Monthly Archives: March 2014

The iPad Lawyer | Stop Pecking Away at Your Screen Once and For All

The iPad Lawyer – Stop Pecking Away at Your Screen Once and For All
by
Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

I learned to type when I was in high school. Typing by touch (while looking at handwritten content or source material) was drilled into us. As such, I type really, really, really fast. And you already know I’m passionate about my iPad. The challenge for me arose when I started to create content using my iPad’s native iOS keyboard. Did I say challenging? I meant maddening. I’ve seen some of you actually typing on your iPad’s screen with the built-in keyboard. I’m even envious of some of you and your light touch and your deftly moving fingers and the apparent lack of need to hit delete-delete-delete (that’s the key to the top right of the keyboard with the arrow pointing left and an “x” in the middle).

For the rest of us, I wholeheartedly recommend that you learn two additional ways to make iPad content creation happen at an efficient and effective level. I’ve written about it before and I want you to practice using Siri and actually dictate into your iPad (or iPhone). It’s truly remarkable the time you can save when you have the necessary connectivity and what you can accomplish using the Siri-input method. For those of you with privacy concerns over particular content, bear in mind that your audio input is being sent away from your iPad to Apple’s servers for translation into text and then back to your iPad. If you have critical information, then I suggest you go out and invest in yourself and your clients by obtaining a bluetooth keyboard.

So, I’m going to talk about two bluetooth keyboards I have used with my iPad Air – the ZAGG Folio and the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio Cover. Both are listed at $99.99.

You can explore these accessories here:

ZAGG –

http://www.zagg.com/ipad-air-keyboard/8534

Logitech –

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/ultrathin-keyboard-folio-for-ipad?crid=1325

There are positives and negatives to both. And there are always personal preferences to take into consideration. Still, I get asked all the time about my recommendations for accessories, so here are my thoughts on both of these after many, many hours of use and on-the-road testing.

The first keyboard/cover combination I bought for my iPad Air was the ZAGG version. I really like the layout of the product (it is very ergonomically easy to move from the normal Apple wireless and the MacBook Pro keyboards to the ZAGG keyboard without having to adjust your finger positioning/strike zones), the special keys that give you shortcuts (remember, this is all about saving time), and I LOVE the backlit keyboard option. The case is very sturdy. One of the things you should consider in getting a folio-type setup for your iPad is the ease with which you can detach your iPad when you want to you use it separately. The ZAGG keyboard/folio combination is a snap (literally and figuratively) to use in this fashion.

The downsides, however, eventually caused me to move on to the Logitech version. First, I had nothing but challenges with extra letters and numbers periodically appearing. In doing some research, this appears to be a common problem for those of us who have a little heavier-than-normal strike on the keyboard keys. Hence, you get repeating characters. Irrespective of the real cause of the repeating character situation, there is no current workaround to solve it. Second, the cover for this folio (the part that houses the iPad and which uses ZAGG’s “patented” design) certainly does adjust to multiple angles. It does not, however, open flat nor otherwise allow you to easily use your iPad in a normal “tablet” mode. This also creates issues when you want to use your tablet in portrait mode.

When you want a keyboard/folio alternative for your iPad that feels and acts more like a book cover, the ZAGG keyboard/folio is the option for you.

Just recently, however, I was introduced to the Logitech ultrathin keyboard folio.

The Logitech keyboard was frustrating for me at the beginning because I was so used to the footprint of the ZAGG version. I found I kept hitting the wrong keys and, periodically, even striking the “Home” and “Return” keys instead of the “1” and the quote (“) characters. This proved to be more a temporary annoyance than a deal-breaker as I quickly retrained my fingers to strike in the appropriate places. But it was disconcerting and a little disappointing right out of the box. I’m really glad it was a short-lived concern.

Unlike the ZAGG book-like style, the Logitech option holds your iPad in one landscape viewing angle. Between us, I like this angle and I never really used the ZAGG multi-angle flexibility that much, anyway. The Logitech keyboard snaps your iPad in place at the top left and right corners and then holds the bottom in place with a magnet and small groove. It’s surprisingly sturdy and the magnet keeps everything tightly in place.

Alas, there is no backlit keyboard. However, there are also no repeating characters when I strike the keys. Even when I strike them hard. Remember, this is all about saving time and being productive. The elimination of the repeating character problem (which means I don’t have to constantly keep deleting and retyping) was the true game-changer for me.

As to the keyboard configuration, there are far fewer “special” shortcut keys on the Logitech keyboard. I’m okay with that, but you might want to check out the ZAGG alternative if keyboard shortcuts are important for your workflow. (I am not referring to the keyboard shortcuts that you can program with iOS or with TextExpander.)

Both of the keyboards boast up to three months of battery life (depending on your usage, of course). And they both charge very quickly.

