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New Document Assembly system is now on Kickstarter

Timing is everything. At about the same time we were preparing the UnCut column on KM & Document Management – preaching but not converting legaltechnology.com/latest-news/uncut-comment-km-and-document-automation-preaching-but-not-converting – over in the US, Lev Rosenblum and his colleagues at Lexprompt were launching a Kickstarter fundraising project for LP Writer – Intelligent Writing Software.

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Timing is everything. At about the same time we were preparing the UnCut column on KM & Document Management – preaching but not converting legaltechnology.com/latest-news/uncut-comment-km-and-document-automation-preaching-but-not-converting – over in the US, Lev Rosenblum and his colleagues at Lexprompt were launching a Kickstarter fundraising project for LP Writer – Intelligent Writing Software.

Lev adds “We have been working on this project for some time, and after our second prototype realized that we had something special. We wanted something that would make document drafting easier but would not rigid, like a fillable form (such as HotDocs) and would be less complicated than West KM.

“In a nutshell, our application will take existing documents, parse them, and store the text in a custom database. Then, as you type in Microsoft Word, you will be able to get suggestions (sentences and fragments) from the parsed documents. At any time, you will be able to turn it on and off and drill back to the source document. And the suggestions will appear essentially instantaneously, as you type – our prototype application provides suggestions in 0.01 – 0.5 seconds, from a database of 100,000 single space pages, when tested on a typical PC. Suggestions will be based on the text that user types in the working document, and can include synonyms, stemmed words, and other natural language search tools, which may be selected by the user.  The user also will be able to choose a category of documents from which to pull suggestions. There are other bells and whistles that we think will make the software easy to use as well as produce useful suggestions, but this is the nuts and bolts of it.”

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter page www.kickstarter.com/projects/1297871291/lp-writer-intelligent-writing-software-for-everyon

And here’s a link to a fact sheet about the company and the product Fact sheet

 

3 replies on “New Document Assembly system is now on Kickstarter”

Firstly, the suggestion that HotDocs is rigid because it only allows for a fillable form is inaccurate. I don’t know why people feel they have to bash another product in order to promote their own, especially when the bashing is incorrect.

Secondly, while the system might be able to recall phrases from a large database of phrases there doesn’t appear to be anything that would apply logic to ensure that the appropriate phrase or clause is being selected into a document, nor anything that would fill in information like client names, addresses, dates etc. in specified formats throughout documents (at least by the description in the article). Those features of well-established document assembly systems like HotDocs, Contract Express, and others are critical to driving significant efficiency when properly implemented.

The comment about “rigidity” was not intended as bashing HotDocs or any other document assembly system. It is simply what document assembly systems are–they provide a fixed (or rigid) form that includes fillable fields.

Document assembly systems address situations where it is desirable to have a rigid form; this may reduce mistakes in the document, which may be introduced by the user. Our tool, however, focuses on a different problem: finding and reusing relevant text on sentence and paragraph level in real time, so the user can custom build new documents from existing building blocks. It is up to each user to review and select appropriate building blocks. In other words, LP Writer will place the control with the user to select specific text blocks that will go into the document. As for the “fillable” fields, LP Writer will include a named entity recognition algorithm, which will identify names, addresses, dates, etc., in the existing text and highlight them. At least in the first version, it will be up to the user to enter appropriate information in those highlighted fields.

Just try Pathagoras. It’s easy, relatively inexpensive, on the market and well received. Not a ‘automatic’ as LP Writer claims it will be, but it’s pretty darn automatic and intuitive to create variables and assemble text.

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