Ever wondered how software developers use document comparison in their apps and web services? We spoke with Mobile Helix – developers of software solutions that make it easy for lawyers to be productive using smartphones and tablets – to learn more about the comparison feature available in their secure container app.
Picture this: you are a lawyer who relies heavily on your devices to work outside of office hours. Perhaps you use the morning commute to fire off emails from your smartphone, or maybe you use your tablet on the couch after everyone has gone to bed and the house is finally quiet. While working on these devices, you use a secure app made especially for legal professionals. It has everything you need – access to your document management system, advanced search, Word editing and annotation, and document comparison.
But at some point, you notice the document comparison tool is missing small but important changes. Maybe it’s an added word here or a change to a table there. But it could also be something crucially important.
Maureen Blando, President, and COO of Mobile Helix said this was exactly what users of the LINK App for Lawyers experienced. “Our users told us small but really important changes were not correctly shown in the comparison report. We quickly came to see that the prior comparison technology did not meet our users’ high standards.”
“Lawyers rely heavily on accurate comparison, and we knew if we were going to offer comparison it must be high quality, or our users won’t trust it,” continued Maureen. So, the leadership team and in-house developers behind the app decided to look for a better comparison engine.
One of the most important selling points of the LINK App was that end-to-end workflows would all happen within the protected container of the encrypted LINK App. “Law firms handle incredibly sensitive information, and, of course, security is at the forefront of everything they do,” explained Maureen. “The LINK approach is for everything to happen on servers behind the firm’s firewall, and we knew the new comparison engine would have to fit within this architecture.”
The next stage for Mobile Helix was to assess available document comparison engines that could be embedded in its app. Read more about the process in Part 2, coming soon. In the meantime, you can read the case study to learn why the company chose compareDocs SDK.