The iPad Lawyer – Apps – 1/20/2016

Good morning, all. Finally, I have some real app deals to share with you. It’s been quite some time since there was anything offered I felt you truly needed to hear about.

So, let’s jump right in . . .

My favorite app for taking handwritten (stylus-driven) notes is Noteshelf. Normally, this app is $7.99 Today, it’s on sale for $3.99. You save $4.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/noteshelf/id392188745?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.noteshelf.net

A great typed notetaking alternative is Drafts from Agile Tortoise. There are various output options for you once you easily create your text note. The app is normally $9.99. Today it is on sale for $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drafts-4-quickly-capture-notes/id905337691?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://agiletortoise.com/drafts

Prizmo remains one of my favorite ways to scan terrestrial documents and create digital copies. This app is truly amazing. Normally, Prizmo is $9.99. Today it is on sale for $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prizmo-scanning-ocr-speech/id366791896?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.creaceed.com/iprizmo/about

All in all, you’ve just been given the opportunity to SAVE $14!!! Enjoy.

Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Apps Update – 12/3/2015

Good morning, all. I trust this finds all of you amazing and that you’re successfully using your iOS devices! I haven’t been posting too much here lately because . . . well . . . there simply hasn’t been anything I thought was worthy of filling your Inbox with. App prices are slowly creeping up. App development seems to have slowed down to a crawl. App practicality doesn’t appear to be earthshaking. Shall I go on?

There are some new apps and developments out that now bear your attention, however. So, let’s just dig in.

Until recently, I’ve been using the Chrome browser with my iOS devices. It’s FREE.

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chrome-web-browser-by-google/id535886823?mt=8

However, Firefox has just released its new iOS browser and, so far, I like it a lot. It, too, is FREE.

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/firefox-web-browser/id989804926?mt=8

For those of you who want to add a more powerful workflow technique to your email handling, consider Bee. It allows you to create contact shortcuts (including groups) to your email creation. The basic version is FREE. The upgrade is a whopping $.99.

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bee-email-smart-and-fast/id994465022?mt=8

I’ve been a fan of several PDF handling apps (iAnnotate and PDF Expert, for example). There’s a new app that I really, really like (especially on the iPad Pro) and it’s called LiquidText. I think you’re going to be amazed. And even more astonishing . . . it’s FREE.

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/liquidtext-pdf-document-reader/id922765270?mt=8

Do any of you still need to send and receive faxes? If so, you might take a look at Fax Burner. The FREE version allows you to send a receive a limited number of faxes from your device. For most of you, that will be enough.

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fax-burner-send-receive-faxes/id392640124?mt=8

Finally, most of you know that I’m a big fan of using the iPad to take handwritten notes. My go-to app used to be Noteshelf. Unfortunately, it has not been optimized to work with the iPad Pro’s larger screen footprint (it continues to look a little fuzzy, in my opinion). So . . . I’m back to Notability! (Added bonus: I can sync notes between the iPhone and iPad.)

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notability/id360593530?mt=8

That’s all for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Apps Update – 8/12/2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

I’ve got some apps for you to consider today . . .

Whether you’re a journaler or not, an app called DayOne will help you track what’s going on in your business and permit you to capture your ideas for easy reference and implementation later on. The app is normally $4.99. Today it is only $1.99. You save $3.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/day-one-journal-diary/id421706526

Publisher Link – http://dayoneapp.com/

For creating handwritten notes on your iPad, you can’t do much better than using Notability. I’ve written about this marvelous app before (although I have wobbled between this app and Noteshelf). Notability also lets you capture audio while you’re taking your notes and syncs the audio with where you are in a particular note. You can also sync certain types of written notes with your iPhone. I urge you to take a look at this app. Normally, it is $5.99. Today, it is only $2.99. You save $3.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notability/id360593530?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.gingerlabs.com/

Still looking for a writing alternative for your iOS device? There’s a distraction-free app called iA Writer Pro  you might find to your taste. Normally, the app is $9.99. Today it is $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ia-writer-pro/id775737172?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Publisher Link – https://ia.net/writer/ios

That’s all for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Apps Update – 8/4/2015

Good morning, all! Finally . . . after a long dry spell . . . I have some apps worth sharing with you. (I do find it interesting the sudden lack of memorable apps. It appears, to me, that more focus is being placed on the Apple Watch and MacBook products. There are also various reports of declining sales of iPads and that might be causing developers and Apple to shift their focus, for the moment, away from the use of the iPad as a productive and powerful alternative for people like you and me.)

