Monthly Archives: May 2014

The iPad Lawyer – iOS at Work Seminar, Apps, and a New Workflow Tip

Happy Friday, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

On the seminar front, I just want to remind you that I’ve put together a really cool June 27 event that I’m calling iOS AT WORK. It’s all about using your iDevices (that’s your iPad and iPhone) to improve your productivity and save you time in your business. In the past, I’ve held iPad seminars designed specifically for lawyers. For the first time, there’s now a general seminar for a broader business base: a seminar designed to take your career – NO MATTER WHAT PROFESSION YOU’RE IN – to the next level by showing you powerful iPad and iPhone productivity tips and tricks you can use instantly at work!

If you’d like to get a taste of what you’ll get from my iOS FOR WORK seminar, GO HERE NOW:

http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com/live-seminar/

And please pass the information on to any of your friends and business acquaintances you think will benefit from learning my latest-and-greatest, tried-and-tested iPhone and iPad workflow methods that I am personally using to run my own business.

On the app front, there’s an app that I highly recommend you go out and get RIGHT NOW: PDF Expert! This app was originally designed for the iPhone (so you can use this cross-device). There is also a PDF Expert for iPad (PDF Expert 5) which is a separate app. But you can run the one I’m telling you about – PDF Expert – on your iPad just fine (that’s what I have done).

When I do my live events, this is the app I demonstrate signing documents, contracts, and pleadings with. Normally, PDF Expert is $9.99. Today it is FREE. You almost $10.00.

App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-expert-professional-pdf/id323133888?mt=8

Publisher Link: http://readdle.com/

As luck would have it, I told you yesterday about MagicalPad HD and its price-drop of $5.00. Well, today the app price is down even more – to just $.99.

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

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

Finally – on the workflow front – for those of you who’ve gotten the Notesy app (which is also one of my favorite iPad apps) and who work on a Mac – take a look at an open source, text editing/creation program called Notational Velocity. I certainly know that you can use Notesy to create TXT files, store them in the cloud, and then access them with a standard text editor from any computer. The thing with Notational Velocity that makes it so appealing to me is that it’s shortcut and keystroke driven (you don’t need to use your mouse or trackpad) and you can quickly – I mean QUICKLY – search for titles and contents of your notes. It stays running in the background (if you configure it that way). It’s actually been described by someone as “Spotlight for text documents.”

Notational Velocity: http://notational.net/

When I have some more time, I’ll post an article on how I make Notesy and Notational Velocity a powerful part of my office workflow.

Have a great weekend and Memorial Day.

And, please, remember to check out my iOS FOR WORK seminar:

http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com/live-seminar/

Here’s to your continued iPad success. – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Seminar and Apps

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

There are lots of “deals” for you today in the App Store. Let’s jump right in . . .

Are there specific apps that you find yourself using all the time? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quick way to access all of them from one place? Well, if that appeals to you, consider looking at Launch Center Pro for iPad. It’s been described as a type of “speed dial for everyday tasks.” You can set it up to launch apps but you can also create shortcuts for email, messaging, the internet, Google searches, and more. Normally, this app is $7.99. Today it is only $4.99. You save $3.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/launch-center-pro-for-ipad/id799664902?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://contrast.co/launch-center-pro/

I’ve written about MagicalPad HD before. It’s an app that combines productivity concepts, mind mapping, and note-taking in one place. I find the app intriguing and there are a lot of ways to create customized content that will make you more productive and your information more accessible. Normally, this app is $9.99. Today it is only $4.99. You save $5.00.

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

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

Would you like a way to use your iPhone and iPad as a voice recorder? Then take a look at Recordium Pro – Voice Recorder, Record Memos & Note Taking. You can record (obviously) and then highlight an audio, annotate it, edit it, etc. And you can record in different formats: WAV, CAF, AIFF, and MP4. And then you can email the recording to someone else. Normally, this app is $4.99. Today it is FREE.

