It is Confirmed, Microsoft Office for iPad Available Today

Microsoft announced today the immediate availability of Microsoft Office for the iPad. GigaOm has a good overview of the new offering. (Office for iPad available today

In addition to Microsoft Word, there are also Excel and PowerPoint apps. These are free to download and to use for viewing documents, but to edit you need a Microsoft 365 subscription.

I plan to download and review these apps as soon as they are live in the App Store. From the press briefing, these look like great contenders for content creation on the iPad. My only disappointment is the need for a subscription to use them. I wish Microsoft had done the unexpected and made these available as paid apps to truly compete with Apple’s equivalents.

Wordperfect for iPad Rumored to be Released Today

There is a rumor at ABA TechShow that WordPerfect is going to join the party today and release a full featured app for the iPad. I’ve checked Corel’s site and no info yet. I’ll update after any announcement is made. We also expect Microsoft to release a full featured Microsoft Word app today. Stay tuned!

Update (3-28-2014): despite indications that an announcement would be made by Corel around 10:00 am yesterday, nothing has been announced as of yet. From what I understand, this may not be a stand alone app, but may instead be a full-featured browser-based editor and viewer. I will keep my eyes open for any updates, and will post any news I hear!

Update (4-15-2014): WordPerfect X7 for the iPad is now available. See my review.

TrialPad 4.0 Released (On Sale Until March 28th)


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.

iPad Applications Library from University of Wisconsin

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.

How Do I Get Documents onto the iPad, and What Do I Use to Edit Them?

iPad File Review ImageOne 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.

Download: iPad4FileReview

Will Microsoft Office iPad Version be Released this Month?

According to Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet’s All About Microsoft Blog, we might finally see the unveiling of Microsoft Office on the iPad on March 27th. Mary Jo indicates that a press conference has been scheduled by Microsoft to discuss “cloud and mobile computing”. It is speculated that a subscription to Office 365 will be required to use Microsoft Office on the iPad. (The Verge is also now reporting that Office for iPad will be unveiled on March 27, 2014.)

Steve’s Essential iPad Apps

I have added a list of the Apps that I use on a regular basis in the Application section of the website. I plan to update this list on a quarterly basis, and would love to have recommendations of new apps to try or add. We hope to expand the Applications page to also include apps that our other members use on a regular basis.

Please follow the link below and let me know your thoughts. I hope you find this list useful!

Steve’s Essential iPad Apps

Steve's iPad Home Screen

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