Monthly Archives: March 2015

The iPad Lawyer – Seminars and Apps – 3/27/2015

Good morning, everyone. It’s Friday and I’ll bet you’re getting ready for a killer weekend. Let me make that excitement just a little bit sweeter with two app deals I don’t think you’ll pass up.

I could do an entire seminar on the productivity wizard called iThoughts HD. It’s essentially a mindmapping app. But, I use it for project management, brainstorming, and as a personal information manager. The app is normally $9.99. Today it is only $1.99. You save $8.00.

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

Publisher Link — http://toketaware.com/

For those of you who like to use your iPad for word-processing, you can’t do much better than an app called Textilus. Designed specifically for your iPad, it’s being called one of the best word-processing apps available. You get auto-syncing with your favorite cloud provider. And you can even sign documents with this version. For you authors in the bunch, you also get instant text statistics and counters: characters, words, reading time, sentences, and average word length. Normally, Textilus is normally $5.99. Today it is $.99. You save $5.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textilus-word-document-processor/id537818639?mt=8

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

As to my appearances for Apple, here is the current schedule:

April 2 – Newport Beach (Fashion Island)
April 16 – Chicago (North Michigan Avenue)
June 17 – Pasadena
June 18 – Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade)
September 22 – San Francisco
September 23 – Palo Alto
September 24 – Palo Alto

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

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NEW APPLE EVENT – FASHION ISLAND – APRIL 2 – 5:30p

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NEW APPLE EVENT – FASHION ISLAND – APRIL 2 – 5:30p

Here’s Apple’s promo of the event:

Maximizing your Business with iOS: Scott Grossberg
Join us for a special event that will focus on using iPhone and iPad in business. Scott Grossberg, bestselling author of “The Million Dollar iPad” and “The iPad Lawyer,” will demonstrate how to use Apple products to manage your business and respond to the fast-growing needs of a mobile lifestyle. He’ll also share best practices for going paperless and talk about apps designed to help you increase daily productivity.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Apple Store, Fashion Island
Briefing Room
1113 Newport Center Drive
Fashion Island
Newport Beach, CA 92660

If you’re in the area and want to join us, you can reserve your seat here (it’s free):

fashionislandbusiness@apple.com

or call

949.629.9720

[The iPad Lawyer] The Apple Watch: I’m Late, I’m Late for a Very Important Date

The Apple Watch: I’m Late, I’m Late for a Very Important Date

by

Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

I’m late!
I’m late!
For a very important date!
No time to say “Hello”, “Goodbye!”
I’m late!
I’m late!

– The White Rabbit (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland)

The concept of wearable technology isn’t new. We’ve fantasized and immortalized such devices for years. Just take a look at Dick Tracy and his 2-way wrist radio or any of the communicator devices from Star Trek. And I’m sure a fair number of you had or toyed with the calculator watches of the 1980’s. Now, we have the Apple Watch with its own variation of iOS. The question is: Do you really need this?

The answer, of course, depends on whether the Apple Watch will remarkably make you more effective, more efficient, or more bankable – or all three.

The use of an Apple Watch isn’t just about looking trendy, monitoring your health, letting you answer a phone, or responding to text and email messages. I suggest to you that it’s really about ensuring potent and impressive knowledge transfer (“the process through which one unit (e.g., group, department, or division) is affected by the experience of another” – L. Argote & P. Ingram). To put it another way, the Apple Watch — because of its synchronization with your other iOS devices, the playfulness of its abilities, and its sheer novelty — is going to motivate you like never before to share information, monitor and measure data in a mindful way, and to actually use the messages and details available to you.

I think we all know that knowledge is completely futile unless we actually use it. So let’s get to it . . . here are some ways I predict the Apple Watch will take you from the downright novelty of the device to massive breakthroughs in your current disconnected way of handling all the information that others want to send you, and your continuing need for automated content creation:

1. You can easily dictate content. I have been a fan of using voice dictation through the Siri interface since the last iOS version. In fact, I’m dictating emails, text messages, and documents more now than ever. You simply can’t type as fast as you can talk.

2. You can get important and potentially life-saving “it’s time to move” reminders. I’m a pretty active guy and even I didn’t realize how much I was actual sitting throughout the day until I started using a Nike Fuel band. The Apple Watch will remind you to get up and move when you’ve been sitting too long. By the way, one recent study from Toronto revealed that sitting for too long creates a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death even if you have a regular exercise program. And, of course, the Apple Watch will do its own fitness tracking.

3. You’ll get fast and efficient and accessible content through “Glances,” “Actionable Notifications” and “Apps” screens and messages. From read-only items to iPhone and iPad app extensions, you now merely need to peek at your wrist. You will also have Passbook accessibility. This means no more fetching your phone for the information you previously stored on your phone like plane tickets, boarding passes, loyalty cards, etc.

