Word for Word Summer 2002

Vol. 11 No. 3

It’s here…it’s now…it’s the élan Mira!
by Judy Wolf, Product Manager

The word élan means style… verve… elegance. Envision how you will look and feel sitting in front of this sleek two-tone graphite gray machine with glossy gray keys and the most comfortable touch imaginable. Enjoy the high quality color display where you'll see your text in actual transcript format. Visualize how this contemporary machine will impress your clients and colleagues who will recognize that you are at the top of your field.

The élan Mira has more than just good looks going for it. It will substantially improve the precision of your writing. Adjust each key's contact point and touch to precise settings never before available on any shorthand machine. Without a ribbon, platen or paper to figure into the adjustment equation, you set your stroke as deep or as shallow as you like and re-adjust it quickly and easily.

What? No paper? Yes, you read that right. No paper. No ribbon. No platen. Nothing to grease! You not only eliminate the costs associated with replenishing your paper supply and your paper-related accessories, such as the paper tray and ribbon cartridges, toting them is a thing of the past. The machine itself weighs only six pounds plus the weight of the tripod. You just lightened your load!

The heart of the matter
Let's talk about what makes the élan Mira tick. The heart of any computer device is the microprocessor. The Intel® StromARM is a 32-bit microprocessor featuring superior power efficiency and performance, particularly suitable for intelligent office machines such as the élan Mira. With this processor, you'll never be able to outpace your machine!

You have probably heard of Flash memory, a chip used for information storage in such devices as your car radio that keeps track of your favorite radio stations even when the car is turned off. Just like the Stentura® LX, the Mira keeps your personal and job dictionaries in Flash memory and then uses them to translate your steno into text. Flash memory in the Mira will house dictionaries of 350,000 entries and higher – double the Stentura capacity.

Another type of Flash memory, CompactFlash®, is a key element of the élan Mira. CompactFlash is the world's most popular removable mass storage device and is used in digital cameras, hand-held PCs and home video games. The card is about the size of a matchbook and only weighs half an ounce. The card is based on the popular PC-card
(PCMCIA) standard and can easily be slipped into these slots with the use of an adapter that comes with the élan Mira. External card readers for desktop computers are available separately.

Heart and soul
If the processor is the heart of the machine, the software is its soul. Created by Stenograph award-winning programmers with years of experience in this industry, the Mira's software is truly the next generation of writing machine. The Mira's translation software creates a display that is formatted more like a transcript, which will make it easier for you to spot your point of readback or to follow your realtime display.

SmartStroke evaluates your hand-to-hand movement. It splits an outline into two if it appears that you intended to but didn't completely pick up your hand before bringing down a second stroke. As a result, you get cleaner notes and less stacking. The programmers created one exception to this function, the asterisk key, which can be intentionally stacked. Some of you distinguish homonyms by coming back with an asterisk while leaving your left hand down from the previous outline. (You know who you are.) We've got you covered!

The Mira’s software is upgradeable, which means we will continue to develop new features for the machine.

Get connected
Considered one of the most basic external connections to a computer, the serial port has been an integral part of most computers for more than 20 years. Most modems still use the serial port, as do some PDAs and digital cameras. The élan Mira comes with a serial port so you can connect it to your computer using your standard Stentura realtime cable.

Just about any computer that you buy today comes with one or more Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectors on the back. The élan Mira also comes with a USB connector on the back. Compared to other ways of connecting devices to your computer, USB devices are incredibly simple.

One reason USB has become pervasive is that even when you only have one USB port on your computer, you can use a USB hub to connect from two to 127 (Heaven forbid!) devices to your computer at the same time. Let's say you connect a hub and then connect your élan Mira to the hub. You could then connect a USB Mouse, a USB Laser Printer, a USB Scanner, a digital camera, your PDA docking station, a Zip® drive or even your programmable sewing machine! The future for USB looks bright and your élan Mira is part of that future!

The straight story on the keyboard
The steno keyboard has changed very little since its introduction. It consists of a set of keys that sit on top of levers that bend towards a center point where the typeface strikes the platen. A spring bounces the lever back up. Since the élan Mira doesn't use paper, it doesn't have a platen, a typeface or a center point! That means the key levers do not bend – they are straight. Straight keylevers mean all the keys feel the same in all combinations and all have exactly the same bounce from exactly the same type of spring. Straight keylevers are the foundation of the élan's incredibly comfortable touch!

Computerized steno machines rely on switches that cause a change in the current flowing through the circuit board in the machine. When the key presses the keyswitch against the circuit, it generates a code for that letter which goes into memory, to the disk and out the port for realtime. You most likely already know that. The élan Mira works the same way but now, with the use of straight key-levers, it is possible to make minute adjustments on each individual key.