So, on to apps . . .

I think we all look for the best calendar app we can use on our iPad and iPhone. One of the apps you might want to consider is from Readdle and it’s called Calendars 5. One of the intriguing functions of this app is that you can make entries while offline and it will automatically sync once you have connectivity again. Calendars 5 is normally $6.99. Today it is $2.99. You save $4.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calendars-5-smart-calendar/id697927927?mt=8
Publisher Link – https://readdle.com/products/calendars5

While we’re on the Readdle trail, PDF Expert 5 is an app for both your iPad and iPhone that will allow you to do all sorts of wonderful things with PDFs. You can annotate, sign documents, and even manage files. The app is normally $9.99. Today it is $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-expert-5-fill-forms-annotate/id743974925?mt=8

Publisher Link – https://readdle.com/products/pdfexpert5

Have you ever needed to convert a non-PDF document to PDF format? I know I have. Readdle’s PDF Converter is perfect for accomplishing that very task. Normally, the app is $2.99. Today it is only $1.99. You save $1.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-converter-save-documents/id447444215?mt=8

Publisher Link – https://readdle.com/products/pdfconverter

That’s all for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Apps Update – 7/7/2015

Good morning, all!

We finally have some apps to talk about . . .

You know I’m a proponent of CRM (contact relations management) no what industry or profession in which you find yourself. The app that I personally use is Contacts Journal CRM because it stores the data on my iOS device rather than relying on the Cloud. Normally, this app is $19.99. Today, it’s only $9.99. You save $10.00.

App Store Link (for iPhone) —
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/contacts-journal-crm-professional/id327685977?mt=8

App Store Link (for iPad) —  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/contacts-journal-crm-professional/id364880320?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://contactsjournal.com 

inShort is one of those intriguing apps that I keep on my devices because it fills a rather unique need: diagramming processes. Normally, this app is $8.99. Today, it is only $3.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inshort/id423213182?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://www.shortki.com/

Are you one of those who loves to paste Post-It® Notes everywhere? Well, Stickyboard 2 is an app for you. Normally, this app is $4.99. Today, it is FREE. You save $4.99.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stickyboard-2/id466102928?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://www.qrayon.com/home/stickyboard2/

Finally, Lit Software has released a marvelous document review app. Originally intended for use in the legal profession, DocReviewPad is an elegant, easy, and effective way to:

  • Import and organize hundreds or thousands of pages
  • Automatically assign custom Bates numbers to each page
  • Mark your documents as Confidential, Privileged, Responsive, or Relevant
  • Create and assign your own custom Issue Codes (e.g. Dr. Smith)
  • Annotate your documents with highlights or pen marks, and add flags with notes
  • Create custom Reports with the Bates range, number of pages, etc.
  • Export production sets according to customized parameters
  • Export to TrialPad (another Lit Software app)

DocReviewPad is priced at $89.99; higher than most of the apps we talk about here. But . . . you need to ask yourself if the value such an impressive app brings to your own workflow far exceeds what the publisher is charging? Many of you, I anticipate, will find this app becomes a necessary part of your workflow.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/docreviewpad-review-produce/id500256842?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Publisher Link — http://www.litsoftware.com/docreviewpad/

That’s all for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

A New Book from Scott . . . What everybody ought to know about Success and Happiness . . .

Happy Sunday, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

I trust you had a magnificent and safe 4th of July (for those of you in the United States).

As you’ve likely noticed, there just hasn’t been a lot to report on the iOS app front. With the new watch and Macbook models arriving, it appears developers have taken to improving what’s already out there and waiting for the right time to release new programs for iOS that are really remarkable. You can be sure I’ll report about it if and when I think an app meets our criteria.

