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CT Summation iBlaze Version 2.7.1

By Kim Plonksy


Since it pioneered litigation support software in 1988, Summation has emerged as the de facto standard for electronic case management. CT Summation iBlaze Version 2.7.1 raises the bar yet again, and shows why Sum­mation continues to prevail as one of the top case management software programs of choice for litigators.


CT Summation Blaze is available in three different configurations (Blaze LG, Blaze LG Gold and iBlaze), ranging from approximately $1,000 to $2,500, and multinode network packages also are available. Buyers can pay for only needed feature groups, putting Summation in reach of smaller firms.


The latest  version of iBlaze provides more than just the ability to search, organize and analyze case information. My favorite feature is the ability to load e-mails and attachments from Microsoft Outlook or IBM Lotus Notes. By downloading and installing the Petrification Toolset at http://info.summation.com/petrify, you can convert electronic documents and e-mails into image format.


Also, iBlaze users can remotely access external databases in Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, allowing collaboration with co-counsel on a master case database. You also can create searchable, full-text versions of images in your databases, thanks to iBlaze’s built-in optical character recognition engine. I also like that images easily can be added to the database by dragging and dropping them from Windows Explorer directly onto the program’s Image Viewer.


With all that iBlaze has to offer litigators, there simply isn’t much to dislike about it. As complex and sophisticated as the program is, it’s still fairly user-friendly, especially compared to similar software. The user interface can be confusing because of the different viewing options, but the more you use it, the easier this becomes.


My only real disappointment with iBlaze is that it doesn’t print condensed deposition transcripts or a concordance (word list) from a single deposition transcript. This would be handy when a transcript on disk is all that is available and a hard copy is needed (for example, to attach a transcript as an exhibit to a pleading). Also, I dislike that the only “Help” feature available is online, and find that its information is too broad, forcing me to make multiple searches.


Overall, iBlaze is fabulous, and worthy of praise. Buyers can rest assured knowing this product was 17 years in the making and is still growing. IBlaze is on the cutting edge and preeminent in the case management software field. You can download a demo version of iBlaze at http://info.summation.com/demo.


CT Summation iBlaze Version 2.7.1

CT Summation • (800) 735-7866 • www.ctsummation.com •
Starts at $2,495 • Microsoft Windows 98/2000/NT/XP;
Pentium II 300MHz, 128MB RAM, 200MB hard drive, Internet Explorer 5.5.

Pros: Easy to use. Performs fast searches. Imports sequentially numbered document production sets and markup or redact images. Has helpful customer support and on-site training.

Cons: Interface can be confusing due to different viewing options. Doesn’t print condensed deposition transcripts or a concord­ance from a single deposition transcript. “Help” feature is only available online.

Verdict: CT Summation iBlaze is a proven leader in the field. Besides being an invaluable tool, it’s one of the the most widely used litigation management software in the country, assuring buyers of the likelihood of sharing and exchanging data with opposing counsel.


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