Monday, May 19, 2008

litsupport summary for the week ending on 05/18/08

A lot of important and useful information is posted to litsupport each week. The following is a distilled summary, in the form of questions and answers.

Q. How to open ASCII TXT files that are about 2 GB per file?
A. Windows: UltraEdit(32) or TextPad, OS X try BBEdit, vim or emacs, AND your computer should better have at least 4 Gigs of RAM. It may also be that the files are not text but binary. Consider grep, sed, AWK, tr, cut, paste, sort, uniq, Perl and other text processing commands and tools of their ilk.

Q. Good FTP Software?
A. Filezilla, WS_FTP, Flash_FXP, CuteFTP, SmartFTP, CoreFTP, FireFTP for Firefox. BUT keep security and encryption in mind.

Q. Utility to provide word count and frequency.
A. dtSearch, DT Desktop.

Q. xcopy files to one destination folder?
A. copyrite (, Upcopy from - forensically good, robocopy, Upcopy, SafeCopy.

Q. View .pst files without Outlook?
A. QuickView Plus, Mail Examiner from Paraben.

Q. What is the future of Bates numbers?
A. They may be replaced by hashes, but this is debatable.

Q. Convert PDF to .doc?
A. pdfDocs with optional OCR Server, ScanSoft PDF Professional

This summary from the Litsupport Group postings created by the wonderful and talented members of the group has been culled by Mark Kerzner ( and reviewed by Aline Bernstein (

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