ABA Webinar: Macs in Law – The Latest and Greatest Developments from Apple (January 11, 2017 @ 1:00pm EST)

If you’re interested in the latest news on using Macs in a law practice, don’t miss the ABA Webinar today: Macs in Law – The Latest and Greatest Developments from Apple.

I’m thrilled to be presenting this webinar with Mac-using lawyer Katie Floyd, who is also the co-host of the amazing Mac Power Users podcast.

Katie and I will be discussing the pros & cons of using a Mac in a law practice, what Mac that lawyers should consider purchasing, and a variety of software applications that keep a Mac law office humming.

Whether you’re considering switching to a Mac, or you’ve been using a Mac for years, you’ll pick up some great tips and recommendation from the Macs in Law webinar today.

Registration page is here.

My Wireless Keyboard Never Needs Batteries or Re-Charging!

Last month, BGR posted about my favorite wireless keyboard: the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750.

I actually use the black Logitech K750 for my Windows machine in my office, but there is a lovely silver version specifically for Mac … complete with the Alt/Option & Command keys.

I’ve been using the wireless Logitech Solar K750 for close to 6 years and it has been fantastic. AND I’VE NEVER HAD TO REPLACE THE BATTERIES!!!!

Two “solar” panels above the Function keys work with ANY light source. I’ve never used it outside, so the lamp and overhead light in my office (and presumably the light from my multiple monitors) keep the thing running all the time.

You can download Logitech’s “Solar App” if you want to track the battery life, but I rarely open it. A little sunshine button on the keyboard launches the app.

There’s also an on-off switch on the keyboard if you need to preserve battery life (I never turn it off).

The Logitech Solar K750 is a full-size keyboard, complete with a number pad on the right so make sure you have enough room on your desk. This is better than the OLD wireless Apple keyboard that came with iMacs. The rounded backs on these OLD wireless Apple keyboards were round and held two AA batteries, WHICH I HAD TO REPLACE SO OFTEN!!!!

The NEW wireless Apple keyboard (what Apple calls the “Magic Keyboard“) released in October 2015 does NOT use disposable batteries, but rather an internal rechargeable battery that is charged via a USB-to-Lightning cable.

Apple does sell a full-size keyboard WITH a numeric keypad but it is wired.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 (black/Windows or silver/Mac) NEVER has to be re-charged OR have its disposable batteries replaced.

This is NOT a Bluetooth keyboard, but comes with a teeny-tiny USB receiver that Logitech calls the Unifying Receiver. And while you must give up a USB slot, the Unifying Receiver is kinda amazing – it can connect up to 6 devices on one receiver. I actually use it to connect BOTH the Solar Keyboard AND the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX and it works great.

A couple of other interesting Logitech keyboards:

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FREE Webinar! Brett Burney to Speak on Boosting Mac Efficiency in Small Law Firms – December 15, 2016

Are you already using a Mac in your practice but believe you should be MORE efficient?

Are you considering moving from Windows to a Mac but just want to be sure it’s the right decision?

Then don’t miss my FREE webinar I’m hosting with my friend Ernie Svenson (aka Ernie the Attorney) at Paperlesschase.com and Small Law Firm Bootcamp. I’ve know Ernie for many years ever since he started using a Mac in his law practice.

Last week I gave a presentation on Macs at the Ohio State Bar Technology Conference and a gentleman attended who had been using a Mac for 2 months. He recently switched after getting completely frustrated with the “forced” updates from Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 10. We had a great discussion and I offered him several suggestions for streamlining his daily work on the Mac and he was thrilled.

I’ve updated my entire presentation on laywers using Macs and can’t wait to present “Boosting Mac Efficiency in Small Law Firms” on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern.

More information and registration here.

From Tools & Toys: Great iOS Apps for Managing and Enjoying Content

Great collection from Tools and Toys.

I still hear people criticize the iPad as just a gadget for "consuming" information rather than "creating" information.

And I’ve always said GREAT!

Because isn’t that what most of us are doing every day? Consuming information from blogs, websites, news pubs, videos, books, radio, podcasts, Twitter, Facebook, etc. etc. If an iPad can HELP us consume information BETTER than GREAT!

The only addition I would make is Mr. Reader for RSS feeds on the iPad. I use Reeder 3 on my iPhone (as Tools & Toys suggests) but Mr. Reader is so much more customizable on the iPad.

See Great iOS Apps for Managing and Enjoying Content

Apps in Law – New Blog Featuring Mercifully Short Video Reviews of Apps for Lawyers Using iPhones & iPads

I’m happy to announce my latest project Apps in Law at www.appsinlaw.com. I offer short video review of apps that lawyers can use on their iPhones and iPads.