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know about a new book I’ve written that is now available on Amazon (and at other booksellers): The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life. I’m very excited about this new project. It’s already garnering some great praise and Amazon has both the print and Kindle versions listed in its Hot Bestselling New Releases.

Here’s a fun little promo you will enjoy.
The Most Magical Secret What Everybody Ought to KnowThanks, in advance, for letting me mention The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life.

Have a great rest of your weekend! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – [GUEST POST] Your devices don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be younited . . .

You’ve read about my personal workflow techniques that incorporate various cloud service providers (like DropBox and OneDrive). Well . . . there’s another option for you to consider. It’s called younity. Rather than the pre-planning that’s required for the use of cloud service options, younity acts like what has been called a personal cloud service giving you access to all your files across all your devices. I was intrigued enough by the concept that I asked the younity folks to write a guest blog post for you.

Here’s what they wrote . . .

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Why younity? There are a multitude of options available to anyone in need of complete access to every document or file on their hard drive. The two most heavily-utilized options are portable hard drives (including thumb drives), and public server space provided by a “cloud” company like Dropbox, Box, OneDrive etc… While these options have worked for accessing all your files from any device, there is now one more worth mentioning. It’s called younity.

What does it do? The younity app allows users to access all of their files and stream any media, from any Mac or PC, right on their iOS (iPhone or iPad) device. This is possible after two simple steps are complete:

1.    Install younity on your desktop

2.    Download the app on your iPhone/iPad

When these two steps are complete, younity begins organizing and streaming your content directly to your mobile device. What’s most important to note, especially for people who have secure files on their hard drive, is that younity does not store any of your content in a “shared cloud” like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, or on any cloud server for that matter. This software is a truly private, “personal cloud.” All younity stores on it’s servers is your email address.

If you are currently using a cloud service, like Dropbox, you can still make use of younity because the app provides access to all folders on your hard drive. From one interface, you will be able to open an important PDF, print it / download it / email it, stream a movie off your hard drive, listen to a song from any of your iTunes playlists, or post photos off your hard drive to social media. The younity app can be a utility for business, a productivity tool for work, and an entertainment console for fun.

A big problem with many cloud services is that you have to plan ahead and remember to upload things you want to access in the future. With younity, you never have to put anything in a shared cloud, email yourself important files, or sync your phone to your computer before you leave the house. All you have to do to access every file you want is install one free piece of software on your computer, and one free app on your iPhone or iPad.

–    Consider younity the Digital Xanax for sufferers of “access anxiety.”

What if my document-access needs are met? Even if you are someone who never leaves the house without their laptop, or has all of their files in an accessible cloud, you can still benefit from younity. With file access/print/share functionality aside, younity acts as a media player for all your playlists and videos. In a cloud storage account, these files appear unorganized and mostly unplayable. In younity, all of your media playlists appear the same way they do on your computer, and you can play them right on that device. If you don’t have any media on your computer, you can download younity to a spouses computer, and stream their content. Another way of gaining access to new content is to ask your friends to share a playlist or movie with you. This gives you the ability to listen or watch content stored on their computer from your iPhone or iPad.

So, what doesn’t younity do? younity is not a source for internet radio, nor is it a place to search through crowd-sourced media. It’s your private cloud to access your files, or others you’ve selectively shared with. And like most other apps, you need a data connection for younity to be able to stream your content. You will also need to make sure the computer you are accessing files from is powered on.

Lastly, it’s difficult to describe younity as just an “app.” Instead think of younity as the tool for connecting you to your content. Consider this when you start using it, and you will be very happy with the software.

Click here to install younity on this device >>>

Click here to learn more about younity >>>

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I also asked my contact at younity an important question. Here’s what I asked and the response:

SCOTT: One thing that’s always of concern for business people is the “free” model that ends up being advertising heavy or an eventual upsell. How is younity handling this?

younity: Here is how I would best summarize your question:  (a) There will ALWAYS be a free version and (b) we don’t and will never sell ads.

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I plan on giving younity a test run, myself. Let me know how it works for you!

