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Thursday, July 5, 2018

TrialDirector 360

TrialDirector 360

Although it hasn't yet been officially released yet, here are a few initial thoughts on the new TrialDirector 360, some of which are from my LinkedIn post. If you'd like to follow along, feel free to connect and follow my profile: 

You will need to set up an Ipro 360 account, which will manage your Ipro software and will eventually serve as another method of creating and working with your cases. Parts of this, along with some features in TD360 are still being finalized. This initial review is on a Beta website, and the locally installed version is

Once you're all registered, you can then download the software. This is the set for TrialDirector 360.

TrialDirector 360 is looking pretty good so far. Regardless of which software you're planning on using in the next few years, you're going to have to learn a few new tricks if you want to stay in business. While the Presentation mode is familiar, you'll want to spend some time learning to navigate the new database. There are still a number of features and things yet to be finalized, although what I've seen so far (in version looks solid. #trialdirector #ipro #TD360 #TrialDirector360

One major change/improvement is the way TD360 handles PDF files. In previous versions you could set document breaks only with TIFFs, and not PDFs. TD360 converts the PDFs to .png format, allowing you to add/remove/reorder/rename individual pages. The converted file size may be larger than the original, which is also imported to the file set. One example is a PDF of 109KB and the .png converted at 1.89MB. You will want to make sure to change your case data default location (see image) to somewhere with enough capacity, especially if you're running a small SSD for your applications. 

Default file path and convert MPEG-2 option (click to enlarge)

The Document Resequence dialog allows you to change Doc ID, Exhibit numbers, etc., addressing the need for an easier way to set up Bates numbering. For those familiar with scanning apps, this will totally make sense.

Video Clip Editing - remove lines and redact text (click to enlarge)

You can't import a batch of synced video files, at least not yet. They need to be imported one-at-a-time.

Here are a couple questions and answers that have already come up.

Q:  Any easier way to batch fill Bates #s?  It would be great if TD would  automatically populate bates numbers similar to the way it handles exhibit numbers.  Then the user could just clean up and correct any bates #s that are not sequential. 

A:  Depending on which field you want to use for your Bates numbers, you can now select groups of exhibits and rename Doc ID, or you can still work with the Exhibit fields as your Bates.

Q:  On clip export, did they change the export options?  Mainly, more detailed MPEG settings and better audio? 

A:  Actually, there are 3 video export flavors of MP4 on the clip export. Standard iPad is smallest file size (352x240), then MPEG 4 (352x240) and Hi-res iPad (1920x1080). Audio exports to MP3.