RB8 is no longer available for sale. This section is for current RB8 users’ reference.
DIY custom reports from the cloud
August 23, 2018: If you wanted to create your own custom reports, you haven’t been able to in RB8 Cloud due to security reasons. OMTI has developed a plug-in for RB8 Cloud users who want to create their own custom reports using their RB data in 3rd-party applications. The Data Reader plug-in provides a dedicated connection from a company’s registered device(s) to their RB database in the cloud so they can use their RB information in their own custom reports or other applications. Visit the RB plug-in page for more information.
What to do now that free StartSSL digital signatures for RB-PDF transcripts are being discontinued
Update February 2019: Comodo CA has been acquired and rebranded Sectigo. You and your reporters can get free digital certificates, called InstantSSL Secure Email Certificates, that are good for one year. Visit reporterbase.com for more information.
December 2017: In August 2016, we announced that RB-PDF transcripts could be signed for free on reporterbase.com. You and your reporters could use any digital signature you prefer, free or paid, but we recommended StartSSL, due to their zero cost, ease of installation, and multiple-browser application.
However, we have recently learned that StartCom, the Certification Authority (CA) that issues StartSSL’s free digital IDs, has been “de-certified” by the majority of browser makers. StartCom has been unable to regain the trust of these browser makers, so they decided to no longer issue digital IDs after December 31, 2017. They will provide validation services for two years from January 1, 2018, but starting 2020, all remaining valid certificates will be revoked.
In addition, we have learned that Google Chrome plans to distrust Symantec, GeoTrust, and Thawte security certificates.
These changes are the result of ever-improving security standards, which require CAs to evolve or stop offering security certificates. StartSSL decided on the latter.
How this affects you & your reporters
Fortunately, all existing digital IDs issued by StartCom will be valid for 2 years from date of issuance. However, new IDs will not be issued as of January 1, 2018.
If you or your reporters do not have a digital ID after the end of this year, you will need to get one from a different source, either free or paid.
We recommend Comodo Secure Email Certificates. The only problem we have with this solution is that they only work with IE and Firefox browsers. When we find a better long-term solution, we will let you know.
We have updated the RB Digital Signature Proxy Guide for Reporters. Please share with your reporters.
Moving to RB8 Cloud: ‘a no-brainer’
November 15, 2016: Christine Phipps, owner of Phipps Reporting Inc., recently switched to RB8 Cloud with a little nudge from a big hurricane named Matthew. She shared her story to help other RB users disaster-proof their businesses:
Phipps Reporting has been on RB8 for 6 years, during which time it became one of the biggest firms in Florida. When it came time to get a new server, Christine considered RB8 Cloud instead, which eliminates the need for a new server, but she was concerned about the financial impact:
"We have offices across Florida, and we have our data in-house. I knew that as we had more data in the cloud, RB would charge us more."
She ultimately decided to switch to RB8 Cloud because it would be more cost-effective than a new server. However, before she could sign the contract, Hurricane Matthew hit.
“Because of the hurricane, we had to close the office. I paid all my employees to stay home Friday. If we had RB8 Cloud, I would have been operational that Friday – I would have been operational serving clients during the hurricane.”
OMTI switched Phipps Reporting over to RB8 Cloud that weekend. Christine and her IT technician are both happy to be on the cloud with no more server worries or expense, plus the peace of mind that RB8 Cloud represents: 99.95% uptime and no loss of data.
Christine is convinced RB8 Cloud is the best system for running her business — or any court reporting business, so she asked us to share her story. “Luckily for us with hurricanes, we have 4-5 days warning; but in places like Tornado Alley, or where there are volcanoes, earthquakes – moving to RB8 Cloud should be a no-brainer.”
To find out more, read the full story.
Upgrade your RB Web & experience zero downtime
7/13/2016: If you subscribe to RB Web, you know you get free upgrades. But we are announcing this free upgrade specifically because — while it's still technically RB Web 8 — we have made a big internal change that requires action on your part to take advantage of the benefits of this upgrade.
This new version doesn't add any new functions to RB Web or take any away. Instead, we have set up RB Web in what we call High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) architecture: This version of RB Web resides on multiple servers, and the multiple versions are redundant.
These means 2 things:
- Your RB Web service will never go down — even when Microsoft does maintenance on the Azure platform (whether planned or unplanned). Instead, a different server will become the active server without skipping a beat.
- HADR intelligently disperses web server traffic, so if you have heavy traffic on your site, performance won't take such a hit as with your current single dedicated server.
