What’s new in Blackout 1.7
Blackout 1.7 introduces major new functionality to Blackout including multiple new ways to interact with native excels, improved reporting, and significant performance upgrades. Continue reading to learn more about what’s in this release.
Automated Native Excel Redactions
Support for redacting native excels has been added to Blackout. The Blackout job page has been updated with a new button that allows for the creation of Native Blackout Jobs. Similar to Image Blackout Jobs you can identify terms, phrases, scopes and types of markups to place on the native.
- Redact or highlight large numbers of excel documents at one time using the familiar Blackout workflow
- Access the original native for easy side by side quality assurance
- Easily revert one, several or all documents to the original excel
- Familiar job statistics including documents redacted, total redactions, redactions per hour, documents per hour, and job run length
- Support for comments, hyperlinks, sheet names, and protected excels
- Support for massive excel documents (500 MB+)
- Automatic formula flattening and merged cell handling ensures no loss of data
Manual Native Excel Redactions with the Relativity Viewer
The ability to redact, highlight, and revert redactions has been added to the Relativity Viewer for workspaces that have Blackout installed. This new interaction extends the right click functionality of the Relativity Viewer with a new Blackout menu option to painlessly markup a range of cells.
- Rapidly redact excel documents right from the Relativity viewer without needing to load documents into other systems or log into another platform
- Revert cells redacted by any Blackout source without having to run automated jobs again or start over from scratch
- Fully supports Relativity permissions for redactions, highlights, and download original
- Complete audit trail for every manual redaction, highlight, or revert performed
- Manual redaction dashboard for viewing manual redaction statistics or reverting all manual redactions in the workspace
Redaction and Privilege Log Report Generation
Blackout reporting has been overhauled to provide a more open ended experience. Reports can now be built based on the document fields your case is required to report on for both redaction and privilege logs. Two new types of customizable reports have been added with one scoped to output data for each redaction on the document and the second scoped to output data for each document.
- Choose from any document field for inclusion in the report
- Get easy access to redaction data including key information such as created by, type, scope, text and markup set
- Combine document fields and markup fields to create custom reports for practically any purpose
- Retrieve a unique row for every redaction placed on documents in a saved search or choose to retrieve a unique row for each document and aggregate the field tags and redaction data under one column
- Easily supplement your existing redaction log or privilege log creation to include all of the data for Blackout or take advantage of Blackouts reporting to make the generation easier than ever
Quality of Life Updates
Several updates have been made to Blackout that impact the general quality of life of the application.
- The job list page has been updated to make it more readable
- All persistent lists have been removed with the exception of Redacted Documents
- A new field has been added to the document object called “Blackout Document Warnings” that associated any warnings encountered during a job run with the document
- A new saved search has been added that returns all documents tagged with document warnings
- A mass action has been added that allows for reverting multiple native excels back to the original at one time
- A new “Markup Reason” field has been added to rule groups that allows for specifying additional details about the purpose of the markups being applied by that rule group
- Markup reason is available for export in all Blackout reports providing an easy way to identify the type or narrative of the markup
Many changes have been made to both make reporting on Blackout activity easier but to also make the application more efficient. These changes are aimed at improving performance and enabling easier tracking of usage across the entire environment.
- Native excel statistics have been added to the Blackout Usage tab
- The Relativity Web API configuration has been removed as it is no longer being utilized for interacting with the Redaction table
- All redaction audits created by Blackout are now associated with the user that ran the job instead of the system account
- Several changes have been made to job execution resulting in significantly improved job performance
- Significant improvements have been made to ensure job resiliency ensuring jobs are more likely to complete even when major issues are encountered
- Support for Microsoft .NET 4.6.2 has been added for organizations updating to new versions of Relativity