Dropbox Increases Storage Available in Pro Plan to 1 TB

Dropbox announced today that Dropbox Pro will now inlcude 1 TB of storage and enhanced sharing controls. This makes Dropbox much more competitive with Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. Existing users will see the increased storage and new sharing controls in the next few days. Dropbox Pro will continue to cost $9.99 per month. See my post on Mobile4Law.com for more information.Dropbox

TrialPad for iPad is on Sale for $49.99 until August 24, 2014

TrialPad 4.0 for the iPad is on sale for $49.99 from August 21, 2014 until Sunday August 24, 2014. This is a rare sale for one of the most expensive apps on my iPad. TrialPad normally retails for $89.99. In my prior reviews of this app, I indicated that for $89.99, I felt the app was overpriced. Although $49.99 is still steep, if you believe that you may have the need to combine all your trial materials in one app, you will probably want to purchase it while it is on sale.

This sale was announced by Lit Software to members of their email list. Lit Software also publishes the popular TranscriptPad app. TranscriptPad is not currently on sale, but if you want to be notified of future news related to either of these apps, it pays to join the Lit Software mailing list (there is a place to register your email address on the Lit Software homepage).

Follow the Apple App Store link to download TrialPad now. See my review on TrialPad 4 on my Mobile 4 Law blog.

wpid-Photo-20140712231940.jpgThis post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being a contributor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

iPlugDelaware Wilmington Meeting on August 19, 2014 – Prepare your iPad for iOS 8

iPlug Delaware Wilmington Meeting will be held August 19, 2014 at 7:30 am

The Wilmington meeting for iPlug Delaware will be held on Tuesday August 19, 2014 at the Panera in Fairfax at 7:30 am. This month’s meeting will focus on preparing your iPad and iPhone for the upcoming release of iOS 8. We will discuss the models of iPhone and iPad that will receive the new version of the operating system when it is released next month, and how to determine if you have enough space on your device for the upgrade installation. If the space on your iPhone or iPad is limited, we will discuss services and methods to manage your space and backup your device.

iPad Usage

As always, our meetings are open to anyone in the legal community in Delaware (this includes lawyers, paralegals, judges, law students and other legal staff). Our meetings are held in the back room of the Panera at 2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. The meetings usually last about 1 hour. Any experience level is welcome, including those that are just iPad curious and have not yet started using an iPad or iPhone. The meetings are informal, there is no cost or registration needed, and we encourage questions, comments, and suggestions from those in attendance. 

Dover iPlug will not meet this month, but if you are from Kent and Sussex County, please use the contact form to let us know if you would be interested in attending a virtual meeting online later this month. We have been experimenting with using Google Hangouts more with the site, and if there is sufficient interest, an online meeting will be scheduled. 

Wilmington iPlug meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. If you cannot make it to this month’s meeting, please set a reminder to join us next month. New faces are always welcome, as are suggestions for future meeting topics. 

Microsoft Office Suite for iPad Updated: Export to PDF!

Microsoft Updates Office for iPad

Microsoft released the first major update for Office for the iPad on July 31, 2014. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel all received updates. Most notable for all three apps is the ability to export to PDF and to use third-party fonts. Each app also gained the ability to crop photos that are being used (you could previously add photos to each, but you were unable to crop).

Microsoft PowerPoint 1.1 for iPad Presenter View Screenshot

Microsoft PowerPoint added important presentation features for attorneys. You now have the ability to view and edit speaker notes, see your next slide and jump to others slides while presenting. Media (video and audio) can be played while presenting now, and videos can be added from your camera roll. It will be nice for attorneys using PowerPoint for presentations and trials to now be able to fully control slides in any order.

Microsoft Excel also added more support for PivotTables, external keyboards, and cell selection. You can now flick a cell’s selection handle to select all data in a row or column. All the same keys that you use on a desktop version of Excel are also now supported for the iPad version of Excel when using an external keyboard. Finally PivotTables can be modified when source data is in the same workbook.

Microsoft Word was the most boring of the updates. The major addition to Word is the ability to send as PDF, use third-party fonts, and to crop photos. These features were also added to the other apps in the Office for iPad suite.

Send as PDF in Microsoft Word

It is nice to see that Microsoft continues to make the apps in the Office Suite better for the iPad. I am disappointed that Microsoft still hasn’t added “Open In” support for these apps, but you still have the option of launching Microsoft One Drive, and using “Open In” to export documents to other apps on your iPad.

As reminder, these apps are free to download from the Apple App store, but you must have a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 to use all the features. (You can use each app as a viewer for free, but you need a subscription to create and edit documents). Microsoft offers in-app purchase of an Office 365 subscription, or it can be purchased directly from Microsoft or third-party resellers. Amazon currently has one year subscription keys available for as inexpensive as $64.00. Office 365 Home 1yr Subscription Key Card