Technical Tips

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

A personal computer running a standard platform such as Windows or Macintosh.

Internet service.

Supported browers are Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Software to convert documents from a word processor format to portable document format (PDF).  Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer is recommended.  Acrobat Writer Versions 3.X, 4.X and 5.0 meet the CM/ECF filing requirements.

A PDF-compatible word processor.

Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing PDF documents.

A scanner to create electronic images of documents not in the user's word processing system.  Documents that are not available electronically, such as exhibits, will need to be scanned and saved as PDF files.

HOW TO CONVERT A DOCUMENT TO PDF

STEP 1:  Create a document in using word processing software.

STEP 2:  Click the printer icon on your toolbar or click on 'file' and then click on 'print.'

STEP 3:  Click the down arrow on the 'Current printer' field.

STEP 4:  Select 'Adobe PDF' from the drop down menu.

STEP 5:  Select the directory where the PDF file will be saved.

STEP 6:  Enter the name of the document in the File Name filed.

STEP 7:  Click the save button.  The document is now saved as a PDF document.

HOW TO CONVERT A CREDITOR MATRIX TO A .TXT FILE

A creditor matrix contains each creditor’s name and mailing address. This information is used for noticing and also for claims information when applicable. The creditor matrix must be in an ASCII file format with an appropriate text extension such as .txt before it can be successfully uploaded into the CM/ECF system.  All other file types within CM/ECF will be portable document format (PDF) files.

Creditor Matrix Specifications

The name and address of each creditor cannot be more than 5 lines. If a record is more than 5 lines, the 6th line will be combined with line 5 and the 7th or 8th lines will be truncated.

Each line may contain no more than 40 characters including blanks.

Names and addresses should be left justified.

Spaces in the first position of a line will cause an exception report for that creditor record.

Special characters such as  ~, ½ or ^ will cause problems. The #, C/O and & characters have not been reported to cause errors.

Account numbers or “attention” lines should be placed on the second line of the name/address.

City, state and ZIP code must be on the last line.

Nine digit ZIP codes must be typed with a hyphen separating the two groups of digits.

All states must be two-letter abbreviations.

Each creditor must be separated by at least one blank line.

Do not include page numbers, headers, footers, etc.       

STEP 1:  After creating the creditor list in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word, open the file.  Click on 'file' in the WordPerfect or Microsoft Word toolbar to display the drop down list.

STEP 2:   Click 'Save As' in the drop down list.

If in Microsoft Word, Skip to Step 4.

STEP 3:    Click the drop down menu arrow in the 'File Type' box and select the file type ASCII DOS Text. 

STEP 4:    If in Microsoft Word: Click on the drop down box arrow in the Save As Type box.  Select the file type of Text Files(*.txt) or Text Only(*.txt).

STEP 5:    Enter the file name in the File Name: box.  (The system provides the same file name with a .txt extension)

STEP 6:    Click the [Save] button.

NOTE: The Creditor Matrix should NOT include the case number on the first line of the Matrix.