Comprehensive list of iPad apps for lawyers and paralegals

The Indiana Law Blog has noted that Indianapolis-based law librarian Cheryl Niemeier has written a wonderful article. It appears in the new issue of Res Gestae, the Indiana State Bar Association’s monthly publication. The ISBA has given ILB permission to make the article available as a PDF. Do check it out.

iPad app Noteshelf gets major update

I wrote about Noteshelf back in October, and if there has been a reason to wait before trying this app, those reasons must be gone. Noteshelf is a note-taking app that lets you use a stylus (or your finger in a pinch) to take written notes. You organize your notes into notebooks, and the notebooks are organized on a shelf-like browser. Notebooks can be collected into groups as well.

Noteshelf has just hit version 5.0, and it has added a huge feature: typed text. If you prefer to take notes using a keyboard (or a particular situation calls for not using a stylus), Noteshelf has you covered. There are plenty of other new features, including another big one: the ability to use tags in your notebooks.

Notebook is still only $4 (US) in the App Store, and it is now even more useful for attorneys who want to dump the paper legal pad.

Best iPad app of 2011 for lawyers

This past year has seen a lot of great apps for the iPad, but one stands above them all: TrialPad. I’ve written about TrialPad before, and nothing has come along that changes my mind. If your law practice involves any kind of courtroom work with witnesses and exhibits, you owe it to yourself to look at this app. Even if your practice doesn’t involve the courtroom, TrialPad provides a very useful set of tools for presenting documents to clients. I know I’m using it more and more as a tool for carrying digital copies of large file folders (including sub-folders) home with me at the end of the day.

The only weakness I see in this app is that any annotations I might want to make for myself (such as a note to remember to ask a witness about a specific line in the document) is not automatically saved. The annotations I want to save can go into the “hot docs” mode, but then they are also visible to the witness and jury. It would be great to have a “lawyer’s eyes only” mode for annotations, highlighting, etc.

Still, even without that feature, I’m sold on TrialPad. There are competitors out there for the iPad, but I haven’t seen or read anything that tells me I should jump ship.

 

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