Enter… AccuDial…a revolutionary feature that will increase your accuracy, especially on those troublesome finger and key combinations. Each key has an associated dial with 15 precision settings that indicate the point at which contact is established with the circuit. Setting the number at seven means you must press that key to the bottom of the stroke for it to make contact (and appear on your disk, etc.). Setting the number at one (with half increments in between one and seven) means you will establish contact by barely touching that key. If you have a lazy third finger on your right hand, you might adjust the 'L' key for a lower contact point than you will for the 'P' key, for example. Just pop open the lid, move the dial one increment and continue writing. You'll notice the change immediately. You don't have to use that little red screwdriver anymore. You don't have to worry about which way to turn it. You don't have to worry about turning it too far. Your worries are now over!

Stroke depth set from one to seven settings is another part of the precision equation. Turn the thumbwheel inside the cover to raise or lower the entire keyboard – including the number bar. With a combination of a low keyboard and low AccuDial, you can achieve a stroke depth of 7/64th inch – never before possible on any machine.

Seeing is believing
The Mira’s color display is marvelous. It turns your ordinary steno notes into full text in living color for Q's, A's, Colloquy and Conflicts to help you find your spot quickly and easily. You won't be shifting in your seat to see the display because it is a high-contrast VGA monitor with 640 x 240 pixels and 256 colors. A small LCD information display below the monitor keeps you informed of machine status, such as battery level, realtime activity, power adapter status, etc.

All Stentura LX functions such as Open, Reopen, Search for Last Q, Last A, specific steno outline, Scroll and Mark are all included in the Mira.

There's more to the story
There just isn't room to tell you about all the impressive features you'll find in the élan Mira. I hope you can visit us at the NCRA Convention in Orlando to experience it for yourself! Or, visit www.stenograph.com for more information. For a pdf version of the élan Mira brochure, click here. File size is 164K.

A “Speche” that really delivers
by Bob Nash, Vice President
Stenograph,L.L.C./Speche Communications

Our last edition of Word for Word introduced you to a new Stenograph acquisition, Speche Communications. Don’t worry, our spell-checker is working and no, we’re not exactly sure how the spelling of Speche (pronounced “speech”) originally came to be. What we do know, however, is that Speche Communications delivers a realtime streaming text solution that is being embraced by a variety of applications worldwide. What’s more, we also know that it opens up a whole new world to those with machine shorthand skills.

In addressing the opportunities for court, communications access realtime translation (CART) and captioning reporters, it’s important to first understand the application of Speche’s technology. From a very broad perspective, Speche serves as a vehicle to deliver the realtime output from a reporter to any number of viewers, anywhere in the world … instantly. As a result, the Speche platform addresses many of the access issues of the Internet, regarding the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, that captioning has addressed in the television broadcast arena.

Webcasts – Internet broadcasting
In its original design, Speche’s application targeted webcast opportunities where realtime streaming text was delivered by Speche in synch with an audio or video broadcast. As an example, many companies are now broadcasting live video of their shareholders’ meetings over the Internet, allowing any interested investor, anywhere in the world, the opportunity to get realtime news regarding that company. However, deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals (or, for that matter, people without speakers attached to their computers) cannot take full advantage of these broadcasts unless text is streamed at the same time. That’s where Speche – and reporters – come in. A realtime reporter (captioner or otherwise) receives audio from the event via conference call. Their realtime output is captured by Speche, converted to an Internet-friendly text format and streamed along with the audio/video feed to interested viewers.

Webcasts, as these types of streaming services are referred to, are becoming increasingly popular as more and more of the world embraces Internet technology and access. Section 508, a 1998 amendment to the Rehabilitation Act, is helping to accelerate this process. The change requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology available to people with hearing disabilities and encourages the development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The private sector is also stepping up to the issue. As a result, Speche has handled events ranging from shareholder meetings to the United Nations’ coverage of East Timor’s Independence Day celebration this past May. The possibilities are endless, as are the associated realtime captioning opportunities for shorthand reporters.

Remote CART
In addition to webcast opportunities, Speche’s technology is now available and perfectly suited for remote CART applications as well. CART reporting has become a tremendous aide to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities but there has always been an issue with remote locations. Now, schools, corporations and other entities that face these issues can receive the benefits of CART reporting through a simple Internet connection. Like the webcast scenario, the reporter can be anywhere, listening in by phone and instantly delivering realtime text to the recipient. As a result, CART reporters can now reduce their costs and increase their available time by eliminating travel.

Currently, Speche is actively working with various educational institutions and other entities to help CART reporters deliver their realtime services to those in need.

