Michele bought a Zenith last fall. She recently purchased another, the Zenith II.
A few years ago she developed pain between her elbows and wrists. So she bought a LightSpeed Classic, and writing with it on her lap eliminated the pain. However, her accuracy was not that
to which she was accustomed.
She says accuracy is not an issue with the Zenith.
Plus, she says, she can write all day and not be tired.
Michele also feels her speed has increased using the Zenith.
Michele is forthright in stating that she experienced about three weeks of frustration when she first started using the Zenith, but then almost overnight everything fell into place.
Michele firmly believes the Zenith will add years to her career.
– Michele Becker, RMR, CRR
Although LightSpeed is a great name forÂ Stenovations’ keyboard, I could think of someÂ others. By any name, though, I am spoiled and willÂ never be able to go back to the key-dipping writersÂ again.I’m into my fourth decade of courtÂ reporting, and there are certain milestones thatÂ are still vivid in my memory. Through all thatÂ time the stenotype keyboard hasn’t really changed.But three years ago came the LightSpeed.
For me it came just in time. After a career inÂ freelance, I decided to accept a federal courtÂ officialship where every day is like a speedÂ contest. Not getting any younger, I was regularlyÂ getting beat up writing realtime in the courtroom. The LightSpeed takes out the mechanicalÂ limitation of writing, leaving one’s skills to flowÂ unbridled. Its speed is so evident even in theÂ simplest of applications, such as when forced toÂ double-stroke for speaker identification. I evenÂ tested my belief of its superiority by returning toÂ my top-of-the-line writer one day. I couldn’tÂ believe how much I was slowed down by having toÂ depress even its sensitive keys and wait for themÂ to return before starting my next stroke. The LightSpeed is here to stay.
– Nicholas A. Marrone, RMR, CRR, Atlanta
I have been a reporter since 1979. I haveÂ seen the advent of electric writers to computer-enabled writers, a huge Â difference in theÂ capabilities of what you can do with the writer.Â About two years ago at a convention I sawÂ this new lightweight writer with a wonderful touchÂ system. I decided after stroking the keys just aÂ little that I wanted one.
I finally got to get my “Pink Pearl” lastÂ October, and I’ve never looked back since. IÂ practiced on it for a week, starting with fingerÂ drills, to acclimate my brain to the new strokeÂ system and finger placement. Then I went on toÂ write some old audios files, and finally to takingÂ my Ms. Pink Pearl on the job. I use the realtimeÂ functions on every job I take.
After so many years, my hands and rightÂ shoulder used to start hurting about 3:00 p.m. onÂ an all-day job.Â Now I feel like I could write forever. IÂ have no hand or body pains. As a result, I feelÂ less fatigued at the end of a long, hardÂ deposition. I barely have to touch the keys, likeÂ a butterfly kiss.Â I can put the “Pink Pearl” on my lap or onÂ its stand to give my arms a movement break.
I actually enjoy writing again. Plus, IÂ am writing cleaner and faster than before becauseÂ I’m not distracted by pain.
The LightSpeed method is a burst of lighton the field of court reporting with its innovativeÂ techniques. I equate it to the difference theÂ iPhone has made in cell phones. I am just soÂ totally in love with using this machine.
– Patricia Harris Vernon, Seguin, Texas
I got the Lightspeed writer and was up and runnning for a job the very next day.Â Wow!Â E-a-s-y to use and set up.Â It is so cool, how it writes.Â Got the bluetooth working as well.Response so far:Â Super Cool! (from my daughter and a couple of clients).Â The touch is perfect.Â I don’t use the finger pads.Â Like the software, a winner!I am one who used to have my writers purposefully adjusted to have as little key motion as possible.Â I discovered years ago that that is where a great deal of waste in energy and speed is.Â I was up and running the next day, in an allâ‚¬â€day job, with no problem at all.Â EASY is hardly the term for the learning curve, but I don’t know a better word
– Mark Crossley
When I first laid fingers on theÂ LightSpeed it was like coming home. The machine isÂ light. The touch is lighter. Writing is a joy. IÂ have received compliments on how quickly I set upÂ for a job, since I don’t need to deal with tripods,Â paper trays, and separate power cords.But the best part is I no longer get aÂ knot in my back nor pain in my wrist. After oneÂ month of using the LightSpeed those problems wentÂ away.
