Client: Ed Faunce
Well, I spent a lot of time during the last four days reviewing the various video tutorials and articles on MasterFile, especially as compared to CaseMap.
I am completely convinced that I must make the change over to MasterFile. All the shortcomings identified in using CaseMap are limitations which I have run up against.
My last e-mail to you said that I wanted to keep my MasterFile installation on my local computer at the office. Now, I think that I should install to the server, add the Evidence Cruncher and begin the process of converting my active litigation files to MasterFile.
I'll be changing my legal assistant in the next few weeks, so I'd like to start off the process right away.
I must say that reading all the support documents from "Just the Facts" finally sunk in, especially the Issues and Topics. Here is how I now understand "topics." (And I come to this understanding from having used a program called EccoPro before CaseMap -- both of which programs allowed me to add a column to track any desired characteristic of documents.) Topics = characteristics. So, if I have four different medical specialities involved in a particular case, I can track whether a player is an orthopaedist, internist, psychiatrist, radiologist etc. using the topic format Player\specialty\?? and add the speciality. Anyway, I began to see that MasterFile is as fully customizable as were the earlier database products I have used. And, all without having to know technical programming languages!
I also appreciated the article on "Innovative Uses" of MasterFile. This was exactly the type of information organizing approach I was trying to figure out. I had not studied all of these Just the Facts articles before. And maybe that's best because once I started trying to use MasterFile, the Facts articles now make better sense to me and have answered a lot of the questions I had. I have always noticed that when implementing a new software paradigm, one must "slice and dice" multiple times getting a little deeper until the "Aha" moment arrives. Once you understand the paradigm, then its just a matter of practising until the program becomes second nature.
One final observation. I mistakenly thought that I could "dabble" along with MasterFile while still allowing my staff to use CaseMap to keep up with the ongoing litigation. Unfortunately, MasterFile is an energizing software product which, once the legal professional understands its power, is not compatible with just dabbling! Once you get it, then you've got to get it going.
Thanks for such a great product. ... This software is great stuff!