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With many upload formats, we can auto-detect and set standard metadata fields for your deposition & courtroom transcripts, but what about when the format isn’t playing nice?  It can be mildly annoying to manually key the data for a single transcript, but doing it for a larger set can be downright frustrating.

Not a problem; by including a loadfile, you’ll have all of your meta preset on completion of your import…  So, how does it work?

1. Gather your transcripts/depositions together (most simply by putting ’em under some main directory).

2. Create a csv loadfile in that directory with metadata information.

  • Courtroom transcript loadfiles should be named “transcripts.csv” and contain the fields: filename, date, title, description
  • Deposition transcript loadfiles should be named “depositions.csv” and contain the fields: filename, date, volume, lastname, firstname, middleinit, name_suffix, deposition_type

3. Create a zip file of the transcripts, depositions, and loadfiles, and load it as a batch of depositions or transcripts. The information from the loadfiles will take precedence over other information, so you can even combine depositions and transcripts into one batch.

Notes:

  • The filename is full path/name to the file, relative to the location of the loadfile.  (If the filename starts with “/”, it’s an absolute path within the zip file.)
  • The name_suffix is like “Jr.”, “M.D.”, “III”, etc.
  • The deponent_type corresponds to deponent types in the web app, and defaults to “General”.
  • The fields are expected to be in-order just like in an OLL file, so make sure you include a blank for any data you don’t have, such as a middle initial.
  • You’re welcome to include a row with the column headings for your reference; it will be automatically detected and ignored by the importer.
  • The importer will try to auto-detect any information you don’t specify through the loadfile, such as a volume number, etc.

The rest of the fields should be fairly self-explanatory.  As always, we’re more than happy to assist with any questions or troubleshooting via your Nextpoint rep or at support@nextpoint.com.

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Whether you’re a Mac or a PC, one thing is for certain: The Mac ranks in the legal world have never been stronger and continue to grow.  The conversion is not without it’s bumps and bruises, as many are discovering when it comes to viewing transcripts stored in the PTX format.

One of the great benefits of web-based applications is the ability to be (largely) hardware/operating system independent.  We’re announcing our most recent example: PTX support on the Nextpoint trial application.  By bringing PTX support to the web, users with any mix of hardware and operating system will have access to view and work with PTX files.  All you need is a browser and an internet connection.

Once your PTX has been uploaded and processed, all of our Deposition/Transcript tools are at your disposal: (Re)view, designate, link to related documents/exhibits, etc.

deposition vid

Deposition/Transcripts Tour on Nextpoint.com

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Naturally, I’ve been reflecting about the applications I’ve worked on prior to coming to The Lab, and comparing those applications with what we’ve got here. One of the things that always comes to mind is how the definition of web app can vary so vastly from place to place. I can say I’ve worked on them for the last 10 years, but I think this is the first one that truly fits the bill.

There are many vendors out there touting their software as a web app, but usually this software comes with some of the baggage you’d expect out of an old school client/server application. “One instance per client” apps where client by client upgrades and maintenance scale so poorly that vendors and clients alike spend so much time and money coordinating, the benefits of “access from anywhere” quickly wither away.

True Web Apps should deliver not only on the promise of “access from anywhere”, but also the promise of “update everywhere”.  From a consumer’s perspective it’s wonderful to save the worry of coordinating upgrades, from an IT department’s perspective it’s wonderful to get rid of the headache of having to maintain the environment, and from the vendor’s perspective it’s wonderful to have simple deployments of updates. It’s wonderful for all.

So, do you have a web app or do you have a Web App?

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