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Guest post by Denise Gessner and Cameron Tschannen.
The effect technology has had on the legal field over the last few years is clear, as the amount of discoverable data and the number of discovery software providers continue to rise. Attorneys and legal professionals alike, once they accept that e-discovery is discovery, are left to mull through the myriad of discovery software options. But, in an increasingly mobile and connected society dominated by iPhones, Androids, and tablets, there are very few viable options for a user on the move. Enter Logikcull.
Logikcull’s marketing message is clear, “Discover your documents. Anywhere.” Designed with mobility and ease-of-use in mind, Logikcull has created discovery software designed to work just as well on a mobile device as it does on a PC. Considering price, interface, features, and performance, Logikcull is a great option for someone who wants easy access to their documents at any time or in any place, provided you have data coverage—“Can you hear me now?”
Matching the industry trend of per document pricing for client-cost clarity, Logikcull is moving from their per-project pricing tiers and download limits to its own per document structure. Logikcull’s pricing is available on their website and starts at just $0.05 per document, per month, with no gigabyte or storage fees, offering a great value to users. Yearly or monthly subscriptions are also available. Monthly subscriptions start at $716 per month and allow up 25,000 unique documents (Logikcull does not charge for duplicate documents) in the database. Other monthly subscriptions for up to 65,000 and 200,000 documents at price points of $1,596 and $3,988, respectively, are also available. These are good prices, and while price is king sometimes, Logikcull’s interface, features and performance are what can provide Logikcull value-reign.
Logikcull’s challenge was to create an interface that is equally effective on multiple types of devices, especially the aforementioned mobile devices. Other discovery companies have tried to modify their software so it can be used on phones or tablets but what you really get is a smaller screen experience which can make it difficult to even see documents. Logikcull designed their software so that it actually works inside a mobile environment, making the mobile review experience similar to reviewing on a desktop PC. The user interface does change slightly depending on the type of device you are using, but, because the interface design is inspired by smartphone application navigation, moving between devices is easy.
One quality that is missing from the interface is the ability for customizable user views. It would be nice if the views, layouts, and other settings could be manipulated, or the ability to manipulate them was more readily apparent. However, because of the simplicity of the interface, as compared to other products which have more extensive document lists and analytics options, the importance of being able to adjust these settings is lessened.
As a whole (across devices), Logikcull’s interface is intuitive and easy to use. Even novice discovery software users or non-technical attorneys will be able to use this software, with an obvious advantage to those familiar with discovery software features.
The main feature that will set Logikcull apart from its competitors is its functionality on multiple devices, but that isn’t the only impressive feature. With Logikcull, you are able to upload and download your own data directly to and from the tool in easy fashion. This gives users power, allowing them greater database control and independence. Other prominent features: filtering, sorting, and searching by multiple fields and values, including metadata and review coding; one-swipe culling to segregate documents from folders; one-click to add an issue tag; the ability to ingest and display multiple file types in text form; and various production templates for repeatable production processes.
There are a few examples of deficiencies as well: the coding tree is a multiple choice picklist that does not allow for nested coding or sub-categories of any kind; it is unclear if any coding shortcuts are available; we were unable to view .jpg files on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device though they were visible when reviewing on a PC; and the text view for documents can display HTML code alongside the actual document text, which is likely a byproduct of the software’s ability to transform into text-form various document types.
As with all new software, updates need to be made, and likely will, to address the various gripes and peccadilloes of users. The most common complaint though with discovery software usually relates to performance. It does not matter how many features, bells and whistles a tool has if they don’t function properly or timely.
When considering performance, Logikcull performs well. All the touted features fulfill their intended purpose. To test performance, we loaded two separate sets of documents. One is a set of 270 documents provided by Logikcull which included a variety of common document types: .msgs, .gifs, .txts, .xls, etc. It took 6 minutes to upload this set of documents. We also uploaded a set of 15 documents that were very large and complex and it took 21 minutes to upload. So there can be quite a variance in load speeds, depending on size and type of document. Conveniently, Logikcull sends a confirmation email when data loading is complete. The software performs well too when navigating from document to document, taking the usual amount of time. This navigation speed is even more impressive on mobile devices, flipping through documents quickly in text view with a simple swipe of the screen.
Simply put, Logikcull is a “no frills” tool which meets its goal of providing discovery anywhere. There are other, more sophisticated tools available which have more dynamic features and allow for faster review speeds in a stationary, dual-screen, PC-driven environment. However, no tool is more suitable to mobile discovery than Logikcull. Logikcull allows a user to bring documents anywhere without the weight, inconvenience, and time-delay associated with the creation of hard-copy documents. Imagine reviewing and culling deposition documents on the way to the deposition, taking one last look at exhibits during a bus ride to the courthouse, or coding documents on your tablet from the comfort of a hammock this Fourth of July, and the opportunity and value of Logikcull becomes clearer. At a realistic price, Logikcull meets its creative goal of providing ediscovery software on various mobile devices, thus making it the logical choice for mobile discovery.
Denise Gessner manages the document review center for the Faegre Baker Daniels client technology solutions group. While creating document review proposals and providing discovery process management, Denise manages the document analysis team and all matters requiring document review in either in-house or external discovery software tools.
Cameron Tschannen is a licensed attorney at Faegre Baker Daniels, managing contract reviewers during the document review phase of discovery. Working with trial teams, vendors, and technical experts, Cameron leverages his managerial experience along with his knowledge of discovery software and the EDRM to provide defensible, reasonable, and cost-efficient service to clients.