Thursday, October 2, 2008

litsupport summary for the week ending on 9/28/08

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. In addition to Kroll, Fios Webcasts and Estrin Legal, what EDD training is there for beginners?
A. Start with for $150, then continue with their webinars for free; State Bar Associations have EDD webinars; LITWORKS will teach about Concordance, Summation, repositories, processing workflow, real case best practices; Randall Consulting; Jason Park of the MD5 Group.

Q. How to convert a PDF to Word?
A. PDF Converter by Nuance; OmniPage Pro; FineReader; ScanToOffice; Abbyy; full version of Adobe; pdfDocs for a server-based solution; DocsCorp; perhaps editing a pdf will do: tools, advanced editing, touch up text, then highlight document changes.

Q. How to scrub out all metadata, comments, etc. from a PDF file?
  1. Be especially careful if the PDF was created from Word, for example, if you use Print to PDF and DO NOT (a) accept all track changes, and (b) scrub the file when printing to PDF, you comments, etc. WILL be able to be retrieved. Therefore, choose File->Print->Adobe in the "Print What:" drop down box "Document only" and under the Adobe Print Properties Menu uncheck the "Add Document Information" to limit the passing of metadata to the post script driver ;
  2. A surefire way is to convert to tiff or JPG and then to Adobe PDF;
  3. Microsoft released Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data;
  4. This is built in into Office 2007, under MS icon go to Prepare and then Inspect Document, there is an option to remove metadata, then you may use the MS tool called Save As PDF;
This summary from the Litsupport Group postings created by the wonderful and talented members of the group has been culled by Mark Kerzner ( and edited by Aline Bernstein (

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