Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers timeline creation and presentation software for litigation (see article below), a Bluetooth smartpen that transfers what you write on paper to your tablet, a Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad Air, and a scanning app for Android and iPhone. Don't miss the next issue.
SHOW YOUR CLIENT'S STORY INSTEAD OF JUST TELLING IT
Rod Stewart famously crooned that every picture tells a story. So does every litigation. However, litigation isn't scripted so it lacks a tidy story arc. Instead, the story may take place in minutes, hours, days, weeks, years, or even decades. The material events may transpire all at once or at different times. The timeline of events is often dispositive. Therefore, creating a visual timeline can help you craft a coherent story that ties everything together for depositions, briefs, and trial.
Ntrepid Timestream … in One Sentence
Ntrepid Timestream (Timestream) enables you to create an interactive timeline and attach to supporting evidence to help present your case.
The Killer Feature
As you learn about critical events from your client, fact witnesses, and documents, you enter them into Timestream. This not only enables you to build your trial presentation from the beginning of the case, but it also helps you identify themes and develop a narrative.
Each event has a title and description. You can attach related evidence and other documents to an event. By tagging events with keywords, you can view all events and documents related to an entity, issue, location, person, etc. You can further categorize events using colors and shapes. You navigate through a timeline with your mouse, zooming out to see years and zooming in to see days, hours, and minutes. You can also conduct full-text searches and bookmark events.
"Building a compelling narrative for a case is labor intensive and challenging," Ntrepid Vice President of Research and Development Teddy Lindsey told us. "Our goal is to revolutionize the storytelling process through intuitive, streamlined tools. Timelines are a natural way to tell that story but Timestream isn't just a timeline. It's your whole case. The chronology, supporting documents, pertinent people, organizations, and topics — it's all at your fingertips."
Other Notable Features
The File Library contains all the supporting evidence you've connected to events. The event count bubble next to each file displays the number of events to which it's connected. You can jump to any connected event from an associated document.
Most lawsuits involve collaboration. Timestream Connect Server enables you to collaborate with colleagues in real time, and work offline and sync your changes when you reconnect. If a conflict occurs, a conflict dialogue enables you to choose which change to accept.
In addition to presenting a timeline, Timestream also features a more traditional presentation mode. The slide shows you create from the underlying information in Timestream run in any web browser, enabling you to share them and run them on computers without Timestream installed. Similarly, you can generate reports in RTF format. You choose which events to list in a report. Making changes to slide shows and reports doesn't change any of the underlying data in Timestream.
A free companion iPhone app called Timestream Capture enables you to capture audio, documents, photos, and videos in the field, and then securely transfer them to Timestream. Designed for investigations, the material you capture is geotagged and timestamped.
What Else Should You Know?
Timestream runs on both OS X and Windows. It encrypts and forensically hashes all data, establishing authenticity and chain of custody. You can try Timestream for free. Learn more about Timestream.
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