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About Pinpoint Labs

Our History

Pinpoint Labs develops on-premise enterprise-wide eDiscovery collection, processing, and review software. Our applications are most frequently used when an organization’s documents and email need to be searched and backed up, in response to a legal matter, in a forensically sound and defensible manner. Pinpoint customers frequently create portable eDiscovery self-collection kits and deploy agents across their networks to complete stealth collections. 

Important Events

All About Our History

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2006

Pivotal Guidance Inc., provides computer forensic collections and investigations

Pivotal Guidance Inc. was founded by software architect, Jon Rowe. James Beasley, veteran software developer, joined Jon shortly after. After becoming Certified Computer Examiners, Jon and James worked together on numerous computer forensic collections, and investigations. While working in the field they recognized a need for user friendly, defensible, and affordable E-Discovery collection and investigative tools.

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2007

Pivotal Guidance Inc., creates its software division, Pinpoint Labs

Pivotal Guidance Inc. creates subdivision, Pinpoint Labs, a software company that provides free computer forensic software utilities that are used worldwide for investigations.

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2007

SafeCopy 1.0 Launched - Defensible E-Discovery Collections

SafeCopy 1.0 was released to provide users with a high-speed defensible E-Discovery collection program. All files are hash verified, preserve metadata and timestamps, and can be easily resumed after interruption.

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2007

PG Pinpoint 1.0 Launch - High-Speed deNISTing Engine

PG Pinpoint, a high-speed deNISTing application that allows users to filter common system and application files from their E-Discovery collections. PG Pinpoint performs 10,000 lookups per second, and a highly optimized NSRL hash set created by Pinpoint Labs.

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2009

Harvester Portable 1.0 Launch - Rapidly cull data during collections

Harvester 1.0, is an E-Discovery collection and culling tool. Initial features include targeted culling, deduplication, deNISTing, PST regeneration and other popular filters. Pinpoint Labs is the first to release ‘E-Discovery on a stick’, all the power of an E-Discovery application that can run from a flash drive and without any installation on the host computer.

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2010

Harvester Server 1.0 Launch - Use Harvester from Network

Harvester Server was released allowing users to remotely launch Harvester jobs across a network and monitor custodians from a central location.

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2011

SharePoint Collector 1.0 Launch - Fast, Defensible SharePoint Site Collections

SharePoint Collector 1, the only software tool of its kind was released. It allowed users to collect documents and list items from SharePoint sites without installation on the custodian’s computer and with the ability to collect remotely.

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2012

Multi-threaded SafeCopy and Viper Engine Released

SafeCopy 3 with multi-threaded Viper copy engine released, dramatically reducing copy times by enumerating and collecting data simultaneously. Job completions times are often reduced by 50% or less.

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2013

Harvester 3.0 Release Includes Microsoft Exchange and Viper Engine

Harvester 3 with multi-threaded Viper copy engine and Microsoft Exchange support is released. Users are able to search and collect from corporate Microsoft Exchange accounts and save to PST files.

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2014

Harvester 4.0 Server Release Includes Enterprise-Wide E-Discovery Collection Management

Harvester 4 release includes redesigned interface, keyword hit preview, EDA reports, ESI Vault and Legal Hold integration. Harvester Server 4 redesign allows the Harvester platform to provides many enterprise-level features and greatly simplifies corporate e-Discovery collections.

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2015

SharePoint Collector adds Office 365 Support

SharePoint Collector adds Office 365 support and becomes the first defensible e-Discovery collection application that can successfully login to Office 365 accounts and collect SharePoint sites, documents, and 21 other content sources.

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2015

Harvester 4.1 Release adds seamless Virtual Hard Drive Support

With Harvester 4.1, users can specify a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) container and Harvester will collect all files to the VHD. A VHD help protect collected files and simplifies collection backups.

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2016

Pivotal Guidance Inc. (parent company of Pinpoint Labs) Celebrated 10-Year Anniversary with Harvester 5.0 Release

Pivotal Guidance, Inc. celebrated 10- Years of success with anniversary on May 31, 2016. In addition, Harvester 5.0 was released on July 5, 2016, signifying a milestone for Pinpoint Labs. It is the first software program with capabilities of collecting information from the regular and cloud environments using a multi-threaded processing engine to increase copy speed.

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2017

Surveyor 1.0 Launch - 64-bit, Multi-threaded E-Discovery Engine

Surveyor allows users to perform E-Discovery processing on Harvester and SafeCopy collected data. Processes include metadata and full-text extraction, email processing, OCR, and builds a DAT load file.

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2018

Support Harvester 5.1 Release adds Cloud Files and Veracrypt

Harvester 5.1 release includes support for Google Docs, Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive. This new version allows users to keyword search and apply many other common filters to several popular online document repositories. Additionally, seamless Veracrypt support allows users to collect data into encrypted containers.

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2018

Harvester 5.5 Fast Enumeration Option Provides 500%+ Speed improvement

New enumeration improvements dramatically reduce the amount of time required to inventory files on local and network drives. These improvements result in the ability to produce a quick snapshot for large datasets and allows Harvester to begin copying files much sooner.

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2019

Harvester 6.0 Release includes new Enterprise-Wide Agent, and Integrated E-Discovery

The Harvester 6.0 release includes a new Enterprise-wide Smart Agent, native macOS agent, integrated 64bit multi-threaded E-Discovery processing, 1st pass review, flexible production set exports, cloud file explorer, and more.

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2019

Pinpoint Cloud 1.0 Released - Explore and Collect from Cloud Repositories

New application that allows users to visually browse, and defensibly collect E-Discovery from Google Drive, Google Team Drives, box, DropBox, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and Amazon S3.

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