THE iPAD LAWYER – AS GOOD(READER) AS IT GETS
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.