Taking Notes on PCs and iPads With Synched Audio Recordings

There are a number of PC programs and iPad applications that can be used to audio record voices and sounds while an attorney takes notes—synching the recording to the notes for easy reference. This is an extremely useful tool when conducting witness interviews, attending meetings and when conducting or defending depositions For example, suppose you are deposing the expert for … Read More

Review of 7Notes HD Premium –Handwriting to Text on iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire

[Note: 7Notes is available for Android and Kindle Fire, but only the  iPad and iPhone versions were tested for this review.] For the past two years, I have been waiting for an App with the ability to accurately and practically convert handwriting to text.  We previously reviewed 7Notes HD Premium (“7notes”) ($8.99 iPad) when it was first introduced.  http://hytechlawyer.com/?p=446 The  … Read More

OneNote Application for iPad Falls Short of Expectations

I have been using the PC version of Microsoft’s OneNote in my law practice for the past five years.  OneNote is a versatile virtual notebook that has allowed me to organize my case files and to minimize the amount of paper that I need to carry as a travel the country in my national litigation practice. See http://hytechlawyer.com/?p=95.   Since I began … Read More

Wireless Lawyer Presentations Using iPad 2 and Apple TV

One device we recommend for consideration for the hytech lawyer on your gift list is Apple TV ($99 Hytech Lawyer Store).  For the lawyer making a presentation, this device allows for wireless transmission of content from the iPad 2 to a HDMI monitor or Projector.    The Apple TV device is connected by HDMI cable  (not included) to an HDTV monitor or to … Read More

A Basic Discussion of Predictive Coding for Lawyers

As a litigation partner in a AmLaw 200 law firm, I have mixed emotions about the latest e-discovery rage—predictive coding.  On the one hand, it has the potential to use technology to overcome and make manageable another product of technology– exponentially expanding quantities of e-discovery.  On the other hand, at this stage in the game, predictive coding has not won … Read More

Review of “Explain Everything”—Great iPad Presentation App for Lawyers

Originally designed for educators, “Explain Everything” is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can also use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display. Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone. Import Photos, PDF, PPT, and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, … Read More

TrialPad, Exhibit A, and RLTC Evidence– A Comparison of Lawyer Trial Presentation Applications for iPad

Currently, there are three trial presentation iPad applications available at the App Store:  TrialPad ($89.00), Exhibit A ($9.99) and RLTC Evidence ($4.99).  I have tested each of them, and offer the following general observations: (1)  All of these applications offer rather rudimentary trial presentation capabilities—far less capable than expensive and robust trial presentation software such a Trial Director or Sanction. … Read More

Effective Use of Skype in ADR Presentations– The Virtual Expert

This week I had another opportunity to use Skype in a quasi judicial forum.   One of my partners and I represented a major corporation in an appearance before the National Advertising Division (“NAD”) of the Better Business Bureau.   The NAD is a voluntary dispute adjudication forum where national advertisers can voluntarily take disputes alleging unfair or deceptive advertising by competitors.  The … Read More

BASIC INFORMATION– WIFI RANGE EXTENDERS

While it may be an exaggeration to state that an iPad without WIFI is nothing more than a stylish paperweight, it is true that the utility of the device is drastically reduced without wireless access to the net.  The same is true for WIFI dependent laptops, other tablets and smart phones.  While I use a mobile hotspot (Virgin Mobile MIFI … Read More

The Use of Skype for Presentation of Live Witness Hearing Testimony

As most tech savvy persons are aware, Skype provides an internet communications service allowing both video teleconferencing and telephone services via the Internet. http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/welcomeback/  The video teleconference service is generally free.  You can also use the service for VOIP calls for a nominal charge. I first learned of Skype a couple of years ago when my family and I were … Read More