Here’s to your continued iOS success. – Scott

If you enjoyed this, I’d be grateful if you share this with others. That’s right, go ahead and help spread this information by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. And, if you’re interested in finding out how I can make a presentation to your law firm or association, please contact me at 909-483-1850 or email me at sgrossberg@cgclaw.com.© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved.

The iPad Lawyer – Seminars and Apps – 5/28/2015

Good morning, all. I trust this finds all of you well and using your iOS devices to their max! As you can tell, there hasn’t been a lot going on in the world of apps that I found worthy of reporting about. Personally, I think the release of Apple Watch has created such a stir in the world of developers that most are waiting around to see how they can incorporate the watch into their offerings.

However, today there are a couple of apps I want to tell you about.

As you know, one of my favorite and most-used apps is iThoughts HD. It’s a mindmapping app. But I use it as an amazing PIM.  The app is normally $9.99. Today it is only $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ithoughts-mindmap/id866786833?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://toketaware.com/

If you use your iPhone or iPad to manipulate and create images, you’re going to want to check out Pixelmator. You can do graphic design, photo painting, and other advanced editing of your images with it. And, best of all, it’s now available on both the iPad and iPhone. The app is $4.99.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id924695435?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.pixelmator.com

Some of you continue to ask about business card scanning. Well, I use ScanBizCards. And now it’s available for use on your iPad as well as your iPhone. It’s only $.99.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scanbizcards-business-card/id335047649?mt=8

Publisher Link – https://www.circleback.com/scanbizcards

The lecture circuit has been quiet while Apple rolls out the Apple Watch. I’ll be appearing, again, for Apple in October up in the San Francisco and Palo Alto. More information to come!

Finally, speaking of watches, I’ll be putting together my “The 10 Things You’re Doing Wrong With Your Apple Watch (and how to fix them)” booklet in the near future. I’ve been super busy getting ready for the release of my new book, “The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life” which is coming out in July. As a reminder, you can still get on the mailing list for The Most Magical Secret here >>> http://thebookspot.org/mostmagicalsecret

That’s all for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

A New Book from Scott is Coming (and it’s something different)

Happy Friday, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

There hasn’t been a lot to report on the app front unfortunately. I think everyone is still attempting to figure out where the Apple Watch fits in with everything. I have a feeling that there will be some interesting things to report in the near future.

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know about a new book I’ve written and which will be released soon. It’s called The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life.

The Most Magical Secret is something a little different.

It reveals my tried-and-tested methods for finally moving from wishing to having. Instead of going through each day hoping that serendipity will lead you in a new, different, and better direction, you will discover how to transform yourself into a powerful, goal-seeking, outcome-creating human dynamo in as little as 4 weeks.

If you’re ready for ambitious results instead of merely being the result of someone else’s ambition, the principles in this new book will help you ease the heavy-lifting and will cause you to manifest powerful, positive, and profound outcomes.

You can see another post I made about all this at my Thinking Magically site here >>> https://scottgrossberg.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/thinking-magically-a-new-book-from-scott/

Or you can simply sign up for my Most Magical Mailing List and stay up-to-date by going here >>> http://thebookspot.org/mostmagicalsecret

Have a great Memorial weekend! Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Discover the Truth About Putting an Apple Watch to Work

The iPad Lawyer  – Discover the Truth About Putting an Apple Watch to Work

by

Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”
– Franz Kafka

While it has been reported that Apple has sold more than a million of its new Apple Watches, less than half of those have been delivered. Most of you reading this haven’t yet received yours or are still waiting to figure out if you even want, let alone need, one. The good news is that I’ve been able to road test the watch for you, decide whether it’s a solid business tool, and determine what apps are even worth using in a business setting.

I could probably write a new book about the Apple Watch and the secrets I’ve discovered for its use. Until that happens, I trust I have your permission to share some of the apps I believe will change your effectiveness, efficiency and, hopefully, your profitability.

The Apple Watch is loaded with apps when it’s shipped. Many of those will get you going literally right out of the box. But, here are some third party apps you’ll want to download for use. Please note: You download an app to your iPhone and, if it is Apple Watch compatible, the Apple Watch version will automatically be synced and appear for use on the watch. Naturally, you can choose which apps you want to appear on your wrist at any time through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

With that out of the way, here are the Apple Watch apps that I now use all the time in a business setting. (The prices that I’ve included are what were posted at press time. App prices change all the time, so please check them first before you download one.)

