Monthly Archives: April 2015

The iPad Lawyer – Apps – 4/30/2015

Good morning, everyone.There are a couple of amazing app deals out there right now and I want to share them with you.

One of my favorite apps of all time continues to be iThoughts HD. It’s a mindmapping app. And it can be used for so much more than simple tracking of your thoughts. I’ve mentioned it before, but I use it for an amazing PIM.  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/

People never stop asking me for a way to translate handwriting into text. They also want a way to take handwritten notes and store them digitally. Well, Notes Plus is one way to accomplish both tasks at the same time. And, yes, you can even record notes audibly. This app is normally $9.99. Today it is only $4.99. you save $5.00.

App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notes-plus/id374211477?mt=8

Publisher Link — http://notesplusapp.com/

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

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THE iPAD LAWYER – AS GOOD(READER) AS IT GETS

THE iPAD LAWYER – AS GOOD(READER) AS IT GETS

by

Scott J. Grossberg, Esq.

Today, let’s talk about one of the most powerful apps you can put on your iPad and iPhone. The app is called GoodReader and it’s offered by Good.iWare Ltd. (http://www.goodreader.com/). GoodReader allows me to store documents in individual files, sign PDF letters and contracts, make spur-of-the-moment (and not so spur-of-the-moment) presentations, and simply stay more organized. What this means for you is that you have–literally at your fingertips–a way to stay insanely efficient and effective.

I’ve written about GoodReader before, but in a different context. Previously, I’ve written about the file management structure that I use for the intake and management of cases. With this article, I’m going to show you some of the day-to-day options you will want to use with this versatile app.

So let’s jump right in…

An incredible new functionality in GoodReader is the ability to sign PDF documents. I get asked all the time by people in a variety of professions and industries what the best way to sign documents and collect signatures might be while using an iDevice. Until the recent update to GoodReader, I used to recommend an app called PDF Expert 5 by Readdle (https://readdle.com/products/pdfexpert5). With the new functionality in GoodReader, however, I can truly do most of my daily work all within one app and that means I save time.

Once you open a PDF in GoodReader, all you need to do is touch and hold on any location on the PDF document and a pop-up menu will appear allowing you to create a handwritten signature. The handwriting engine is very impressive, by the way. You can also save your personalized signature for use in other PDF documents. But that’s not all. I don’t want you to think that you’re restricted to simply using your signature with this potent tool. Anything that you can create with handwriting—a diagram or date, let’s say—can be saved as signature stamps for use throughout the day. This means you only have to create one signature and a date and then you can repurpose it for other documents.

GoodReader is also how I read and annotate PDF documents. You can highlight text, make additional text entries, and just about any other type of editing you can imagine (you can create text boxes, popup comments, freehand drawings, lines, arrows, rectangles, ovals, etc). In fact, annotating PDFs is now the way that I create and use red-line documents with colleagues. When you’re done with your annotations, you can then export the finished product as a flattened PDF and email it to others (or even open the document in another compatible app).

Getting documents into GoodReader, itself, is extremely streamlined and simple. While there are various options available for importing your documents, my preferred methods are: (1) sending myself or receiving an email with an attachment and then opening the attachment directly in GoodReader, and (2) importing documents directly from a cloud service provider (for example, Dropbox – https://www.dropbox.com/).

I also want you to start thinking of a GoodReader as an electronic filing cabinet or a glorified three-ring binder. Just like you would do with a terrestrial file cabinet with manila folders or you would use with a notebook and its tabbed section dividers, you can make separate, customizable folders from within GoodReader. The app, itself, stores and allows you to view, listen, and read nearly every type of file format (PDF, txt, doc, ppt, xls, iWork, HTML, jpg, zip, rar, and most audio and video formats). It does not, however, allow you to view and edit WordPerfect documents. Think of it this way: the more documents you store and sort within GoodReader, the more powerful this app really is. You will have everything in one place and can easily search for it.

Another powerful functionality of GoodReader is its ability to create and manipulate PDF documents. You can take a Word document, for example, import it into GoodReader and then convert it into a PDF document. Once you have a PDF document, whether it’s one that you’ve created or one that you’ve received, you can then rearrange, rotate, and even delete individual pages. The modified PDF can then be saved as a new document, emailed, and used according to your individual needs.

