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Eclipse Users Group
Conference 2018

April 20-22, 2018, Bally's/Paris, Las Vegas

About the Conference...

The Eclipse Users Group Annual Conference isn't just the oldest and longest-running Eclipse training event, it's also the most informative, enjoyable, and affordable. The first conference was held in 1991, and over two-and-a-half decades we have earned a reputation for providing more seminars, more choices, more knowledge, more CEUs, and more fun for the money, something we are quite proud of. We typically hold our events in Las Vegas in April, easily one of the most popular vacation destinations at one of the best times of year. Not only is there ALWAYS a lot to do, accommodations are a bargain. Deluxe hotel rooms at Bally's are only $125 per night, and at Paris, they're only $150 per night. Plus you can earn up to 2.2 NCRA CEUs/PDCs, or 15 NCRA CEs. There is no other place that offers EVERYONE a chance to unwind however they want after a long day of training. Shows, spas, sports, sun, sightseeing – the possibilities are nearly endless!

7 Speakers

We ALWAYS bring you the BEST Eclipse speakers in existence. Period.

Over 20 Classes

Track training, break-out topics & even one-on-one training available!

20+ CEUs • 15 CEs

Get ALL those pesky CEU requirements out of the way in one weekend!

Best Training Value

We provide attendees with the lowest cost per CEU training of ANY event!

Why Choose ESP Network for Your Yearly Training & CEUs?

The Eclipse Users Group Annual Conference isn't just the oldest and longest-running Eclipse training event, it's also the most informative, enjoyable, and affordable. The first conference was held in 1991, and over two-and-a-half decades we have earned a reputation for providing more seminars, more choices, more knowledge, more CEUs, and more fun for the money, something we are quite proud of. We typically hold our events in Las Vegas in April, easily one of the most popular vacation destinations at one of the best times of year. Not only is there ALWAYS a lot to do, accommodations are a bargain. Deluxe hotel rooms at Bally's are only $125 per night, and at Paris, they're only $150 per night. Look at it this way: There is no other place that offers EVERYONE a chance to unwind however they want after a long day of training. Shows, spas, sports, sun, sightseeing – the possibilities are nearly endless!

Each year we hold a Saturday Night Social. We put out a sumptuous buffet spread, and everyone's invited, including friends and family. It's all included, and while you enjoy the food and a beverage, Marybeth Everhart will deliver a keynote address covering the latest technologies for court reporters. (You get continuing ed credits for that, too.) Then we raffle off dozens of terrific prizes, including iPads, gifts from vendors, free webinars, and more. It's a wonderful way to meet and socialize with fellow Eclipsters, and we always finish up in time for those so inclined to catch a show or get out onto the famed Las Vegas Strip.

Private, One-on-One Training & Support Available

This year one of our talented presenters, Michael Starkman, will be available for one-on-one training. A former reporter, Michael has over 20 years of experience teaching and presenting Eclipse. This is a great solution for those who have unique problems they want to work on with a personal trainer. Book early - the cost is only $55 per hour, available on a first come basis! You can email Michael at mrstark1@verizon.net before the conference for an appointment, or book on site.

Schedule

  • SearchMaster - The Essential Realtime Prep Tool!

    8:00am - 9:30am Lynda Barker, RDR, Partner at Master Products, President, Glacier Stenographic Reporters, Inc.

    Instead of flipping through endless pages of previous transcripts and/or documents in a frenzied search for the words and names that you want to create briefs for ahead of time, let SearchMaster do that work for you! With SearchMaster's Occurrences Index, in seconds you can create a list of either all words or just uppercase words (with first and last names together, full company names on the same line) sorted in occurrence order, which is to say that the index will show you which names and words came up the most often, in numerical order. Bingo! You will then know, in advance, which briefs you'll want to put into your job dictionary ahead of time. Fear factor conquered!

    In this seminar we'll also cover how to convert PDF documents to .txt filies and capture information from the Internet as .txt files as well so you can have as much information as possible to use as you build your SearchMaster indexes. In addition, we'll review the many other ways SearchMaster is the Time Machine for Professional Wordsmiths, a program you don't want to live without!

  • Eclipse Track Training: Part One

    9:45am - 11:15am By Steve Kosmata (Beginning), Keith Vincent (Intermediate), and Jeremy Thorne (Advanced)

    Track training is a seminal part of our annual conference, a vital part of the instruction we offer because understanding Eclipse is the key to mastering Eclipse. Our instructors spend an entire day covering each area--beginning, intermediate, or advanced--and the goal is to impart as much comprehensive knowledge as possible. Our users own the best CAT software program ever developed, and it's as wide as it is deep, so the benefits attained from learning more about its ways and workings are enormous.

