In Litigation Support, we work with database load files almost every day. The various types of text-based load files contain information about documents or file paths and file names that will link database records to corresponding images of the document. The legal team uses the databases to review documents and categorize them during the discovery phase of a litigation matter.
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One of the tools we use frequently is a free tool called iConvert. This tool was created many years ago by a software provider for the litigation support community. At a basic level, the tool simply converts one load file format into another format. For instance, if you have received an imaging load file for the IPRO image viewer (an LFP file), but you actually need an imaging load file for the Concordance Image viewer (an OPT file), iConvert can do the conversion for you. As shown in the image below, there are many conversion formats available in this tool.
A feature of iConvert that we use occasionally is the Image Verification option. We can point it to directories of image files and it will check to make sure that each image will open.
Another feature of iConvert is the LFP conversion. If there are metadata fields provided in an LFP file, this feature will convert those metadata fields into a DAT file that can be loaded into a Concordance database. Several imaging load file formats can provide metadata fields and file paths to image files.