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Love it or hate it, Microsoft Excel is an inarguably powerful tool. Thus, when it comes to e-discovery, review teams can often find a multitude of pertinent information in Excel documents.

Realizing its significance in litigation, Xact Data Discovery (XDD) has set its sights on Excel in the release of its new BlackBar redaction tool. With cost, accuracy and time in mind, the Kansas-based e-discovery company is betting that review teams can use the tool to expedite and augment their current e-discovery workflows.

To host its new software, XDD utilized kCura’s popular Relativity ecosystem, aiming to simplify for users the integration into existing e-discovery processes. Taking a similar approach this week was Kroll Ontrack, which launched its Communication Insight tool that applies visualizations to data accrued for document review.

BlackBar stands as a benefit from XDD’s acquisition of Utah-based e-discovery services group Orange Legal Technologies, which was using an Excel native redaction software that XDD built upon to create its new tool. As XDD CEO and president Robert Polus previously told Legaltech News, “With XDD’s geographic footprint and infrastructure” attorneys have “even greater access to the expertise and technology we are able to offer as a result of this acquisition.”

XXD’s acquisition of Orange Technologies was part of a greater growth strategy, which also saw the acquisition of e-discovery services provider F1 Discovery.

With the acquisition, the company “identified this tool as a game changer,” noted XDD vice president of e-discovery Nick Reizen. “We are unaware of any comparable product available to attorney review teams today that can defensibly redact native Excel files, particularly any that are fully integrated with a premier platform such as Relativity. We are excited to bring BlackBar to market on a larger scale.”

Redacting excel files for litigation and investigative purposes isn’t without its pain points. As Xact Data Discovery’s David Smolen and Nick Reizen recently wrote in a column:

“Excel spreadsheets include enormous amounts of data. Once all relevant information is identified, legal teams must then determine what information is responsive to the matter. Redacting all nonresponsive and privileged data from those spreadsheets requires a great deal of time and effort.”

Among the benefits of BlackBar is its ability to fit into various workflows and integration capabilities with Relativity. XDD’s development on Orange Technology’s previous offering allows users to produce redacted XLS files in their native format; remove the necessity of producing CLS files as TIFF images; and native redaction within the tool.

XDD was awarded a “Best in Innovation” award at the Legaltech Innovation Awards in 2015 for Relativity-based software.

Love it or hate it, Microsoft Excel is an inarguably powerful tool. Thus, when it comes to e-discovery, review teams can often find a multitude of pertinent information in Excel documents.

Realizing its significance in litigation, Xact Data Discovery (XDD) has set its sights on Excel in the release of its new BlackBar redaction tool. With cost, accuracy and time in mind, the Kansas-based e-discovery company is betting that review teams can use the tool to expedite and augment their current e-discovery workflows.

To host its new software, XDD utilized kCura’s popular Relativity ecosystem, aiming to simplify for users the integration into existing e-discovery processes. Taking a similar approach this week was Kroll Ontrack, which launched its Communication Insight tool that applies visualizations to data accrued for document review.

BlackBar stands as a benefit from XDD’s acquisition of Utah-based e-discovery services group Orange Legal Technologies, which was using an Excel native redaction software that XDD built upon to create its new tool. As XDD CEO and president Robert Polus previously told Legaltech News, “With XDD’s geographic footprint and infrastructure” attorneys have “even greater access to the expertise and technology we are able to offer as a result of this acquisition.”

XXD’s acquisition of Orange Technologies was part of a greater growth strategy, which also saw the acquisition of e-discovery services provider F1 Discovery.

With the acquisition, the company “identified this tool as a game changer,” noted XDD vice president of e-discovery Nick Reizen. “We are unaware of any comparable product available to attorney review teams today that can defensibly redact native Excel files, particularly any that are fully integrated with a premier platform such as Relativity. We are excited to bring BlackBar to market on a larger scale.”

Redacting excel files for litigation and investigative purposes isn’t without its pain points. As Xact Data Discovery’s David Smolen and Nick Reizen recently wrote in a column:

“Excel spreadsheets include enormous amounts of data. Once all relevant information is identified, legal teams must then determine what information is responsive to the matter. Redacting all nonresponsive and privileged data from those spreadsheets requires a great deal of time and effort.”

Among the benefits of BlackBar is its ability to fit into various workflows and integration capabilities with Relativity. XDD’s development on Orange Technology’s previous offering allows users to produce redacted XLS files in their native format; remove the necessity of producing CLS files as TIFF images; and native redaction within the tool.

XDD was awarded a “Best in Innovation” award at the Legaltech Innovation Awards in 2015 for Relativity-based software.