LexisNexis Legal & Professional announced last Monday the upgrade of its browser-based review platform Concordance Evolution to version 2.1, now available in an on-premise version.
Evolution is built on a Microsoft .NET framework using an SQL database and a Windows Server operating system, said Steve Ashbacher, vice president of Concordance at LexisNexis, which is headquartered in New York City. Users will need an SQL license. Because its web interface uses Informative Graphics Corp.'s native review tool Brava, Evolution currently only supports Microsoft's Internet Explorer browsers. But Ashbacher told LTN there are plans to move to a more HTML5-enabled configuration in the next release to bring support for other popular browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
The company claims that Evolution can import 350 GB load files in 24 hours, tag 3,000 documents per minute, and browse through documents in seconds. Concordance Evolution 2.1 gains scalability from its web infrastructure built on .NET and its support for virtualization, Ashbacher said.
The software features a dual-view interface that can be configured on two monitors or in one browser in split-screen mode. This helps users view the document sets of search results and near-native images of individual documents simultaneously. As users scroll through the list view on the right the documents appear on the left, said Ashbacher.
The new iteration also features improvements to document tagging, allowing users to tag document families and threads with a simple right-click. A new "find-and-redact" feature allows users to manually or automatically redact privileged information on near-native documents without the need to initially convert to PDF. Another feature highlights every "hit" in a concept search across all near-native images in documents and allows users to navigate from hit to hit across documents.
When asked about the integration with Concordance Evolution of Rosen Technology Resources email threading and near-duplicate tool Polaris and autocoding tool AUTOcoder, the result of a recent exclusive licensing agreement inked with Rosen, Ashbacher said it would come to fruition "within the next 12 months, probably sooner."
Concordance Evolution is sold with a software license and a per-seat charge. Aschbacher declined to give any more specifics of the pricing.
Michael Roach is the associate editor for Law Technology News, a Legal affiliate based in New York.