Setting up interactive realtime and running into glitches every time? Not with the Diamante, Case CATalyst & CaseViewNet

By: Karen Kerr & Michelle McLaughlin
Stenograph District Sales Managers

Is setting up your realtime feed anything but easy? You check and maybe even swap out the plugs and cables or wireless adapters. You check the device manager. You check and double-check the com ports and baud rates. You re-install drivers. What now? Attorneys are staring and tapping their fingers. Everyone is waiting to go on the record, and now you’re completely stressed out!

Confidently get your realtime going with the Stenograph team: The Diamante, Case CATalyst, and CaseViewNet. No more cables or adapters. No baud rates or com ports. Need help? Stenograph is your single source of support, ready to assist.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1) The Diamante – The Diamante’s TrueStroke Technology will improve your tran rate by helping to eliminate stacking, shadowing, and missed keys, giving you the confidence you need to send out clean, readable interactive realtime.

2) Laptop Computer with Case CATalyst Version 13 and Connectify virtual router – Connection is as simple as connecting to your home’s wireless network; although, no internet connection is needed. With Case CATalyst’s RapidRefresh™, all globals, edits, and changes will instantly update on clients’ computers or iPads so your realtime will look better than ever!

3) Realtime viewers – Attorneys & judges can view your realtime feed on laptops, netbooks, tablets, or iPads. They will receive a clean wireless feed that can be saved as an ASCII, Livenote, or Summation file. Attorneys arriving late receive the entire transcript as soon as they connect. All marks and notations will be retained in their saved file.

Protecting Your Old Jobs and Files

Do you devote a portion of your work space to old hardware and old software just in case you need to print a copy of an old job?

Do you have shoe boxes full of diskettes?

Take steps now to avoid the loss of those precious files.

Old hardware and old diskettes are at an extremely high risk for failure. Attempting to recover data from a failed archaic drive or diskette is expensive and often doesn’t
even work.

The good news is you can take action and protect your jobs today.

Read on to learn how to archive your old jobs safely and easily. Take action now, and protect yourself from the failure of your old hardware and the failure of the hardware security device needed to access your old software.

Print and store your old Jobs in PDF format

One of the reasons you might be trying to keep your old hardware around is to ensure that a copy of an old job exactly matches the original transcript. One of the great benefits of the PDF format is it preserves the integrity of a file.  When you print to PDF you can be confident that the Page and Line numbers will match the original.

There are many free available PDF printers you can install on your old hardware. Cute PDF™ Writer is a free PDF printer that is compatible with operating systems as old as Windows 98. The link for Cute PDF is below.

http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/Writer.asp *

The installation is fast and creating a PDF is as simple as selecting CutePDF as the printer when printing.

Import your old files into Case CATalyst version 13

The import process does not take long and the results are very accurate. Case CATalyst version 13 supports the import of ASCII, RTF/CRE, Premier Power, and Case CATalyst versions 1 – 3. By importing old jobs into your current version of Case CATalyst, you are taking a vital step toward long term access to those jobs.

Make reliable backups

A reliable backup is a great way to be protected from loss of old jobs. Keeping old jobs on floppy disks will all but guarantee failure.  As a floppy disk ages, its magnetic media begins to degrade.

After printing your old jobs to PDF or importing them into CATalyst version 13, Stenograph recommends saving those PDF files to an external hard drive, as well as uploading them to a reputable online storage service. That way you have archives in two locations, and are protected if one of the archives fails for some reason.

* Stenograph has no affiliation with Acro Software Inc. and has no vested interest in any of the products Acro Software Inc. provides.

Success with the CaseViewNet® iPad® App

Lesia Mervin, an official reporter with the Tulare County Superior Court in Visalia, California, has been beta testing Stenograph’s products for years. When she learned that Stenograph was developing a CaseViewNet iPad app, she couldn’t wait to get her hands on it.

