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The yellow legal pad? It’s history. Whether you are a criminal defense lawyer, a DUI lawyer, a non-compete lawyer, or handle any other type of legal work, there’s now an app to streamline your practice.
Note Taker HD ($4.99) lets you take handwritten notes on your iPad. With the latest version, you can type notes, too. Each document is saved as a .pdf file for Dropbox, GoodReader, or email.
First, you need a stylus to write on your iPad. Since the iPad’s screen is optimized for recognizing the touch of a finger, do not attempt to write on it with a regular ink pen. You will scratch the screen. I recommend the Griffin Stylus ($19.99), which has a rubber ball at the end that glides over the surface of the screen.
Writing with a stylus is as easy as carrying a pen, so be sure to purchase one.
Second, you need Note Taker HD. Download and install the app. When you open it, you will be prompted to create a new document by selecting the “+” sign in the upper-right-hand corner:
The new document opens on your iPad in that familiar yellow legal pad format, which you can customize in the settings. You can now write on the document with your stylus. To write legibly – and quickly- I always click “Edit2” to write in the zoom box at the bottom of the screen:
The zoom box allows you to write large text, which will appear wherever the blue dotted box is located on the page. This feature is what separates Note Taker HD from the other handwriting applications (UPad, Penultimate, etc.). Unless your penmanship is Escher-esque – and whose is? – the zoom box allows you to write quickly and easily while taking pages of notes. Write in the box, click advance or return, and keep writing:
It takes practice, but like riding a bicycle, writing with Note Taker HD is quickly second-nature. Once you are finished, select “Done” and click on Tools. You can save your notes as a .pdf file in GoodReader or email them to the office. To do so, select “Output Selected” and click on your notes. Select whether you want to email the document as a .pdf attachment or save it to GoodReader:
Rather than spend your day shuffling notes from client meetings and court appearances into desk drawers, Note Taker HD solves the problem of too much paper and lets you work in a true paperless environment.
For questions, comments, or help using the Apple iPad at work, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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