Realtime depositions
The final piece of our Speche technology will be to provide realtime delivery of depositions and courtroom proceedings via the Internet. While this can be done now in the form of simple text, our ultimate objective will be to provide a realtime stream that stands up under the necessary security and authorization requirements and delivers today’s advanced litigation support capabilities. Imagine delivering secured realtime transcripts to any number of people, anywhere in the world, with just an Internet connection.

Using this new technology
Speche’s technology is service-based and does not require purchasing a Speche application or program. Charges occur as events occur, which makes Speche a perfect solution, whether a reporter plans on actively reporting via the Internet or simply needs to handle a one-time event for a special client.

As for getting started, you’ll need the typical items associated with CART/caption reporting such as a phone line and all appropriate phone equipment associated with receiving a quality audio feed. You’ll also need an Internet connection and a software program called “Serial IP” that allows your translation system to send the realtime feed to an IP address. This software can be purchased from the developer, Tactical Solutions, or can be purchased through Speche as part of an initial setup package. Only one computer, loaded with the reporter’s translating software and Serial IP, is required to work with Speche’s technology. Virtually all of today’s court reporting/captioning translation systems will function with Speche’s technology.

Speche Communications has been a part of the Stenograph family for only a few months but already we are seeing the potential and power of its technology. In the months ahead, we will be working hard to finalize all the pieces, including the development of an automated ordering/scheduling process and an all new Web site. In the meantime, we hope you’ll look to Speche Communications for all your CART and webcasting needs. For more information, please contact us at (800) 823-6879 or visit www.speche.com.

Taking PRIDE in our work
by John Wenclawski, President

Stenograph has been the primary supplier of productivity tools to the court reporting profession for over 60 years. We have witnessed and endured many changes. We have taken great strides to embrace technology, such as establishing e-mail communications, providing online shopping for customers, and continuously enriching the online help desk and other technology. These proactive moves have enabled us to balance customer service and costs to ensure the financial success and longevity of the company. We thank you, the customers, for giving us the opportunity to succeed.

Throughout the years, we continue to be the mainstay in the market due primarily to our employees at Stenograph. A smaller, efficient workforce like ours creates a greater dependency on the contribution of each employee. The cliché that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link is quite applicable to the corporate world. We can train and empower our staff, but their daily effort is critical in maintaining high service levels.

In 2002, Stenograph adopted and embraced a "PRIDE" theme. We put a slight twist on the definition of pride, however. To all of our employees, PRIDE stands for “Professional Responsibility In Daily Effort.”

Every individual’s daily effort in the workplace impacts his or her coworkers’ ability to perform their own daily job responsibilities. From the Receiving department to Development, Support and Sales, the daily effort from every individual impacts a fellow employee. A smooth, streamlined operation, where everyone accepts personal responsibility, results in quality products and services delivered in a timely manner.

Great examples of our commitment to “PRIDE” are our President’s Award recipients. Each year, Stenograph awards a select few employees with President’s Awards. Awards are given to employees who demonstrate not only pride in their work, but have gone above and beyond the expectations of their department. This past year, three President’s Awards were given out to the following employees: Mary Katsules, Finance; Irma Montiel, Assembly; and Phyllis Creighton, Support.

I’ve often said Stenograph’s greatest asset is its people. Our focus on daily responsibilities is another tribute to the conscientious effort and commitment to being the best in the court reporting profession. We take pride in earning the opportunity to continue to be your supplier.

Around the world

Did you know that Stenograph writing machines are used in over 45 countries around the world? And not all countries use the standard keyboard that is used in the United States. Countries such as Brazil, Portugal, Russia and Japan use a keyboard specific to their country and language.

Stenograph has recently introduced a new section to our Web site called "Around the World," which provides a list of all countries using Stenograph writing machines and a link to the keyboard chart of the writer used in that country. To get to this new section, go to "About Stenograph" and click on "Around the World."

Introducing the Caption Accelerator!
by Sandra Natale, Program Manager for Education

One of the hottest opportunities in realtime reporting today is broadcast closed captioning. By now, just about everyone has heard about the federal mandate that all new television broadcasts in the United States must be closed captioned by 2006. Canada and Australia already have mandatory closed captioning regulations in place. And just who is going to be doing all this broadcast closed captioning?

You are!

Right now, several schools and corporations are working hard to train new captioners and judicial realtime reporters for transition to broadcast closed captioning careers. The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has just proposed a set of standards for a curriculum designed to prepare new captioners. Stenograph has developed a comprehensive "From Court Reporter to Captioner" training package that a realtime judicial stenowriter can use to make the transition to captioner in the shortest possible time. Captioning companies like Caption Colorado, VITAC and NCI are providing in-house training for new hires, and there are many seminars and boot camps that offer more limited training on the different skills a captioner needs to possess.

