I recently posted a review of TrialPad 4 on Mobile4Law.com. If you are thinking of purchasing it, check out my thoughts: http://mobile4law.com/thoughts-on-trialpad-4-initial-review/
Lit Software is planning on officially introducing TrialPad 4.0 at the ABA TechShow in Chicago tomorrow, but since this upgrade will not be available for free for existing users, they have made it available at a special price of $49.99 for a pre-launch sale until March 28th, 2014. Beginning March 29th, TrialPad will return to its usual price of $89.99.
The new version of TrialPad has been totally redesigned for iOS 7 with a more intuitive interface that is easier to use. It has been optimized to take advantage of the new processor in the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina, and has improved memory optimization for all. Navigation has been improved, and evidence reports are now created within the case.
New features include a powerful search tool, thumbnail previews of evidence, customizable exhibit stickers, admitted label to track documents during trial, and new sorting options. Overall this is a big release for Lit Software and the reason that the upgrade is not free for existing users.
I have never been a big fan of TrialPad, but for litigators using the iPad in the Courtroom, this is currently the go to app. If you have been wanting to try out TrialPad, I recommend doing so now at the special introductory price of $49.99. I have downloaded and will give more thoughts after I have had a chance to use it.
TranscriptPad is also on sale for $49.99 until March 28th. TranscriptPad also is normally $89.99. It has not received the same massive upgrade recently, but Lit Software promises exciting new features and improvements that will be available as free updates over the next few months. If you have been wanting to try out TranscriptPad, her is your chance at a very special price. (TranscriptPad will work only with ASCII in TXT format transcripts. It cannot read or use Word documents or PDFs.)
I will be at the ABA TechShow this week and I expect to more information on both of these products.
The University of Wisconsin Law Library has a great resource with a list of Apps for Attorneys, Law Faculty and Law Staff. The “Subject Guide” is divided by category for the type of app you are looking for. It can be a little confusing to navigate, but there are red tabs across the top with the category names. Just click the category to see the suggested apps. Each category includes a list of apps with a brief description of the app and a link to purchase it in the Apple App Store.
If you have a new iPad and you are unsure of the apps that are available that could assist in your practice, this is a great resource to start with. Also be sure to check out my list of essential iPad apps.
If you have an iPhone 5s, you are lucky enough to be able to use your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Unfortunately, if you have trained multiple fingers for use with the TouchID, it is sometimes difficult to manage your fingerprints. iMore has a great article that explains that you can label your fingerprints that you have trained for TouchID. I have to admit that I was unaware of the ability to label your fingerprints, and find this undocumented feature very helpful.
One of the most common questions I receive from new users of iPad, is “how do I get documents onto my new iPad?”, and “what apps do I use to view and edit documents once they are on my iPad?”. I recently presented at a seminar on this topic, and I thought it would be helpful to share my presentation materials. iPad for File Review provides detailed instructions for transferring documents to your iPad using iTunes, Dropbox and email. This document also provide a basic overview of both iAnnotate and PDF Expert. These are by far my favorite PDF viewers/editors.
When I have more time, I also plan on providing some video that will make this process even easier to understand. Document review and editing is often a topic of our monthly iPlug meetings. Luckily these meetings are designed for all levels of users, and we welcome all questions as the meetings are generally run as an open discussion. If you are struggling with your iPad effectively, or you have suggestions of better methods for transferring and editing documents on your iPad, please feel free to share them with us on the website, or during our next monthly meeting. iPlug meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday or each month in Wilmington, and the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Dover. Please continue to visit our site for monthly meeting notices.
If you are new to an iPad or iPhone, or you are just looking for more resources to further broaden your education, please check out our newly revised links section. There is a list of additional iPad/iPhone blogs, general technology blogs, legal podcasts, and technology podcasts that are all freely available.
If there is a website that you find useful, or a technology related podcast that you love, please feel free to let us know about it. We hope to continue to expand this list so that it remains a great resource for our readers.
This morning, Apple brought the iPad 4 out of retirement to replace the aging iPad 2. You can now purchase an iPad with Retina Display (aka and iPad 4) starting at $399. The iPad 2 had been the low cost option, but had remained the only iPad that was still using the original 30 pin connector, and had a much lower resolution than the iPad Air and iPad with Retina Display. In addition to the upgraded display (1024×768 for iPad 2 compared to 2048×1536 for the iPad 4), the iPad 4 has a much faster Apple A6x processor, double the RAM of the iPad 2, a faster graphics processor, a much improved front and back camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE data available (for $129 more).
Overall the only downside of the new model is slightly more heft (1.44 lb compared to 1.325 lb) and giving up any old 30 pin chargers you may have. The re-introduced iPad with Retina is only available in the 16GB version, but as stated above, there is an option to upgrade to a model with LTE. For complete technical specifications, please see Apple’s website.
UPDATE: iMore.com has updated its iPad buyer’s guide to help explain the differences between the current models of iPad. If you are trying to decide what version of iPad you should buy, check out this wonderful article.