  • Lunch

    11:15am - 12:15pm Lunch Break

    Grab lunch on your own ow with friends at one of the many fast and fine dining options contained within Bally's, Paris or beyond. We've given you ample time to get exactly what you want, so take a break and enjoy a bite.

  • Eclipse Track Training: Part Two

    12:30pm - 2:00pm By Steve Kosmata (Beginning), Keith Vincent (Intermediate), and Jeremy Thorne (Advanced)

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    Eclipse Vox Basic & Dragon Workshop:
    Part One

    12:30pm - 2:00pm (concurrent) By Tori Pittman, BA, FAPR, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M

    Just getting started with Eclipse Vox or with Dragon 15? Feel the need to brush up on some things you may have missed along the way? If so, this is a workshop you may want to attend. Tori is going to cover basic Vox and Dragon essentials – how to quickly and efficiently build a voice model, how to connect custom words to the Eclipse dictionaries, how to set up your basic document format, and more – all aimed at newbies to Eclipse Vox or this latest version of Dragon. If you are among those in either group, or just want a refresher course, make plans to join us!

  • Eclipse Track Training: Part Three

    2:15pm - 3:45pm By Steve Kosmata (Beginning), Keith Vincent (Intermediate), and Jeremy Thorne (Advanced)

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    Eclipse Vox Basic & Dragon Workshop:
    Part Two

    2:15pm - 3:45pm (concurrent) By Tori Pittman, BA, FAPR, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M

  • Eclipse Tracks Training: Part Four

    4:00pm - 5:30pm By Steve Kosmata (Beginning), Keith Vincent (Intermediate), and Jeremy Thorne (Advanced)

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    Eclipse Vox Basic & Dragon Workshop:
    Part Three

    4:00pm - 5:30pm (concurrent) By Tori Pittman, BA, FAPR, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M

  • Make It Happen With Eclipse: What's Out There & How To Do It!

    8:00am - 9:30am By Jeremy Thorne & Keith Vincent

    Reporting professionals are often curious about career opportunities, which have evolved considerably over the past two decades. What are the options? And what's involved? Jeremy is going to review the current choices and, even better, he's going to tell you how to use Eclipse in pursuit of any of these career paths. Think about it: You'll get a comprehensive review of today's career paths and how to use Eclipse for each of them. Most of the training resources for Eclipse are centered around court reporting. However, many Eclipse users use the software for other purposes. Jeremy will go over many different choices for providing CART and captioning services, features for document production outside of court reporting such as governmental proceedings and transcription services, and other ways of integrating Eclipse into a variety of workflows. That's priceless information!

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    Eclipse Vox: Intermediate - Advanced: Part One

    8:00am - 9:30am (concurrent) By Tori Pittman, BA, FAPR, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M

    ox users have asked us for some form of track training, similar to the all-day training available for steno reporters. Given the smaller number of voice writers who are able to attend, we're not able to provide separate and concurrent beginning, intermediate, and advanced sessions. But we are able to provide six hours of continuous training starting at the intermediate level and proceeding through advanced. (Those who need a beginners' track should attend the Dragon Workshop on Friday afternoon.) Tori will assume that you have successfully built a voice model in Dragon, and have set up a document format for their transcripts. From that launching point, she will cover features like the function of certain kinds of entries in the Eclipse dictionary, and how they may connect to custom words in Dragon, how to edit with maximum efficiency, how to deploy the speechtext dictionary to improve recognition, and much more.

  • Slicing & Dicing Eclipse:
    Just How Flexible Is It?

    9:45am - 11:15am By Jeremy Thorne, Director of Research & Development, Advantage Software

    You may know that customizable settings is a cornerstone of modern software design. What you may not know is the degree to which Eclipse can be customized. Most users have done some changing of colors, fonts and maybe even keyboard settings, but did you know that you can change the fundamental behavior of dictionary entries and paragraph types? This seminar will dive into the programming tab of the user settings to explore the details of what you have control over. If there is even one small detail of Eclipse that you would like to see behave differently, maybe it already can! Difficult questions encouraged.

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    Eclipse Vox: Intermediate - Advanced: Part Two

    9:45am - 11:15am (concurrent) By Tori Pittman, BA, FAPR, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M

    Vox users have asked us for some form of track training, similar to the all-day training available for steno reporters. Given the smaller number of voice writers who are able to attend, we're not able to provide separate and concurrent beginning, intermediate, and advanced sessions. But we are able to provide six hours of continuous training starting at the intermediate level and proceeding through advanced. (Those who need a beginners' track should attend the Dragon Workshop on Friday afternoon.) Tori will assume that you have successfully built a voice model in Dragon, and have set up a document format for their transcripts. From that launching point, she will cover features like the function of certain kinds of entries in the Eclipse dictionary, and how they may connect to custom words in Dragon, how to edit with maximum efficiency, how to deploy the speechtext dictionary to improve recognition, and much more.