Key to success
In all of these efforts, however, the key to success is effective realtime practice of broadcast news materials, and we all know broadcasts are very different from the legal proceedings most judicial realtime reporters are familiar with. To date, most captioning trainees practice by turning on their local news, sports or other programming and try to write cleanly, modifying their dictionaries as they go. In doing so, they are, in general, "getting beat up" as one prominent captioning trainer described it.

"The most difficult part of the transition," according to Amy Bowlen, RDR-CRR, manager of Realtime Captioners for VITAC Corporation, "is practicing news material at air pace." With the many different types of broadcast content, it helps to be able to build stamina gradually, while maintaining accuracy on a variety of different materials.

Now, at last, captioning trainees have access to a product that allows this to happen. Designed as the perfect complement to any captioning training program, the "Caption Accelerator" provides high-quality, originally- written broadcast news content in 12 different subject areas that trainees can practice at 10 different speeds. The Caption Accelerator is the newest offering in a revolutionary new practice program created by Teresa R. Gaudet, CSR, CRI, CPE, author of the popular "Tangle Tamers" series of books and tapes.

Works with any CAT software
Designed to work with ANY computer assisted translation (CAT), captioning or realtime translation software, the Caption Accelerator lets you see your realtime progress any time you choose for reinforcement and correct analysis of your writing progress.

"I don’t want people to just write faster, I want them to write well and then write well, FASTER," said author Gaudet.

The Caption Accelerator makes it easy to practice and build speed accurately. When you write a Caption Accelerator segment in realtime, you can tell at a glance where your problems are and what you need to work on.

Unlike more widely-available literary content, the materials used in the Caption Accelerator were originally created specifically for this project by a trained journalist. They are designed to provide the sound and feel of broadcast – not print – news content. Topics include news, world news, entertainment, sports, finance, at home, technology, government, weather, headlines, shopping and health.

Part of a larger series of practice programs called the "Performance Accelerator Series," also authored by Gaudet and distributed exclusively by Stenograph, the Caption Accelerator is a unique way to practice. It combines a high-tech practice CD that is registered exclusively to each user with an online resource site full of journaling materials, practice tips and advice, speedbuilding strategies, programmed word drills and access to the author via the Internet.

Earn CEUs while you practice
Both professional and student versions are available. Users can earn continuing education credits (CEUs) with the professional version.

The professional version retails for $99.95 and has been approved by the NCRA for .6 CEU. The student version retails for $69.95 and is suitable for students who have attained realtime writing speeds of 130 words per minute or higher on literary materials in their speedbuilding programs.

Future volumes of the Caption Accelerator are planned, as are other titles in the Performance Accelerator Series, including "Jury Charge Accelerator," "Legal Opinion Accelerator" and "Literary Accelerator."

For information, or to order, please visit www.stenographu.com, e-mail us at education@stenograph.com or call us at (800) 323-4247, ext. 7400.

The Caption Accelerator
Professional version
P/N 35724..............$99.95
Student version
P/N 35721..............$69.95

Setting the stage for realtime
by Sandra Natale, Program Manager for Education

Not long ago, some of the courts in New Jersey stopped sending judicial reporters into courtrooms and began to video tape trials instead. Their reasons included saving money and difficulties finding available reporters.

But, according to a recent article in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, attorneys in New Jersey courts are now finding realtime judicial reporters on their own and paying them out of their own pockets to bring realtime services back into New Jersey courtrooms during trial. Now why would often penny-pinching attorneys incur such expenses? As one trial lawyer commented, without a realtime judicial reporter providing a realtime feed in court, he cannot challenge or impeach witness testimony. Getting that option back is not a cost issue; it is the difference between winning and losing!

That sort of situation comes as no surprise to long-time New York freelance realtime reporter, speedbuilding teacher and software trainer, Linda Fisher, CSR, CRR, RPR. Effective realtime services, she believes, is the key not only to keeping clients happy but also to maximizing any reporter’s income earning and productivity potential. In her classes at the Queens’ campus of Long Island Business Institute, on her Web site at www.stenospeed.com and in the Manhattan offices of her lawyer clients, Fisher is a tireless advocate of the advantages of providing effective realtime in deposition and judicial settings.

"Realtime is performing," Fisher said. "And it is a performance where the realtime reporter has the lead role. Because clients depend on the reporter, without a seamless realtime performance, the ‘show’ cannot go on."

And now Fisher has taken this powerful theatre metaphor one step further. She has created a complete training program, "Setting the Stage for Realtime," that provides, in five "acts," the skills a reporter needs to deliver flawless realtime performance. In about 10 hours, she takes a reporter through everything he or she needs to know to prepare for, deliver and bill for realtime services.

