Review: iExit — Interstate exit information on your iPhone – iPhone J.D.

 

Jeff Richardson:

The app works best when you are on the Interstate.  Obviously, if you are the driver, you need to pay attention to the road so this app works best when used by someone in the passenger seat.  Start the app and iExit figures out which Interstate you are on and which direction you are headed, and then it displays a list of the upcoming exits.  This main screen gives you lots of information such as the exit number, how far away you are from the exit, and an icons to indicate what is available at each exit.  As you get very close to an exit, it starts to fade away, and then when you pass that exit it disappears and the others move up — animation that is both fun and useful.

Read Jeff’s complete review of this super useful app here.

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Review: Monster Outlets To Go Power Strip — compact power strip with four outlets – iPhone J.D.

 

Jeff Richardson:  I often have trouble finding enough outlets when I travel.  Hotel rooms will frustratingly only provide a single wall outlet near a desk, with one of the two outlets already occupied by the desk lamp.  It is starting to become easier to find power outlets in airports, but you can still often find only a single outlet available for your use.  One solution is to use a power strip, but those are typically too large to take with you with you travel.  The Outlets To Go Power Strip from Monster seeks to provide a solution for travelers, and after seeing Tampa attorney Katie Floyd call it her favorite travel accessory, I purchased one from Amazon before I headed to Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW last month.  I have since used it on several business trips.  It has worked well for me and I can recommend it.

The device features two outlets on each side that are spaced far enough apart that you should not have a problem with even larger power adapters.  If you are plugging in three of four devices at once it can be a little awkward to have things plugged in on both sides, but it works, and designing the power strip this way keeps it as small as possible.

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Read Jeff’s entire review of this useful accessory, with photos.

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Click here to get Outlets To Go Power Strip from Amazon ($9.49).

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60 Apps in 60 Minutes 2014–iPhone J.D.

 

At ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago, Brett BurneyChad BurtonReid Trautz and Jeff Richardson presented the 2014 installment of 60 Apps in 60 Minutes.  They highlighted a variety of apps including some great new apps, some perennial favorites, and some that were thrown in mostly for the entertainment value.  Here is a the full list.  Many apps are free, but note that some of those require subscriptions or can have extra fees associated with them (e.g. the WestlawNext and Lexis Advance apps).  All of them are worth taking a look at.

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Westlaw Case Notebook Portable E-Transcript on the iTunes App Store

For iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad.
Portable E-Transcript is a professional grade application available for your iPad® or iPhone®.You can review and annotate E-Transcripts anytime, anywhere – all you need is an iPad or iPhone to begin using your E-Transcript electronic witness testimony transcripts on the go.

Portable E-Transcript features:
• Works on your iPad and iPhone
• Word Index helps you search and find terms within your E-Transcript
• Receive E-Transcript format (PTX) via email, Dropbox, and iTunes®
• Ability to add electronic highlighting and notes
• Email a transcript with highlighting and notes from iPad or iPhone
• Update the transcript in the desktop version of Westlaw Case Notebook to include the highlighting and notes added in the app”

iPhone JD (Jeff Richardson) sums up his review:  If you already use Westlaw Case Notebook to manage your litigation files, then I imagine that this app would be very useful.  If you don’t use that product, then I doubt that you will want to use this app to highlight a transcript because you have no easy way to export the file with your annotations.  Even so, this is an app that every litigator should keep on their iPhone and iPad just in case they receive a .ptx file from a court reporter or another attorney.  With this app installed, at least you can look at the transcript immediately without having to go to a PC or ask to have the file sent to you again in another format such as pure text or PDF.

Click here to get Westlaw Case Notebook Portable E-Transcript (free):  Westlaw Case Notebook Portable E-Transcript - West, a Thomson Reuters business