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ILTA 2012 preview

So many vendors with so many new products but here is our pick of the new releases…

Document Production – Law firms (although their litigators will all strenuously deny this) are rapidly becoming document factories and, as a consequence, this year’s ILTA will be all about document production technology, the space between wordprocessing and archiving…

World Software (booth 706-8) is launching Worldox GX3 Enterprise, a new multi-office client server (not browser-based) version of its increasingly popular DMS. The company has also added legal hold functionality to its GX3 Professional system. PayneGroup say visitors should check out its Metadata Assistant 4 application which company founder Donna Payne describes as “a game changer.” Microsystems (booth 1008-1010) is formally releasing its new EagleEye automated legal document drafting and review system, which can check for inconsistent phrases and numbering, punctuation and editing mistakes, as well as incomplete items and incorrect references across legal agreements of all sizes.

Prosperoware has two new products: Zone Drive which replicates a lawyer’s desktop on a mobile device, so you can access document repositories to upload and download content using smartphones and tablet apps. And, Milan Move & Archive which simplifies archiving WorkSite content. HighQ (booth #930) officially releases Collaborate 2.3, a major upgrade to its web-based document management and collaboration platform. PLUS we have a new HighQ case study we’ll be publishing tomorrow. DocSolid (booth 223) now working in partnership with Worldox, will be showing its latest scanning solutions for the corporate legal market. And Biscom (booth #339) will be showcasing three new features for its Secure File Transfer system: integration of fax and file transfer technology, integration with Payne Group’s Outlook Send Assistant and a secure collaborative workspace iPad app.

Best in Show – One company absent from the Document Production section is Litéra who are launching a product so novel we think it deserves special highlighting. Called IDS and based on the Wormhole technology Litéra was previewing earlier this year, the new system aims to transform the way people work together, by providing true, simultaneous document collaboration, with full auditability, among unlimited users. Although other vendors have tried to do this, IDS takes a different approach and instead of editing the actual documents, users work on an image, with all the proposed changes stored in a database for subsequent consolidation. Litéra’s Norm Thomas believes IDS will have the same impact on document collaboration as conference calls had on business telephony. IDS is currently being beta-tested by one of the world’s largest law firms meanwhile Litéra will be demonstrating IDS in Demo Room #1 on the ILTA exhibition hall floor.

Best of the Rest – Over in the digital investigations and litigation support sector AccessData (booth #416) has just launched Mobile Phone Examiner Plus (MPE+), which is designed to make mobile device data (including call logs, email, voicemail, search and browsing history, photos and GPS data) immediately available for ediscovery. If you miss AccessData at ILTA, they are also running a 23-city roadshow starting September 6th. AccesData will also be showcasing their revamped Summation ediscovery product line – from Tuesday they will running hands-on demonstrations in Azalea 2 – you can also win an iPad & get a free $5 Starbucks gift card.

RenewData (booth #607 & 609) will be showing its new Language Based Analytics offering, which they say will provide significant time and cost savings for ediscovery and investigations work, without relying on artificial intelligence. The Affinity Consulting Group will be talking about its new YourExecutive law firm management program. This offers firms outsourced access to C-level guidance on an as-needed basis. YourExecutive will focus on strategic, operations, IT and financial management.

Capensys (booth #417) will be launching its web-based KnowledgeCheck Learning Portal. The portal is designed to support rollouts and on-going learning through tutorials and exercises covering Office 2010, as well as many other popular legal software applications. Capensys say the portal’s flexible purchasing options provide good value for small-to-mid-sized firms.

Quorum (booth #138) is going to be showing its one-click backup, recovery and business continuity solutions for small-to-mid-sized firms – and if you miss them this week, they are also heading off on a 12-city tour this Fall, starting in Miami on October 2.

Finally Digomé, a  boutique digital strategies & interactive marketing firm, is introducing Digomé Legal Marketing, its full service legal marketing group delivering social media, digital marketing, web strategies and traditional mainstream media such as TV, radio, and print to its law firm clientele. The Nashville-based company is lead by veteran trial lawyer and long time legal technology entrepreneur Roe Frazer who wants to help law firms improve their branding, social media and digital marketing presence.