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Thursday
Jun262014

iPads and "The Art of Being Solo"

I am a firm believer that there can never be too many practice management resources for solo lawyers. As the name implies, solo lawyers don't have the colleagues to help them when it comes to technology, marketing, finance, and overall management of a law practice. That's why I was pleased and flattered to participate in The Art of Being Solo, a summit hosted by attorney Sarah Poriss.  It's a free online interview series designed to explore the issues and challenges faced by solos and small firm attorneys to answer the question “How can we all build a law practice that we love and that inspires us?”

She already has twenty interviews posted, with many of them dealing with marketing-related issues. You'll also find some technology and finance interviews, including the interview I gave on the benefits of incorporating a tablet into a law practice. I enjoyed our discussion, and hope you will too - click the link above to access the interviews!

Thursday
Feb132014

Are you an iPhone Hoarder?

It seems a lot of people out there hoard their electronics. That's according to the annual Mobile Mountain Survey conducted on behalf of SellCell.com. According to the survey, Americans are holding onto a staggering $47 Billion in old electronic equipment they aren't using anymore. That's up from $34 billion last year. iPhones account for roughly $13.4 Billion of that total, up from $9 billion last year.  That amount is greater than the budget of 16 U.S. states!

Why do people hang on to them? Some are giving them to family members, or donating to charity. But 40% are keeping them as a spare, "just in case," and a whopping 36% said "I don't know what else to do with them."

For the 36%, here's an answer: sell them for cash. I have been a loyal customer of Gazelle for several years now; when it's time to upgrade my phone or tablet, I tell Gazelle the type of device I have, Gazelle gives me a bid, sends me a box, and I have 30 days to send in the gadget. Gazelle checks it out when they get it, wipe all data from it if you haven't (but I highly recommend wiping your device before it leaves your possession), and if the quality checks out, sends me my money via PayPal. I have been able to subsidize the purchase of the new gadget with the sales of older gadgets, so it has been a very profitable relationship. 

There are a couple of other services that do the same thing, but I find Gazelle has been the most straightforward and easiest to use. What about you? Do you sell your devices when you no longer need them, or would we find them stuffed in a drawer or closet someplace in your house? If you're keeping them, why? Let us know in the comments, if you dare.

Monday
Mar252013

Announcing: iPad in One Hour for Litigators

When I talk to lawyers about using the iPad in their practice, I invariably get around to telling them that for some reason, app developers have really concentrated on making apps for litigators more than for any other type of legal practice.  And that's a great thing; having worked for more than 6 years as a trial technologist at my old firm, I saw that it was next to impossible for lawyers to use technology at trial without assistance from a paralegal or technologist, hired or otherwise.  Lawyers who didn't have the resources were stuck with hauling boxes of paper to the courtroom, and watching as better-equipped lawyers across the aisle presented their cases effectively and efficiently using technology.

For those lawyers who want to use technology in the courtroom at hearings or in trial, the iPad has really helped to level the playing field.  You can now go into court with nearly your entire case on a slim tablet - depositions, exhibits, legal research, and you can also use the device to take notes and keep track of trial testimony.

I'm thrilled to announce that my latest book, iPad in One Hour for Litigators, is now available for purchase in the ABA Bookstore, and soon in the iBookstore.  Like my other "One Hour" books, you can probably read the entire book in an hour; to do everything I mention in the book will take you a lot more than one hour, because I mention a lot of things that lawyers can do to more effectively use the iPad in litigation matters.  I approached the book much as I would approach a new case, and explored the different types of apps you can use for each phase:

  • A New Case - Managing Details and Deadlines
  • Discovery - Documents and Depositions
  • Preparing for Trial with the Right Accessories
  • Legal Research on your iPad
  • Picking a Jury, iPad Style
  • Evidence Presentation
  • Tips for Using the iPad in Court - advice from lawyers who are using the iPad in the courtroom every day

I tried to mention all of the apps currently on the market that are worth a look - but as is the nature of technology, new apps continue to appear that can help a lawyer at trial.  I'll try to mention new apps I like here on the blog, and keep you up to date on improvements made to apps described in the book.

I hope you enjoy the book!

Friday
Jul272012

iPad Apps of the Week - New and Updated

Welcome to a new edition of iPad Apps of the Week.  Each week, I want to feature those apps that are 1) new this week (or at least new to me), or 2) updated with new features in the past 7 days.  I haven't tried the new apps, so my mentioning them here is not a recommendation or endorsement - they are simply apps that might be useful to lawyers in their practices.  Here we go:

New Apps

Cloud Outliner - "Cloud Outliner for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is designed to create, organize, and share your ideas, thoughts, and tasks. This full-featured editor lets you create the outline with simple drag and drop actions. Just change the outline and it will be synced with the outline in your Evernote account. With iCloud integration, the app keeps outlines up to date across all your iDevices."

iTranslate Voice - "Instantly speak another language, voice to voice. Can you imagine talking into your phone in one language and immediately hearing yourself in another language? That’s exactly what iTranslate Voice does. Just speak into your phone and it immediately speaks back to you in one of our 31 languages."