I plan to offer at least one review each week and readers can subscribe to the newsletter to be notified of new reviews.

Visit Apps in Law to view the reviews so far for iAnnotate, Week Calendar, Noteshelf, and GoodReader. And be sure to subscribe to the newsletter while you’re there!

David Sparks (aka MacSparky) Releases an Excellent Video Field Guide Covering the Hazel Software

The indubitable David Sparks has released yet another “Field Guide” this time covering Hazel.

I actually don’t use Hazel but I know David, and therefore I know that I am missing out on a lot of automation in my computing life.

Plus Hazel comes from one of the best named software developers: Noodlesoft.

I’ve seen David present many times in person and heard him speak many times on the Mac Power Users podcast and I ALWAYS take away something new and useful.

Watching the Hazel Field Guide is like sitting next to David at a Starbucks and just having him walk you through all the cool things you can do with Hazel on your Mac.

You can get a taste of the Hazel Field Guide from the sample video on MacSparky. The sample is a juicy 35 minutes long, but you’ll be able to decide if it’s something you need after the first 3 minutes.

The full Hazel Field Guide is 2.5 hours and it’s one big-falutin’ QuickTime file. But the best part is that David included Chapter Markers for each section – you can see the list of sections on the MacStories write up. Each Chapter is clearly labeled so you can jump to whatever section you need to see.

You can read more about the Hazel Field Guide at MacSparky.com and watch the sample video. Happy Hazel-ing!

Brett Burney to Speak at Apple Store, Eton on May 20, 2016 on Using Macs, iPhones & iPads in the Practice of Law

Brett Burney will speak for the Apple in Law Event, “Boosting Profitability with Mac, iPhone & iPad,” on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:00am at the Apple, Eton store.

The 90-minute feature will provide lawyers with a better understanding of how to use Macs, iPads, and iPhones to increase profitability in their law practices.

Brett will be joined by Tom Lambotte, CEO of GlobalMac IT.

For more information—or to register—send and e-mail to the Business Team at the Eton Apple stored (etonbusiness@apple.com) or call the store at (216) 535-4563.

I Use Tabs in Finder Because I Like Tabs in Safari

I can’t use Safari without Tabs, and now I can’t use Finder without Tabs. I’m constantly accessing multiple folders in Finder and if I had to open a New Window every time I’d go crazy.

I like to use one SINGLE Finder Window, and then I open multiple locations/folders in Tabs.

I used TotalFinder from BinaryAge for years as a Finder add-on that gave me Tabs and other wonderful options. Unfortunately, with the introduction of the super-security-feature System Integrity Protection in El Capitan, the developers have thrown in the towel.

It’s a shame because TotalFinder was amazing (why doesn’t Apple let me sort the Finder with folders on TOP???). There are great alternatives to TotalFinder but I value simplicity and prefer to stick with native OS X features whenever I can.

Starting with Mavericks, Apple finally built Tabs into Finder although I didn’t start using them until TotalFinder was unstable in El Capitan.

It’s not perfect, and I can’t sort folders on TOP(!!!!), but the native Tabs in Finder work well for my needs.

Finder in Mac OS X to create new tabs instead of windowsI first go to Finder > Preferences and click “Open folders in tabs instead of windows” so that any folder I double-click opens as a new Tab.

But I usually stick with the ⌘ + T shortcut to launch a new Tab, just like in Safari (there’s also the “+” on far right to click open a new Tab). In the Finder > Preferences pane, I also set the default path that opens when I create a new Tab – I selected Dropbox under “New finder windows show:” dropdown.

You can click and drag a tab to re-position. I cycle through Tabs using Shift + ⌘ + [ to go left or Shift + ⌘ + ] to go right (just like in Safari).

To close a Finder Tab, I use the ⌘ + W shortcut (again, same as in Safari).

“iPad for Lawyers” featuring Brett Burney at State Bar of Wisconsin – January 6, 2016

If you 1) practice in Wisconsin and 2) are getting a new iPad for Christmas, then register now for “iPad for Lawyers – Featuring Brett Burney” sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin.

The full-day seminar will take place at the State Bar Center in Madison on Thursday, January 6, 2016.

Brett will be joined by legal technology luminary Nerino Petro, CIO at Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C. Nerino also blogs actively at Computerist.com.

The schedule covers everything that an iPad-totin’ lawyer needs to know about how to effectively incorporate the iPad into your daily practice. You’ll learn how to edit Microsoft Word documents, annotate PDF files, give presentations, and conduct legal research. The seminar will discuss your ethical duties for protecting the information on your iPad, and the speakers will show off their favorite apps, tips, and gadgets.

Don’t miss the “iPad for Lawyers” seminar in Madison, WI on January 6, 2016.