To get this free upgrade, you must do 3 things 1st:
- Open the same three ports from your firewall or router, 443, 1433, and 5011, that you opened for RBWeb8 to another IP address: 126.96.36.199.
- Keep existing IP 188.8.131.52 open during the transition period.
- Update your RB Web to the latest version.
When you are ready, contact RB Support to complete the upgrade.
On RB8 Cloud?
No need to do anything: We will automatically upgrade your RB Web to HADR.
Team RB User Conference
OMTI’s next generation led online user conference
The 13th annual Team RB user conference, Nov. 3rd, 2015, marked the first time our founder, Yong Lee, turned over the reins to our support team and let them run the show, from developing the content to fielding client questions.
After a brief introduction by Ronnie Sampson, OMTI’s Creative Director; Jason Yee, OMTI’s Client Support Manager, explained and demo-ed the final 2015 RB8 and RB Web updates, which were released the same day (Read about the latest updates). Then Ted Yoo, OMTI’s Technical Support Manager, did a presentation to explain RB8 Cloud and presented the results of a survey of current RB8 Cloud users about the service. During the sessions, Client Support Technician Matthew Huh manned the chat room to handle attendees’ immediate questions.
Each presentation ended with a Q&A session, during which attendees got answers to questions about what they had just seen and where they also took the opportunity to make suggestions on how some new features could be improved.
Attendees who wish to earn NCRA CEUs for the conference should contact OMTI support and ask for the Team RB 2015 CEU form to submit to the NCRA.
If you were not able to attend the conference or just want to see it again, we are posting videos here:
What our current RB8 Cloud users think
We launched RB8 Cloud 7 months ago and currently have 25 clients. In preparation for this year’s Team RB user conference, we asked them about their reasons for moving to the cloud and their satisfaction with our new service.
What was the reason you upgraded to Cloud?
Overall, how satisfied are you with RB8 Cloud?
How likely are you to recommend RB8 Cloud to others?
How satisfied are you with the pricing of RB8 Cloud?
But for clients who were already using another cloud hosting solution before moving to RB8 Cloud:
How satisfied are you with the pricing of RB8 Cloud?
Multi-file downloads no longer work on most sites
At the end of July 2015, we removed the batch download feature in RB Web subscriptions due to issues with the Java plug-in needed to use it. (Read the background on this issue here.)
If you are not on RB9 or RB8 Cloud, but your clients want to download multiple files at once, we can turn on batch download at your request. However, this feature no longer works in all browsers, so we have written an article about this issue to help you support your clients.
Single-file downloads are unaffected by this issue.
Thinking about upgrading your 2003 Server?
Microsoft discontinued its support for Windows 2003 Server in June 2015. It will not longer issue patches or bug fixes for this version of Windows Server. If you are thinking about upgrading to replace it, we invite you to check out RB9 first. With RB9, you eliminate the need for any server software, hardware or IT staff to deal with it.
To improve security, OMTI upgraded SSL certificates
11/24/2014: All RB Web subscriptions are now encrypted with the SHA256 certificate, which is endorsed by all of the leading web browsers and certificate authorities. The SHA256 certificate is more secure than the previous certificate, SHA1, which is no longer trusted by all web browsers so it had to be replaced.
How we are dealing with POODLE bug
10/23/2014: Recently Google security researchers found a bug in SSL v3 cryptography protocol which could be exploited to intercept data that's supposed to be encrypted between computers and servers. POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption, is a problem because it's used by both websites and web browsers.
This bug is not as serious as the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL, but some clients are wondering how we will address this issue. We disabled using SSL v3 on all our Azure servers that host websites for our clients. From last night, no one can access our web services using SSL v3.
If you use default settings on your browser, there should be no problems. If you turn off all other secure protocols such as TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.2, etc., then you will get a message stating, "Turn on SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 in Advanced settings and try connecting to https://www.omti.com again."
If you get this message, you will need to turn on any other secure protocol if you want to use our services.
Agency digital signatures on RB-PDF Transcripts
Another signature option for PDF transcripts
If your state requires that an agency officer or staffer digitally sign electronic transcripts in addition to having the reporter's digital signature applied, you can do it now in RB8's PDF Transcript Creator. Find instructions for registering your agency signature with RB8 on www.reporterbase.com. Then download the RB8 user guide for instructions on applying your agency signature under "Creating PDF Transcripts."
Manage your OMTI accounts in our ‘online offices’
Like RB Web online offices, OMTI has added online access for our clients to our system. You can use your online office to get copies of invoices, manage subscriptions and more.