[Disclosure—I have been provided free evaluation copies of TrialPad and ExhibitView (PC and iPad) by their respective developers, but have not received any compensation for my review of either product].
In a previous post, I compared the three trial exhibit presentation applications for iPad on the market at that time; TrialPad, Exhibit A and RLTC Evidence. See http://hytechlawyer.com/?p=463
My conclusion was that TrialPad while pricey for an App ($89.00) was far superior to Exhibit A ($9.99), which in turn was far superior to RLTC Evidence ($4.99), which I could not recommend. TrialPad was the only one of the three that in the end, I considered to be a serious trial presentation application.
I am pleased to report that there is now another professional grade iPad trial presentation application on the market and it is currently considerably less expensive than TrialPad. The App is ExhibitView ($29.00 App Store).
ExhibitView has been in the PC trial presentation software business for a number of years. The PC version of their software is currently priced at $499.00 and includes 4 PC licenses and the iPad application as a free bonus. The regular price of the ExhibitView iPad application is scheduled to be $69.00, but for a limited time the introductory price is $29.00. This compares favorably to TrialPad priced at $89.00. While the TrialPad iPad app offers a number of features not found in ExhibitView for iPad, ExhibitView has the advantage of integrating with the robust ExhibitView PC version. In other words, there is the option to create your presentation on the desktop and then use the “Save as iPad” feature import the presentation to the iPad— to ExhibitView and even to TrialPad. This is a major selling point favoring ExhibitView. The Save-as-Ipad feature will convert everything to iPad format, except audio and video files. William Roach, the developer of ExhibitView, has informed us that ExhibitView offers reasonably priced conversion services for audio/video files. See http://www.exhibitviewipad.com/exhibit-view-services.html.
It should be noted that Dropbox is the only method for transferring files to ExhibitView for iPad. In comparison, TrialPad allows transfer by Dropbox, iTunes, email and directly from the iPad photoroll. In addition, only TrialPad offers the ability to export exhibits to Dropbox and email export exhibits.
Both applications import files easily from Dropbox and have good folder based case organizational systems. Both applications have highlighting, drawing, and enlargement capability. Both can accommodate video files. The picture quality for both is good. In addition,TrialPad has a laser pointer function, redaction function, rudimentary video editing capability, and a whiteboard (although I am underwhelmed by this last feature).
If download speeds matter to you, in my testing, ExhibitView was able to download a large PDF file from Dropbox almost three times faster than TrialPad, e.g., 32 seconds for ExhibitView and 91 seconds for TrialPad. While this may not be important for small files, it could be meaningful as file size increases.
ExhibitView also has a witness mode which allows the iPad Screen to be locked on an exhibit, so the iPad can be handed to the witness, who can then annotate the exhibit if appropriate. A screenshot of the modified exhibit can be taken from the application. While as a practical matter this may present evidentiary issues in court, this mode could prove to be a good tool for use in witness preparation for deposition and trial.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Having extensively tested both TrialPad and ExhibitView, my opinion is that TrialPad is the more full featured of the two applications from a stand alone perspective. However, ExhibitView has all of the basic tools needed to make professional trial presentations on the iPad and currently costs less than half as much as TrialPad. It also has the PC integration feature. I know the developers of ExhibitView and feel confident they are not going to be satisfied with being number 2 in this market. TrialPad’s developer is just as determined to stay on top. The result of this competition will be continual improvement of these two excellent products.