There are so many apps lawyers might find useful, it can be hard to pick and choose which ones to highlight. Following the pattern I hope I established with my previous two posts on this topic, here are four useful apps and one “fun” app for your consideration.
- SpiderOak is an alternative to DropBox that also boasts 2 GB of free storage space. While it is not as well known as DropBox, there are a number of lawyers who feel our obligations of confidentiality render DropBox a poor choice. The Hytech Lawyer offers his thoughts on the subject in a number of posts. Given the security features of SpiderOak, I’ve adopted it as my files-in-the-cloud tool.
- Atomic Web is a web browser that runs circles around Safari. Tom Mighell has written an article explaining why Atomic Web wins in the iPad web browser shootout, which I recommend. Consider it’s only $.99, there’s virtually nothing to lose by giving it a try.
- Court Days helps lawyers calculate deadlines based on the various procedural rules. More than one lawyer has had to notify his or her carrier because of a blown filing deadline. Court Days can help you stay out of that group.
- UPAD is a wonderful note-taking application. I’ve already written a review.
- TED is short for Technology, Entertainment and Design. TED began as an annual conference in Monterey, California. Due to its increasing popularity, it has relocated to Long Beach, California. Additional TED events have sprouted around the world. People who want to attend TED have to apply and be willing to cough up $6,000. The TED app lets you view all the conference presentations for free (the app is also free), even if delayed a bit. Fortunately, the entire library of presentations going back many years is available. The presentations are among the best you will ever see. With rare exception, every presenter is limited to 20 minutes or less. Only at TED will you see a scientist open her presentation about her stroke by showing a real human brain and spinal cord or watch musician Peter Gabriel describe how he was abused by school bullies and how that incident led to an international human rights program. The ideas at TED are often inspiring and then some (search for Majora Carter’s presentation on greening parts of the Bronx). Whenever you feel the need to take a short break and feed your brain, a TED presentation will do the trick.