Last month, the Sony Corporation announced that it had partnered with Worldox to launch its newest digital device, known as Sony Digital Paper. The new device is not a traditional tablet or e-reader (although many tech reviews seem to mistakenly lump it into that category), but rather a digital replacement for paper.
Your Affinity Document Management Systems (DMS) team had the opportunity to test the Sony Digital Paper device. We can tell you that the only way to fully appreciate the device is to hold it in your hands. It is only then that it becomes obvious what the function of this device is supposed to be - a replacement for every piece of paper you can hold in your hand.
The 13.3" e-ink device weighs about the same as a similarly sized cardboard, and the screen has a clarity that has to be seen to be believed. When you start scribbling or highlighting on the screen you understand how brilliant it actually is - there is no interference from your palm, as the device ignores the palm smudge effect that humans have when writing.
The device works directly with Worldox, using the new Worldox FileCloud feature to move documents from Worldox to the Digital Paper device and back. User will see a new "Check Out" and "Send To" options in Worldox that will copy the selected document/s directly to Digital Paper via any internet enabled Wi-Fi connection.
Users can markup existing Worldox documents and even create new documents - particularly useful for those users that take extensive handwritten notes that need to be incorporated into Worldox. Marking up pre-bill worksheets, signing documents, margin commenting or taking client meeting notes are a breeze and are as effortless as you would expect for a device that was designed to give users a virtual paper experience.
Appellate attorneys needing to read hundreds or thousands of pages of transcripts and trial exhibits will find that reading on an e-ink screen is much easier than on any backlit device such as an iPad or a computer monitor. Plus, the devices larger screen, at 13.3 inches, replicates the real-life size of an standard sheet of paper in a way that is not possible on the iPad's smaller 9.7 inch screen.
The device has been in development for a few years now, and it's beta testing was with some of the harshest critics of all - those Hollywood stars and starlets at Sony Pictures. Casts have been reading their scripts from the device for a some time now, where the ability for script revisions to be simultaneously pushed to all cast members has been greatly appreciated.