Archive for April, 2008

Not surprisingly, a primary advantage of Nextpoint as a web-based application is its ability to allow multiple users access to case materials from any location with an internet connection. This fosters collaboration between users and allows everyone access to the latest version of documents. Oftentimes, our customers set up cases with a number of users who all have different roles in the litigation- paralegals, lead attorneys, IT team, and even their own clients- but don’t necessarily want to allow all users access to the high level functionality. To resolve this, Nextpoint offers customers the opportunity to set permissions levels for case users.

The three user levels on Nextpoint are Basic, Standard, and Advanced. Generally speaking, a Basic user may view and search documents, but does not have the ability to make edits; a Standard user possesses the ability to edit, but cannot delete documents; and an Advanced user has access to the full capabilities of Nextpoint, including “trashing” and deleting documents. A full outline of user permissions can be found in the Nextpoint User Permissions Guide on Nextpoint Support.

User can select permissions levels upon the creation of a Nextpoint case, and they can be altered at any time by emailing account@nextpoint.com.

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We’re gearing up to release a simplified and fast mobile interface for Nextpoint. Users will be able to search all of their evidence and send selected documents and/or transcripts directly to their mobile inbox. Once it’s released just point your mobile browser at Nextpoint and you’ll be ready to go… no installations or configurations necessary. Our primary focus was on the Blackberry and iPhone devices, but you’ll be in great shape on Windows Mobile or any device with the Opera Mobile browser. Keep your eye out for the official release of the Nextpoint mobile interface and in the mean time checkout this iPhone demo.

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We knew it was only a matter of time- but it looks like that time is now. Last week, a company called Aircell announced the completion of a nationwide wireless network that would give broadband access to commercial airline passengers. Using the internet service Gogo, passengers will receive full internet capability, including VPN access, corporate email, and, of course, web-browsing. Aircell has secured agreements with American Airlines and Virgin America, with selected flights receiving service as early as June, and others following suit by the end of the year.

For Nextpoint users, the advantages are obvious. But this breakthrough has further-reaching implications than the mere convenience factor. In-flight internet is only a foreshadowing of things yet to come. The world is going web. And Nextpoint will be right alongside cheering it on.

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Every once in a while during a demo, I’ll hear from an attorney that he or she wants the ability to export documents, either to work on locally or to use with another application. While we here at Nextpoint enjoy touting the benefits of keeping things on the web, we realize that this desire exists and have structured Nextpoint with this idea in mind.

Currently, Nextpoint features two options for exporting. Most obviously, users may export a single document as a PDF by simply clicking the icon to the right of any document in a search population. This makes it nice if you have a few documents you’d like to print or access on your local drive.

Taking it a step further, users can also bulk export documents for use with other applications. This is done by selecting the documents and exporting either a load list, which will give you only the load file, or zip file, which includes both the load file and the corresponding single page TIF images. Users can select from exporting as OLL, DAT, or XML files, recognized industry formats that can be easily uploaded into other applications such as TrialDirector or Concordance. This capability in Nextpoint allows users to work seamlessly across multiple trial preparation programs.

But wait, there’s more. Coming soon, Nextpoint will offer users the ability to bulk export PDF files. In the next release, users will find a “Files” option under the Export menu in the top of the Documents section. Here, users may opt to export the documents with cover pages detailing each document’s coding that print before each. Users can even choose to export the documents separately by exhibit or as a continuous PDF, which makes large printing jobs easy.

Whether you’re exporting for purposes of printing, local save, or use with another program, Nextpoint has the bases covered.

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