Suitable for users of any realtime CAT software, Fisher’s new course has been approved for 1.15 continuing education credits (CEUs) by the National Court Reporters Association and covers the following modules:

  • How realtime works
  • How to analyze and gain an understanding of each client’s needs
  • The terminology of realtime reporting
  • How to set up your CAT program for a cleaner realtime translation
  • How to use litigation support software
  • How to decide what equipment to bring based on the different needs of different types of assignments
  • How each piece of equipment is used
  • How to set up and troubleshoot
  • How to gain the right information from your clients before the job, and how to use that information to prepare and minimize the amount of pressure while on the job
  • Effective use of realtime checklists and other planning documents to get ready for the job
  • Practice dictation and setup instructions
  • An opportunity to complete a simulated realtime assignment
  • Realtime troubleshooting tips.

Retailing for $195 and available exclusively through Stenograph University Online™, "Setting the Stage for Realtime" is the fastest, most-convenient "ticket" to flawless realtime performance, and the increased earnings and client satisfaction that follow.

For more information, or to order, please visit www.stenographu.com, e-mail us at education@stenograph.com or call (800) 323-4247, ext. 7400.

Setting the Stage for Realtime

P/N 35334..............$195.00

Coming soon! Stentura Maintenance

Work smart! The key to keep your Stentura writing machine reliable and dependable is routine maintenance. The Stentura Maintenance course instructs where, how and when your Stentura should be maintained, as well as what you should do yourself to keep your machine in tip-top shape.

You can perform each maintenance procedure on your own Stentura as you go through this self-paced course. Topics include:

  • RAM Maintenance
  • Disk and Disk Drive Care
  • Battery Maintenance
  • User Adjustments
  • Machine Lubrication
  • Stentura Accessories
  • Ribbon Cartridge Maintenance
  • Recommended Service Intervals

This course is recommended for all Stentura owners. Continuing education credits (CEUs) pending. For more information, call (800) 323-4247 ext 7400.

Top 10 reasons to upgrade to caseCATalyst4
by Judy Wolf, Product Manager

The world’s leading CAT software, Case CATalyst, is now even better than ever. Features like Case Management, Undo, Intuitive Replace, My Keyboard, Number Triggers, Page View editing and more help you work smarter and make you look better than ever before.

1. Find what you need when you need it. Case Management keeps all the related jobs in one virtual briefcase, including Case Dictionary, which keeps all your case defines in one place and automatically uses them on future jobs translated in the case. This eliminates merging dictionaries or remembering to select a specific dictionary when you translate. Case Wordlist is used every time you spell check a job within the case. This is one convenient source for terms and names related to all the jobs that you won’t forget to use. You can even share it with your colleagues to reduce redundancy and increase consistency.

2. Do things the way you want to do them. It is as simple as clicking on a column heading to see your dictionary in text or steno order, the date the entry was modified or the number of times used. Search & Replace lets you make a decision on each entry or globally replace all at once. Filter not only by steno or text at the beginning, ending or anywhere in between but also by numbers, phrases, all caps, unused and more. Undo a dictionary change – even if you did a Search & Replace throughout. You can now include the contents of another dictionary in one simple step or use the cut, copy and paste features. All of that plus Options allow you to set whether you have your d-define globals go to the Update Area or directly into your dictionary!

3. Let us do some of the work for you. EZ Choice's improved logic makes informed conflict choices based on context. If you are writing realtime, you'll be glad to see the conflict is resolved before it ever appears on the display. EZ Link automatically resolves word endings such as dropping final e’s (save + g = saving), double final consonants (run + g = running), changing y to i (fly + r = flier), and now resolves ible/able words (response + able = responsible) and er/or words (facilitate + er = facilitator).

4. Use less effort to get more done. AccelerWriter Keys have been improved, giving you more power directly from the steno keyboard
during realtime sessions. Invoke a macro or an EZKey from the steno keyboard or define and global steno without ever moving your hands from your steno keyboard. Let Translate do the work in a realtime power define dialog box. Instead of finger spelling to fill in the text portion of the power define dialog box, simply create/write words using your steno keyboard. You can still finger spell to create any unusual words.

5. Experience intelligent features that make your job easier. A simple option allows you to never see a duplicate Q or A without text following it. Likewise, when you write a Q following Colloquy, CATalyst4 picks up the previous name for Automatic By-Lines. Number Conversion as you know it is improved, and you also have Number Triggers for those common or routine numbers such as social security number, telephone number, etc. Include Number Trigger in a definition such as social security number and watch the number follow the definition format correctly. No need to write an extra steno outline.

