Many of my attorney clients come to depositions with an iPad, a laptop, and boxes of documents/exhibits. Lately some attorneys are leaving their laptop at the office and bring their iPad, but still have boxes of documents/exhibits they cart around. I believe it is time to start losing the paper and using technology to be more efficient and save energy.
With our new Case 24/7TM app, attorneys can access their transcripts and exhibits on their iPad. They can view their deposition calendar with Mapquest directions embedded on the page as well as witness name(s) and starting times of depositions. It is the KRAMM app found in the Apple App Store.
Here are some of the other apps that I believe attorneys should not live without:
PDF EXPERT ($9.99): Great for reading, annotating, and emailing PDFs or portions of PDFs.
Goodreader (free app): This is the perfect application for reading your pdf transcripts. Open your pdf transcript from your email and start reading. You can annotate, copy, paste, and distribute your comments right from your iPad. I find the annotating and cut/paste features to be cumbersome and difficult. This app is best for reading PDFs.
Evernote (free app): Evernote is the perfect solution for writing notes, organizing them, and syncing them with your notes on your mainframe. You can attach images. I suggest using a BlueTooth Apple wireless keyboard to help facilitate the typing of your notes.
iAnnotate PDF ($9.99): This app has five star reviews. It was built to read, annotate, organize, and send PDFs. I have not tried it out yet, but will be researching this app over the next couple of weeks. From my reading of tech forums, iAnnotate is great for annotation (seems logical) while GoodReader is great for reading PDFs (once again seems logical).
With all of the new apps available, perhaps it is time to think twice about carting boxes of documents to depositions. There is a lot of redundancy in the legal profession, and if there is any opportunity to reduce stress, back strain, and be more efficient, that is what I want for my clients and court reporters.