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

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

For those of you who organize and attend meetings, you will want to check out Meeting Mapper. This app is just a cool way to actualize visualize all of those who attend, where they are seated during the meeting, and then you can take notes. You can create meeting notes and reports, as well. Normally, this app is $4.99. Today it is FREE.

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

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

Finally, I want to remind you of my upcoming three-hour iOS at Work seminar coming on June 27. It will be held in my Rancho Cucamonga conference room and you’ll be getting personal training from me so that you can take your business or organization to the next level of productivity and efficiency. It’s more than just a seminar . . . it’s a way to transform your business.

Here’s a little video I created to tell you more:

And when you’re ready to dig even deeper, click here:

http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com/live-seminar/

Here’s to your continued iPad success. – Scott

The iPad Lawyer | May I Have a WORD With You?

The iPad Lawyer | May I Have a WORD With You?

by

Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

Ever since the iPad was released, I’ve been asked about using Word on it. Not a wanna-be. Not a workaround. The real honest-to-goodness Word from Microsoft. And, repeatedly, I’ve had to deliver the challenging news: not yet. Well that’s all changed with Microsoft’s release of its widely used word-processing app and other Office suite components for the iPad.
If you’re already excited about the prospect of having Word available to you in your mobile warrior adventures, then just go here now:

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-word-for-ipad/id586447913?mt=8

The app, by the way, is FREE. That’s right. You pay nothing. Nada. Zilch. Well, at least you pay nothing if all you want to do is read a Word document. You can’t do anything else with the app unless you also subscribe (that means pay for) Microsoft’s Office 365 service. (Now, don’t sweat that, either – you can get a 30-day free trial subscription to experiment and use everything.) The Office 365 service will likely set you back $190 per year (there are other options, but for most of us in the professional world, this is the best pricing option in my opinion). Just so you know, I’ve gone ahead and subscribed myself because I personally believe that the benefits of having the real Word outweighs my deep distaste for iPad app subscription services. I’m using it. I think you should, too.
So what do you get for your $190 per year? How would these word-processing options rock your mobile world?

1. You finally get a true display of your desktop created Word documents

2.  You can easily assign styles, optimize character formatting, modify line spacing, change indents, and readily apply bullets and numbers to lists

3.  You can drag and drop photos in real time and have the word wrap adjust automatically

4.  You can insert footnotes in a document

And these are only a few of the options you’ll be able to put to work for you. And – YES – you can create a pleading on your desktop (complete with line numbering/pleading paper appearance and your firm name on the far left side) and open and edit that on your iPad with this app. And – YES – you can create redline documents with the track changes feature, as well.
I’m a big believer in backing up data, as you know. Not only will you be able to save local versions of the Word documents you create on your iPad, your subscription to Office 365 also brings Microsoft’s own cloud service – OneDrive – to you, as well.

For those of you who first explored Word for iPad and dismissed it because you could not print a hardcopy from your iPad, that has been addressed. You can now print a Word document from your iPad using any AirPrint™ printer. Of course, you can still open a Word document in other compatible apps and print and manipulate from there to your heart’s content.

Still not convinced you want to use the official Word app and pay for Microsoft’s subscription service, but you’re still desiring to use Word on your iPad? Well, I have some apps for you for that, as well.

If you don’t mind using the Cloud (that presumes you have consistent connectivity), you have two primary options, in my opinion:

CloudOn
http://www.cloudon.com/

OnLive Desktop
http://desktop.onlive.com/

Both of these cloud-based suites have free versions. Naturally, these complimentary editions have limitations (like storage capacity and access speed). But, they’ll certainly give you a real, working ability to create content in a Word environment on-the-go. Both of these services also provide (as of the time of writing this) $4.99 per month options that give you more speed and more storage, among other things. Of the two, I prefer OnLive Desktop’s free version at the moment because it appears you get more functionality than its competition.

