Importing CaseMap cases
with the CaseMap Importer
with the CaseMap Importer
The MasterFile CaseMap® Importer is the first and only system capable of importing CaseMap case files. In this article we’ll explain how the MasterFile’s CaseMap Importer works and show you some results – the differences are startlingly clear!
Transferring your cases to MasterFile’s integrated document and fact analysis solution is quick and easy and then, after switching, you’ll be able to analyze, set out and substantiate your case and it’s argument, point by point — unique capabilities that only MasterFile brings you. Move across to MasterFile’s trusted fact management.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
The CaseMap importer lets you transfer CaseMap v4 through v14 cases quickly and easily to MasterFile’s integrated document and fact repository.
A CaseMap case file is a collection of over a dozen “spreadsheets” such as the following:
These spreadsheets must be exported from CaseMap, as explained below, and imported into MasterFile. Due to limitations in CaseMap, each spreadsheet must be individually exported in both CPF (CaseMap Portable Format) and CSV (comma separated value) format using CaseMap’s “Export” function.
Once exported, start the CaseMap Importer, shown below. The CaseMap importer maps the various exported CaseMap spreadsheet reports to MasterFile’s simplified and logical organization of Documents, Extracts, Facts, and Player and Issue/Topics, as explained below.
MasterFile offered case-analysis tools that are similar, but superior, to the case-analysis tools that CaseMap offers. On using MasterFile, the firm discovered it could manage players and documents far more easily in MasterFile than in CaseMap (with its reliance on “short names” to manage those matters). …
We found too that the application provides a more comprehensible analysis of the case. For example, MasterFile provides views that offer a visual snapshot of the facts, their analysis and the case time line or chronology. One can “see” the case more easily with this visual snapshot than one could “see” the same case in CaseMap. — John J. Mueller
Below are examples of a CaseMap file as it looks in MasterFile. Watch us import it into MasterFile in less than 5 minutes, here.
Shown below are facts “by Relevance” and facts “by Impact Assessment” views respectively. Notice how MasterFile’s unique colour coding lets you immediately see at a glance how the case is shaping up — in this case, against us, with only one fact in our favour — and how the views are clear and understandable without any training.
Facts by relevance
Facts by Impact Assessment
The same facts as a CaseMap fact spreadsheet in comparison
Next is MasterFile’s “by From” document view. Here, documents are shown automatically categorized by author and then by document type. The two letters we want, from Philip Hawkins to William Lang, pop out at us. There are no ID numbers, no short names, no long names, no file names, etc. to remember in order to locate or reference any document, nor any column or secondary sorts to set each time search criteria change. Instead, exactly two mouse clicks gives you what you want – letters, evidence, facts or argument, etc.
Here is a small section of a CaseMap document spreadsheet for comparison. It contains the same two letters from Philip Hawkins to William Lang shown above in MasterFile.
Shown below is the “everything: by Issue/Topic view. We’ve expanded a few sections to let you see sub-issues and the information available under the expanded issues sections. Notice how this one view lets you see at a glance all documents, extracts, facts and players related to any issue without printed reports. Since CaseMap has no “by issue” views to compare with MasterFile, the best you can do in CaseMap is to keep printing different reports to view documents, facts, etc., by issue. To learn more about MasterFile’s live, “by Issue” views, see the article on our blog, here.
Here’s why MasterFile is your CaseMap alternative of choice ...
As a litigation attorney, you know how complex and fact-laden your cases can be. Even in smaller cases, with thousands or tens of thousands of pages of documents, managing a case file’s litigation process on your own can be difficult. With a legal team in the mix, it’s even more so.
With MasterFile, you can streamline the litigation process:
MasterFile lets you understand key document snippets, key issues, key events and key characters. It draws intelligent connections between witness testimony, facts and issues that help you to uncover how relationships unfolded over time and visually grasp what happened where, when and why in its automatic timeline tool, to let you build a compelling story.
Be more effective with MasterFile – a true, small-firm platform for simple document management through complex litigation that replaces CaseMap, Concordance, & Relativity, etc.