Microsoft Office files, among others, contain a vast array of information e mbedded inside documents. This utility allows you to examine this data. Often, the discovery of metadata is crucial to a case.
Metadata Assistant is the most popular metadata cleaner on the market today. Payne Consulting Group created the Metadata Assistant in the late 1990s when they discovered that Word documents contain hidden information that could potentially expose their law firm clients to confidentiality breaches. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of law firms, government agencies, banking, oil, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries around the world have started using the product to remove metadata from Word documents and other file types. Meta- data Assistant removes metadata from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and RTF files. It includes the added benefit of automatic notification when attempting to send a file as an attachment to an Outlook, GroupWise, or Lotus Notes e-mail message. When a user clicks on the Send button, the Metadata Assistant identifies whether or not a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint presentation, or rich-text file is attached to the e-mail message. The user is asked if they would like to analyze/clean the document with the Metadata Assistant before sending. The document attachment is cleaned and the original document is left intact. To obtain additional information about Metadata Assistant, visit http://www.payneconsulting.com .