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Sorry for not posting for a while. I was hot seating a trial, and was just too busy to update the site.


The OnCue trial electronic presentation software makes it easy to import deposition designations added as annotations in TextMap as new designations for video clips to be played in the courtroom. You can simply go to File . . . Import . . . Import Designations , select a .csv file exported from TextMap and import the annotations.


In version 9.1 of TextMap, annotations will be exported in this format.



Note that in order to complete the import into OnCue you will need to change the headings from 'Transcript' to 'Deponent', and from 'PgFrm' 'LnFrom' 'PgTo' and 'LnTo' to simply 'Page' and 'Line', and change 'Issues' to 'Linked Issues'. OnCue does not allow entries in the Notes field of TextMap to be imported into a field in its database, but having this as a field in the .csv file will not affect the import.


OnCue has a limitation in handling imports of annotations from TextMap. While TextMap will export ranges with multiple issues on a single row with the issues separated by semi-colons, OnCue cannot import designation ranges to which more than one issue is assigned. OnCue terms issue designations as 'highlighters'. Unless each issue is placed on a separate row, you will get an 'Unknown highlighter ID' when importing.



It's necessary to edit the .csv file exported from TextMap this way, adding duplicate rows for individual issues:


With the updated .csv file, the import can be completed. The set of designations will be imported as a new set of designations named after the name of the .csv file.



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Updated: Jun 4

Too busy with preparing for a hot seat electronic presentation right now to post anything of great detail, but note that my recent experiences indicate that if you receive a Windows Error 0x8007045D, when copying data to an external hard drive, a likely cause is plugging the drive into a USB hub, rather than a port on your laptop, or simply a loose connection.




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If you're curious as to whether or not a forensic examination of a computer can determine if

folders were renamed or deleted, or even simply accessed on a device inquire about the possibility of analyzing shellbags. Shellbags are stored in a file named UserClass.dat in the Windows Registry . The timestamps and other data are encoded in hexadecimal - the numbering system employed by developers that uses 16 symbols (0-9 and A-F) rather than the standard decimal system.


Companies such as Privazer have applications which cannot only display last accessed and modified times for directories which are stored in shellbags but also erase that data as well.


Shellbag data is hard to remove. A new folder or zip file which is created in place of an old one with the same name will inherit its shellbag data. Opening a folder, copying a folder, renaming a folder, deleting a folder, or even simply selecting or right clicking on a folder will generate shellbag data.

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