One more thing about the Logitech version. It actually lets you fold the iPad down on top of the keyboard so that you can easily use it as . . . an iPad. The keyboard rests safely behind the iPad and I don’t have to snap the iPad out of the case like I have to do periodically with the ZAGG version.

BOTTOM LINE – I have now retired my ZAGG keyboard in favor of the Logitech version.

So, stop pecking away at your screen. Start using Siri to dictate and do yourself a favor and get a bluetooth keyboard. You’ll be amazed how much more productive you’ll be.

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.
© 2014 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved.

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The iPad Lawyer News – 03-17-2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

Microsoft has finally released a OneNote client for Mac and it’s FREE:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-onenote/id784801555?mt=12

Here’s the iPad version:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-onenote-for-ipad/id478105721?mt=8

And here’s the iPhone version:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-onenote-for-iphone/id410395246?mt=8

And here’s one more alternative:

http://outline.ws/

In pre-iPad days, I used OneNote for most of my digital notebooking needs. It’s a marvelous free-form notetaking tool that allows you a lot of flexibility.

Now go out and make it a successful day. – Scott

The iPad Lawyer News and Seminars – 03-12-2014

Good morning iPad Lawyer Tribe –

By now, I trust you’ve updated your iOS device to iOS 7.1. As a reminder, here’s what’s in store for you when you update:

http://www.apple.com/ios/ios7-update/

On the app front, we’ve got a few deals to talk about . . .

If you’d like a unique way to take notes, create mind maps, take a look at MagicalPad HD. It’s one of those apps that simply intrigues me. 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?mt=8

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

OneNote was always one of my go-to programs when I used a PC. When I moved to a Mac, I used Growly Notes. Now that I’m on an iPad, I’ve discovered Outline+. This app even reads your old OneNote notes. Normally this app is $14.99. Today it is only $3.99. You save $11.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/outline+/id538029496?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://outline.ws/

For those of you with an artistic bent, Inspire Pro provides you with the tools to paint, draw, and sketch. You really need to just look at the publisher’s website for a glimpse of what you can accomplish with this app (and some artistic ability). Normally this app is $9.99. Today it is only $1.99. You save $8.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inspire-pro-paint-draw-sketch/id355460798?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://kiwipixel.com/InspirePro/index.html

Well, how’s that for value? Almost $30 in savings!

Finally, For those of you in the Southern California area, I will be appearing for Apple in Newport Beach tonight!

http://www.apple.com/retail/fashionisland/

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Next week, I will be at Apple’s Victoria Gardens location.

http://www.apple.com/retail/victoriagardens/

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The week after that, I will be at Apple’s Chicago (North Michigan Avenue) location.

http://www.apple.com/retail/northmichiganavenue/

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Now go out and make it a successful day. – Scott

The iPad Lawyer News – 03-11-2014

Good morning iPad Lawyer Tribe –

If you haven’t been notified, yet, there’s a big iOS update for your devices – iOS 7.1. There are so many changes/updates/revisions that Apple has actually created a separate page outlining what’s been done for you:

http://www.apple.com/ios/ios7-update/

I downloaded and installed the update yesterday on all my devices. It only took a few minutes and I did not experience any glitches or challenges. My update was done through WiFi, by the way. Naturally, I encourage each of you to backup your iOS devices FIRST and then download the update.

You get to the update this way:

1.  Go to SETTINGS
2.  Tap on GENERAL
3.  Tap on SOFTWARE UPDATE

Of course, the big news is the CarPlay feature for the iPhone. Unfortunately, this requires you to have a CarPlay-enabled vehicle. So, let me outline a few of the features and benefits you can use right now . . .

The most noticeable difference for me has been the bold font. You now get that font on your keyboard, as well. You can enable this visibility enhancement:

1.  Got to SETTINGS
2.  Tap on GENERAL
3.  Tap on ACCESSIBILITY
4. Slide the BOLD TEXT option to ON (Green)

You will have to restart your device when you enable this option.

For your Calendar, you now have an ability to display your daily events in a small window while in the month view of the calendar on your iPhone. Your iPad already gives you that information.

TouchID has been enhanced and recognition improved.

And, as to Siri, you can now control when she starts and stops listening by simply holding down the Home Button while you speak and letting it go when you’re finished. Previously, you had to wait for Siri to notice you were done speaking.

For those of you who like to take HDR photos, you can now set your camera to automatically take those types of photos.

And there are some other refinements like the “look” of some of the onscreen buttons (like “slide to power off”). It also appears that animations are rendered faster.

On the app front, you’ve heard me rave about Notesy before. This is THE app I use for typed notes, time and billing entries, even writing articles. Well the app’s been updated to now integrate fully with TextExpander Touch (the app I’ve also told you about for creating incredibly powerful keyboard shortcuts and something that should be part of your automated document assembly workflow). Notesy is only $4.99 and well worth it.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notesy-for-dropbox/id386095500?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://notesy-app.com/

Finally, For those of you in the Southern California area, I will be appearing for Apple in Newport Beach tomorrow night!