Now, I know there are those diehards out there who want Word functionality without buying into the subscription model or relying on cloud access. I even have something for you! And it, too, is FREE.

Citrix has recently acquired an app called Office2 HD. They strangely renamed it to the truly obscure: Citrix ShareFile QuickEdit. I think it’s Citrix’s attempt to move people over to its ShareFile cloud storage services. But, I can ignore all that. Because: QuickEdit allows you to open, view, edit, and create Word documents right on your iPad. It’s not going to handle pleading paper like Microsoft’s Word app. But it’s going to do most everything else your word-processing heart desires (including tracking changes).

You can find QuickEdit in the App store here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/citrix-sharefile-quickedit/id364361728?mt=8

It also comes with the ability to open, view, edit, and create Excel and PowerPoint documents.

As you can see, there are many options available for anyone wanting to use their iPad as a content creation machine. And, now you can use Word with power and elegance.

Go out and make it a million dollar day.

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.

The iPad Lawyer – News and Apps

Good morning iPad Lawyer Tribe –

Many of you have heard me speak about the importance of CRM (customer relationship management) in business. Well, there are plenty of CRM program options available in a cloud-based guise. That doesn’t particularly suit the way I work as there are times when I don’t have connectivity or (like this past weekend) one of the major players was down for maintenance. My preference is to have something that resides on my iPad. That’s why I have been using Contacts Journal CRM on both my iPad and iPhone for quite awhile. It does precisely what I need it to do. Normally, the iPhone version is $9.99 and the iPad version is $19.99. Today, the iPhone version is $4.99 and the iPad version is $9.99. You save $5.00 and $10.00, respectively.

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

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

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

If you would like a really solid replacement for your native iOS calendar app, take a look at Readdle’s Calendars 5. You can use natural language for your input method. And it incorporates a task manager, as well. Normally, the app is $6.99. Today it is FREE.

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

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

Finally, for those of you who’ve expressed interest in my upcoming LIVE SEMINAR in Rancho Cucamonga on June 27, I made a quick little 11 minute video for you.

Take a look by going here ===> http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com/ios-at-work-video/   

Now, go out and make it a million dollar day! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – News and Apps

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe –

Thanks to all who turned out for the Apple – Victoria Gardens event last night. It was one of my favorite sessions and it’s because of . . . you! I did things a little different last night. I actually did a day-in-the-life-of-Scott approach and walked people through how I start my morning, read and respond to my email, interview and conduct meetings with clients, manage my calendar, etc. and the apps and programs I use to do all this. You actually got to SEE how I work.

I will be back at the Victoria Gardens venue on June 25. SO MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW. You will have to reserve your seat when the event is posted on Apple’s website. (Don’t worry – I’ll let you know when it’s time to do that.)

For those of you closer to Los Angeles, I will also be at Apple’s Pasadena briefing room on July 16. (More on that later, as well.)

Okay, on to app news . . .

You know I AM A HUGE FAN of iThoughtsHD – the mindmapping app that allows me, among other things, to create a workflow that closely resembles the old Louts Agenda program (which I still sorely miss). There’s a new version of iThoughtsHD out and it’s on sale for $1.99. That’s a crazy good deal for you. GET IT NOW!

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ithoughts-mindmap/id866786833?ls=1&mt=8

Publisher Link – http://toketaware.com/ithoughts-ios

Also, just a reminder: GoodReader has now been updated to Version 4 (wait til you see what it can do with PDFs). If you don’t know already, GoodReader is my Swiss Army knife app. Take everything else away from me on my iPad but leave me this app. You will need to buy this new version and then use the migration manager to move your old data to its new home. The new app is only $2.99 and worth every penny.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/app/id777310222?ls=1&mt=8

Publisher Link – http://goodreader.com/

Now go out and make it a million dollar day. – Scott

 

The iPad Lawyer – I’ll Be Appearing for Apple Tomorrow Night in Rancho Cucamonga

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APPLE EVENT REMINDER – Tomorrow night I will be appearing at Apple’s Victoria Gardens location starting at 7p. The event is designed to address the technology needs of the legal community and provide solid, tried-and-tested solutions so that you save time and become more profitable. This is powerful and new stuff. Even if you’ve been to one of my seminars before, you haven’t heard what I’m going to share with you.

