Eclipse Users Group 2017 Convention

Eclipse Software Professionals

2017 Annual Conference

Apr 28th – 30th, 2017
SkyView Suites @ Bally's Hotel & Casino  –  Las Vegas, NV

Event Info

Founded in 1992, the ESP Users' Group has been putting on conferences to help Eclipse users learn about their software for a quarter of a century (and have fun while they're at it), providing instruction by the most interesting and experienced trainers in the industry. This is our 25th annual conference, and our lineup is better than ever with concurrent steno and voice training seminars covering reporting, scoping, and broadcast and CART captioning, all dedicated to Eclipse training. Steno reporters who attend for all three days can earn 2.15 CEUs! Voice reporters can earn 21.5 CEs.

Two Great Hotels

Bally's Las Vegas

The best deal for your money, and with the shortest trip to the convention floor—just a short elevator ride to the top!

Paris Las Vegas

A slightly longer walk, but a scenic one through cafes and shops, Paris is one of the most beautiful locations on the strip!

  • April 28th - 30th, 2017
  • Bally's & Paris Hotels, Las Vegas, NV
  • Classes for EVERY Profession
  • Eclipse Professionals the World Over
  • Saturday Evening Social
  • Nine Speakers
  • Best Training Value

Quick Training Agenda with class legend

Steno Reporter ClassesVoice Reporter ClassesCART/Captioning ClassesScopist ClassesGeneral Session Classes

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John Everhart

with David Stanley
& Thomas Banda

Eclipse Installation Tech Session (Appointments Only)

  • General Session  April 27th, 2017 (Thu)
  • 1:00 PM
  • Room: SkyView Office
We encourage everyone to download and install the latest version of Eclipse from Advantage Software's website BEFORE leaving home, however for those that want/need assistance with this process, we will be having an installations-only tech session on Thursday from 1PM to 3PM, local time. No further tech support will be given, except for Eclipse installations, and entrance will be permitted by APPOINTMENT ONLY. In order to request an appointment, please click here to fill out a request form. Once submitted, a member of our staff will get back to you with an exact time for your scheduled session.

Eclipse Tracking Training - Special Announcement:

Track training is one of the hallmarks of the Eclipse Users’ Group. Based upon the experience level of the user—Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced—these seminars are the best way to gain a foundational knowledge of Eclipse. These classes are held all day Friday, and are taught by four of the most renowned speakers and instructors in the Eclipse universe, and this year we’ve added two new dimensions. One is that the Intermediate Track will be for both steno AND voice reporters. Tori Pittman will be co-presenting with Michael Starkman. Jeremy Thorne teaches the Advanced Track most years, but this year he’s going to spend about 90 minutes with each of the three tracks, doing some instruction, meeting everyone, and answering questions. Most users don’t get a chance to meet Jeremy because he’s always in the room with the Advanced Track, so this is a great opportunity for users in the beginning and intermediate levels to interact with him.
Steve Kosmata

Steve Kosmata

 

Eclipse Training: Beginning

  •   April 28th, 2017 (Fri)
  • 8:00AM – 5:30PM
  • Room: SkyView 1
Mr. Kosmata would like all of his novice Eclipse users to have a great foundation to better understand their Eclipse software. The majority of time in class will be spent covering user settings, form fields, block files, macros, editing shortcuts, and real-time issues. Mr. Kosmata wants to make sure that users are confident in their ability to use Eclipse the first day back to work and be able to tackle most any issue that may come up. Jeremy Thorne, the man behind it all, will be making a special guest appearance, too!

Michael
Starkman

with Tori Pittman

Michael and Tori will be covering a wide array of topics aimed at improving translation accuracy, increasing editing efficiency and building writing speed by getting the most out of the AutoBrief feature. Topics to be covered: A thorough and detailed look at the automatic number conversion feature; the Delivery feature implemented in Version 7; editing with hyperkeys; AutoBrief A to Z; and the Analyze Documents feature. As an added bonus, Jeremy Thorne, Chief of Research and Development for Advantage Software, will be making a special guest appearance to discuss previews of upcoming Eclipse developments.