March 12, 2014
Apple – Fashion Island
7-9 PM
1113 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA
http://www.apple.com/retail/fashionisland/

Now go out and make it a successful day. – Scott

The iPad Lawyer News – 03-07-2014

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

It’s the end of the week and we’re all ready to celebrate the coming weekend. So, let’s jump right into a couple of apps, shall we?

For those of you who want another way to organize your inboxes (and get to inbox zero), take a look at Boxer. Boxer is another way for you to access to all of your email in one app. It supports Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, iCloud, Google Apps, Hotmail/Outlook.com & Exchange. You can use gestures to manage your messages. And . . . You can send email messages directly to cloud storage locations like Dropbox, Evernote, Box and even to some social media sites. Normally, this app is $5.99. Today it is only $.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/boxer-for-gmail-outlook-exchange/id561712083?mt=8

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

Looking for another way to handle PDFs? Well, take a look at PDF Reader Pro Edition for iPad. There are some better apps out there (like iAnnotate), but this app is normally $9.99 and today it is only $.99.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-reader-pro-edition-for/id364502063?mt=8

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

For those of you in the Southern California area, I will be appearing for Apple in Newport Beach and Rancho Cucamonga over the next two weeks. And – for the first time in Southern California (Apple and I did this in San Francisco and it was a huge success) – my Victoria Gardens seminar is called “iOS in Business.” It’s for anyone in business who wants to take their work to the next level with Apple’s iOS devices!

March 12, 2014

Apple – Fashion Island
7-9 PM
1113 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA
http://www.apple.com/retail/fashionisland/

Apple-Fahsion-Island-3-12-2014
March 19, 2014

Apple – Victoria Gardens
7-9 PM
12461 South Main Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
http://www.apple.com/retail/victoriagardens/

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Well that’s it for today. Go out and make it a successful one. – Scott

iPad Lawyer News – Apps – 03/05/2014

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe.

I’ve got app deals for you today!

I usually get lots of questions about using the iPad (and iPhone) as a voice recording device. Well, there are a couple of apps on sale for you to explore.

The first is called Recordium Pro. Not just a simple recording app, you can edit, highlight, annotate, and tag your recordings. The app is normally $4.99. Today it is on sale for $2.99. You save $2.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recordium-pro-voice-recorder/id637494062?mt=8

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

Our next recording app is Recorder Pro. It has a rich feature list. There has been some criticism, however, of the pop-up screen that asks for you to rate the app on iTunes. Normally, this app is $1.99. Today it is $.99. You save $1.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recorder-pro-professional/id573445641?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.recorderpro.perceptionsystem.com/

Have you ever wanted to attend or run a meeting more efficiently. I use apps all the time for this. Well, here’s an app to help you. It’s called Meeting Mapper. This app is a very cool visual and note taking tool in that it lets you create an actual seating chart of meeting participants. Of course, you can also take typed and audio notes. And . . . You can sync with Salesforce, Evernote, Box, and Dropbox. Normally, this app is $6.99. Today it is FREE. You save $6.99.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meeting-mapper/id496853872?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.pointntime.com/products/meeting-mapper-ipad/

And another quick reminder, I will be at Apple’s Fashion Island store next week on March 12 starting at 7:00 p.m. Make sure you reserve your space:

http://www.apple.com/retail/fashionisland/

Now go out and make it a really profitable day! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer News – Seminar Updates and a Favor to Ask – 03-03-2014

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe. There are a lot of events coming up that I want to share with you. Then  . . .  I have a favor to ask.

First, here’s the current list of upcoming events:

March 12, 2014
Apple – Fashion Island
7-9 PM
1113 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA
http://www.apple.com/retail/fashionisland/

Apple-Fahsion-Island-3-12-2014

March 19, 2014
Apple – Victoria Gardens
7-9 PM
12461 South Main Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
http://www.apple.com/retail/victoriagardens/

March 27, 2014
Apple – North Madison Avenue
6-8 PM
679 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
http://www.apple.com/retail/northmichiganavenue/

April 3, 2014
The iPad Lawyer Webinar (more details coming soon)
11:00 AM Pacific

April 30, 2014
5:30 PM
Apple – Pasadena
5:30-7:30 PM
54 West Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
http://www.apple.com/retail/pasadena/

Now, here’s the favor I’m asking. I put a lot of complimentary content out in order to ensure that you make your iPad a powerful business tool. As such, I would like to grow our iPad Tribe even more. And I’d like your help in doing so. I’ve created a short video inviting people to sign-up for The iPad Lawyer Blog. I would truly appreciate you sharing the video or the iPad Lawyer Blog site, itself, with those you know will get some massive value from what I am sharing.

To make it easy for you . . .

Here’s the formal link to the website:

https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com

And here’s the YouTube video you can share with others:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BctrQyt9nFc

Now go out and make it a truly successful day! – Scott