Fundamentals of Connection Magic

Making Eclipse Work for You: Conditional Punctuation and Conflicts

© BrenDeBev (all publication rights reserved) One of the most powerful features of Eclipse is the functionality of its conflict resolution.  Punctuation conflicts, well trained, can save the reporter — and scopist — many keystrokes in adding or deleting punctuation. A common mistake is to define a phrase, such as “Your Honor” or “you know,” …

Making Eclipse Work For You: The Speaker List

© BrenDeBev (all publication rights reserved) The speaker list is a very powerful tool that needs to be understood in depth to reap its full benefit. With the advent of Version 7 and the speaker table being shared between reporter and edit team, it is even more important to be aware of its functions. Set …

Making Eclipse Work For You: The Translate Tab

© BrenDeBev (all publication rights reserved) Most of us use our software every day without really understanding or even being aware of many of the features available to help fine-tune our user experience. Today we are launching a series of blog posts, Making Eclipse Work for You, that will explore Eclipse’s user settings.  We begin …

Building a Connection Magic Shared Editing (CMSE) Prep Kit

© BrenDeBev (all publication rights reserved) As a skilled court reporter, you’ve learned to cope with unexpected challenges without skipping a beat: the technical expert with the Martian accent, the attorney who speaks at 350 words per minute because he has a plane to catch at 3:00 p.m., the writer that suddenly refuses to connect …

Regular, Rush, Expedite, Overnight, Daily, Immediate: A Definition of Turnaround Times from the Editors’ Perspective

© BrenDeBev (all publication rights reserved) One of the most important aspects of a successful reporter-editor relationship is a clear understanding of the expectations of both sides, one of the most important being turnaround time. Regular Delivery This is the most typical turnaround time. Both reporter and scopist/proofreader have the maximum number of days to …

Scopist, Proofreader, Scoofer: What do they do?

© BrenDeBev (all publication rights reserved) What are the differences between scoping, proofreading, and scoofing?  As a reporter, how do you know if you need a scopist, a proofreader, or a scoofer?  As an editor, how do you know if the work you are providing is that of a scopist, a proofreader, or a scoofer?  …

Fundamentals of Connection Magic

© BrenDeBev (all publication rights reserved) Follow this step-by-step guide to help ensure worry-free Connection Magic sessions. Before the Big Day: 1. Set up a Dropbox folder between reporter, scopist(s), and proofreader(s). Export your user settings into a .set file (Alt+U/Export Settings). Make a copy of your main dictionary. Make a copy of any job …