🌈 Colored Placeholders...Sort Of

Donna could already "Export" placeholders by highlighting them in the document. This ensured that if you sent the document to a colleague the highlights would still be visible even with Donna closed.

Now you can select what kinds of placeholders you would like to include. You can even select what color each kind of Placeholder type should have. Sadly the colors are still limited to the palette provided by Microsoft Word. But I guess retro colors never go out of style? 🤷‍♀️

Wingdings No More

Based on a recent tweet by one of our favourite Legal Tech gurus we were made aware of the following problem:

And with such a clear cry for help, we had to do something. So we assembled an elite task-force and now half a day later...problem solved!

Donna can now find places where the Wingdings dot is used and will suggest a more colleague friendly alternative. Not only that, Donna can actually fix it for you with the click of a button!

Donna is still learning and so she might not pick up on all cases just yet, but we hope to polish those final details in the days to come. For now we think it's mission accomplished. 

Until the next bat-signal! 🦸‍♀️

Referring to...

You can now easily create an overview of all the references in a document. Even if they don't use cross-references (yet).

Using the preview snippets (remember, Alt + click) allows you to quickly check if references are referring to the right paragraph. And naturally Donna will also show any suggestions of her own.

But the fun doesn't stop there. If you select a reference in a document Donna will (if available) also show a snippet of what the reference is referring to. This allows you to quickly check a reference while reading the text. Without the need to jump around in the document.

See It, Fix It, Sorted

We've added the ability show and fix a suggestion right from an overview.

For example while going through your defined terms you can immediately fix an issue as you come across them. Without having to switch back and forth between the suggestions section and the defined term section. Neat!

Scrolling Down the River

Some of you have reported that Donna seems to significantly slow down on larger contracts. While last month, we put a lot of effort into improving the performance of analyzing your contracts, we have spent July in the name of making the user experience faster, better, stronger 💪 

One of the biggest culprits of the reported slowdowns was the fact that, for example in the Definitions & Defined Terms view, we would show all the cards at the same time. In a large contract, there are easily hundreds of definitions and potentially thousands of terms, and this is a difficult task for any computer to tackle with grace.

These days, we show a handful of cards with pagination and, for definitions, a search bar. We hope you'll be as happy about the improvements as we are.

Click 🤷‍♂️ Alt+Click 💪

Let's face it, 90% of our days as a lawyer is spent scrolling up-and-down in documents. Ok, maybe not quite 90% but it got your attention right?!

Donna already made it easier to jump to exactly the right spot in your document. For example, if you were looking at an issue you could click on the focus button and it would...well...focus in the document where the issue was.

But sometimes you don't want to scroll away. Maybe you are comparing two definitions. What is a desperate lawyer to do in a situation like this. 

Well now you can alt+click on that very same button and instead of scrolling it shows you a little preview popup. 

The information you need right at your fingertips.

And it's not just the focus button. Anywhere where you see a link (for instance to a related Definition or Referenced Clause) you can now alt+click. So not only is alt+click awesome, it's consistently awesome. And we're keen to hear what you think!

Defined Term Preview

Lots of you have been asking us to add a feature so you can quickly look up the definition of a term. Problem was, we already HAD that feature! But clearly the user experience needed some work to be more intuitive.

To experience this new world wonder go to the Definitions section in the app. You still get the same convenient overview of all the terms used in the document. If you are on Windows they are also still highlighted in the text.

BUT...drumroll please...when you click one of these highlights (or on macOS just the text) there is a new popup that discreetly shows the definition of the term. 🤯 It even works if there are multiple definitions. You can also click each definition to jump to the location in the document where the term is defined. Super useful if you want to make a quick edit.

From 0 to 100 pages in 5 seconds

Did you know that the average human reads at a speed of 200-250 words per minute, or about 2 minutes per page? 

How does Donna's reading speed compare?

Over the last month our team has been focused on making a number of large improvements in the way that Donna's AI processes information. The equivalent of being able to calculate all the questions on a calculus exam simultaneously, instead of one by one.  

So now Donna can read and analyse legal documents at an average speed of 20 pages per second. That's roughly 5 seconds to review your entire 100 page contract. 

Which means a much smoother experience, especially with those larger contracts. A difference you'll definitely notice.  

Beam me in, Scotty!

When it comes to striking a balance, security is one of those thorny areas. While safeguarding all you entrust into Donna's hands is essential, these measures should never get in your way. Think unlocking your phone by looking at it rather than a clunky airport security check.

With this in mind, we have redesigned the sign in & sign up flows. We have stayed clear of passwords — this should keep your IT departments jolly 🤞 — and minimised the amount of emails flowing into your mailbox for verification. Once signed in, accessing Donna should never take more than 3 seconds.

To go back to our analogy, now you can keep your belt on and rest assured. Well, draft assured.

Suggestions get the Marie Kondo makeover

Sometimes life is a little simpler when it's better organised. Which is why we've applied the principle of zen to Donna's suggestions by grouping them into categories. 

Now you can directly go to the suggestions that matter most for you, when reviewing.

✅ Definitions
Can make or break a contract, now you can quickly find and correct all undefined terms, duplicate definitions and more...

✅ References
Spot all missing and outdated references, which you can quickly resolve...

✅ Clarity
Get rid of ambiguity from your Agreements and make them crystal clear...

✅ Final Details
Don't forget to tidy up those final details, like a missing parenthesis or accidental white space. 

Don't fret, Donna has got your back.

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