SALE: Litigation iPad Apps & PDF Expert for Mac

Two really nice deals today:

First, Lit Software has put their “Ultimate Litigation Bundle” on sale which includes all three of their fantastic apps: TrialPad, TranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad. All three apps on their own cost $309.97, but limited-time sale price is $249.00 which saves you $60.97. It’s a rare sale and completely worth the investment if you have an iPad.

Second, while we all know Readdle for their iOS apps like PDF Expert, Documents 5 (my review), Scanner Pro (my review), PDF Converter, and more, they have also been developing PDF Expert for the Mac which was recently updated. I’ve been watching and using PDF Expert for several months. And while I think there are still some tweaks that need to be made for lawyers, it is quickly becoming a strong competitor to PDFpen Pro and Adobe Acrobat. It’s definitely worth having on your Mac if nothing else for the “Reduce File Size” feature that’s prominent in the File menu with an adjustable slider (see screenshot below). I LOVE that!

Readdle sells PDF Expert for Mac for $59.99. That’s an amazing price and extremely competitive with Adobe Acrobat.

But for the next few days, MacBundler has it for 50% OFF! You can purchase PDF Expert for Mac through my affiliate link at MacBundler, or just visit www.macbundler.com on your own.

I recommend picking up PDF Expert for Mac just so you have it in your toolbox for when you need a little more PDF power.

TextExpander Discount To “Lubricate” Your Writing Process

I can’t remember exactly where I heard that quote but I love it because it appropriately describes what TextExpander can do for you every single day. Whether it’s your e-mail address, phone number, office address, courthouse, judge’s name, etc. there are things you type every day over and over and over and over. And if you are manually typing those things every single time, you are WASTING TIME!

Why not let the computer actually do something FOR you? TextExpander is one of those tools that is a NO-BRAINER.

My free TextExpander Webinar last month was a HUGE success and I’m thankful for everyone that logged in. And we’ve continued the conversation on TextExpander in the Small Firm Bootcamp Facebook Group (closed group for members of the Small Firm Bootcamp course – you can sign up here).

Even better, the folks at MacBundler are offering a 1-year subscription to TextExpander for only $19.98 which is half the regular price of $39.96. This is my affiliate link to the site or you can visit www.macbundler.com on your own and search for TextExpander. This is the best price I’ve seen for TextExpander, equivalent to the upgrade pricing if you owned an older version of TextExpander.

The subscription is good for Mac, Windows, and iOS since TextExpander now works across ALL of those platforms. Plus with the subscription all of your snippets sync across devices.

If you don’t have TextExpander yet, I strongly recommend picking up a 1-year subscription from MacBundler. And then start with something simple like your e-mail address. My “official” e-mail address is burney@burneyconsultants.com but I never, NEVER type it all out – it’s not very long but it takes a few extra seconds each time to type that repeatedly throughout the day. I simply type “bc@” (without the quotes) and it IMMEDIATELY expands out my full e-mail address. Start as simple as that, then add your office phone number, your office address, etc.

And for a Pro Tip look into the “inline search” function which is wonderful when you start getting too many snippets to remember all the time.

Let me know if you have any questions – always happy to talk about TextExpander!

FREE Webinar “Magic Text Creation for Busy Lawyers” with the Amazing TextExpander (Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017)

Do you type?

Do you want to save valuable minutes every day?

If you answered “Yes” to both questions (who wouldn’t???) then read on …

 

It amazes me how many lawyers actually CHOOSE to perform extra, manual, senseless work that the computer can do for them. Valuable minutes are wasted every day typing the same repetitive keystrokes. TextExpander tangibly and practically improves your daily efficiency and your overall practice. (Just ask Neil Tyra of The Law Entrepreneur!)

If you type everyday, and you long to be more efficient, then you can’t afford to miss a FREE webinar this Thursday (Feb. 23, 2017) where you will learn EXACTLY how to incorporate the indispensable TextExpander into your practice.

This FREE webinar is hosted by my good friend Ernie Svenson (aka “Ernie the Attorney”) who also offers the fantastic Small Firm Bootcamp course. I’ve been working with Ernie on cooking up a live Small Firm Bootcamp event offering hands-on workshops on items like TextExpander. We’ll provide more info on the live Bootcamp soon, but for now just sign up for the FREE webinarMagic Text Creation for Busy Lawyers” and you’ll be on the mailing list to learn more.

I’ve spoken about the remarkable benefits of TextExpander before in November of 2012. Planet10Tech was gracious to record the presentation but so much has changed and improved in the last 4 years that you need to attend the FREE webinar this Thursday (Feb. 23). I’ll show you exactly how to incorporate TextExpander into your practice.

If you’re repeatedly typing the same things every day like e-mail addresses, client or judges’ names, thank you e-mails, date & time stamps, etc., then you are LITERALLY WASTING TIME!!

We’ll start off with simple snippets in TextExpander and then dig a little deeper into constructing complicated documents and designing form fields. And lastly I’ll share a gaggle of valuable tips & tricks to ensure you’re getting the most out of TextExpander. And like past webinars, we’ll keep answering your questions for as long as you’re asking them!

Sign up for the FREE webinarMagic Text Creation for Busy Lawyers” and I’ll see you there!

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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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!

Rare End of Year Sale on TrialPad, TranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad – Buy Now and Save $20 Each

If you’re an iPad-wielding lawyer it’s time to spend a tiny bit of your professional technology budget on 2-3 apps that you need in your practice.

I’ve been using TrialPad and TranscriptPad since they were first released by Ian O’Flaherty and his crew at Lit Software. I talk about both of those apps (and the more recent DocReviewPad) at EVERY iPad CLE presentation I give around the country.