Keith Vincent

 

Keith Vincent goes back to the early days of Eclipse and has been working with Jeremy since the early 90’s. If you're looking for someone with a deep understanding of the program, you'll be in great hands in his class. The Advanced class will cover new features in Eclipse 8, including major improvements to the Connection Magic system used for team editing and Bridge/Mobile. He'll also cover the paragraph status system and tracking of multiple co-editors, improvements to Auto-Brief, use of cloud services with Eclipse, as well as the most practical features introduced and improved since Versions 5, 6, and 7. As an active freelance reporter (and as the creator of the Eclipse Visualizer movies), Keith is ideally placed to illustrate real-world improvements to the program. Special guest appearance by Jeremy Thorne.
Lynda Barker

Lynda Barker

 

Are you wasting hours of your precious time looking up names and terms when you could be finding them in minutes or seconds? Are you still typing up word lists for ongoing cases when you could have SearchMaster produce customized word lists across multiple depositions for you in seconds? Would you like to learn how to make PDF files you get from clients not only searchable but also create word indexes from them? SearchMaster has all these tools and more. Join us for an exhilarating tour across a vast and luxurious landscape of tips, tricks, strategies, and research tools that will save you huge amounts of time in the preparation of your transcripts. It's about time: YOUR time!
Anissa Nierenberger

Anissa
Nierenberger

 

Want to Caption? You’ll Need a Captioner’s Dictionary

  •   April 29th, 2017 (Sat)
  • 8:00AM – 9:30AM
  • Room: SkyView 1
Everyone will receive $149 worth of free DJ Lite, which most Eclipse users will already have, but we may update it with the new version. We'll enter words at a rate of up to 1,000 per hour. Reporters write 1/8 of the pie. Captioners write the whole pie so there’s some work to be done. Never fear. Anissa promises everyone will have fun! Anissa says to bring your writers and your computers. You'll need both.

Jeremy Thorne

 

Instead of enumerating how new features work, Jeremy is going to approach it from the other direction: List things users want to do, in a big-picture sense, and demonstrate how V8 helps accomplish those things in ways previous versions didn't. For example, he will talk about Team Editing, actually showing the whole process of connecting and sharing, but also calling attention to the ways that paragraph status, editor colors and other V8 improvements make it even better. This method also would remind users of powerful features from the last few versions they may not be using while simultaneously talking about the newest additions to Eclipse.

Tori Pittman

 

Eclipse reaches far deeper into Dragon than any other CAT software. Only Eclipse has Voisteno, which means that your Dragon text is fully processed a second time using the powers of the “translator.” Unlike steno, which truly must be translated, your Voisteno is already in English word form, but still benefits enormously from the “translation” as Eclipse corrects mis-recognitions, adds automated punctuation, formats numbers, and much more. This second processing uses dictionaries you’ve personally built, so you have a direct and powerful influence over the accuracy of your results. The Dragon vocabulary and the Eclipse dictionaries work together to create the final text that appears on your screen, and it’s important to understand the role each plays. Tori will focus on dictionary syntax and how to make entries within both the vocabulary and the dictionaries. BONUS: for reporters using both steno and voice, creating user profiles/INI settings or each and why it is important.
Anissa Nierenberger

Anissa
Nierenberger

 

The Sweet Path to the Top of the Captioner Cake. Did you catch this article in the January JCR? We’ll follow the steps in the correct order to become the best we can be. Edit for your dictionary. Create a realtime foundation. Enter prefixes, suffixes and word pieces. Build up the dictionary and learn the Styles. Anissa wants you to bring your writers and computers for this one, too.

Jeremy Thorne

 

Instead of enumerating how new features work, Jeremy is going to approach it from the other direction: List things users want to do, in a big-picture sense, and demonstrate how V8 helps accomplish those things in ways previous versions didn't. For example, he will talk about Team Editing, actually showing the whole process of connecting and sharing, but also calling attention to the ways that paragraph status, editor colors and other V8 improvements make it even better. This method also would remind users of powerful features from the last few versions they may not be using while simultaneously talking about the newest additions to Eclipse.

Tori Pittman

 

Getting pages produced quickly in Eclipse Vox is the product of two things, accurate recognition and efficient editing. While your Eclipse dictionaries play a key role in the recognition, your editing chops make all the difference when it comes to completing the job. Fortunately, the man who wrote the software, Jeremy Thorne, is fanatical about economizing keystrokes. There are so many ways to make this job faster and easier. Let Tori show you how!
Anissa Nierenberger

Anissa
Nierenberger

 

Anissa will review the SADA concept from the original Terminate Transcript Turmoil seminar, talk about families of prefixes and suffixes and the importance of consistency! She will also cover valuable word pieces, how to make stacking work FOR you, and how FPP55 (Focused Phone Practice, Five things for Five minutes) earns you better realtime in only one week! This presentation builds upon the concepts first introduced in the Terminate Transcript Turmoil seminar.

Jeremy Thorne

 

Get the most out of Eclipse Vox and Dragon Naturally Speaking. Learn how Eclipse features originally created for machine steno can be useful for voicewriters. Find out the best ways to build accuracy in Dragon with Eclipse's help. See what's possible if you push the technology envelope as far as it will go, including multi-channel audio, advanced document analysis, and hybrid keyboard/voice duplexing. This seminar will cover things that you should be doing right now, and others that you can aspire to as you build your voicewriting skills and knowledge.
Anissa Nierenberger

Anissa
Nierenberger

 

Our Captioning Dictionary - Solving Word Boundary Issues Before They Start. We’ll look at words beginning or ending in: all, any, ever, every, on, out, over, off, up and under and how these can be skeletons in our closet! Bring your computer and writer!