  • Lunch

    11:15am - 12:30pm Lunch Break

    Grab lunch on your own ow with friends at one of the many fast and fine dining options contained within Bally's, Paris or beyond. We've given you ample time to get exactly what you want, so take a break and enjoy a bite.

  • Let's Practice What You Just Learned Using Realtime Coach

    12:30pm - 2:00pm By Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI, CPE, Nat'l Marketing Manager, Realtime Coach

    Jeremy always covers a lot of ground quickly during his presentations. In order to help you assimilate and apply all that he presented, Marybeth is going to follow Jeremy with a show-and-tell seminar that explains how to practice what he just preached using the most advanced skill development software available, Realtime Coach. Wha-a-a-t? That's right she's going to guide you through a deep dive into how to use "the Coach" to practice and perfect specific elements of your writing that align with the possibilities that Jeremy will leave dancing in your heads.

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    Eclipse Vox: Intermediate - Advanced: Part Three

    12:30pm - 2:00pm (concurrent) By Tori Pittman, BA, FAPR, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M

  • You Want Me to Use a Comma There?

    2:15pm - 3:45pm By Margie Wakeman Wells, B.A. UC Santa Barbara, CRI, renowned author and instructor

    How many comma rules are there? Too many. We will cover the basics and then move to some of the more “remote” rules that rarely get talked about – contrasting elements and the comma of omission among others. It's the most frequently used punctuation mark and there's a lot to know about that little speck that appears so often in our documents.

  • Hate Proofreading? Eclipse Can Help!

    4:00pm - 5:30pm By Keith Vincent, Realtime Court Reporter, Eclipse Trainer, Author of Eclipse Visualizers, Co-Author of e-Tips bulletins

    Proofreading is one of the least pleasant but most important things we do as Eclipse users, and the software now offers more help than ever. Does anyone NOT use the spelling checker? Probably not. What about the spellcheck in read-along mode? What about the "batch" spellcheck or "List Errors" function? Versions 7 and 8 have made it possible for proofreaders to make annotations in Bridge Mobile Pro or in a PDF file, and these annotations can be imported and synched back into your Eclipse transcript. Finally, Eclipse 9 will offer an amazing new Proofreader function (which Keith and Jeremy have been working on for the past few years) that is bound to put a smile on your face. It may even make you stop hating proofreading.

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    Eclipse Vox: Intermediate - Advanced: Part Four

    4:00pm - 5:30pm (concurrent) By Tori Pittman, BA, FAPR, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M

  • Saturday Evening Reception
    Gadget Goodness: The Latest & Technologies For Reporting Professionals

    6:00pm - 8:00pm By Marybeth Everhart & Michael Starkman

    Come enjoy the company of your fellow professionals, including a cash bar and heavy appetizers. This is the perfect time to socialize, mingle and maybe even win a few raffle or door prizes too! Every year we review the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos that are useful for court reporters and we cover some of the evolvling technologies that impact our profession. While you're munching on delicious morsels from our lavish buffet (all attendees are invited) Marybeth and Michael will regale you with cool stuff that you may need or need to know about.

  • Eclipse for Voice Reporters

    8:30am - 10:00am By Jeremy Thorne, Director of Research & Development, Advantage Software

    Using speech in Eclipse opens up a lot of possibilities for leveraging features originally created for stenographic reporting. Learn to use more of the software in this seminar that will explore the edges of what's possible for voicewriters, and make sure you're taking advantage of everything Eclipse can do for you to speed up production and improve your work product and content delivery. This is a seminar many Vox users have wished for. Eclipse Vox is a radical step in the evolution of voice CAT software, reaching deeper into Dragon and integrating it more completely than any other CAT software.

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    Macros ex Machina: Power Editing From Your Steno Machine

    8:30am - 10:00am (concurrent) By Keith Vincent, Realtime Court Reporter, Eclipse Trainer, Author of Eclipse Visualizers, Co-Author of e-Tips bulletins

    If you use Hyperkeys or if you do any editing from the steno keyboard, you're probably using macros that were created by Keith Vincent. The Realtime Editing Kit that he created in 2001 continues to be a fundamental resource for all Eclipse users. In this class, Keith shows how to create a macro command and how to use it during realtime translation. Although most examples will reference the steno keyboard, these macros can also be executed by voice commands if you're an Eclipse Vox user. Keith will explore the Realtime Editing Kit so that you can leave the class better able to clean up your text even as translation is occurring.

