From that ‘ah-ha’ moment that led to the creation of Extended Dynamic Views (EDV), we’ve held to the belief that EDV can leverage any data that may be stored within your eDOCS DM database to make the hierarchical navigation of your DM system possible.
Little did we know then just how far our customers would push us… When we thought it was flexible enough, you asked us whether we could go just a bit (or a lot) further. When we could, we modified the tool to suit (but always with general applications in mind) and when we couldn’t, we noted it for future consideration.
With the release of EDV Administrator Tool v1.2.0, we’ve went back to those “futures” and incorporated as many as possible into the product. Many had workarounds that we’ve now made standard. Some are just usability issues that are overdue. Some were never possible before. Together though, EDV is more useful, user-friendly, and performs better than ever before. We’re excited and hope you can tell.
This post serves as the announcement that it’s here. We’ll be reaching out to existing partners and customers shortly with additional information but we’d like to highlight a few of the changes in the meantime. Following this announcement, we intend to revamp our demos and document some of the interesting (crazy?) ideas we’ve got of what just might be possible. There’s more coming, trust us.
Without further ado, here’s are some highlights list of what comes with v1.2.0 (and perhaps a few pre-release copies some of you have):
Filtering by constant
Ever wanted to only see “open” matters (e.g. MATTER.STATUS = ‘OP’) or oil wells that you “own” (e.g. ASSET.OWN = ‘Y’) within your dynamic view? Imagine DM lookup filters applied to dynamic views and you’ve got the idea.
Document Driven Filters
Imagine a parent to document type. Now imagine that those appear automatically within the given matter when a document using that value is created. Previously, all document driven filters needed to be directly linked to the profile table. No more.
There’s nothing like field experience… EDV now automatically includes several performance enhancements while reducing complexity presented to the administrator. What’s not to love when it’s simpler and faster?
This took far too long. We only fully really realized the importance of this feature once we had it in our hands during testing! Whenever you build a dynamic view within EDV, it’s now automatically exported to XML (example below). That XML file can now be imported. What does this mean? Well… you can much more easily deploy an EDV to many libraries of the same design. Heck, once you’ve proven you’re a DM Supervisor, we can even automatically configure a DM legal database in one click. Ok, it’s actually a few clicks since we really, really want to make sure you back up your database but still, it’s a far cry from having to manually build the dynamic view.
We can also troubleshoot issues more easily. And can make minor adjustments to the dynamic view right in XML. And, well, it documents the dynamic view design. You can’t even imagine how much easier this makes it for us to test EDV in the lab… Shown below is an example of matters that only show under the selected client when their practice code is not “CA” (CA = Class Action in this system).
We’ve actually reduced the number of fields on our dialogs. We’ve added tool tips. We’ve auto-populated fields based on prior responses. We’ve fixed the window focus issue at last. Most importantly, we’ve added a dialog to check the Max Items values and dynamically adjust them to select the best combination for growth versus caching. Now I’m getting too technical but suffice to say, our engineers will be happy.
No one likes to talk about bugs but we’ve had our share and we’ll have more. That said, this release fixes many while also making the troubleshooting process easier than ever.
When we first launched EDV, we built a tool to do more than Dynamic Views. Now it’s even easier, smarter, faster, and yet simpler. We can’t wait to get this into the field to our partners, clients, and prospects. We’ve also been holding back for some time while we made these improvements. Now that they’re done, we’re ready to show some knock-your-socks off functionality. Looking forward to the conversations and the out-of-the-box thinking this brings up. We love your ideas. Bring ‘em on.