2015.12.19 TranscriptPad on SaleLit Software is taking $20 off each app now through December 30, 2015. I know Ian and he doesn’t offer many discounts so this is rare treat.

I’ve heard folks complain that these apps are too pricey. My first response is that these are professional-grade apps and NOT Candy Crush. My second response is that an app like TrialPad is an amazing bargain when compared to purchasing a full license of TrialDirector or Sanction. Now you have no excuse with this sale going on.

Watch and hear other lawyers talk about the apps.

More information about the sale here.

Links for TrialPadTranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad.

Get TextExpander 5 for only $22 (51% OFF!!) – Get it NOW!

One utility that I use E-VE-RY-DAY on all my Macs is TextExpander. I can’t live without it. It’s built-in muscle memory now.

Anytime I need to type out my e-mail address, or name, or the current date, or an e-mail signature … I save valuable seconds by using a TextExpander Snippet.

If you’re not using TextExpander, you are wasting valuable time.

Regular price is $44.95 but Mac App Deals has it for only $22 until December 9. That’s 51% OFF! I paid full price and would do it again in a heartbeat. So it’s a no-brainer at $22.

Also, congrats to Smile Software (developers of TextExpander) for their website refresh – looks fantastic!

Lastly, if you want to watch how I use TextExpander Tomasz Stasiuk recorded I presentation I gave on TextExpander at the MILOfest 2012 Conference and posted it on YouTube (entitled “TextExpander: Newbie to Ninja”). Part 2 and Part 3. Thank you Tomasz!

 

Handwritten Notes Mailed Directly From Your iPad – The Wonderful Felt App

Felt App IconI’ve been a big fan of the Felt App and consider it one of the most innovative apps on the iPad.

Who doesn’t like to receive a handwritten note in these days of impersonal digital communications? But I don’t have time to run to the store and buy a card.

Open the Felt App, find the card design you like or create one yourself, and use a stylus to handwrite your note. You can even hand-address the envelope. Pay $4 (or 4 credits) and Felt will print the card on beautiful physical paper just as you wrote it and send it to your snail-mail recipient.

It’s a great way to send personal or business thank-you cards.

The Felt App is free to download but you’ll need a credit card to purchase cards or credits inside the app. They’re running a special 30% off credits for Labor Day which is a great deal.

Quick Tip: The Felt App does offer “wrist protection” when writing a card but it’s not very obvious – just simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you’ll have a place where you set your palm down without “writing” anything.

Pay What You Want: Mac Power User Bundle – BusyCal, CrossOver, and More…

BusyCal LogoYou have 3 more days to purchase this “Pay What You Want” bundle from Cult of Mac Deals. Honestly, if you pay anything less than $50 then you’re getting your money’s worth by purchasing BusyCal alone. I’ve been using BusyCal for many years now and prefer it over the OS X built-in calendar for the general look and customization options.

CrossOver 14 MacThe bundle also comes with CrossOver 14 Mac which doesn’t fully compete with VMware Fusion or Parallels, but provides a much simpler method of running select Windows-only software. Many Mac-using attorneys use CrossOver to open “E-Transcript” .PTX files from court reporters. Thomson Reuters only offers a free E-Transcript Viewer for Windows, but CrossOver can run this just fine without requiring you to jump into a full virtual Windows environment (Thomson Reuters does offer the free Westlaw Case Notebook Portable E-Transcript iPad app that will open .PTX files).

WinZip and StuffIt are great to have when working with compressed files.

I’m sure RoboForm Everywhere is good, but I still recommend 1Password for any Mac user.

WALTR sounds interesting, and I’ve been interested in checking out Scapple for a while now since it’s from the developer of Scrivener (Literature & Latte)

You can get everything for only $10 today, but I’d recommend adding on a few dollars. You’re supporting the excellent Creative Commons cause as well.

No referral link from me – you can go direct to the Cult of Mac site and get the bundle before it expires.

https://deals.cultofmac.com/sales/pay-what-you-want-magic-mac-bundle

Grab PDFpenPro Version 6 While It’s On Sale for 48 Hours!

PDFpenPro Version 6 available on Mac App Store for 48 hourI watched MacSparky’s screencast on PDFpen Version 6 and thought I’d have to wait several fretful days for the sale to happen but it’s here!

I’m a big fan of Smile Software’s PDFpenPro but I’ve always taken the position that Mac-lawyers who work a lot with PDFs need to invest in a full version of Adobe Acrobat Professional, just like I believe Mac-lawyers need to invest in a full version of Microsoft Office for the Mac. These are the “professional-grade” tools for our profession.

But with Version 6 of PDFpenPro, Smile is definitely narrowing the gap. Version 6 adds the ability to export to Word and form recognition which has historically been Acrobat Professional space. I’m still hesitant to completely abandon my Acrobat Professional recommendation, but I can tell you that I’m buying PDFpenPro Version 6 today because it’s that good.

First, go watch MacSparky’s screencast so some of his excitement can rub off on you.

Second, go read Smile’s blog post so you can understand the different purchase options. This gets a little confusing, but lemme offer some help: Buy the Mac App Store version so that you can take advantage of iCloud support. MacSparky has only barely commented publicly on why this is important, but when I’ve talked with him personally I completely understand the seamlessness of the system – PDFs sync between your Mac and iPad/iPhone via iCloud so you don’t have to worry about what folder they’re in, whether you e-mailed it, etc.

You only have 48 hours to buy PDFpenPro Version 6 on the Mac App Store for $39.99 before it goes back to its regular price of $79.99.