Josh Barrett recently noted on the Tablet Legal blog that lawyers don’t always seem to use many applications on their iPad. In talking to attorneys with a small, iPad-using firm, the attorneys noted that they only use one or two apps regularly.
At first, this seemed shockingly low, but on further introspection, Josh realized he himself uses only four apps with any frequency. That’s not a sign something is amiss- the number of apps you use isn’t what makes someone a power user on the iPad. The key is whether the apps you use let you get things done.
It may be easy to say there’s no reason to work on an iPad because you’re comfortable with your apps on a desktop. But we know that if you’re going to be a true power user, a desktop application alone is not going to always carry the load for you. For example, Nextpoint was recently involved in a unique case where a team of lawyers had to review documents in a settlement dispute, assessing them as High, Medium, or Low value, before a judge would review them to make an ultimate determination.
However, the judge was going to be out of the office, and needed to review the documents from his iPad. The parties quickly settled on Nextpoint because as a cloud-based application, it is accessible anywhere you can get online. Even better, we have optimized the application for the iPad and other mobile devices. Thanks to the inherent flexibility of the application, the parties were able to not only access and work on their data on different devices, but could customize the interface for the specific needs of the matter.
The built-in Grid View provided an easy way for clients to set up a system so the various parties could see counsel designations and which documents still needed review. It was a simple matter to divide documents into sub-reviews, assign reviewers, and to give the judge and parties their own views of the data.
With this many parties involved in the process, it’s not easy to provide a workflow that makes everyone happy. Not only can reviewers easily identify documents that have not yet been reviewed, but the judge and parties are working concurrently on the same document sets. We even facilitated the system for reviewers to contest the judicial designations.
Our native, cloud-based architecture means there is no app to download and it works on your iPad, iPhone, Windows or Mac desktop, or whatever platform you use. It’s the same functionality and flexible tools you have on your desktop, but available anywhere. If that doesn’t make you a power user on the iPad, nothing will.