I am madly in love with my LightSpeed.
– Kathryn A. “Stenoray” Thomas, RMR, CSR-IL, CCR-MO
I have been using the LightSpeed since itsÂ debute in August 2007. I love this little gem.
It’s totally different from anything out there. ItÂ is feather-light and a dream to write on! Now myÂ fingers barely move, and accuracy is improved with
quieter hands. Shoulder fatigue is a thing of theÂ past, as is the need for a tripod. I carry two LightSpeeds with me at allÂ times and still don’t come close to the weight IÂ carried with the one standard writer. I throw a
bag over my shoulder and off I go. I’m aÂ deposition reporter of 22 years, and I will neverÂ go back to a traditional steno machine.
– Brenda Y. Rogers, CSR (Oregon)
The LightSpeed has been the most importantÂ court reporting purchase I’ve made in my 15 yearsÂ of court reporting.
When I purchased the LightSpeed, I hadÂ grown increasingly tired of reporting. I bought itÂ sight unseen and received one of the first units.
I started using it the day after it arrived at myÂ house. I’ve never looked back.
The LightSpeed has not only decreased theÂ pain in my entire upper body, it has re-ignited myÂ joy of court reporting.
I had been real-timing for a couple ofÂ years before I got my LS; however, it was after IÂ got my LS that I really started to strive for theÂ coolest techie type things I could find.
I went wireless on my real-time output,Â bought throw-down netbooks so anyone and everyone could get a real-time feed, and just started really
trying to be on the cutting edge of our greatÂ profession.
Sure, the pain-free days and nights areÂ probably the best thing about my LightSpeed. But IÂ sincerely believe it was the catalyst for me to
really start enjoying what I do again.
Thank you, Stenovations, and the twisted,Â beautiful mind that is Johnny Jackson, for theÂ first truly next-generation jump in the stenoÂ machine.
– Steve Stogel, Austin, TN
In April of 1972 I sat down in front of aÂ metal steno writer on my first day of courtÂ reporting school that my uncle, Harold Schulman,Â had given me.
Over the decades as a freelance reporter,Â I’ve written on many different writers. There wereÂ times, however, when I would be watching aÂ presidential speech on TV or a scene from a trialÂ when I would “pretend” to write what was said on myÂ leg, or just in midair, to see if I could keep up.
I would think to myself, If only someone wouldÂ invent a writer with the touch of a feather likeÂ that.
So when I saw the LS advertisement firstÂ appear in 2007, let’s just say I was more thanÂ intrigued. Then I tried one at the New JerseyÂ convention in April of ’08 and discovered I couldÂ write on it. So I bought it.
I practiced on it for about an hour a dayÂ for three weeks before trotting it out at aÂ deposition. I haven’t looked back since. I now goÂ to depos with just a small shoulder bag.
Although I couldn’t prove it medically, myÂ body is healthier for it. I can assure you yourÂ hands and elbows will thank you after writing allÂ day. The LS touch is in a category it shares withÂ no other.
– Al Lesky
The folks at Stenovations asked if I wouldÂ do a testimonial about the writer, and I jumped atÂ the chance. Not very many products I wouldÂ recommend, but I love the LightSpeed. It’s likeÂ going from a manual typewriter to an IBM SelectricÂ (for you old timers). You young reporters shouldÂ jump at the chance to stay with the technology.
It took me a couple hours to get used toÂ the touch, but I haven’t looked back at the “oldÂ style” writers since. I can write 300 plus pagesÂ in a day and the only thing sore on me is my rearÂ end from sitting all day. I would highly recommendÂ you give it a try. I been a reporter since 1990.