6. Change your mind; it's your prerogative! Undo almost any edit action quickly and easily, and even select several of your last actions and undo them. Undo Last Global allows you to quickly undo the last global you made and remove it from the file, global table and destination dictionary. Undo Any Global allows you to undo any global in a job even if you have already closed the file. Undo a dictionary change is no problem even if you did a Search & Replace.

7. Spend your time doing, instead of redoing. Extend or collapse marked steno or text even after opening the global dialog box. Change the type of global too without starting over. Cap and define the existing text to Initial Caps, All Caps or No Caps without any retyping. Intuitive Replace is improved and includes a history of all replacements in any job as well as d-, j-, e-, and k-defines. You'll never retype a replacement again!

8. Take a shortcut with My Keyboard, macros and EZKeys! My Keyboard lets you select an edit method with the keys designated the way you want them to work without the use of the spacebar. Pausable macros (may not be available in the first release) are easy to record and play back, including stopping for variable information such as the correct include page or the correct title page.

9. See things the way you want to see them. Zoom makes your image larger or smaller to suit your visual preference of the moment. Reveal Codes lets you see why the transcript looks the way it does but eliminates your cursor from stopping on the format symbols in the job. Vertical Notes moves with your cursor and displays more text before the current cursor location to provide context. A new Page View allows you to edit your transcript in a “print preview” type of display. If you have headers and footers, you can see them right where they are on the page. You can work in the view that you are accustomed to or change it on the fly.

10. Accomplish more in less time. The new and improved Spell check dictionary has over 215,000 definitions to reduce your off-system research time. Pause after changes is an option so you can see the change made before moving to the next item. You can even edit while running Spell check so you can make a change in the transcript and then continue Spell check without any wasted time. You can position the dialog box so you can see more text or make it transparent so you can see through it (if you are using Windows 2000 or XP).

11. Yes, we said 10, but we couldn’t help ourselves. We had to tell you about just one more. Reason number 11 to upgrade to caseCATalyst4: Enjoy enhanced Windows features. Use long file names to make it easier for you to identify and find your files. Customize the look of caseCATalyst4 by moving, docking, floating or hiding toolbars. Do you like to use your mouse? Enjoy the right click advantages in Manage Jobs, Edit, Manage Dictionary and more. Split the screen so you can see your realtime screen and maintain your edit position in the other window. This way, you’re always ready to get back on the record.

A note about AudioSync
Discover the great new features in AudioSync. Audio Pulse Meter visually indicates the sound level or audio volume of the AudioSync recording. Similar to what you might see on professional audio equipment, the Audio Pulse Meter assures you that you are indeed recording. You can now start and stop AudioSync at any time during the testimony. Be a better listener with Playback Speed Control to speed up or slow down the playback of the audio without experiencing any annoying tonal change or distortion. Difficult witness? Slow it down. Proofreading? Speed it up.

There's more but we don't have enough pages to cover it all! Discover for yourself by getting your own copy of caseCATalyst4.

How to get your copy of caseCATalyst4

Both those who have an active Support Agreement and those who may have let their Support Agreement lapse can get caseCATalyst4. First, you will want to determine if you are entitled to the update at no charge. If so, then follow the instructions here.

Am I entitled to a free update?
If you licensed Case CATalyst Version 3 on or after October 15, 2000, you are entitled to Case CATalyst4 at no charge. Likewise, if you purchased an annual Support Agreement on or after that same date, you are entitled to Case CATalyst4 at no charge, whether or not that Support Agreement is still active. If, on the other hand, you bought CATalyst before the above date and have not invested in a Support Agreement, you are not left out. We have choices available to you too. You can either reinstate your Support Agreement or buy the update on an a la carte basis. Call us for details.

Ok, I'm entitled. How do I get it?
The first step is to reprogram your security device for CATalyst4. Once you have done that, we will automatically mail the update CD and accompanying materials to you. Then you are free to install the update and begin using it.

Reprogram my own key? How?
It's easy and fun, and you can do it any time of the day or night at your convenience. Just connect your Case CATalyst computer to the Internet and go to our Web site. Select Machines & Software and follow the link to "Reprogram your CATalyst security device." The only other thing you need to have handy is your Stenograph customer number. (You'll find it on an invoice.) The Web page will walk you through the process and will only take you about 10 minutes.

How will I receive it?
An order automatically gets kicked out of our computer system with your name on it. The update will be delivered to your home or office via U.S. Mail. It's that simple.

What if I need help?
Install your software. (You can have both the new and old version of CATalyst on your computer at the same time to ease your transition.) If you need help, call our Support department between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Whether you have an active Support Agreement or not, we will help you with the installation of CATalyst4. The truth is, though, that it is easy to do and we don't expect to hear from you. Enjoy!

