New! Cloud Linking from Fastcase
Today we’re introducing Cloud Linking, an automated hyperlinking tool from Fastcase.
Cloud Linking automatically finds citations to judicial opinions in your PDF or Microsoft Word documents and instantly creates hyperlinks in your document to original sources, without affecting the document’s formatting.
With Cloud Linking, you can write a pleading for a court, then automatically create hyperlinks to caselaw citations before submitting it. You can use Cloud Linking to create hyperlinks in an opposing party’s brief, allowing your team quickly to pull the cases cited. Or, for a client alert, your firm can write an article with citations in it, automatically create hyperlinks with Cloud Linking, then paste the linked text into an e-mail newsletter or blog post.
The links go to a public version of the case, so readers don’t need a Fastcase subscription to click your links and read the cases. (Of course, if they want to subscribe to Fastcase, we would be happy to welcome them!) As Bob Ambrogi said on his LawSites blog:
“Cloud Linking is notable because the links it creates are public and free — anyone can follow them regardless of whether they have a Fastcase account. While both LexisNexis and Westlaw also have tools that convert citations into hyperlinks, the person following their links must have a subscription to view the source material.”
Did we mention that Cloud Linking is completely free for Fastcase subscribers?
To use Cloud Linking, visit Options | Fastcase Cloud Linking in the classic version of Fastcase, or select Cloud Linking from the Fastcase 7 menu.
From there, drag the document into the target area, or click and select the file from your computer’s directory. Cloud Linking works on Microsoft Word or PDF documents, on Mac and PC, and in all browsers. The service uploads your document securely over https, then instantly re-downloads it securely onto your computer. For most documents, the process takes less than a minute, and often just a second or two. Files remain in the same format, but with hyperlinks; like this before-and-after shot:
Fastcase Cloud Linking currently works only on full citations to caselaw within the Fastcase scope of coverage, which for most jurisdictions goes back to the late 1800s (we can’t add links to ancient cases not yet in Fastcase!). We plan to add links to statutes and other library types in future releases. Because Cloud Linking is based on Bluebook citations, the service won’t work with unreported cases, stub cites, cases with embarrassingly bad Bluebook citations, or cases so new that they haven’t yet been printed in reporters with citations.
For the most part, though, Fastcase Cloud Linking works just like magic. Simply load up a Word or PDF document with caselaw citations and Cloud Linking will find them, link all your citations to a public version of the case, and return the document to you in the same format. Fastcase Cloud Linking is live in beta, free for all Fastcase subscribers, on both Fastcase Classic and Fastcase 7.