Michael
Starkman

with Tori Pittman

This is so overlooked, yet so important. Eclipse has a File Manager that can assist you with a host of tasks that can make document storage, access, and management much, much easier. It can copy or move files, translate them (just as if you’d used the Translate Notes dialog), compress and uncompress files, select them by type, store them literally anywhere you want including web folders, revert them to previous forms, open them, and convert them to ASCII. No backup strategy is complete without it, so what are you waiting for? Join us and learn how to get a grip on this stuff!
Margie Wakeman Wells

Margie
Wakeman
Wells

After briefly discussing the two ways commas are used, this session will discuss the use of the period other than the obvious: e.g., polite requests, the words “yes” and “no.” Then we will move to the question mark. Though the rules are pretty straightforward, we as court reporters need to tweak those rules to make them fit the spoken word. And thus we have to discuss fragments and how to handle them.

Advantage
Software

 

Join us, and your fellow attendees, for our annual cocktail hour, and raffle prize drawings! Every year Advantage Software sends a representative to our conference who gives us the latest on what’s being developed by Jeremy Thorne and his team. You’ll get the latest information on upcoming versions of Eclipse, Bridge Mobile, and the Passport writers.
Marybeth Everhart

Marybeth
Everhart

 

Online Testing, National and State

  •   April 30th, 2017 (Sun)
  • 8:30AM – 10:00AM
  • Room: SkyView 2 + 3
Turn your head and the world changes. Just yesterday you had to drag a typewriter to a testing center and . . . well, you know the rest. NCRA has moved to online testing and over 3500 test legs have been successfully taken, and passing rates are higher than they were in brick-and-mortar settings! States are getting into the game, too. Soon most reporters will take their national and state certifications online. Learn all about it from Marybeth. And pay attention, too, because she’ll catch you if you try to edit any transcript in the back rows.

Tori Pittman

 

This is another of the hidden secrets of Eclipse. It’s actually in plain sight, but most don’t know how to use it, which is a shame because it couldn't’t be easier. Want to pick from a list of attorneys you work with all the time? They belong in a pick list. Same with place names, courts, judges, jurisdictions, anything that repeats itself in the administrative portions of your transcripts. Everyone dreads title pages, appearances, certificates, and text blurbs because they’re such drudgery. If you're tired of typing the same data over and over again, join us to refresh yourself on how to create and complete block files using form fields and pick lists. Once you learn this simple trick, you’ll save lots of time in your transcript preparation.

Jeremy Thorne

 

Jeremy has always been keen on keyboard efficiency. He’s right. People use too many keystrokes. It's an epidemic. So he will dedicate this entire seminar to speeding up not just editing but all usage processes. Yes, he will obviously cover Hyperkeys. He will cover common ways users do things the long way. He will cover Macros and how to construct them, including the ways to build macro lists and use macro variables and the fact that V8 now allows macros to consistently access particular files and folders due to the new file dialog. But he won’t stop there. Jeremy will also discuss unfortunate design flaws, like many modern laptop designs that require FN function keys in order to get common navigation functions like HOME/END or PGUP/PGDN, and how no one should have to live with that, recommending keyboard customization as a cure. He will also cover the importance of prioritizing only commands you actually use, and the difficulty of memorization, and how easy-pick features like AutoMagic and even macro groups with labels can make memorization unnecessary. And he will explore how toolbar customization can be used to make common features accessible without having to use keyboarding at all. Not everything needs to be a keystroke, though you will leave having saved lots of them!
Anissa Nierenberger

Anissa
Nierenberger

 

You’re going to be on TV! We’ll talk about the history of captioning, how CART and broadcast differ, resolving stacking and conflicts, and then prepping for a sample captioning job. We’ll walk through preparing for a newscast and figuring our TAR (Total Accuracy Rate). Anissa recommends bringing your writer and computer for this one.

Jeremy Thorne

with Keith Vincent

 

While a lot of people use the Internet for various things, this is an entire seminar on ways to take advantage of Internet technology with regard to transcription. This includes keyless license information, team editing, Bridge Mobile, Streamtext, TCP-IP captioning connections, keyboard macro adaptation for non-realtime-aware environments, YouTube captioning, Google suggestions, desktop remote-control solutions, conferencing solutions, transcript delivery mechanisms, and, of course, cloud backup/sharing with DropBox/SugarSync/GoogleDrive/etc. It will not only underscore Eclipse's compatibility with these services, but also explain the difference between a synchronization service and a backup service. Jeremy will finish up by sharing a few other “cloud thingies” he uses just on a purely personal level, such as Google Calendar, Google Keep, etc., just to encourage everyone to use their massive connectivity technology for things other than Facebook and cat videos.

