Page Vault captures web content like blogs, social media, and news websites, then formats and authenticates them to be easily admitted as evidence in court.
Printing and Screenshotting Always Looks Terrible
When lawyers—or anyone else, for that matter—want to preserve something from a web page, they commonly print the browser page or take a screenshot. For starters, both of these techniques look terrible. Unless the page is optimized,1 printing from your browser (or saving the page as a PDF) results in a lot of cruft like ads, headers, footers, and the like. And a screenshot is fine if you only to capture a small bit of information. If the page you want to capture is longer than the screen, though, now you’re taking multiple screenshots and (probably clumsily) trying to weave them together.
Worse, the printing and screenshot methods are also plagued by trouble with page authentication, and—at least in some jurisdictions—may be inadmissible as a result. Page Vault tries to solve your aesthetic problems and your authentication ones.
How Page Vault Works
Page Vault works on Windows and Mac. It isn’t a browser plugin, though. Instead, you install a standalone program that allows you to access Page Vault remotely. This means you have to capture pages within a proprietary browser interface.
It is clunky to move from your regular browser to Page Vault, but it isn’t a huge user obstacle.
Documents are stored in the cloud so you can access them through a regular browser. Anything you capture through Page Vault gives you a cover page with all the metadata, including capture date.
For an additional fee, Page Vault also provides an affidavit to assist in authenticating your data.
The most appealing thing for most users is probably the Facebook expander feature. It auto-expands all the comments to a Facebook post so you don’t have to go through and manually open each. It is smart with page breaks, too, so you don’t have to wonder if you missed portions of your capture.
Page Vault subscription plans start at $95/month for solos, which includes 10GB of storage and unlimited downloads. If you need Page Vault to provide an affidavit of authentication for a capture, that will cost $100/affidavit. Higher tiers range from $195/month to $495/month and include e-discovery load files if needed.
If your practice does not require regular captures, Page Vault provides on-demand web page capture services, where their team will perform the capture and authenticate it. The on-demand service begins at $129 and is custom-priced per task.
Page Vault is geared towards lawyers who handle cases where web-related discovery—particularly social media—is prevalent. Lawyers with personal injury, employment law, and intellectual property practices will find it useful to have an always-available way to capture and authenticate web pages. Lawyers in fields that don’t focus on internet evidence probably won’t find a monthly subscription necessary, but having the ability to use the service on an as-needed basis is great.
Lawyerist is optimized to print and PDF beautifully, in case you were wondering ↩