Apple makes these events FREE. But . . . you MUST SIGN UP ===> http://www.apple.com/retail/victoriagardens/

 

 

[The iPad Lawyer] New Live Seminar – iOS at Work (in my own conference room)

“I’m letting you have the first chance at attending my NEW iPAD SEMINAR! “

On June 27, 2014 I’m hosting my new iOS AT WORK seminar in my own conference room in Rancho Cucamonga.

I’m going to be sending out information on attending to a few thousand people and businesses. Because you’re part of my Tribe, already, I want you to have the first opportunity to attend because seats are limited.

Before I show you what I’m going to be covering in this three-hour seminar, let me give you two powerful pieces of advice that were were really important at my last Apple event (because attendees simply weren’t doing these things and that left them at risk): make sure you’re backing up your iPad and iPhone on a consistent basis and make sure you’ve updated your iOS device to the latest operating system.

Backing Up Constantly!

Both you’re iPad and iPhone are amazing content creation devices (they’re not just for content reading). If you want to avoid the trauma of losing your data, photographs, configuration settings, etc., they you MUST start backing up your devices.

And it’s so easy to do, there’s no excise not to anymore.

My suggested backup workflow for you is this:

1.  Make certain you have the LATEST iTUNES PROGRAM on your desktop or laptop (which device you want to use for backing up your iOS device). I don’t recommend that you rely on iCloud as your primary backup strategy.

2.  CONNECT YOUR iOS DEVICE to your computer by using the USB/Lightning connector cable.

3.  Once iTunes starts and your iOS device appears on the iTunes screen, CLICK SUMMARY.

4.  Then, choose BACK UP NOW.


Make sure you have the latest iOS version!

Apple is routinely updating its mobile operating system. If you want to take advantage of the latest fixes and innovations, you need to install the updates on your devices. This, too, is easy. Here’s how:

1.  Go to SETTINGS

2.  Tap on GENERAL

3.  Tap on SOFTWARE UPDATE

These things bring you peace of mind!

You want to have the latest iOS operating system so you can be assured you continue to use what Apple calls the “world’s most advanced mobile OS.” Many of the secrets that I tip to you rely on the latest and greatest offerings from Apple (like gestures, bold text, multi-tasking) and if you’re operating system is out-of-date you won’t be able to follow along.

You want to make certain you have your iOS devices backed up so you have the peace of mind that you can easily restore to a new device is something were to happen to your current device. This has happened to me. And I would be really in trouble if I didn’t have a backup habit.

So, here’s an iOS at Work seminar you’ll really like!

I’ve created a brand new iOS at Work and I’d like you to attend if you’re in or near the Inland Empire area.

You can get more information here, but here’s a quick look at the tips and tricks I’ll be covering:

• Get the most out of your iPad and iPhone in the shortest amount of time.

•  Understand what your competitors are not doing and how you can capitalize on that and capture more value for yourself and your business by being mobile.

• Get real about the apps that you think you want versus the apps that you must have to drive your profits higher.

• Use practical and cost-effective iPad and iPhone accessories for data input and word processing, printing, handwriting and taking incredible notes, audio recording, and keeping your data secure at work and away from the office.

• Enjoy the productivity of two or more screens with nothing more than your iPad.

• Go from frustration and confusion over the countless apps that are available to finally understanding the real-world, pragmatic apps a business person must have to handle calendaring, graphics, time and billing, note-taking, and even social media.

• Become a true road warrior as you discover the real secrets of a paperless office and Cloud storage.