Here’s another important thing to consider when choosing to download an app on your iDevice—is the app device-specific (in other words, will it only work on an iPad but not an iPhone)? I’m all about you learning incredible iOS skills and that means I want you to only have to learn the nuances of one app, one time. Your iOS device, itself, should be easy to implement and any app should be simple to use. GoodReader accomplishes both of those goals.

I could write an entire book on the ways that I use GoodReader for more efficiency in my personal workflow and in the running of my various businesses. The foregoing should give you, at least, a taste of the creative ways you can use your own i-Devices in your business.

At the time of writing this article, GoodReader is listed at $4.99 and it is cross-device. That means you buy it once and then use it on both your iPad and iPhone. Periodically, the publisher puts the app on sale. Make sure that you sign up for my blog at http://milliondollaripad.wordpress.com and I will let you know when GoodReader and other apps go on sale.

Now 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.© 2015 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.

 

[The iPad Lawyer] Apple Watch App Edition – 4/20/2015

Good morning, all. I’ve just returned from Chicago. While I was there, I was privileged to present one of my iOS in Business events at Apple’s North Michigan Avenue Briefing Room. Every attendee got to see and try on various versions of the Apple Watch.

I can now tell you that the Watch is very light weight, sleek in design, and incredibly easy to use. And it does more than you probably think. Let’s explore some of the things I’ve been told and then I’m going to give you a list of the apps that I’m excited to see for the Watch.

•  The Apple Watch will store a small amount of music in its memory. This will allow you to listen to music through a Bluetooth headset without having your phone on or near you.

•  The Apple Watch will use fitness apps that can run on independently of the phone.

•  The Apple Watch has a small photo album.

•  The Apple Watch’s alarms, timers, and clock will work without your phone being on or near you.

So, onto apps. Here are a few of the latest iPhone and iPad apps that have been updated to work with the Apple Watch. More are coming, so make sure to check back with me for updates.

1Password (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1password-password-manager/id568903335?mt=8)

Citymapper (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/citymapper-ultimate-real-time/id469463298?mt=8)

CNN (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cnn-app-for-iphone/id331786748?mt=8)

Index Card (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/index-card-for-iphone/id517548830?mt=8)

OneDrive (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/onedrive-cloud-storage-for/id477537958?mt=8)

Pandora (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pandora-radio/id284035177?mt=8)

RunKeeper (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/runkeeper-gps-running-walk/id300235330?mt=8)

Runtastic (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/runtastic-gps-running-walking/id336599882?mt=8)

Shazam (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shazam/id284993459?mt=8)

Shot Lister (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shot-lister-film-set-schedule/id529436218?mt=8)

Tempo Smart Calendar (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tempo-smart-calendar/id593819390?mt=8)

Trello (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trello-organize-anything/id461504587?mt=8)

Workflow (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?mt=8)

Finally, I want to thank all of you for continuing to keep “The Million Dollar iPad: Secrets for Increasing Your Profits, Productivity and Business Performance” a best-seller on Amazon. Now, in its Second Edition, “The Million Dollar iPad” has been called the best information out there to help you get up-to-speed quickly and efficiently with your iPad and iPhone. If you’d like to purchase it for yourself or as a gift for a friend or loved one, you can find it here ===>

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DTVKT7G

Here’s to your continued iOS success! – Scott

The iPad Lawyer – Apple Event Tonight at Fashion Island

Good morning, iPad Lawyer Tribe.

Tonight’s the night! For those of you in Southern California, I’ll be in Newport Beach for an event at Apple’s Fashion Island Briefing Center.

Apple-It's-Here-Fashion-Island

I believe there’s still some space available for you to attend (it’s free). But, you have to contact the Apple Business team and let them know you’d like to be there. You can reach Apple at fashionislandbusiness@apple.com.

And . . . for those of you in the Chicago area, I will be at Apple’s North Michigan Avenue location on April 16! You can reserve your seat online by going here:

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

Apple-NMA-Apr-2015I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. Have a million dollar day. – Scott