Litigation Support Tip of the Night

July 14, 2020

If you are looking for an alternative to the free text editor NotePad++, try jEdit, available for download here.  It's also free!

jEdit is quite different than NotePad++ and has many unique features.  You can use a built-in macro to copy lines which only contain a particular string.

May 22, 2020

If you're having trouble finding a hidden dialog box that's preventing you from accessing an application, try downloading another great utility from Nirsoft:  WinLister - available for download here.  WinLister will show a list of applications that are currently running on your PC.

One column lists the topmost applications.   Under Options you will be able to direct WinLister to display all hidden windows.  Right-clicking on any one application will give you the option to bring the application to the top. 

December 27, 2019

FileMaker Pro is a database program that allows users to create custom applications.  Users that do not have programming skills can use FileMaker Pro to create an application and organize data in form and layouts.   A free 45 day download is available here

There are many possibilities with FileMaker Pro, but at the most basic level it can be used to help you get started quickly with a database of a common type.    Starter databases are available to track assets, inventory, contacts, meetings, tasks, and content.  Sample databases of 16 different types, including billing and expense reports are also available. 

FileMaker Pro get you up and running with a database that has advanced searching, sorting and reporting tools. 

Thanks to Larry Briggi for giving me a head's up about this application!

November 22, 2019

Total Commander is a utility available for download here, that contains an array of tools you can use to edit and compare files.  

It will compare files on the binary or regular text level.  If the contents of two files are identical, a message will pop up indicating this. 

Total Commander can also be used to bulk rename files, and includes a RegEx function.

Total Commander can also be used to split and combine files. 

October 22, 2019

ExifTool is a must have - a nice and easy little utility that helps you capture metadata.   It's available for download, for free, on Phil Harvey's site .   Simply download the zip file, extract the executable, and then drag whatever file you want to analyze on top of the 'exiftool(-k).exe' file.   A command window will open listing the file's metadata. 

September 21, 2019

TreeSize is a free program available for download here.  TreeSize can be used like WinDirStat to find which directories disk space has been allocated to.

Thanks to Sheila Grela for pointing this tool out to me!

July 10, 2019

Auslogics' Duplicate File Finder is a great free utility to help determine where duplicate files appear on hard drives or network directories.   It can be downloaded here:

It can be set to find duplicate files which have been named differently, and to locate files with identical or differing file dates. 

 Its default settings will ignore files saved to folders usually containing system files and it uses file masks to ignore common system file names (e.g., any files with the extension .dll; .ico; etc.)

June 10, 2019

The mp4 video format won’t function properly in TextMap unless additional codecs are installed. 

See confirmation from Lexis here: 

June 4, 2019

NameWiz may not be as widely used as it was back in the day before Bulk Rename Utility became available for free, but a license can still be purchased from SoftByte Labs here

It has certain advantages such as a plug-in which allows you to automatically rename mpegs with the album and song names. 

December 16, 2018

SysExporter is another great free utility from NirSoft.   It is designed to help you export lists displayed in WinZip, Outlook, Windows Explorer, Registry Editor, Internet Explorer, and more.   

It's very easy to use.   From the task bar select the target icon:

. . .then simply drag this to the window of the application you need to export a list from.  

You'll then have the option to export the list from SysExporter to a .csv file. 

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Sean O'Shea has more than 15 years of experience in the litigation support field with major law firms in New York and San Francisco.   He is an ACEDS Certified eDiscovery Specialist and a Relativity Certified Administrator.

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