RB8 users: Use the free PDF Transcript Creator to provide clients with universally accepted, secure, interactive PDF transcripts.
If you are not an RB8 user, now is a good time to make the switch, so you can also offer clients PDF transcripts with custom pagination, word indexes and cover pages with job and case information automatically included from your RB database.
PDF is rapidly becoming the format of choice for the courts and law firms due to its security, universal format and archival stability. In fact, 89% of the federal courts use PDF for file documents and electronic filings; and international and lower courts are setting up similar systems. You may have already encountered requests for PDF transcripts from your clients, as other RB users have.
If you have been experiencing issues with your current transcript solutions – whether it’s problems with proprietary formats, cost or usability issues – RB PDF Transcripts can solve those problems and more:
- PDF is universally accessible. Unlike secret proprietary formats that many email programs don’t recognize, PDFs can be emailed without firewall, virus or other security issues. In addition, PDFs can be opened, read and searched using the free Adobe Reader and are compatible with many operating systems. In fact, Adobe’s Reader is one of the most widely distributed applications in the world.
- PDFs retain the appearance of the original document. It won’t reformat your pages or change your page and line breaks.
- The RB PDF Transcript Creator is included in RB8. There is no extra charge for the tool. So for as little as $100/month to subscribe to RB8 (single user), you can have the PDF transcript tool plus a coordinated system for calendaring, billing, receivables, payables and more. And the Adobe Reader is a free download for your clients.
- PDF is reliable, and RB’s PDF Transcript Creator is easy to use. The PDF format has been around since 1993 and is backed by Adobe, a NASDAQ-listed corporation with a worldwide presence. Its ubiquity testifies to its soundness and ease-of-use. We developed the PDF Transcript Creator with the same philosophy: provide the most useful transcript conversion features in a simple tool.
In addition, RB PDF Transcripts allow your clients who use the latest Adobe Acrobat Pro to incorporate its uniquely legal features such as adding Bates numbering and performing true redaction on transcripts. And whether they have Acrobat Pro or the free Reader, they can use Adobe’s powerful search tools and print condensed transcripts.
With RB8’s PDF Transcript Creator, you can convert page-image ASCII files into PDF transcripts with job and case information from your RB database automatically included. Your PDF transcripts can also include your custom cover page, headers and footers, word indexes, passwords, and attachments, such as the original ASCII. You can save your transcripts to your central RB repository plus make them automatically available to your clients and reporters over RB Web.
[May 2009] RB PDF transcripts continue to improve. They now include condensed versions, exhibit linking, master word indexes and digital signatures.