She has had CaseViewNet activation on her Case CATalyst® software for a couple of years, and her judge receives the realtime feed through the free CaseViewNet viewer on his computer. Attorneys appearing in her assigned courtroom also use the free
CaseViewNet viewer to view the realtime feed on their own computers, which allows them to search, mark and annotate their copy of the transcript. As a result of providing this value-added service, Lesia charges attorneys a slightly higher page rate. Consequently, the attorneys have become very familiar with CaseViewNet and prefer reporters who offer this service. However, most of them have not taken advantage of all the features in the software but they typically view the realtime transcript and scroll back and forth for previous testimony.

She has embraced Stenograph’s wireless products including the WiFi option on her  Diamante® writer. She loves the freedom of using wireless and cordless technology without worrying about untangling cables and finding an available port.

Lesia has been testing the iPad app for the last 3 months. “With the popularity of iPads and Stenograph’s cutting edge wireless capabilities, I can see CaseViewNet users really taking advantage of this”, remarks Lesia. “I have it set up every day right next to my Case CATalyst computer so I can see my realtime. The iPad app has been extremely reliable and is really easy to use.”

When the iPad app is released, she plans to provide it as a “throw-down” for attorneys to use. If attorneys have their own iPads, they can join her network to receive the realtime. Because of its ease of use, the attorneys will be up and running fairly quickly.

Learn more about the Diamante, CaseViewNet and Case CATalyst at stenograph.com!

Wireless Solutions for Court Reporting

By: Jim Doyle, Technical Advisor

Not long ago, wireless was a new phenomenon – a thing of the future. Today, it’s all around us.

According to “JiWire’s WiFi Registry” there are 117,327 free and pay Wi-Fi locations in United States; wireless access is no longer the distant future.  WiFi is now, by-and-large, the norm. The introduction of Netbooks, Tablet PC’s, and handheld devices, coupled with the proliferation of wireless hotspots in airports, libraries, select cities, and Internet cafes, clearly demonstrates that wireless is no longer a novelty available only to the technical elite.

Wireless in 2012 has truly come of age. Within the “Court Reporter industry”, the court reporters who embrace the benefits of wireless will be the court reporters in demand.

Whether you are considering or already use wireless solutions for your CAT or litigation software needs, the benefits of WiFi wireless become immediately apparent. Quick setup and reduction in the amount of equipment to transport, coupled with wireless reliability and security, are key features that make court reporting and wireless technology a natural combination for today’s Court Reporter. These features will make your job easier and impress your clients. The days of carrying more than enough cables to satisfy connections from your writer to your CAT software, from your litigation software to your Judge and any number of attorneys are over.  Worse than over, the tangle of cables and adapters to satisfy everyone’s needs have become passé.

It’s time to cut yourself free from the transport and setup of bulky cables necessary for a wired CAT and litigation software solution.

Stenograph has strove to be on the cutting edge of Court Reporting technology for the past 85 years and continued this tradition by introducing its first wireless writer solution in April of 2004, the élan Mira®. Currently, the Diamante® incorporates years of wireless writer experience and reliability, to offer a truly amazing writer by any standard. Of course the Diamante, along with Case CATalyst® version 13 and, CaseViewNet® version 2.6.3, can all operate as a tethered or “cable solution” for those court reporters who wish to gradually become immersed in today’s wireless culture.  The capability to move to a completely wireless solution gradually is available in all these Stenograph products.  You can offer both tethered and wireless solutions with these Stenograph products.  The best of both worlds are available to enable you to offer whatever configuration is needed.  Once your clients experience the WiFi wireless capabilities of your Stenograph writer and software they will never want to go back to the cabled tethering of the past.

If you’d like to learn more, stop by Stenograph’s Web site and take a look at the wireless offerings for writers, CAT software and litigation software now available from Stenograph.

Wireless is no longer a thing of the future – it’s the technology that is driving your world today! Invest in yourself by learning how to make today’s technology work for you.

Top 10 Wireless U.S. Cities According to JiFi’s WiFi Registry

Rank   Cities Locations
1 New York 1,678
2 Brooklyn 1,657
3 Philadelphia 1,579
4 Bronx 1,246
5 San Francisco 929
6 Chicago 900
7 Houston 846
8 Los Angeles 642
9 Seattle 597
10 Austin 575