The time has come for another favorite iPad application update. Some are in and some are out. These are my current favorites:
Goodreader ($4.99 App Store)
The number one selling non-Apple app for iPad in 2010. This App allows you read and in most cases mark-up PDF and many other varieties of documents. Also has a well designed document management system. Aggressive development team constantly refines and updates programs. A must have for the serious iPad lawyer.
SpiderOak (Free upto 2 GB App Store)
SpiderOak does everything that Dropbox does and more (allows cloud storage and the sharing of files between computers, smart phones, iPads, etc.), but is much more secure. Your files are encrypted and SpiderOak does not have a key. SO DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSWORD. To start out, you install the desktop app and select folders you want to backup. Once backed up, you can choose to sync them to other computers/devices or create “Share Rooms” to share files with other users. I use SpiderOak in my practice for cloud storage (after 2 GB charges based on storage size), file transfers and collaboration with other. In my opinion a “must have” App.
Keynote ($ 9.99. The App Store)
Apple’s answer to PowerPoint for the iPad. You can create presentations on the iPad, but I have found it more practical to prepare presentations in PowerPoint and then email them to my iPad. Keynote will convert PowerPoint presentations to Keynote. As you might expect from Apple, Keynote has some wonderful effects for transitions, etc.
Instapaper ($4.99 The App Store)
Allows you to save for later reading those long articles and blog posts that you run across during the day, but don’t have the time to read. Saves most web pages as text only, stripping away the full-sized layout to optimize for iPad screens. Everything you download is available offline so you can read when it is convenient.
Feeddler RSS Reader Pro ($4.99 The App Store)
Feeddler is Google Reader client that stays perfect sync with Google and presents RSS stories in a clean and organized interface. Great for following your favorite blogs and web sites.
UPAD (4.99 App Store)
UPAD allows you to use you iPad as a notepad for handwritten notes. I use it everyday (with stylus) in place of my yellow legal pad (although UPAD does have yellow page templates). I have tested almost every popular handwriting Application (Penultimate (old #1 choice), Note Taker HD, Noteability, PaperDesk, PhatPad 7Notes HD Premium) and have found UPAD to be the easiest to use with the best file storage functionality.
AudioMemos 2 ($ .99 The App Store)
Audio Memos is a professionally made audio recorder that provides great sound quality. It has an intuitive interface, which is easy to use and full of powerful features. You can email recordings. Caution—keep in mind the ethical issues related to recording others without their knowledge.
Dragon (Free. The App Store)
Wonderful free Application (I use the paid version on my PC at work). Dragon is the leader in voice type dictation, i.e., it types what you say to it with amazing accuracy. You can then cut and paste or email the text. Caveat—your dictation is processed in the cloud—I would be hesitant to use it for confidential information.
Fastcase HD (Free. The App Store)
Fastcase HD is a free legal research application, putting the American law library in the palm of your hand. Fastcase contains cases and statutes from all 50 states and from the federal government. You can search by citation, keyword (in Boolean or natural language), or browse statute collections. You cannot print or copy in this free version, but great for on the fly research.
Pages ($9.99 App Store)
Apple’s proprietary word processing program. Most robust word processing program I am aware of on the iPad. Converts Word documents for editing. Documents created in Pages can be converted to Word and shared by various means.
Dropbox (Free up to 2 GB APP Store)—NON-CONFIDENTIAL FILE USE ONLY
In some respects, Dropbox is a wonderful App. It allows cloud storage and the sharing of files between computers, smart phones, iPads, you name it. With this App you can make a file available to all your devices by moving to the Dropbox on any of your other computers/devices. Incredibly easy to use. The problem—there are serious questions about the security of files stored in Dropbox and access to them. Further, the terms of service are such that Dropbox can pretty much do what it wants to with your files. Thus, in my opinion Dropbox is not suitable for storing confidential and/or privileged materials. However, I do think that using Dropbox to simply transfer files, and then deleting the files from Dropbox post transfer presents minimal risk. I use it frequently for transferring nonconfidential files because may applications are designed with Dropbox capability.
LawStack (Free. The App Store)
LawStack is a portable rules library. It comes preloaded with the following:
- US Constitution
- Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
- Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
- Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Federal Rules of Evidence
- Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
You can buy additional references for a fee, e.g., USC Code.
DocScanner 5.0 ($4.99. The App. Store)
With DocScanner, you can turn any document into a PDF by simply snapping a photo. The App can also accurately convert typed documents to text. I have found this “portable copier/scanner” to be very useful.
Skype for iPad (Free. The App Store)
The new iPad App for use with the popular video calling service Skype. Call, video call, or instant message anyone on Skype for free. Plus, you can purchase Skype Credit enabling you to call landlines and mobiles at really low rates.
Find My Iphone (Free. The App Store)
When activated will allow you to track and locate your iPhones and iPads. You can remotely display a locator sound and message. Most importantly you can remotely wipe the data from your device. This is App. is essential for security purposes.
Teleprompt+ ($14.99. The App Store)
Teleprompt+ is a simple yet powerful professional teleprompter for the iPad. Perfect for use in speeches and presentations where you have a fixed script. You control the speed of the scrolling. I love this App but have only had occasion to use it three times in the year I have owned it.
Legal News Reader ($ .99 The App Store)
Legal News Reader grabs the top stories from the best legal news sites and delivers them to your iPhone.
Nolo Plain English Law dictionary (Free. The App Store)
Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary defines basic legal terms and Latin phrases. Excellent resource.
WestlawNext (Free, but need a WestlawNext account. The App Store)
Access WestlawNext features including, WestSearch™, KeyCite™, Folders, History, document notes and highlighting, browse database content and more — all redesigned for the iPad multi-touch screen.
ABA JOURNAL (Free. The App. Store)
Legal news and issues from the American Bar Association.