CREATING NOTES

EVERNOTE (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8) and DRAFTS 4 ($9.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drafts-4-quickly-capture-notes/id905337691?mt=8).  One of the beautiful things about the Apple Watch is the ability to quickly enter and save notes. Both the Evernote and Drafts 4 apps allow you to use your watch as a down-and-dirty dictating device. With Evernote, you start the app on your watch, click the “+” button, and begin dictating audibly with Siri. Your dictation is converted to text. You are then given the option to “Save” what you have created and you can even set a reminder date. What you eventually save will be part of your formal Evernote account and accessible from any computer. In the Drafts 4 app, when you launch the app it is immediately looking to “capture” a voice dictation and convert it to text. It is then automatically saved to your Drafts 4 Inbox.

ROUTE MAPPING

CITYMAPPER (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/citymapper-ultimate-real-time/id469463298?mt=8).  I’ve used this app in London, Paris, and Chicago. Simply, it’s trip planning in real time. And it’s marvelous. Just a little trick . . . When using it with your iPhone, you can take a screen shot of the route that’s created and work from that if battery usage or connectivity is an issue.

WEATHER

DARK SKY ($3.99 – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dark-sky-weather-radar-hyperlocal/id517329357?mt=8).  I know that there’s a native weather app for your Apple Watch. Dark Sky, however, is just perfect for your new device, gives you a weather outlook for 5 days, and is incredibly easy and quick to use.

NEWS

NY TIMES (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nytimes-breaking-national/id284862083?mt=8), CNN (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cnn-app-for-iphone/id331786748?mt=8) and USA TODAY (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/usa-today-for-ipad/id364257176?mt=8). These are the apps that will put major headlines on your wrist.

PRESENTATIONS

KEYNOTE ($9.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id361285480?mt=8) and POWERPOINT (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-powerpoint/id586449534?mt=8). Both of these apps allow you to control a slide deck that’s on your iPhone from the watch. What this means for you is that you can have your slide deck connected to an Apple TV, for example, and projected to your audience. You can then control the presentation from your wrist.

CALENDARING/TRAVEL TIME

TEMPO (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tempo-smart-calendar/id593819390?mt=8). Among other things, Tempo reads your Calendar event information and the addresses you have entered for those events. It then gives you an estimated drive time for those events. I LOVE this app!

CAPTURE BILLABLE HOURS

TIMELY (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timely-scheduling-time-tracking/id619462420?mt=8), HOURS (FREE – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hours-time-tracking/id895933956?mt=8), and ATRACKER PRO ($4.99 – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/atracker-pro-daily-task-time/id519561306?mt=8). Let me begin this section with an observation. None of these apps are incredibly robust time and activity trackers. They are, however, some really brilliant ways to capture activity and timing from your wrist that you might otherwise lose. Each of them is rather unique and perhaps a bit quirky in the way they function. Take a look at them and find the one that fits with your personal workflow.

There are a few other apps I might talk about in a later article. In the meantime, I want to leave you with one important trick: With Apple Watch apps being developed and released constantly, there’s going to come a time when one or more apps stop working or get hung up on your Apple Watch. If and when that should happen, you can force the troublesome app to quit running by doing the following:

  1. Press and hold the side button on your watch (the one below the digital crown) until the sliders appear and offer you the two options to power off or reserve battery
    2.  Let go of the side button
    3.  Repress the side button
    4.  Your Home screen will then appear

This will shut down the offending app and you can go on with your other business.

Must you have an Apple Watch? No. You can survive without one. However, I believe the faster you put the Apple Watch to work for you, the faster you’ll be more successful.

Here’s to your continued iOS at Work Success! – Scott

If you enjoyed this, I’d be grateful if you share this with others. That’s right, go ahead and help spread this information by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. And, if you’re interested in finding out how I can make a presentation to your law firm or association, please contact me at 909-483-1850 or email me at sgrossberg@cgclaw.com.© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved.