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iPad Lawyer News – App Deals – 12/21/2013

Happy Saturday, iPad Lawyer Tribe. With Christmas fast-approaching, there are many app deals appearing. I didn’t want to wait past the weekend to tell you about them. So . . . here we go . . . 
   
MagicalPad HD lets you create notes, capture ideas, doodle, and manage your to-do lists. I really like the user interface and what you can do with this app. Normally, MagicalPad HD is $19.99. Today it is $.99. That’s a $19.00 savings.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magicalpad-hd/id463731782?mt=8

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

You’ve heard me talk about Drafts for iPad as an interesting alternative to Notesy. Drafts for iPad is really a spectacular way to create notes. Normally, it is $3.99. Today it is only $2.99. You save $1.00. [Hint: If you download this, make sure to check out the Action Directory for read-to-do actions.]

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drafts-for-ipad/id542797283

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

Scanner Pro from Readdle turns your iPad into a scanner. Normally, this app is $6.99. Today, it is only $2.99. You save $4.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scanner-pro-by-readdle/id333710667

Publisher Link – http://readdle.com/products/scannerpro/

With the challenging changes that have been happening with office suites, lately, I get asked lots of questions about what I’m using now. Well, Office2 HD is it. You can open, view, create and edit Word (DOC & DOCX), Excel (XLS & XLSX), and PowerPoint (PPT & PPTX) files right from your iPad! Normally, this app is $7.99. Today it is only $.99. You save $7.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/office2-hd/id364361728?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.bytesquared.com/products/office/ipad/

Although I’m currently using Pocket Informant Pro for my scheduling needs, you’ve heard me talk about Calendars 5 before. Normally, this app is $6.99. Today it is $2.99. You save $4.00.[Note: I still like the way Calendars 5 looks and handles. My only criticism is that you can’t add an invitee to an event.]

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

Publisher Link – http://readdle.com/products/calendars5/

Whew. That’s a total of $35.00 in savings! Enjoy the adventure. – Scott

iPad Lawyer News – App Deals – 12/20/2013

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

For many of you this will be a day of celebrations with co-workers and colleagues. For others, this will be the your last day at work until the start of the new year. Some of you will be having a normal day at the office. No matter how you’re spending your time, there are some terrific app deals available and I want you to check them out . . .

You’ve heard me talk about 1Password many times as THE password manager and secure personal information storage app that I use all the time. Normally, this app is $17.99. Today, it is $9.99. You save $8.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8

Publisher Link – https://agilebits.com/onepassword

Notes Plus is a handwriting capture and notetaking app you might enjoy. You can make handwritten, typed and audio notes. And, there’s a built in web browser, as well. Notes Plus is normally $9.99. Today, it is $4.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notes-plus/id374211477

Publisher Link – http://notesplusapp.com

Voice Record Pro is yet another app for capturing dictation and sound recordings. You can use AAC/MP4/M4A format. Best of all, it’s FREE.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-record-pro/id546983235

Publisher Link – http://www.bejbej.info/app/voicerecordpro

And, in case you haven’t done so already, there’s still time to register for my upcoming, 5-part teletraining. Here’s the link:

https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com/new-teleseminar/

That’s all for today. Go out and make it an incredibly successful one. – Scott

Creating To-Dos that Actually Work: An Email to Evernote Workflow (Part 2)

Creating To-Dos that Actually Work: An Email to Evernote Workflow (Part 2)

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Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

In my last article, I walked you through the steps for the basic Evernote setup that I use to create powerful To-Dos. This time, we’re going to explore putting this programming to use. As a reminder, imagine you have received an email from someone that you want to turn into an effective to-do item.

STEP ONE. “Forward” the email. In the “To” box you will enter your private Evernote email address.

STEP TWO. In the Subject Line AFTER the text that already exists, type the keyboard shortcut, “@fu” (without the quotes). The shortcut that you created during the setup will now autocomplete and add the following at the end of your Subject Line: “! @Follow-Up” (absent the quote marks).

STEP THREE. If all you want to do is create the reminder without a specific due date in Evernote, hit SEND.

That’s all there is to this bare bones blueprint. Three easy steps that anyone can do on the fly to ensure an effective task/to-do/reminder workflow. You can follow the same process, by the way, when you hit “Reply.”

But what if you want to take this all to the next level and start specifying dates for your reminders? Worry not. There’s an iPad Lawyer fix for that, too!

When creating/forwarding/replying to an email that you also want to serve as a reminder for you, use the following expanded formula:

[SUBJECT] ![FILL IN DUE DATE] @[NOTEBOOK] #[TAG NAME] #[TAG NAME] #[TAG NAME]

So, for example, an email subject line might look like this:

FWD: Set up Call with Roger !tuesday @Follow-Up #denise

When you hit SEND, you will automatically create an Evernote reminder called “Set up Call with Roger” that will be in your “Follow-Up” notebook with a tag for “denise.” It will also create a reminder for the following Tuesday and you will receive an email in addition to a pop-up reminder on your iPad/iPhone. If you’re going to use this expanded formula (rather the basic one), I suggest changing your keyboard shortcut to the following phrase: “! @Follow-Up #” (without the quotes). You will keep the same shortcut of “@fu.” It is a simple thing, then, to put in the timing after the “!” and the tag name after the “#.”

As far as the date setting, you have some options. As I indicated, above, you can use some simple, natural language commands like @tomorrow, @monday, @1week, etc. If you want even more specificity, Evernote uses the detailed following date format: YEAR/MONTH/DATE or “!YYYY/MM/DD.” In other words, one of your entries might look like this: !2014/01/15 @Follow-up #denise. That sets a reminder specifically for January 15, 2014 in your Follow-Up notebook and tags the name “denise” for further filtering.

As far as setting the time for your reminder, Evernote defaults to 8:00 am. This means you will receive an email reminder on your iPad or iPhone at 8:00 am each morning for which there is a reminder scheduled. You can easily go into the Evernote app (using the iPad app, the web-based version or the desktop version) and create a time-specific reminder other than 8:00 am, although the 8:00 am warning should serve you quite well.

To recap:

DO THE ONE-TIME SETUP. This creates your keyboard shortcut and your Evernote Notebook and tags that you will use in your emails.

MAKE A HABIT OF USING EMAIL TO CREATE YOUR EVERNOTE REMINDERS. The best workflow practices are only as good as how consistently you implement them.

CHECK YOUR REMINDERS. Don’t be one of those people who go to all the effort of setting your reminders only to have them collect digital dust in your Evernote folder. The idea here is to make you incredibly productive by clearing things off your to-do list as effortlessly as possible. If you keep revisiting your Reminders and putting off tasks, you are simply wasting more of your precious time.

I know that this Evernote workflow will serve you as magically as it serves me. And it’s very painless to employ.

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.

© 2013 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved.

Mr. Grossberg is a founding partner of the Southern California law firm of Cihigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse. He is a featured speaker and published author on numerous topics including media relations, social media, technology, public speaking, memory, and various other cutting edge concepts. Mr. Grossberg’s “iPad Lawyer” and “Million Dollar iPad” seminars provide business professionals with the ability to truly harness the potential of Apple’s tablet. He is regularly called upon to address the impact of emerging technology and social media, suggest policies and procedures that should be in place, and to discuss liability exposure for this new way of doing business. He can be reached at sgrossberg@cgclaw.com.

 

iPad Lawyer News – FREE Encore Call Tomorrow!

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

Wow! Last night’s complimentary training called Stop Losing Time and Money – MASTER Your iPad and Take Your Law Practice to THE NEXT LEVEL! was truly amazing! We had over 70 people who signed up and tuned in. If you were part of the audience, you know that you walked away with SPECIFIC strategies on how to use your iPad to create a powerful law practice. (And the crazy thing about all this? You learned tips and tricks you’re able to easily use TODAY.)

If you missed out on the call, you’re in luck — we’re hosting an encore tomorrow (December 14) at 2:00 pm Pacific | 5:00 pm Eastern. You can still reserve your spot here: http://eepurl.com/HeMZ5

Or get more information about this event here: https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com/free-tele-training

On the app front, there’s a wonderful all-in-one app called MagicalPad HD. It’s a notebook . . . and so much more. It lets you create outlines, notes, mindmaps, to-dos, etc. It really is an intriguing app. Normally, this app is $19.99. Today, it is only $9.99. You save $10.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magicalpad-hd/id463731782

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

That’s it for now. – Scott

iPad Lawyer News – FREE Teletraining Today! and a Fun iPhone Diversion – 12/12/2013

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

I don’t usually write about techniques designed primarily for the iPhone. This is, after all, The iPad Lawyer blog. I’ve been getting so many questions about my iPhone Communicator, however, I decided to share what I’ve done with my own iPhone.

Okay . . . I admit that I’m a Trekker.

For those who might not already know, a Communicator is a (fictional) device used for voice communication on the Star Trek television and movie series. I wanted my own. Now you can have one, too, complete with Communicator lock screen, home screen, and “gold” password buttons. Here’s the technique –

• Download the Star Trek™ Communicator app ($.99): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-trek-communicator/id377296514

• Open the app. The closed Communicator screen will show.

• Take a screen shot of the closed screen image by holding down the home button (the round depression at the bottom of the iPhone) and the on/off button (the button at the top right of your iPhone) simultaneously. Then release them both and you will see a white flash. You’ve just taken a picture of the screen.

• Flip open the closed Communicator (by either swiping up or just flipping the phone upward). Now repeat the last step and take a screen shot of the “open” Communicator image.

• Go to your Photo Roll. Find the image of the closed Communicator. Go down to the bottom options and tap on “Use as Wallpaper.” Move and scale so it’s just right for you. Tap on “Set.” Tap on “Set as Lock Screen.”

• Go to your Photo Roll. Find the image of the open Communicator. Go down to the bottom options and tap on “Use as Wallpaper.” Move and scale so it’s just right for you. Tap on “Set.” Tap on “Set as Lock Screen.”

That’s it. Now, BEAM ME UP . . .

One final reminder . . . my FREE TELETRAINING specifically designed to show you some of my personal choices for iPad apps and help you master Apple’s magical little tablet is TONIGHT at 6pm Pacific. It’s called “Stop Losing Time and Money – MASTER Your iPad and Take Your Law Practice to THE NEXT LEVEL!

You can read more about and SIGN-UP for this event here: https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com/free-tele-training

That’s it for now. Live long and prosper! – Scott

iPad Lawyer News – FREE Teletraining This Thursday! and an INCREDIBLE Word Processing App – 12/9/2013

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

If you’ve been following me, then you know that this coming Thursday I’m doing something COMPLETELY NEW. I’ve worked very closely with my team of consultants and put together a FREE TELETRAINING specifically designed to show you some of my personal choices for iPad apps and help you master Apple’s magical little tablet. It’s called “Stop Losing Time and Money – MASTER Your iPad and Take Your Law Practice to THE NEXT LEVEL!” The teletraining will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm Pacific | 9:00 pm Eastern and it will last from 60-90 minutes depending on questions that might be asked.

You can read more about this event here: https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com/free-tele-training

And if you’re ready to just cut to the chase and reserve your seat for my brand new teletraining here’s the link for that: http://eepurl.com/HAsT5

For those of you who’ve already signed up, please check your inbox for one prior email and two more that are coming in advance of the teletraining. These emails will contain specific instructions on how to join me LIVE by phone or through the internet.

You’re going to love this teletraining. And this is THE call to be on if you want to learn at least 45 apps that I’m personally using to run my law firm. In fact, these are the apps that I use to manage my business and personal life while I travel around the world (and even at 30,000 feet above the ground).

Let me first tell you what I’ve got planned to share with you on the call on the 12th. On this ground‐breaking call I’ll teach you my ALL latest and greatest, including:

1)   The APPS YOU NEED to use to save time and manage your law practice (these are the exact apps that I use)

2)   How using social media from your iPad will make you APPROACHABLE and help you STAND OUT from your competition (most attorneys don’t do this!)

3)   An overview of my iPad Success System™ (THE FORMULA I USE to determine which apps, accessories, and workflow systems I will enjoy)

4)   My secret to going paperless (this is what has allowed me new FREEDOM and CONNECTION with my office, my clients, and my SANITY)

Like I said, this is a BRAND‐NEW call and I’m including LOTS of fresh stuff. So even if you’ve been to one of my live events before and think you’ve heard this, you haven’t,

Here’s that link again to reserve your spot in this complimentary teleclass.

http://eepurl.com/HAsT5

As to apps, I’m excited to let you know that an incredible word processing app is on sale today. UX Write is now my go-to word processing app. I really like this one and all the options and formatting it offers. Want to see it in action? Take a look at the demo:

http://www.uxwrite.com/demo

Normally, UX Wrtite costs $24,99. Today it is only $9.99. You save $15.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ux-write-ipad-word-processor/id538278306?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.uxproductivity.com/word-processor-for-ipad-and-iphone#.UqXSqo1RYp8

That’s it for now. I can’t wait for you to join me on the call! – Scott

P.S. – As you probably know (and may have experienced yourself if you’ve spent the time necessary to try and figure out how to turn your iPad from a toy into a business tool on your own) using an iPad powerfully and effectively in your law practice is easier said than done. Let me save you time and frustration as I walk you through my steps to turning your iPad into a productivity powerhouse! Here’s that complimentary teletraining link again:

http://eepurl.com/HAsT5

P.P.S. – I suggest reserving your space for this FREE CALL even if you’re not sure you can make the live session. You’ll not only have access to the recording (which will be tremendously valuable when you’re ready to put your iPad to work) but you’ll ALSO have access to my blog and additional training tools. And you never know, there might be additional things I’ll be adding to this complimentary training! http://eepurl.com/HAsT5

iPad Lawyer News – Cyber Monday Deals – 12/02/2013

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

It’s Cyber Monday. So, of course, there are app deals for you.

If you want to read, annotate, and fill in forms on a PDF, take a look at PDF Reader Pro Edition for iPad. Normally, this app is $9.99. Today it is only $.99. You save $9.00.

App store link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-reader-pro-edition-for/id364502063

Publisher link: http://www.itechdevelopmentsystems.com/pdf-reader-pro-edition-for-ipad_1_1_s_7_15.html

My favorite app for storing login, password, and banking information is 1Password. Normally, this app is $17.99. Today it is $9.99. You save $8.00.

App store link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335

Publisher link: https://agilebits.com/onepassword

For those of you who are using Dropbox (and if you’ve heard me talk about my personal workflow, why aren’t you?), take a look at this FREE Dropbox client – Boxie. Did I mention it’s FREE? I really like the access this gives me to my Dropbox folders and its ease of use.

App store link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/boxie-prettify-your-dropbox/id674521086?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Publisher link: http://www.tapwings.com/boxie/

One more thing, if you haven’t done so already, now’s the perfect time to sign up for my FREE teletraining class that is coming up in a little more than a week:

https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com/free-tele-training/

This will be a complimentary 60-90 minute tele-class on December 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM Pacific.

Now go out and make it a marvelously productive day! – Scott