Tori Pittman

 

Vox users are writing realtime by default. When you dictate into Eclipse your text is appearing as you say it, which means it’s not a far leap to share that with a scopist. Or with a client. Or both. That may seem intimidating, but it isn’t and with the new Connection Magic features, you can have scopists or proofreaders editing right behind you—and they can hear your room audio to assist the process. Though it sounds very complicated and high-tech, it’s really very simple. Best of all, you can get your transcripts out faster and earn more per page! You have the ability to deliver realtime. But how? Join this class to explore the nuts and bolts basics of setting up to export a file to a scopist and to the room (to the Web?). What software is required? What hardware? Let’s talk realtime!
Jeremy and Keith

Jeremy Thorne

with Keith Vincent

 

While a lot of people use the Internet for various things, this is an entire seminar on ways to take advantage of Internet technology with regard to transcription. This includes keyless license information, team editing, Bridge Mobile, Streamtext, TCP-IP captioning connections, keyboard macro adaptation for non-realtime-aware environments, YouTube captioning, Google suggestions, desktop remote-control solutions, conferencing solutions, transcript delivery mechanisms, and, of course, cloud backup/sharing with DropBox/SugarSync/GoogleDrive/etc. It will not only underscore Eclipse's compatibility with these services, but also explain the difference between a synchronization service and a backup service. Jeremy will finish up by sharing a few other “cloud thingies” he uses just on a purely personal level, such as Google Calendar, Google Keep, etc., just to encourage everyone to use their massive connectivity technology for things other than Facebook and cat videos.

Tori Pittman

 

Why should steno reporters be the only ones swapping briefs? Eclipse Vox is the only voice CAT software that has Voisteno, which means that your dictation output from Dragon is treated just like the steno output from a machine. Which means you can create briefs, add them to your dictionaries, and accomplish all kinds of wondrous things. Curious about how other people dictate phrases? Macros? Punctuation? Join us for an interactive session where attendees share their voice codes. Bring your favorites to share with the room. BONUS: last year’s steno swap will be available!

Our Presenters

Steve Kosmata

Official Reporter, Certified Trainer

Michael Starkman

Former Reporter, Certified Trainer, Regional Sales Director

Keith Vincent

Freelance Reporter, Author, Certified Trainer

Tori Pittman

Freelance Steno & Voice Reporter, Scopist, Certified Trainer

Anissa Nierenberger

Broadcast & CART Captioner, Author, Certified Trainer

Jeremy Thorne

Programmer, Director of Research & Development for Advantage Software

Marybeth Everhart

Former Reporter & Captioner, National Marketing Manager for Realtime Coach

Margie Wakeman Wells

Court Reporting Instructor, Grammar & Punctuation Expert

Lynda Barker

Firm Owner, Freelance Reporter, SearchMaster Software

Hotels

Bally's Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Room Block: April 26th - 31st

Booking Code: SBESP7

Rates :$135/night

Best value room rate, and the shortest commute to the SkyView Meeting Suites each day.

Paris Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Room Block: April 26th - 31st

Booking Code: SPESP7

Rates :$160/night

A bit more expensive than Bally's, but for those that enjoy the finer things, Paris is for you.


The meeting rooms will be on the 26th floor of the Indigo (North) Tower in Bally’s. This area is called the SkyView for good reason. Perched at the top of the tower it offers wonderful views through windows in the foyer, hallway and some of the meeting rooms. Let there be light! For those of you not familiar with the Paris/Bally’s complex, the two hotels are joined and the walk from Paris to Bally’s is about five minutes. The time it will take to walk from a hotel room at Paris to the SkyView meeting rooms is about ten minutes.

Event Pricing

Pricing reflects member affiliation. You can join the ESP Network for only $35 per year, and as a premium member, instantly save $50 on your conference registration, among many other benefits!

From $219

One Day

  • Any SINGLE Day
  • Up to .8 CEUs
  • Free Refreshments
  • Saturday Social
  • Best Value
  • Most CEUs
From $349

Two Days

  • Any TWO Days
  • Up to 1.5 CEUs
  • Free Refreshments
  • Saturday Social
  • Best Value
  • Most CEUs
From $499

Three Days

  • All THREE Days
  • Up to 2.15 CEUs
  • Free Refreshments
  • Saturday Social
  • Best Value
  • Most CEUs

Affordable
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Phone

+1 (800) 377-1525

+1 (410) 626-7866

Bally's Hotel & Casino

3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Paris Hotel & Casino

3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89109