Don't have Internet Access?
Call us after October 15, 2002 for manual updating of your security device. Anyone in Customer Support, Customer Service or Sales can be of assistance to you.

Challenging all students - "Court reporting is IT!"
by Dave Wynne, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

On April 8, 2002, I addressed the Awards Banquet of The College of Court Reporting (CCR) in Hobart, Ind. I always enjoy the opportunity to talk to students about the trends in reporting that we see at Stenograph (some would say I also like to hear myself talk). It also gives me an opportunity to understand the questions and concerns that students have. They are, after all, our current and future customers. It is no surprise then that I jumped at this invitation. And particularly since history was going to be made – the entire proceeding was broadcast over the Web to CCR’s online students via a virtual classroom of Stenograph University Online.

Gail Abraham, Senior District Sales Manager, and I met with both the on-ground and online students in two sessions. Approximately 25 on-ground students and 12 online students attended the morning session, while the evening session included 50 on-ground students and 15 online students. The online students, from 11 states from New Hampshire to Hawaii, participated in each session, including the post-presentation Q&A. Realtime was provided by CCR instructor Stacy Drohosky, AAS, RPR, CSR, CRI.

In my presentation, I reinforced the NCRA education theme of "Court Reporting Is IT" (Information Technology). I spoke to the students about the current high demand for and shortage of practitioners in judicial reporting as well as the growing demand for broadcast captioners and CART providers. I also spoke to them about the emerging, yet currently undefined, demand for webcasting and mentioned Stenograph's related acquisition of Speche Communications.

I challenged students to take a more global view of their skills "as the ability to interpret human speech and digitize it." I want students to understand that the information superhighway is a vast flowing sea of digital content, and they are what keeps it flowing. Much of the content cannot get to the information superhighway without them. Perhaps voice, digital courtrooms and many other nascent technologies will be seen as opportunities, not threats, if they are fully understood and capitalized upon.

I also challenged them to see learning as a lifelong process, not an event, to seek and obtain professional certification – even if it is not required by their state (as it is not in Indiana) – and to join their local, state and national professional organizations. As members, they will better understand global trends and have the opportunity to help frame discussions and decisions on industry direction.

A highlight of the evening program was the presentation of the Helen Hopp Memorial Scholarship to Deena Pulaski. The scholarship was named by Kay Moody, CCR founder and Director of Education, after her mentor Helen Hopp, who was the guiding spirit of the school from its inception until her passing in 1999. The award recipient, chosen in a drawing, received a Stentura 400SRT in recognition.

According to Jeff Moody, president, CCR is a pioneer in teaching online. The school currently has 47 online students from across the country, and the online students are progressing at least as quickly and as successfully as the on-ground students. CCR is a fully accredited (ACICS) Associate Degree granting school with programs in court reporting, medical transcription and administrative assistant.

To learn more about The College of Court Reporting, please visit www.ccredu.com. To learn more about Stenography University Online and other participating schools, please visit www.stenographu.com.

Now here! The StenoPro Traveler™ carrying case!

Custom made for Stenograph, the StenoPro Traveler is a revolutionary new carrying case on wheels designed to fit all Stentura model shorthand machines and the élan Cybra. Smaller and lighter than other wheeled carrying cases, the StenoPro Traveler is a professional briefcase-style carrying case. Features include:

  • Main compartment that holds shorthand machine, paper tray, three or four stenopads and one tripod (élan Cybra and Mira users may use paper tray compartment for other items)
  • Large, front business organizer with multiple pockets to accommodate Stentura or Cybra battery, Stentura ribbon cartridge, realtime cable, pens, diskettes, business cards, cell phone, charger, exhibit labels, extra steno-pad or other items
  • Two additional zipper pockets
  • Made of water-resistant ballistic nylon with leather carrying handle
  • Locking retractable handle
  • Fits all airline requirements for carry-on luggage
  • Large back kickplate to prevent wear and tear when lifting over curbs or steps
  • Weight: 8.75 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 20”w x 14”h x 9”d
  • Manufacturer’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

StenoPro Traveler™
PN 35673..............$159.95

New! StenoPro Tote™ Laptop Case
This companion to the StenoPro Traveler is a practical tote bag that holds your laptop and so much more. It can be carried separately or piggybacked onto the retractable handle of the StenoPro Traveler or any other wheeled carrying case.

