Q. Why should I choose Eclipse over another CAT system?
A. Innovation and Integration are the hallmarks of Eclipse CAT software. Eclipse was years ahead of the competition in creating features like intelligent prefix/suffix addition, intelligent conflict resolution, automatic number formatting, Global Magic (intelligent global suggestions), Auto-Brief (automatic realtime steno shortcuts), and Multi-Synch (up to 8 distinct channels of synchronized audio.)
While some of these features have been imitated with limited success, Eclipse continues to raise the bar with truly unique innovations like Translation Magic, AutoMagic, and Team Editing. Only Eclipse allows multiple reporters, scopists, and proofreaders to edit a document at the same time, in real time or anytime a transcript has to be delivered super-fast.
For steno that is not yet defined in the reporter's dictionary, the competition offers only basic phonetic translation that's limited to individual steno strokes; in contrast, Eclipse offers Translation Magic, which uses intelligent phonetics and dragged/dropped key rescue to make sense of multiple steno strokes for unexpected names and terms. No wonder Eclipse receives such high marks for the quality of its translation and has been used by so many NCRA realtime champions.
Since realtime transcription is so important to the future of our profession, Eclipse has led the way with the refresh technology found in Bridge PC and Bridge Mobile (for PC/Mac/Linux computers, iPads, and other portable devices), the CART window, AccuCap closed captioning, and YouTube captioning.
Editing, of course, is the most time-consuming part of a reporter's job, which is why Eclipse created AutoMagic. Each time you move your cursor, Eclipse offers as many as 10 context-appropriate choices that facilitate word replacement, spelling, dictionary building, punctuation, paragraphing, speaker identification, number formatting, Google searches, and much more. AutoMagic integrates years of innovation to make Eclipse easy to use and easy to learn.
In addition, there are over 350 short Visualizer movies that are integrated with the Help system and with an interactive editing tutorial that uses a built-in lesson player designed to teach steno theory as well.
As Louise Becker said when she beat Mark Kislingbury as the NCRA realtime champion a few years ago: "Before switching to Eclipse, I had never even managed to qualify in the annual NCRA Realtime Contest. Three years later, I was the national realtime champion. The many advanced features in Eclipse, especially Translation Magic, helped put me over the top. Eclipse is, without question, the finest CAT software ever written."