Archive for June, 2008

Whether you’re managing millions or “only” thousands of documents one thing is for certain: It’s all about the search. Nextpoint continues to invest in that belief with the introduction of “Advanced Search” (to be released in the next week).

Our new Advanced Search tool will guide you through the process of building more powerful queries while simultaneously providing you with the know-how to build the queries in the “standard” search box.

Advanced Search

We’ve further enhanced search capabilities inside specific sections (Documents, Depositions, Transcripts). Section-specific Advanced Search will be available as well as the ability to transfer results between ‘Search’ and the specific sections.

Of course, as with any enhancements to your Nextpoint software there’s no waiting for your IT department to install patches and upgrade components. Just check back early next week and the functionality will be there waiting for you to try it out!

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Ben and I have been working through pricing both for our trial and discovery products. We price by the page. Some people are asking us why we don’t price by the GB or file size.

The simple answer is we do more than just host. Once we get an image, there are multiple pre-processing steps that happen that in essence, expand the file size. For each tif or pdf, we generate additional files.

Why? Better performance. Pricing models that work by file size for storage incentivize the wrong thing, which is cutting the amount of storage used. At this point, storage is the least expensive input. Double your file size to double your performance? Great dea Clients don’t want to “pay” for more storage, and vendors don’t want to “eat” storage costs.

We look at pages. It’s granular and it makes sense. We will prices processing by the GB, and we’re figuring out a smarter way to do it than just by the filesize. There are significant problems with using file size as a cost basis. Here’s an interesting article by Craig Ball “exploding” the file size myth.

It’s another instance of where hype and confusion reign over common sense and open communication.

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