allows me to select the pages I want to send to Dropbox. I can
then move the notes directly to the Dropbox client file. Just
go to the Dropbox app (also a must-have), go to the Noteshelf
folder and swipe from left to right on the note you want to
move. Various icons appear, including an option to save to a
While Noteshelf is my favorite in this category, Notability is
also a great app for some situations. It allows you to both take
notes and do an audio recording at the same time. The handwritten notes synchronize with the recording, so by touching
the note, you can go directly to that part of the recording.
HOW I USE IT — For depositions and meetings where I
would like to have both notes and an audio record. Of course,
in either situation, I obtain permission from all other participants. One caveat is that the audio recording takes up lots
of memory, so unless you have a lot of open memory on your
device, you may well run out.
Similar apps — Notes Plus, Notebook+.
Do you ever get tired of hauling boxloads of files to court?
File management apps can lighten your load. The purpose of
these types of apps is to allow you to arrange documents in
folders and have them available for review. This category of
apps does allow for some limited notations and bookmarking
of the documents, but the primary purpose is organization
and reading. My favorite app in this category is Goodreader.
Unlike some other apps that truncate the file name beyond
recognition, Goodreader makes it easy to find what you are
HOW I USE IT — When I have one or more cases on the
court docket, I download the entire files (or at least every
document I think I might possibly need) from Dropbox to
Goodreader. Then, if something unexpected comes up, I have
the whole file at my disposal. I use Goodreader in conjunction
with the PDF apps I discuss later on.
Similar apps — File Manager, Documents2.
These applications allow you to work with PDF format documents, including adding comments and annotations, adding
photos or sound clips, and deleting or inserting pages. You
can also use the apps to sign and email documents in situations where that is appropriate. The applications also connect
with various cloud servers, like Dropbox, or documents can
be sent to the application by using email.
My go-to in this category is iAnnotate. Because of the large
number of functions included in this category of apps, a well-organized menu of features is really important. iAnnotate has
that, and allows customization of toolbars for the functions I
use most often. Another app in this category that has some
great features is PDF Expert. I don’t find it as easy to use, but
it does allow for the creation of forms, including text fields,
check boxes, and radio buttons.
HOW I USE IT — For court appearances, I create a file in
iAnnotate where I put the documents I am most likely to need
to refer to, such as pleadings related directly to the hearing
and applicable cases and statutes. I can take notes and make