4. You’ll have a backdoor to a lot of powerful apps: Calendar, Maps, Apple TV, iTunes, Stopwatch, Timer, Alarm, Stocks, Weather, Photos, Siri, etc.

Now, by this point, you must be asking: “But I already have an iPhone or iPad and they do this same stuff. Why do I need a watch, too?

Well, let’s start with the fact that the watch will likely be with you (or “on you” as Apple likes to say) all the time unlike your other iOS devices. Because your watch is on you, you’ll receive notifications, messages, and information and be able to act on them right away, if needed. This, then, permits you to establish a new workflow with your office and colleagues as you give new meaning and thought to handling time-sensitive matters. Most importantly, the Apple Watch works with both Bluetooth and WiFi. That means, in a WiFi environment like your home or office, you can be nearly anywhere and still have access to your data. When time is truly of the essence, having such immediate and easy access to notices, warnings, and information may make all the difference.

On a practical level, what does this all do for you? Well, by incorporating wearable technology into your workflow, you’ll effectively be shifting your focus from taking time to find your phone, retrieve out of your purse, pocket, or briefcase, unlock it, and only then getting or creating content to actually saving time because the notifications on the watch come right to you so long as the watch is on your wrist and locked (that’s a security feature you should be happy about).

As business people, time is money. And if you insist on being late to the wearable technology game, you’ll be losing time. I guarantee your competition isn’t going to suffer the same foolishness. Need I say more?

If you’d like more information about the Apple Watch, here is the official website:

https://www.apple.com/watch/

Let’s take this discussion further . . . You can find me on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn and at https://theipadlawyer.wordpress.com or  http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com.

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 Apps – 3/17/2015

Good morning, everyone. Just a couple of apps to bring to your attention this morning. But, boy are they worth it!

I continually tell people to get to the point of automated content creation with their iOS device. One of my primary tools for doing just that is Text Expander 3. Text Expander lets you create powerful snippets of text to automate your workflow. I can’t rave about this app enough. Normally, the app is $4.99. Today it is $.99. You save $4.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textexpander-3-+-custom-keyboard/id917416298?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/touch/index.html

For those of you who organize and attend meetings, you’ll 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 $2.99. Today it is FREE. You save nearly $3.00.

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

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

That’s it for now. Now go out and make it a million dollar day!

Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer Apps – 3/3/2015

Good morning, everyone. There are some terrific apps available today so let’s jump right in . . .

Every now and then you need to send something from your PC or Mac to your iPad or iPhone. This is one of the more elegant and fun ways that I use to “print” from my desktop to an iDevice. It’s called ACTPrinter. Using your WiFi network, you can “print” documents, emails, and web pages from any program on your Mac or PC directly to your iPhone or iPad. And it’s also a PDF converter. (Note: you will also need to download the free companion software ACTPrinter Mac or ACTPrinter Win to your desktop.) Normally, the app is $2.99. Today it is $1.99. You save $1.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/actprinter-virtual-printer/id296083171?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.houdah.com/ACTPrinter/

Textilus is one of those apps designed specifically for your iPad. It has been called one of the best word-processing apps available. You get auto-syncing with your favorite cloud provider. And you can even sign documents with this version. For you authors in the bunch, you also get instant text statistics and counters: characters, words, reading time, sentences, and average word length. Normally, Textilus is $6.99. Today it is $5.99. You save $1.00.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textilus-word-document-processor/id537818639?mt=8

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

Not all of you want to format graphics and photos from your iDevice. But, for those of you who want to have some real fun placing your photos into a comic book format (I’ve use this app for creating graphic blog articles, by the way), take a look at ComicBook! Normally, this app is $2.99. Today it is FREE. You save $2.99.

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comicbook!/id436114747?mt=8

Publisher Link – http://3dtopo.com/apps/comicbook/

For those of you who like to edit and make comments with PDFs, how would you like to be able to place two PDF documents side-by-side for comparison and use? If that’s something that fits your workflow, take a look at Easy Annotate -Dual PDF Editor. It’s FREE (there’s an in-app upgrade available if you like the free version).

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easy-annotate-dual-pdf-editor/id727622263?mt=8  

Publisher Link – http://www.easy-annotate.com/

Finally, there’s a new drawing/design/art app available from Adonit (the ones who make the stylus I’ve written about before) for your iPad. It’s called Forge. The app is elegant, responsive, and I’m very impressed with the organization of the stored drawings, sketches, and diagrams. The app is FREE!

App Store Link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/forge-by-adonit/id959009300?ls=1&mt=8

Publisher Link – http://www.adonit.net/forge/

That’s it for now. Here’s to your continued iOS success!