The Best of TECHSHOW – Tablet and Smartphone Apps

This is another post from my “best of” ABA TECHSHOW series.  Today  – supercool apps for tablets and smartphones.

Build a Visual Timeline

BeeDocs  – This app turns a dull timeline into an engaging 3D/multimedia presentation.  Chart dates, times, amounts, distances, prices, quantities – just about anything – in a visually appealing format to help clients (or jurors) better understand historical events.  Publish to the Web, create presentations, or add a visual timeline to a PDF.

Settlement Apps

Picture It Settled – Helps parties evaluate cases with probabilistic scenarios.  Draws on historically successful negotiating rounds to help users plot successful negotiation moves.  Uses the Settlement Prophet™ application to project when the parties are likely to settle and the amount of the settlement.

Scanning on the Go

Genius Scan, Scanner Pro, Text Grabber – Scan, crop, straighten, organize, and share images or documents quickly and easily by e-mail or through cloud services like Dropbox and Evernote.

158_iPhone_img3World Card – Capture business cards and sort them automatically by name, company, position, address, phone number, e-mail address and other fields.  Exports to address book – no more entering information manually.

Office Suite Productivity

OfficeSuite Pro 7 (Android only) and QuickOfficePro (Android and iOS) – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF for mobile users.

CloudOn – The full power of applications like Microsoft Office®, the convenience of cloud storage and more—all in your very own workspace in the cloud. Best mobile app for redlining/tracked changes.


iTimeKeep – Enter time from anywhere, securely access matters back at the office, apply billing codes to time entries, run spell check.  Free trial version available from the App store.

Presentation Apps

Haiku Deck and SlideShark – Solid choices for presentation apps. Haiku Deck impresses with amazing images.  SlideShark is ideal for conversion of PowerPoint slides created on your desktop.

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PDF Expert – Simple PDF conversion and markup. Integrates with Dropbox.  Easy to use signature feature, compatible with fillable forms.  Goodreader – The “Swiss Army Knife” of PDF readers with the ability to replicate desktop file management and structures.

Notetaking on the Fly

OneNote Mobile (free for up to 500 notes), Notability (syncs with Dropbox), Penultimate (syncs with Evernote), and Noteshelf (file notes into different books, download templates and themes including planners, grid paper, stationery, and more.)

Security Apps

1PasswordPro – 1Password will securely store your important information and automatically log you in to Web sites with a single tap.  No need to remember your username, password, or even the Web site address.

Lookout – Virus protection, backup, and location of your missing device.

Thanks to

Tom Mighell, James Province, Jeffrey Taylor, Ben Schorr, Dan Pinnington, and
Mark I. Unger for all the great apps!

All Rights Reserved – Beverly Michaelis – 2013

Lawyers Without Rights

Lawyers Without Rights is an important documentary exhibit coming to the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse October 19-November 16, 2012.  Depicting the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany after 1933, the exhibit “recalls the lawyers who were persecuted by the National Socialists and addresses the illegal measures they had to endure … making the extent of loss caused by isolation, expulsion and murder painfully clear. Through different biographical portraits it also gives the viewer new insight into both the historical events and the legal realm.”

Read more about this event here.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Also planned – a lecture featuring Oregon federal public defender Steven Wax – on November 1 at 6:00 pm.  Presented by Zeitgeist NW in partnership with the Oregon State Bar International Law Section.

A Bit of History in the City of Roses

Yesterday I was delighted to attend the dedication of two heritage roses planted at Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon.  It was a lovely ceremony and a unique opportunity to tour a National Historic Landmark.  If you have a moment, I’d love to share a bit of Oregon history with you.  (Yes, I am a proud native Oregonian.)

First, the Roses

When pioneers came to Oregon in the mid 1800s via the Oregon Trail or around the Horn, they brought with them their beloved roses.  The celebration Thursday commemorated the planting of two heritage Moss roses on courthouse grounds.  The heritage roses are a project of the Northwest Rose Historians:

Northwest Rose Historians is an unstructured group of rosarians dedicated to preserving our region’s oldest blooms dating from early settlement days of the Oregon Territory through the first decades of the 20th century. What began as restoration of the Pioneer Rose Garden in Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon, has blossomed into a passion for saving and honoring heritage roses scattered about the Northwest that are on the verge of being lost for all time.

Northwest Rose Historians re-introduces heritage roses into public spaces that are centers of the communities in which these roses were first planted. Linking living history to present day reinforces community identity and ‘sense of place’ while entrusting old roses to future generations.

Central to our preservation work is bringing awareness to heritage roses and the unique cultural relationship they share with people of the Northwest.
Roses are integral to Oregon’s history, with special ties to Portland.  America’s first rose society was founded here in 1889.  And of course we are known internationally by our nickname, The City of Roses.  It is very fitting that the Northwest Rose Historians have created the Northwest Heritage Rose Registry here.  Kudos!  I am very proud of my friend Laura.  Please visit the Northwest Rose Historians Web site to learn more.  For photographs of the ceremony, check out my Flickr Photostream.
Now the Courthouse!
The Pioneer Courthouse was the perfect spot to plant the Moss roses.  If you haven’t been inside since the restoration, it’s well worth the trip.  Completed in 1875, the Pioneer Courthouse is the second oldest federal building west of the Mississippi.  The Italinate architecture and interior finishes are something to behold.  Long-time home to the downtown branch of the US Post Office, the courthouse currently serves as the Portland office of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.  The building is open to self-guided walking tours.  As a special treat, Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain was kind enough to open his chambers for viewing during the rose ceremony.  See all the pics here.