Tools of the Trade (in no particular order)--This list is for reference sake only--
Audiate (by TechSmith)
Audiate: Audio Recorder & Editor (Free Trial) | TechSmith
New software released by the makers of Camtasia and SnagIT. Can be used to transcribe videos and sound files.
Sanction by Verdict Systems (LexisNexis)
Litigation software that allows for the non-linear presentation of images, documents, videos, etc. in court. Used all over the world, by the U.S. Military, U.S. Attorney’s Office, the United Nations, and civil firms.
CrimeLines by Winn Interactive
Interactive non-linear software to create powerful timelines and presentations by witnesses or for argument.
CrimeLines Store - WIN Interactive
CrimeLines Demo Video
Adobe Acrobat Pro DC
Adobe Professional allows you full control over your PDF files including built-in redaction tools. The control you have over all digital documents is endless with Adobe Professional. This old review describes the power of PDF sofware.
Kofax Power PDF (with redaction tool and DocuSign-formerly Nuance)
An alternative to Adobe.
TrialDirector 6 by Indata Corp.
Trial presentation (software similar to Sanction) also used by the federal government and United Nations. Retails for around $500 for a single-user license. The latest version is 6.7 There is also an IPAD version.
Trial presentation software (similar to Sanction) retails for around $500 for a single-user license (but they are always offering discounts). This software is extremely easy to use and designed for the non-techie amongst us.
PowerPoint 2016 by Microsoft
Allows me to create linear slide show presentations organizing images, audio, video and argument slides in a persuasive manner. The program is easy to use, but I caution that it also has a great potential for misuse and/or overuse. Be a trial attorney first. PowerPoint comes with Microsoft Office.
Irfanview by Irfan Skiljan
This program is one of the top shareware programs in the world. I use this program daily to edit, re-size, crop, transfer, copy, and convert digital images. Using this program in conjunction with PowerPoint cuts my preparation time in half. But since it is shareware—available at no charge for a trial period—those who use it for commercial purposes should send a donation to the program’s author.
FastStone Image Viewer 3.5 and FastStone Capture 6.0 by FastStone.
Similar to Irfanview, I use this digital image viewer and screen capture program primarily to take screenshots of websites and will then use Irfanview to do anything further with the digital image. The viewer is freeware (software that is copyrighted but available free of charge) and the Capture program costs $20.00. The $20.00 version also has the ability to create video screen captures. Very handy.
Camtasia Studio 8.2 by TechSmith
Advanced video editing software used for capturing streaming video, converting audio and video files, redacting audio from video. Also used for making step-by-step video tutorials. The government license costs $249.00.
Snagit by TechSmith
A cheaper alternative to Camtasia made by TechSmith as well. This software also allows for video screen capture. Snagit lacks the video editing capabilities that Camtasia offers thus the difference in price. The government version is $42.95.
Audacity by Sourceforge
Open-source (users can modify and improve it) software used for recording and editing audio,
and can also open non-copyrighted audio sources and covert them to universal formats like “.wav” files.
VLC Media Player by Videolan
This is a freeware media program that can often play video files that other programs cannot. It also has a portable application.
Gyration Air Mouse by Gyration
This excellent wireless mouse is called an “air” mouse because, with practice, presenters can move it in the same manner as a desktop mouse. Depending on the model, it has a range of anywhere from 30 to 100 feet and works well with Sanction in court. Older versions are available on eBay for $50 and new versions for around $75.
Tool used to read EXIF data from digital images and display locations with mapping software.
Litigation software for Macs. I have never used it.
Logitech Spotlight Wireless Presentation Remote
Omnivore Video and Image Capture (Secure USB)