Casedo casefile lock to prevent opening of a casefile by more than one user at a time
This feature is part of the Casedo v1.9 toolset, which is currently in Beta. If you’d like to try it, email us at email@example.com and we’ll send you out a link.
Casedo cannot be opened by more than a single user at a time. Whilst concurrent use of a casefile is on our roadmap, it is not currently possible.
Casefile is Locked
Until now, if a Casedo casefile is being saved on a shared drive and is already in use, if another user attempts to open that file, a new copy of the casefile will be created and opened. Casedo now prevents this from happening by stopping the second user from opening the casefile in question and letting them know who currently has the file open.
If you attempt to open a casefile that’s already in use, you’ll receive the following notification:
You then have FOUR choices
- Cancel the operation and go back to what you were previously doing
- Save the casefile you want to open as a copy and then open that copy
- Proceed with opening the casefile anyway and risk corrupting the casefile you are trying to open. Casedo will most likely create a duplicate copy of the casefile, as if you had selected option 2, above.
- Contact the person who already has the casefile open, and ask them to close the file so that you can open it yourself and work on it
Adding your User Details
After you’ve first installed Casedo you’ll see the following screen when you first open the application:
The User Details have a single purpose – to identify the user of a currently open Casedo casefile.
NB If you need to update your User Details in future, you can do so by going to the Help menu and selecting Application Data > Edit User Details
A note about using Casedo on shared drives
Casedo works well when opening casefiles that are stored remotely, whether it be using a bespoke in-company set up, or through OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive etc. However, it should be noted that different shared-drive systems work in different ways and update and sync files according to their own design.
Syncing is not instant. Therefore, whilst the feature above works well, it is only as good as the shared drive system in which it is working, this is particularly the case with Casedo casefiles, which can be hundreds of megabytes in size.