 

Updated Apps

iCab Mobile

  • Supports syncing of bookmarks, filters, search engines and settings with iCloud, Dropbox, and Kanbox
  • File upload feature works on more pages
  • When uploading items to a web page, you can use the iPad's camera to shoot photos for the upload directly within the browser
  • 2-finger swipe gestures now available for iOS 5 users

PDF Pen 

  • Improves performance working with folders
  • Resolves issues with accented characters in iCloud folder names

 


Pages
, Numbers,
and Keynote

  • Now (finally!) with iCloud support - to sync your documents between all devices with iCloud

 

 

Google Earth

  • Tour guide: Explore places you never thought to search for with new tours of your favorite cities, historic landmarks and natural wonders.
  • 3D imagery: Take flight above entire cities in 3D. Get started with Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Geneva or Rome and look for new additions in the coming weeks. Available for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.

 


 

Wednesday
Jul182012

Apps of the Week - New and Updated

I'm starting a new feature here at iPad 4 Lawyers, where I provide a list of new and updated apps that came out over the past week.  The new apps I mention without judgment; unless I say otherwise, I haven't tried any of them, but I mention them because they look useful for lawyers, or good iPad apps to have in general.  I'm including updated apps here too, because when I download an update to an app, I often forget to find out if it has any new features - sometimes it's just a bug fix, but sometimes they have added some really cool options. 

New Apps This Week (or New to Me, Anyway)

RichText Edit - from the App Store: "RichText Edit is the first and only writing tool exclusively designed for iPad that can import, edit and save documents in one of the most popular and universal document format: RTF or Rich Text Format.  Rich text documents combine text with formatting information in a way that allows the text in those documents to use any mixture of fonts, font sizes, font styles (bold, italic, underline, color, etc.) and paragraph styles (centered, bulleted, etc.)."

BC Olympics Live Extra - this great free app claims it will stream every single event live from the London Olympics.  Right now you can only view preview videos, but the quality is pretty good so far - let's see how it fares once everyone is trying to watch the action at the same time.  You'll have to view ads to get to the video, but if you're an Olympic fan, this is a must-have app.

Next Issue - this app is being called "Netflix for magazines," and I'm interested to see if it works.  You pay a monthly subscription fee ($9.99 or $14.99), and then you have full access to recent issues of major magazines - right now 21 magazines are available, including Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Fortune, Money, People, Sports Illustrated, Time, and Vanity Fair.  They will hopefully add more magazines soon.  I like the app so far, except for one thing - it's slow.  Some of the magazines take a long time to download (and some of them hang up and don't download at all), and getting back into the magazine when you are coming from another app is very slow.  It's still a keeper for me, at least for now.

Updated Apps:

Adobe Reader

  • Add text to PDFs with the Add Text tool
  • Use forms that have Field Validation, Calculation, and Formatting
  • Organize and manage documents in Reader's improved file organizer - create folders, copy, move, rename, and delete files.

 iA Writer

  • Folder support in local and iCloud storage
  • Trash can in local and iCloud storage
  • Open With... added to Export Menu
  • VoiceOver optimization

 Lexis Advance

  • Ability to view annotations
  • Enhanced navigation for multi-part documents
  • Search across 21 additional content types
  • Numerous new filters for narrowing results
  • Search terms bolded in results list
  • Go directly to document if searching single citation
  • Visual indication that document has been saved to a folder

Mobile Transcript

  • Added server sync for highlights
  • Added support for french trasncripts
  • New email export options

 

 PDF Expert

  • Faster PDF rendering
  • AutoSync for Dropbox and other storage
  • Support for Microsoft SkyDrive
  • Record audio notes into PDFs
  • Ability to move open notes 

Pocket Informant Pro

  • MAJOR release - too many new features to mention here
  • Themes
  • Assign multiple locations to a context
  • Bookmark locations or see recently-used locations
  • Simple task mode
  • Dropbox backup/restore of settings, audio notes, and database
  • Skip a task recurrence
  • Updates to Google Calendar and Google Tasks functionality

Splashtop 2 - Remote Desktop

  • Added Wake on LAN

 

 

Tapose

  • Changed page swipe
  • Adding and deleting Sticky Notes improved
  • Changed default home page in browser for faster load time
  • New Slide Bar button to be more intuitive