Having attended the Stenograph Forum in Savannah, I’d like to share with you some of the interesting information imparted to us from John Wenclawski and Fred Middlebrooks.
Did you know??? Enrollment in court reporting schools has dropped. There are now 84 court reporting schools in the country, with about 8,700 students. In the early ‘90s, there were 20,000 students. Thus, the number of machines sold to schools has also dropped.
- Number of Diamante machines sold: 5,647 Professional models and 1,134 student models.
- Number of Miras sold: 14,000
Have you considered replacing your writer? Diamantes have been on the market for 2-1/2 years. Over 6,000 have been sold. All the kinks are out. Stenograph generally has a seven-year cycle for new machines, so this is a great time to invest in a Diamante. Stenturas were introduced 19 years ago. At the end of this year, there will be no more trade-ins for Stenturas.
On the Diamante horizon: more WiFi features, brief it, shorter stroke, 2.0 coming, make J Defines on writer. They will go to your CAT system and vice versa. Routers will be replaced with a virtual router, which will work with Diamantes and Miras. WiFi features do drain the battery at a faster pace, so a high capacity battery is now available.
YOUR WRITER IS A PRODUCTIVITY TOOL. KEEP IT UPDATED, JUST LIKE YOUR SOFTWARE. Visit www.stenograph.com to update your writer.
The average age of a court reporter is 48 years old. Yikes!! This not only affects a company such as Stenograph, who markets to court reporters; but it also affects all of us court reporters out in the field. We need new court reporters in the profession if our industry is to remain viable. Stenograph is trying to solve this problem by opening the Prince Institute, which is comprised of three court reporting schools in Westminster, Colorado; Montgomery, Alabama; and Schaumburg, Illinois. 60% of the students at Prince take their classes online. 24 students have graduated from Prince this year.
Case CATalyst Version 12.51 is available, along with the E-Key. Too many reporters have not yet taken advantage of the E-Key. All of the STAR attendees in Savannah agreed that the E-Key is great, so get going. Call Stenograph and get it. You will now be able to update it automatically, and it can be loaded on three computers; however, you cannot use it simultaneously on more than one computer at a time. If you get the E-Key, you will be able to keep it, even if you do not continue to update your software on a yearly basis, which I do not recommend, by the way.
Version 13 will be coming out by the end of the year. Some of the new features are: New logo, Enhanced Drag/Drop With Steno X-Ray 2 (Diamante/Wave), Export to Exhibit Linker, Integrated Video Training Pane, Email PDF’s without zipping (which is great when you’re emailing a file to an attorney. Sometimes they have trouble opening up a zipped file. )
CaseViewNet: Free software product to attorneys – Realtime viewer. Version 2.6.0. Starting page number will reflect the starting page number in CaseCATalyst. CV Net training video clips are available on the Stenograph website.
Will we ever get Case CATalyst on an IPad? Not in the foreseeable future. It’s a different operating system. Is Stenograph still offering new computers with CaseCATalyst loaded? No. There was not enough demand, so it is no longer offered.
It is sometimes difficult to get Stenograph to make a recommendation when we are in the process of buying a new computer, but Fred Middlebrooks gave us some advice. If you are purchasing a new computer, Windows 7 Professional is recommended. Don’t go to Best Buy for your new computer. CDW, Computer Discount Warehouse, was mentioned as one possibility. Fred recommended three computers: Toshiba Tecra, Sony Vio, and Acer Travel Pro. The Acer has two different keyboards, so make sure you check into that before buying.
Well, that’s all for now. I hope some of this information was useful to you. Thanks to John and Fred for a wonderful presentation! Please consider coming to the Las Vegas STAR Convention in March. You’ll never leave without learning something, you’ll meet new friends and business acquaintances, and you can have a great time in Vegas! There’s gambling, shopping, superb food and great shows; something for everyone. If you have any questions about STAR membership, please contact me. I’d love to talk to you.
Jane M. Jones, RMR, CRR
Brown & Jones Court Reporting
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