We have suggestions for Blackberry (which is probably still the “standard” mobile tech for lawyers these days, iPhone, iPad, and Androids. So, get your mobile devices ready for some new apps to try out and let us know if we missed a good one or two.
Next week's Elephant Post question is at the bottom of this post, so make sure you take a look and share your perspective with us.
Dropbox for Blackberry plus Docs to Go
I use this so that I can sync documents that I may need to look at on the road. Documents to go gives a more readable format to many of these documents. While the BB screen is still small, as a solo, I can't be totally out of touch when out of the office so the combination of Dropbox and Documents to Go is great.
Twitter lets me keep up with science websites. Since I can no longer devote the time scouring journals, this is a great way to stay somewhat informed and access the articles I am specifically interested.
Scoop of chocolate, Scoop of vanilla. Email is still the most important mobile app.
The bulk of business communication runs through email. If you can't get email on your mobile device, you're not leaving the office. It's why blackberries are still so prevalent. They have a great email app.
Online Marketing Perspective
AT&T Code Scanner
Well, I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't use all the usual suspects but I thought I would mention my latest favoritest: AT&T Code Scanner.
Used to read QR and datamatrix codes and 1D bar codes found in print publications, it links me straight to the related web site.
Totally cool, I have to credit Mr. Robert Downey, Jr. and Esquire magazine for turning me on to this coolest of the cool features. See my post “Are You Ready to Augment Your Reality?”
Doctoral Candidate in Legal Informatics Perspective
The Omnifocus app allows me to keep track of my tasks and sort them according to teaching, researching, writing reports, supervising thesis, blogging, etc. By using different views or perspectives, I can present the task according to my whereabouts and deadlines, so I am not constantly overwhelmed by the amount of to-do's.
In addition, I can sync all tasks between my iPhone, iPad, iMac and MacBook which allows me to access them anytime and anywhere.
KM Attorney Perspective
Mindo is an iPad version of common mind-mapping tools. A consultant on one of my projects started mind-mapping a conversation we were having one day and I was shocked at how useful it was to see our thoughts being displayed as inter-connected nodes on a screen and moreso how often I refered back to the map in the coming days. Since then we have instituted mind-mapping as part of standard project planning process.
Mindo is great because it mimics most of what the desktop applications do, but of course, is mobile. Ideas and concepts can be color-coded, shaped or linked across the map. Whole sections can be relocated and bring their related concepts along with them. As ideas come to me on my commute, waiting for a flight, or late at night I can jot them down and then map out how certain things are related to each other, where dependencies lie or missing pieces need to be filled in. Mindo can then output your map as an image, a pdf or in the common mindmap file forms used by the much more expensive desktop solutions. It is Dropbox and email friendly from within the App. All this for $7.
Information Pro Perspective
Chromemarks is an Android app that synchronizes my Google Bookmarks to my phone. Since I use Chrome on multiple computers, I can keep my bookmarks sync'd up between browsers on Google Bookmarks. Chromemarks extends that so when I'm away from my PCs, I can still quickly get to bookmarked information.
Knowledge Management Perspective
TripCase is a great (and free!) travel app - it keeps your travel itinerary in one place; automatically tracks your flights and sends you alerts; updates your gate and baggage carousel information automatically; when you input a hotel it automatically pulls in the contact information, check in & check out times, and other key info; provides weather, maps, and directions; allows you to enter information for flights, hotels, car rentals, activities, meetings, restaurants, and more; and allows you to send copies of your full itinerary to others. I've noticed a few limitations (can't remember what those are right now), but I find the UI very simple and appealing, and most importantly -- I've found it to be more up-to-date and accurate with flight delays and gate information than the airlines' websites or even announcements at the airport!
The coolest app I use for work is called iThoughtsHD which is basically MindMap for iPad. iThoughtsHD is a very powerful tool for getting ideas out of your head and onto ""virtual paper"". MindMapping is great way to brainstorm and we use all the time to flush out ideas. The iPad version is simple to use and very effective. You even have the ability to share your maps via DropBox, email, wifi, mobileme, etc.
Twitter for Blackberry
I use Twitter for Blackberry to keep up with my tweets while on the go. It has helped me network for our firm, get media coverage and exposure for our cases and legal issues we are experts on, and has helped me start to promote my own business Stacey E. Burke, PC (site to come).
Next Week's Elephant Post
What Legal News Resources do you read to keep up with industry news that affects your profession?I have the wonderful job of researching dozens (maybe hundreds?) of different legal rags everyday. There are definitely some good legal news resources out there, and we thought we'd let you share a few of your favorites with us. For example, I enjoy the Osmosys Legal Industry Monitor for generic legal news (plus it is FREE!!) So, let us know what it is that you read when you sit down at your desk each morning. We try to make this easy by embedding the form to fill out, but of course, you can email me your answer, or DM it to me in a 140 characters of less. (really, just fill out the form below and make it easy on me!!) If you need to see the form in another browser window, or see what others have answer, then you can click the links below, but really, just fill out the stinkin' form!!