Magellan's Law Corporation

FileMaker issues a new version

FileMaker, Inc. has announced a new version of its database software -- version 13. All products in the FileMaker database family are included in this upgrade:

The server (FileMaker Server 13)

The Mac and Windows desktop (FileMaker Pro 13 and FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced)

The iOS version (FileMaker Go 13 for the iPad and iPhone)

There are plenty of new features in this release, particularly from our perspective as developers. The server has become more powerful, and FileMaker Go has added more iOS-like behavior and features.

Right now, the big question for many people is: Should I upgrade?

Our advice on upgrading to new releases of any software is pretty standard: If you're an expert user and your immediate application isn't mission-critical, then go ahead.

On the other hand, if you're an ordinary user or you are applying the product to a core function in your business, then we'd suggest you give it a month or two before you jump in.

We'll have more to say about the new release in coming weeks.

New project management classes

Managing discovery information is getting more complicated all the time, and the quantity of material being produced far exceeds anything we used to experience in the good old days of paper, Bates stamps, and file cabinets.

Project Management

If you're responsible for discovery projects, it isn't enough to understand the technology and the litigation, you need real project management skills and techniques.

We can help you and your staff acquire those skills and techniques. We've got a great set of classes for anyone who manages discovery projects.

We can conduct our classes in your offices to minimize disruption and expense. Or you can attend a scheduled, off-site class. We can even break our classes into smaller webinars that can be spread over time.

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Introduction to Litigation for eDiscovery Professionals

Law firms often scramble to keep up with the demands that electronic discovery imposes on technology staff. It’s common to add new people on short notice, and those people need to hit the ground running -- often with little training.

They know what they must know to do their jobs, but they don’t always know what they should know to be of most value to the litigators.


This white paper will help you to bridge the gap. It includes an overview of the litigation process and definitions of common litigation terms.

It will give you a better feel for how you -- an eDiscovery professional -- fit into the big picture. It also includes appendices that cover alternatives to litigation, and the different types of lawsuits typically handled by large firms.

This white paper is not intended to replace formal training. It's intended to give you a foundation on which you can build.

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