What’s New in Relativity 9.3?


kCuraThis month, kCura released Relativity 9.3, the newest version of its eDiscovery platform. In an interview with LegalTech News, CEO Andrew Sieja described this version as “revamping the front-end interface for better visualization and analysis of data,” and to that end, 115 features have been added since the launch of 9.2 in May. The most buzzworthy features are around making the UI more fluid and improving searching and visualization in Relativity workspaces, including:

  • Updated layouts with fewer pesky pop-ups, more in-line editing, and drag and drop capabilities
  • New and improved document list to make paging and navigating easier so that you can find your documents faster
  • More powerful Pivot functionality
  • Improved complex searching by setting nested Logic Groups and Conditions
  • More interactivity and better visualizations for clustering on similar documents

There were also significant updates to the collection, processing, and production aspects of Relativity. Users can now automatically load collected data into Relativity and receive notifications, as well as more control over what is collected from what data source with the selective extraction functionality. For processing, there’s been a huge overhaul to improve throughput, which is now 70% faster than before, handles Excel file text extraction much more quickly, and now has improved error handling and logging. Around production, the most exciting development is that Relativity 9.3 now allows you to insert fully-customizable placeholders (including images) in productions, which was the #1 idea from the Relativity Customer Portal.

System Admins will be interested to hear about the improved performance and scalability of Data Grid (Relativity’s no-SQL data store) in 9.3, which introduces a multi-index scaling strategy to support billions of documents and allows for immediate search of documents being loaded to Data Grid. ARM – Relativity’s application that lets you create archive, restore, and move jobs – has also been improved with a job scheduler that lets you automate recurring backups. There’s also real-time performance monitoring with telemetry, and a new Instance Settings tab that makes it much simpler to create, update, delete, and manage settings across a Relativity instance.

For developers like Milyli, we’re excited about the new logging framework in Relativity 9.3, which creates a new database just for logging. These logging changes make it easier for developers to configure how information in Relativity applications is logged (i.e. via text files, the database, or Data Grid) and to create similar logging experiences across applications and across Relativity objects (agents, custom pages, and event handlers, for example).

Perhaps most of all, we’re excited to see that kCura continues to make more and more of the Relativity APIs publicly available with each release, particularly around searching and querying data with 9.3. As we’ve seen over the past 7 years developing solutions for Relativity, much of its power comes from its versatility as a platform where you can easily integrate out-of-the-box tools and completely custom applications into your eDiscovery workflows. Having publicly available APIs to work with means that our Relativity development team can continue to help eDiscovery professionals do their work in the most efficient way possible. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about our products or what we can do to help you get the most out of Relativity 9.3.

For more information on Relativity 9.3, see kCura’s resources below:
https://www.kcura.com/relativity/ediscovery-resources/release-archives/9-3/
https://help.kcura.com/9.3/Content/What_s_New_In_9.3/What_s_new_in_Relativity_9.3.htm
https://platform.kcura.com/9.3/Content/What_s_new/What_s_new.htm