  • Made of water-resistant ballistic nylon
  • Includes a one-size-fits-all removable laptop pouch in center pocket
  • Tuck-away handles and padded shoulder strap for carrying flexibility
  • Business organizer with seven small pockets for power cord, cell phone, pens, business cards, etc.
  • Four additional pockets can hold NoTable laptop tray, NoTable Supply Tote, exhibits, Mini Keyboard and Mini Tray, tape recorder, extra cables, etc.
  • Two narrow pockets on both sides
  • Hidden zippered pocket on bottom holds an extra tripod or pair of shoes
  • Nylon water bottle pouch
  • Dimensions: 16”w x 12”h x 6”d

StenoPro Tote™ Laptop Case
PN 35654..............$59.95

Archiving caseCATalyst 3.2 files to a CD using Windows XP
by James Kuta, Technical Support

Although it is recommended that a third-party, CD-writing software, such as Roxio Direct CD, is used for archiving Case CATalyst 3.2 files to a CD, it is possible to do so using features built in to Microsoft Windows® XP. This article lists the necessary steps to write your Case CATalyst 3.2 files to a CD using Windows XP. (These procedures are only applicable to a Windows XP operating system.)

CD-R/CD-RW properties
It is very important that your CD-R/CD-RW drive is set up correctly to write to a CD. To check your CD-R/CD-RW properties, open MY COMPUTER. Next, right click on your CD-R/CD-RW drive and click on PROPERTIES. At this point the Properties Dialog box should open. Click on the RECORDING tab. Make sure there is a check mark next to "Enable CD recording on this drive." You may notice several other options in this dialog box. However, as a default, these are set up for correct recording. Therefore, click APPLY, then OK to exit the dialog box. At this point you can place a blank CD into the CD-R/CD-RW drive.

Selecting my Case CATalyst 3.2 files
You cannot write files to a CD using Windows XP from within Case CATalyst 3.2. To select the files for archiving, you must use Windows Explorer. Inside Windows Explorer, double click on the drive that Case CATalyst is loaded on. (In most cases this is the C: drive.) Next, double click on the CATALYST folder. Now, double click on the USR folder and lastly on your "USER NAME" folder. Highlight the files you want to archive by holding down the CTRL key and clicking on each of the files. After all files are highlighted, let go of the CTRL key and right click on one of the highlighted files. When the right click menu appears, go to SEND TO and then click DIRECT CD DRIVE.

Burning the CD
Now that you have selected your files and sent them to the Direct CD drive, you can burn the files to a CD. Click on the bubble text window at the bottom of the screen. This window should say "You have files waiting to be written to CD. To see files now, click this balloon." A window will appear displaying the files that have been selected for writing. On the left side of this window will be the text "Write these files to CD." Click on this text, and the write process will begin. When finished, the CD will automatically eject from the CD-R/CD-RW drive. Your files are now archived.

Restoring the archive
An archive is not useful if you cannot restore it. Restoring files that have been written to a CD is, in essence, a reverse of copying the files to the CD. With the CD in the CD-R/ CD-RW drive, open Windows Explorer. Double click on the CD-R/ CD-RW drive. Next, highlight the files you want to restore by holding down the CTRL key as you click on the files. Once the files have been highlighted, you may release the CTRL key. Now, right click on one of the highlighted files and click on COPY. Next, double click the drive that Case CATalyst is loaded on. Then, double click the CATALYST folder and the USR folder. The final step is to right click the “USER NAME” folder and click on PASTE. The files should now be read from the CD and copied to your "USER NAME" folder. Once this is completed, the files have been restored.

New from Stenograph Supplies! 3-port Mini USB Hub

Add functionality and versatility to your computer with our 3-port Mini USB Hub. This ultra-portable hub allows you to connect extra USB equipment to your laptop or desktop computer. Three USB ports to plug in your Mini Keyboard, external mouse, USB Laptop Light and other accessories.

Silver color makes it easy to find in your laptop case. No cable necessary.

P/N 35918.................$23.95

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Word for Word, Volume 11, Number 3. Word for Word is a customer newsletter from Stenograph, L.L.C., produced by the Marketing Department. 08/02

Angela Tatum, Editor
Marketing Communications Specialist


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1st Class Traveler and 1st Class Traveler Lite by Stenograph, AccelerWriter, AccuText Plus, CaptionIt!, Case AudioSync, CaseImage, Case CATalyst, CaseView, Cimarron by Stenograph, ComfortLine, DataWriter, EasyLock, élan Cybra, élan Mira, EZEar, E-Z Tilt, Judicial JTS Telescheduler, Maestro, MagicKeys, Mark of Excellence, NoTable, OmniCAT, OZ, Premier Power, QuickCharge, RapidWrite, SmartWriter, Stenograph, Stenograph University Online, StenoLube, StenoMark, Steno-Pad, StenoPro Tote, StenoPro Traveller, StenoRam, Stentura, Steno-Lectric, Transcriptor, Vision, Word for Word, WriteSupport, XEC 5 and XEC 2001.

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