• Capture your thoughts, reminders, and calendar entries in a such a streamlined and organized way that you can access and use your information with ease.

• Rather than continuing to ad-lib the way you use your iPad, create shortcuts and automated document assembly techniques that keep you from wasting time doing the same thing over and over and over again.

• Actually have a good time embracing the ever-changing and forward-moving pace of technology.

This is three hours of personal training with me. So you can ask questions, watch me demonstrate specific workflow techniques, and be sure you’re confident in using your iOS devices.

And, you get a continental breakfast.

And, you get a copy of my Kindle book, “The Million Dollar iPad.”

Here’s how to sign up to be part of this event!

First, go here and find out more.

When you’re ready to reserve your seat, sign up here.

Thanks for taking your Sunday and Mother’s Day to look at all this. I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming training.

And, as always, here’s to a million dollar week for all of us. – Scott

P.S. . . . For those of you who’d like to bring or refer others to this event, I’ve even created a special little referral program. Just scroll down to the end of the page at: http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com/live-seminar/

The iPad Lawyer – Apps and Victoria Gardens|Apple Seminar

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe!

I had a great time yesterday at Apple’s “The Grove” location in Los Angeles. I got to meet some spectacular people and got to experience an amazing new location (at least it was new for me). I’ll let you know when I appear there, again.

For those of you in the inland Empire, I will be appearing at Apple’s Victoria Garden’s location on Wednesday, May 14 from 7-9 pm.

Here’s Apple’s promo for the event:

Networking for Legal Professionals

Join fellow legal professionals for this informative networking event and learn how attorneys are successfully using Mac, iPhone, and iPad at work. Scott Grossberg, author of “The iPad Lawyer: Real Secrets to Your iPad Success,” will share tips and tricks for using technology to enhance your practice. You’ll also meet our Business Team at this special event designed to grow your knowledge and your business.

These Victoria Gardens events are always packed. Please make sure that you reserve your space by going here ===> http://www.apple.com/retail/victoriagardens/
On the app front, I’ve always listed GoodReader as my number one choice for apps. Well, a new version has just been released. GET IT! It’s on sale today for $2.99. That’s a steal. For those of you who’ve already got an earlier version, this new version includes a migration manager that moves all your prior documents and filings to the new version.

I cannot praise this app enough. It truly is my Swiss Army knife of apps and serves as my file manager for documents.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodreader-4/id777310222?mt=8

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

You’ve also heard me speak about MagicalPad HD. You can mindmap, take notes, and create great outlines with this app. Normally, this is $9.99. Today it is only $.99. You save $9.00!

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

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

Well, that’s all for the moment. Now, go out and make it a MILLION DOLLAR day! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Apps and The Grove | Apple Seminar

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe!

I always talk about using your iPad as a pen and pad replacement. Many of you have seen me demonstrate this live. Well, today one of the primary tools that I use – Notability – is FREE! Normally, this app is $2.99. You pay nothing. But you MUST download and use this now.

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

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

Fresh on the heels of Microsoft’s various app releases, Google has released Google Docs for your iPad. It allows you to create, view, and edit Google Docs from your mobile device (you can also view and edit them offline). It’s FREE.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-docs/id842842640?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.google.com/docs/about/

Likewise, Google has released its spreadsheet app – Google Sheets. It, too, is FREE.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/app/id842849113?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.google.com/sheets/about/

Last night’s Apple event in Pasadena is being rescheduled. I will provide you with the new date and time. As many of you know, the area where I live was besieged by a huge 1,000+ acre fire. 1,600 homes were evacuated and many more were placed on alert.
For those of you who live in Los Angeles, I will be appearing for Apple in the morning on May 8 at The Grove. This is the first time we’ve partnered together for an early morning presentation. Here are the details:

May 8, 2014
9-10:30 am
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
http://www.apple.com/retail/thegrove/

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Now, go out and make it a MILLION DOLLAR day! – Scott