turner, Benjamin Whetsell, is a former associate at Fried Frank in New York City and a graduate of Columbia Law School. His brother Nathan Whetsell formerly developed software at Bose Corporation for acoustical prediction and visualization.

The Association of Corporate Counsel today launched ACC Contract Advisor, a contract-drafting tool built on what is described as a “vast collection” of sample contracts and thousands of real-world clauses. Launched in collaboration with kiiac.com, the new resource is, unfortunately, available only to ACC members.

Contract Advisor offers four primary features:

  • Model contracts. These standard contracts are described as a synthesis of the most common language and clauses drawn from a collection of sample contracts and from member-submitted forms and policies. For its initial launch, Contract Advisor includes 10 contracts and policies. New forms and policies will continue to be added, the site says.
  • Clause library. For each contract type, select from a wide range of thousands of clauses. It is organized by agreement and clause type. For each clause, it shows you both a model clause and a full selection of other clauses within the database.
  • Benchmark tool. Use this to compare a contract you drafted against the Contract Advisor database. It will show you matching clauses, divergent clauses and missing clauses.
  • Source documents. A user can access any of the source documents contained within the system.

Contract Advisor is fully searchable, so that a user can search all documents for specific language. Model contracts and clauses can be downloaded in Word or PDF formats.

Even if you are not an ACC member, you can see more about it via a series of tutorials on the Contract Advisor landing page.

A new Web service, still in beta testing, promises to help users manage contracts throughout their life cycle, from negotiation and execution all the way to dispute resolution. Called Tractis, the site is being developed by a Spanish company Negonation. It provides a library of contract templates that parties to a negotiation can adopt and customize. Controls allow the user to create negotiation groups by inviting others to participate and setting their permission levels for viewing and modifying documents. The site maintains a history of all versions and allows commenting and chats related to each contract. Updates can be monitored through alerts sent via e-mail, RSS and text messaging. Eventually, the service will add online conflict resolution, microinsurance and other services, it says. Learn more by taking the tour, reading the FAQ or following the blog.