– Vance Jarvis, RPR, CSR
I’ve been a freelance reporter sinceÂ 1977. I began searching in early 1999 for a newÂ software system. I chose DigitalCat after talkingÂ with the owner, Johnny Jackson, a reporterÂ himself. I have now been using the software for
over 10 years. It’s rock solid, completelyÂ dependable and absolutely cutting edge.However, the most remarkable thing JohnnyÂ has developed is the revolutionary new LightSpeed.
To me it’s everything a reporter could wish for inÂ a writer – light, no moving parts, and almostÂ effortless to use. I have been writing on it forÂ over two years now. There’s no way I’ll ever goÂ back to one of the mechanical Â machines again.Using the LightSpeed, the long days aren’tÂ physically draining like they used to be. ComparedÂ to writing on a traditional writer, the differenceÂ in the fatigue factor is just enormous. It has toÂ be experienced to be believed. So much of ourÂ energy has been wasted with the up-and-down motionÂ of the traditional steno machine. A very lightÂ touch from your fingertips is all that’s needed toÂ stroke your outlines. Simply fantastic.
Thanks, Johnny. Can’tÂ wait to see what you come up with next.
– Mike Camp, Mobile, AL
Prior to my using the LightSpeed writer, IÂ had kept Ibuprofen in my desk drawer in theÂ courtroom, because after sustained periods ofÂ writing on my old writer I tended to get horribleÂ shooting pains through my arms.I had carpal tunnel surgery over 20 yearsÂ ago while I was still in school, and was in a carÂ accident seven years ago, both of which had left meÂ less than 100 percent and prone to having pain onÂ long days of writing. With the need to work for atÂ least another 20 years, I was concerned that theÂ repetitive stress I experienced during writingÂ could disable me before my planned Â retirement.
I purchased my LightSpeed in August ofÂ 2007 after a lengthy conversation with the owner ofÂ Stenovations and creator of the LightSpeed, Johnny
Jackson, who is also a fellow court reporter. Though not really able to visualize whatÂ the LightSpeed looked like, I realized that notÂ having to pound on a machine would greatly increaseÂ my longevity in the court reporting field.
Today I no longer have the horrible painsÂ in my wrists or shoulders. I am a much faster andÂ more accurate writer because I can adjust myÂ LightSpeed writer to my personal writingÂ habits and not having to wait for keys to travel
down and back up. I am so glad that I made theÂ commitment to not go back to my old writer and toÂ take the time (less than a week) to get used to the
I am a certified realtime writer, and IÂ use the LightSpeed exclusively. The LightSpeedÂ writer is truly a gift to all in the profession ofÂ court reporting.
-Sonia Boughton Rogers
I was introduced to Stenovations’ CATÂ software in 1994 at an FCRA convention in Salt LakeÂ City while I was serving as a trainer for another
prestigious reporting software company. I was veryÂ impressed. I got a demo copy of the software andÂ began playing with it. I quickly switched over
completely. Under the circumstances, I decided itÂ best to not continue training for the other companyÂ and ceased training.
I feel lucky to have used DigitalCat fromÂ its infancy, having seen how dedicated JohnnyÂ Jackson has been to the development of a complete,
uncomplicated, easy-to-use, powerful and reliableÂ reporting software. It has all of the featuresÂ anyone could ask for while still maintainingÂ friendly usability.
Then Johnny created the LightSpeed writer.
I consider myself lucky to have gotten one of theÂ very first ones. I have been using it for over twoÂ years. I kept one of my old stenos as a backup,
but have never had to use it. The LightSpeed isÂ such a tireless instrument to use that I don’tÂ think I could ever go back to an old manualÂ keyboard.
I would highly recommend the DigitalCatÂ software and the LightSpeed writer to anyone.
Why not use the very best!
– Larry E. Marks, CP, CM, FCRR, Oklahoma City