Review of DocScanner App for iPad2/iPhone as Lawyer Tool

I have been using the DocScanner App for iPad for several weeks now.  The App allows you to photograph business cards, receipts, and documents and forward them as photographs, PDF copies, or to convert them to text via OCR.   Today, during a meeting that I was hosting via GoToMeeting with five attendees, another attendee in the room with me started … Read More

More DropBox Security Issues- Lawyers Beware

We have previous cautioned lawyers regarding the dangers of the use of DropBox for the storage of confidential information.′ Now DropBox has reported another security glitch in which in password used would allow access to any file. We reiterate our recommendation of SpiderOak as a more secure alternative to DropBox for lawyers. Tweet … Read More

SpiderOak Appears to be More Secure Alternative to DropBox for Lawyers

[DISCLOSURE– I was so impressed with SpiderOak that I have agreed to feature a SpiderOak banner on my blog site.  If you open an account through a link on my site for a free or paid account, I will receive some nominal compensation to help defray the costs of software testing.] In earlier articles, I have discussed the utility of … Read More

Hytech Lawyer Updates Recommendation as to Best Application for Taking Handwritten Notes on iPad

As will be discussed in my next blog post, my goal is to move toward an always accessible electronic litigation file and a virtually paperless office.   However, the reality is that I still find the need to take old fashioned handwritten notes in depositions, meetings, interviews and fact finding situations.  While in theory I could take notes on my laptop, I find that taking … Read More

Use of Dropbox by Lawyers is Risky Business—Ethical Issue

Over the past month, there has been much discussion regarding possible vulnerablities in Dropbox security that might make the service unsuitable for use by attorneys and others required to protect the confidentiality of data.  Reportedly, these issues have been addressed by a software fix.  See   However, for lawyers a more fundamental inquiry is required.  Daily, we use the internet, email, telephone, … Read More

LAWYER ALERT– Alleged Dropbox Security Issues and New Fix

In a previous post, I sang the praises of Dropbox as a file transfer application for the iPad and discussed the application developer’s security representations See Dropbox allows the user to put a file into the Dropbox on one device  (PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) and the document is automatically synched to “the cloud” and can then be accessed on the users … Read More

Supplementing Attorney Notes with Synched Audio Recordings (PC and iPad)

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

How to Convert Video for use in iMovie on iPad2

Recently we reviewed iMovie on the iPad2 for use by lawyers.  While it may appear on first blush that only video taken using the iPad2 camera is recognized by iMovie, this is not the case. The trick is to convert what ever video format your are using to mp4 (h264 codec; 1280 x 720)).  Reportedly this can be done by … Read More

Using the iPad for Witness Preparation

Video demo available: Have you purchased an iPad2 and are now looking for a good use for your original iPad? Consider using it as a deposition preparation tool. I am a trial attorney and primarily litigate complex business cases. My practice is national in scope, and I am often on the road preparing witnesses for deposition, hearing, or trial testimony. … Read More

Three Minute Video Review of iMovie and teleprompt+

Click the link for my favorable, less than three minute, video reviews of iMovie (iPad2 only– or is it?)  and teleprompt+ (iPad and iPad2): In a nutshell, iMovie has surprising robust editing capability.  I found the following YouTube video to be straight to the point and very instructive on how to use iMovie: teleprompt+ teleprompt+ is an amazing teleprompter … Read More