A Little List of Lingo

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ASI » Advantage Software, Inc., the company that develops, maintains, and sells Eclipse CAT software.

Bridge (not the same as “Bridge Mobile”) » A standalone program bundled with Eclipse that allows a reporter to send a realtime feed to other computers over a LAN. Each computer must have the program installed. Bridge does not work with tablets or other mobile devices and predates Bridge Mobile.

Bridge Mobile (not the same as “Bridge”) » The umbrella name for the two ASI components, Bridge Broadcaster and Bridge Mobile Viewer, that facilitate realtime output and viewing.

Bridge Broadcaster » The reporter software that allows the broadcast of a transcript in real time to other computers and/or mobile devices. Reporters must purchase a yearly license to use this functionality.

Bridge Mobile Viewer » Software that allows attorneys and others to view realtime transcript files on computers and/or mobile devices.

CM-Link » A free CAT software add-on that allows users of CAT programs other than Eclipse and/or users of older versions of Eclipse to utilize Bridge Mobile.

Connection Magic (CM) » A proprietary server that handles the streaming of data for realtime sessions using Bridge Mobile (feed viewed by attorneys, paralegals, et cetera) and for editing sessions using CMSE (feed viewed by scopists and/or proofreaders working in the file in real time). Keyless license verification is also accomplished via CM.

Connection Magic Shared Editing (CMSE) » A method of sharing a live file with scopist(s) and/or proofreader(s) for realtime editing purposes.

Keyless License » A method of ensuring that a user’s copy of Eclipse software is valid that does not require the presence of a physical software key.

Browser Cache » Temporary storage space on a computer where a web browser stores files needed to display a website. This space is limited and must be cleared from time to time.

Codec (compression/decompression) » A computer programming algorithm used to compress files (usually audio) for faster transmission and then decompress them on the receiving end. Popular codecs include GSM, PCM, and Speex.

Ethernet Cable » A specialized cable used to connect a computing device to a modem, router, or another computing device in order to send and receive data.

Hard Drive » A physical component of a computer where all files and programs are stored, whether in current use or not. Hard drives are sometimes referred to as “storage space” and is not the same thing as RAM.

LAN » Local Area Network. A closed network broadcast via a router that allows nearby connected devices to send and receive data.

MiFi » A proprietary brand of mobile hotspot, often used in a generic sense to mean any mobile hotspot.

Mobile Hotspot » A wireless router that allows access to the Internet via the cellular data network. Most mobile phones can be set up to act as a mobile hotspot.

Modem » A wired device that allows access to the Internet.

RAM » Random Access Memory. An area of storage space on a computer used by open programs to temporarily store files and other data. RAM is not the same as a hard drive.

Router » A device attached to (or sometimes incorporated within) a modem that broadcasts an Internet signal to multiple devices simultaneously.

The Cloud » Online storage where files reside in a remote location instead of the physical hard drive of a computer. Popular cloud services include Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud.

Wi-Fi » A wireless Internet signal, as distinguished from a signal fed directly from modem to computer via an Ethernet cable.

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