  • Automatic Indexing Unpacked:
    Exploring the Basics

    10:45am - 11:45am By Steve Kosmata, Certified Eclipse Trainer, Official Court Reporter, San Diego Superior Court

    Automatic Indexing is often regarded as one of the most difficult-to-understand features in Eclipse, and users scratch their heads as they wonder why there are so many elements involved to automate the creation of an index. It is a big, wide-ranging feature for a reason: There are hundreds—perhaps thousands—of different types and styles of indexes in use by freelance and official reporters everywhere, and accommodating them all requires a lot of wingspan and a lot of moving parts. But it is, as they say, much easier than it looks, and the key is to understand the basics. In the first of his two-part seminar, Steve is going to explain them first, helping you grasp the tools you need to use in order to build your indexes.

  • Lunch

    11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch Break

    Grab lunch on your own ow with friends at one of the many fast and fine dining options contained within Bally's, Paris or beyond. We've given you ample time to get exactly what you want, so take a break and enjoy a bite.

  • Automatic Indexing Unpacked:
    Building an Index

    1:00pm - 2:30pm By Steve Kosmata, Certified Eclipse Trainer, Official Court Reporter, San Diego Superior Court

    Having covered the basics in the first seminar, Steve is going to show you how to put them to work to build an index suitable for officials and another for freelancers. He'll cover the paragraph controls, how to make use of the fill-in-the-blanks feature, and review how indexing works. Automating isn't like typing; it can't know that you need different things for different transcripts. It is built upon the precept that the same elements – witness name, exhibit nos., descriptions, etc. – will be captured in the same way every time. A place for everything and everything in its place.

  • Build To Suit: Create Job & Special Dictionaries for Cases & Categories

    2:45pm - 4:15pm By Steve Kosmata, Certified Eclipse Trainer, Official Court Reporter, San Diego Superior Court

    Want better translations and more accurate realtime? One of the easiest and most effective things you can do is to build special dictionaries before your job. In them you can add briefs and shortcuts that will make your tran rate go up and your editing time go down. You should add names, places, terminology, of course, but you can also add conflicts and punctuationhow to get the best results. Steve will share his tips and tricks for getting better translations by building dictionaries in advance.

Our Speakers + Presenters

Director of Research & Development, Advantage Software

Realtime Court Reporter, Eclipse Trainer, Author of Eclipse Visualizers, Co-Author of e-Tips bulletins

Senior Eclipse Trainer, Regional Sales Directionr, Former Freelance Reporter

Certified Eclipse Trainer, Official Court Reporter, San Diego Superior Court

BA, FAPR, RDR, CRI, CVR-CM-M

RPR, CRI, CPE, Nat'l Marketing Manager, Realtime Coach

B.A. UC Santa Barbara, CRI, renowned author and instructor

Owner of Master Products, President, Glacier Stenographic Reporters, Inc.

event pricing

Our Early Bird pricing is now in effect through December 31st, 2017. Students currently enrolled in an accredited learning program (online or brick/mortar) as well as Teachers and Scopists are extended a 40-50% discount on the registration fees shown below; however strict verification is required. Don't forget that active ESP Network Premium Members save $50 on their registration - so if you're not a member, join today for $35 to save on your conference registration!

One-Day Pass
$229* per person
  • * Member Pricing
  • Add $50 for Non-Members
  • Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Two-Day Pass
$329* per person
  • * Member Pricing
  • Add $50 for Non-Members
  • Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun
Three-Day Pass
$429* per person
  • * Member Pricing
  • Add $50 for Non-Members
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Accommodations

Bally's, Las Vegas

$125 per Night

Featuring newly renovated rooms for 2018, we've negotiated a great price for our attendees just a short elevator ride from the convention meeting space on the 26th floor!

Paris, Las Vegas

$150 per Night

If you are looking for a more luxurious experience without breaking your budget, AND something within a quick walk to the meeting space - look no further than Paris!

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Ground Transportation

ground transportation

LASxpress

Sometimes, the most worrisome part of traveling is finding safe, effective, and reliable ground transportation from the airport to your hotel. For several years now, including for our 2018 event, we have partnered with LASxpress to provide ALL our attendees with just that - safe, reliable and affordable ground transportation!

Stop overpaying for ground transportation upon arrival at the airport in Las Vegas! We've once again partnered with LASxpress to provide attendees with reliable, discounted ground transportation from the airport to your hotel. No waiting in long taxi lines, or paying $25 or more for a short ride.
Don't Settle for Less!
  • ☑ Advance reservations on a secure website
  • ☑ Non-Stop & Luxury Services Available
  • ☑ On-site Airport Staff to Assist You
  • ☑ Preprinted Boarding Passes
  • ☑ Significant Savings vs. Taxi Fares
  • ☑ Fast and Affordable
You can book ground transportation at any time, however it is best to wait until after you make your flight arrangements. This way you can provide LASxpress with your flight numbers so they can be waiting for you upon arrival.

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