iPad apps for Lawyers

Here’s a handy list of the ten iPad apps I use in my law practice on a daily basis:

1.  Dropbox – keep all your files in sync where ever you are.  No more wondering which version of a document you have.

2.  QucikOffice – create and edit Word and Excel documents on your iPad.

3. Notability – take notes in text or freehand, and sync them with Dropbox.

4. Keynote – Apple’s (far superior) version of PowerPoint.

5. Exhibit A – Non-linear trial presentation app that allows you to manipulate images and documents on screen.

6. LogMeIn – Remote desktop app.  Forget to bring a particular document with you?  Forget about it!

7. Good Reader – View and edit PDF documents.  Good for depo outlines.

8. Form Tools – Create text boxes on PDF’s, such as a client intake sheet or medical release.

9. Print n Share – print wirelessly from your iPad.

10. Facebook – make new contacts, investigate opposing parties, and make sure your client is on the up and up.

Better, stronger, faster

And so, after much anticipation and gnashing of teeth, Apple released the latest iteration of the iPad this week, as had been surmised.  The new iPad offers many new improvements that will no doubt appeal to lawyers of all stripes.

But first, I should mention something the new iPad left off: a clear name.  The name of the new iPad is – wait for it – “the new iPad”.  Apple did not go with iPad 3 (to follow the iPad 2) or even iPad HD, as had been rumored.  A couple thoughts on this:

1. I suspect Apple was hoping to avoid confusion if it were called “iPad 3” but had “4G” connectivity, and simply side-stepped the issue.

2. Using simply the product name is already the convention Apple uses for its computers (remember those?).  The new iMac is always called an iMac, nothing more, nothing less.  There is something to be said for simplicity.

3.  If avoiding confusion was the goal, changing strategy mid-stream may have the opposite effect.

In any event, the new iPad offers more of everything that made it good in the first place: a better screen, faster processor, better camera, and faster wireless, all at the same price as iPad 2.  What’s not to like?  True, it is a smidge thicker and heavier, but hardly noticeable or a major drawback.

As Abraham Lincoln would have said, if this is the kind of thing you like, you are going to like this kind of a thing even more.

The last medical exhibit you will ever need

I am, what the kids call, an Apple fanboy.  There, I said it.  That includes the iPad, which, lets face it, is revolutionizing the practice of law, and indeed, our very reason for existence.

One area where the iPad shines is trial presentation.  Suddenly, even a svelte laptop begins to seem positively brick-like compared to the paper-thin iPad in the courtroom.  And with its touch-screen interface, trial exhibits – particularly medical exhibits, such as Visible Body, make it all the more elegant.

The ability to rotate medical images in 3D and zoom in and out with the effortless flick of your fingers provides more clarity than a static, 2D foam-core board ever could.  And at $30, it may be the best, and the last, medical exhibit you ever buy.

Speaking of buying things, if you are in the market for an iPad, hold your horses for the next few weeks.  iPad 3 is probably right around the corner.

Questions or comments about iPads in trial?  Drop me a line.