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Archive for January, 2009

We’ve long supported the ability to supplement our “standard” coding field list by defining your own “custom” fields.  The fields are added to our search indexes and made available anyplace you’ll be coding or researching.

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We’ve expanded this capability to enable further customizations – allowing you to tailor things to your more specific situation and needs.  Let’s take a look at a few potential issues from that last screenshot.

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In our example, custom fields are handy but we could use a little extra help.  Admin tools (available to “Advanced” users in the “Settings” section) can help us out a lot here.

Re-ordering our fields to get bates elements near each other and sequenced correctly is a simple matter of dragging them to the right spot.

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For Custodian: let’s just setup the 6 valid values and not risk mistypings or misunderstandings.  People can select the right one from the list and be done with it.

We have the same mistyping problem for Location and found a need to sometimes have more than one location selected.  No problem.

For each field, we select a new Input Type.

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Setup our initial values.

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The result is not drastic but it’s a major improvement.  Our re-ordered fields make a lot more sense and should reduce confusion during Review.  The Location and Custodian entries have been cleaned up a lot as well, reducing misspellings and misunderstandings.

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Up until recently, our support of color documents has been, well, lacking. We’ve known this for a while, and it’s been a monkey on our back.  Recently, we rolled out some major improvements to our color document support. Color docs look better everywhere, especially theater.

Theater Color Doc with callouts

Theater still retains all of it’s usability, including highlighting, underlining, and redacting.  In order to maintain this functionality with richer color evidence such as photographs, maps, or demonstratives we’re auto-detecting the “white percentage” of the document image in Theater.  If the Document has a substantially high white percentage, highlights are done under the doc, as in the above call out.  If documents have a low white percentage Theater automatically detects the difference, and the highlight is done over the image.  You’ll notice a very slight difference in the highlight colors.

Color Doc Highlight Over

We made major improvements in the processing of color documents.  Documents are now stored as 24-bit PNG files.  By expanding our color palette to 24-bit we avoid dithering the image to produce a better looking, higher quality image.  Unchecked, higher quality images usually generate larger file sizes, which take longer to load in your web browser.  To improve your experience we took measures to trim all the extra image glut.  Our advanced auto-color reduction algorithm tests uploaded image files to determine if they’re color, grayscale, or monochromatic and creates files appropriately.  Along with a few other color reduction techniques we create better looking images with smaller file sizes to improve your trial preparation experience.  Even photographs look great.

Color Document Photograph

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