Fred Brock

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De Novo Systems is closed.

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Dear friends of De Novo CaseMgr,

With considerable sadness we must announce that, after twenty plus years in the legal case management software business, De Novo Systems< is closing its doors. There will be no further updates to De Novo CaseMgr, the law office case management software package we released in January of 2004.

We had hoped to ship an updated version to simplify working with newer releases of Windows, but technical issues with our underlying development software (Microsoft's Visual FoxPro database language, which Microsoft has long since discontinued*) and with the software's internal programming have made updating the extraordinarily complex code which supports CaseMgr impossible.

The free phone support we formerly offered is, of course, now discontinued, but I will attempt to respond to email requests for support as long as possible. We've devised a transition plan that would allow users who want to continue to use CaseMgr, or to expand their installations, to do so at a greatly reduced price. At least through 01/2013, licensed users can upgrade from their current license limit to an unlimited license (no more messages complaining that 'All licenses are already in use'!) for $199, formerly the cost of a 1-station upgrade.

It is now MOST critical to back up your data! The best protection, as always, is nightly backups of your CaseMgrData folder, and you will want at least a week of such nightly backups before you think about overwriting the oldest one with a more recent copy.

On a personal note, I've enjoyed working with all of you over the years, beginning with the Macintosh-only, HyperCard-based Legal Case Manage in 1992, through TRIAL De Novo for Windows and Mac beginning in 1995, and finally with Window-only De Novo CaseMgr from 2004 to 2012. It's been quite a ride!

I hope the coming years bring you great satisfaction and good cases.


Fred Brock

*A consultant discusses Microsoft's 'End of Life' statement re. Visual FoxPro:

Products and Services

FORMER publisher of:

  • De Novo CaseMgr
  • TRIAL De Novo
  • Legal Case Manager


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