WritePad for iPad Sale (limited time)


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If you are considering buying a note taking app that converts your handwriting to text, check out WritePad for iPad on sale now for 99¢. The app is normally priced at $9.99.

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The developer describes the app as follows:

WritePad is an advanced notetaker app that lets you to take notes in your own handwriting, which is immediately converted to the digital text using PhatWare’s state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software. You can also use simple gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, and insert special characters.

WritePad has a spell checker with its own custom dictionary, a context analyzer, auto-corrector, and a Shorthand feature that fills-in words and phrases you frequently use, once entered into the Shorthand Editor.
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WritePad lets you save and transfer notes over Wi-Fi from your iPad to another iPhone or iPad, or synchronize your notes with Box, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, SkyDrive, Google Drive, and iTunes.

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In the beginning the recognition quality may depend on your style and how comfortable you feel writing on the iPad screen; however the more you use it, the better it will become as the software will adapt to your patterns. In addition, you can use simple gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, insert special characters such as space and return, invoke the spell checker for the selected word, correct recognized text, and more. You can further improve recognition quality by modifying the user dictionary and the Autocorrector word list.

Benefits and Features

- Create and edit text documents using the advanced handwriting recognition engine or iPad keyboard for text entry in landscape or portrait mode.

- Improve productivity by utilizing inline gestures, spell checker, context analyzer, and shorthand features.

- Statistical analyzer, which improves overall handwriting recognition quality by addressing common recognition errors. If this feature is enabled, WritePad will learn the user’s own handwriting style.

- Email, Tweet, Print, or post Facebook updates directly from WritePad.

- Synchronize WritePad documents with Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, SkyDrive, iCloud, and iTunes.

- Translate documents to 16 supported languages using Bing Translator.

- Change WritePad’s appearance by manipulating text, page, and ink colors using the customizable Styles feature.

Document Synchronization support:
– Box
– Dropbox
– Evernote
– Google Drive
– iTunes (direct to PC)
– iCloud
– SkyDrive
– WiFi (direct to device)

Supported Handwriting Recognition Languages:
-English (UK, US)
-Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal)

UI translated to the following languages:

You can watch a recent demo of the app below.

Apps for Attorneys (and others)

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Thanks to the folks at Technolawyer for choosing this post as the Technolawyer Blawgworld Pick of the Week January 23, 2014.


With the new year and new resolutions being made, this is the perfect time to consider digital apps to work with your iPad. There does not seem to be a single place that has organized the different apps available into a one stop site. This is my attempt to do so.

Whether you are a lawyer, law student or work for a law firm, perhaps you have promised yourself that you will go more digital and be more paperless. If so, consider the apps below to help you practice law better with your iPad.

Case Organization

  • TrialPad

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This $89.99 app helps you present and display information and exhibits to a jury or judge. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • Circus Ponies NoteBook

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This $29.99 app helps you organize information, documents and materials in a familiar notebook form. You can even sync it with the Mac version of the app. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • Outline+

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This $14.99 digital notebook app is similar to OneNote and can be used with Outline for Mac. You can download and learn more here.

Transcript Reviewers

  • Transcript Pad

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This $89.99 app allows you to review and mark up deposition and other TXT file transcripts. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • iAnnotate PDF

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This $9.99 app allows you to read and mark up PDF, DOC, PPT and other files and share your annotations via Dropbox, WebDav, Email, etc. You can download the app and learn more here.

Note Taking Apps

  • Notes Plus

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This $9.99 app (50% off right now at $4.99) is perhaps one of the best note taking and paper pad replacement apps out there. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • Penultimate

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This free app provides a digital handwriting experience that combines with Evernote to make your notes searchable and available via the internet. You can download and learn more here.

Word Processing

  • Pages

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This $9.99 word processing app made by Apple can be used to write letters, draft memos and more and uses iCloud to make your documents available to you via the internet. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • Textilus

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This $5.99 word processor and editor can be used to edit and create Microsoft Word and other documents on your iPad. You can download and learn more here.

Legal Research

  • Westlaw Next

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This app allows you to research your Westlaw Next account as well as share, highlight and save information for specific projects and clients. Learn more about the app here.

  • Lexis Advance HD

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This app allows you to conduct your legal research from LexisNexis with your Lexis Advance subscription. Learn more about this app here.

Organizational Notes and Reminder Apps

  • Reminders

The free Reminders app is built into your iOS and lets you set location – or time ‑ based alerts for things you need to get done — even recurring ones. iCloud keeps this information synced on all your devices.

  • Notes

Apple’s free built in Notes app is a great place to write or edit a quick note and have it sync with your Mac, other device or internet via iCloud.

  • Drafts

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This $2.99 app is the one starting point for quick note taking, gathering and entering of ideas and things to do. Open this app, type in text and send it to another app, email or reminder. You can learn more about this app here.

Jury Selection Apps

  • JuryPad

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A jury selection tool for $24.99. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • iJuror

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A juror selection tool for $19.99. You can download the app and learn more here.

The American Bar Association has also reviewed some of the above apps and you can learn more from here.

OfficeTime Update – Time Tracking App that Syncs

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If you need/want to track and bill your time, you may be looking for an iOS app that works with and syncs to your Mac/PC. You should consider OfficeTime. This app allows you to set up projects and categories of billing events to quickly capture the time you spend with all of the details identified.

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You can even capture expenses and track your time while you are on the go with your iOS device. View reports of time spent on various projects on your iOS device.

When you get back to the office, you can sync to the separate  Mac/PC app. The process is painless as long as you are on the same wireless network when attempting to sync.

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Once the information is on your Mac, you can then create invoices, reports and more.

If you are interested in learning more about the apps, contact OfficeTime.

2Do: Tasks Done in Style Updated

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2Do: Tasks Done in Style is a universal task manager app that can be used to keep up with projects, tasks, notes, reminders and more.

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Whether you are on your iPad, iPhone or computer, this app has the ability to sync between all of your devices so you can check on your progress or create a task no matter where you are.

The app was recently updated to version 2.8.35 and promises to be better when the iOS 7 update arrives. You can learn more about this app from their web site.


Writeroom Distraction Free Writing – Free for Limited Time

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WriteRoom — Distraction free writing

If you are looking for a minimalist distraction-free writing app for your iOS device, Writeroom is for you and right now, it’s free.

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The idea behind this minimalist app is to get rid of all of the distracting features associated with most word processors so you can focus on getting your thoughts down in a plain text format and then “pretty” them it up later in another app. This app is great for taking notes in class, in a meeting, or to outline ideas you have about a paper, story or anything else.

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The app works with Dropbox so you can work on whichever iOS device you may have handy or your Mac when you get back to the computer. There is a separate Mac version of Writeroom so you sync between them.

You can learn more about the Writeroom apps here.

PDFpen Scan+ Scanning App

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Smilesoftware has released PDFpen Scan+ and app that allows you to use your iOS device to “scan” and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) documents. Once they are scanned, you can then share them using email, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and with other methods.

The concept is simple. Open the app and use your camera to take a picture of the document. The app captures the image. After that, you can OCR (covert readable text into searchable text) and then store the image.

The features are as follows:

  • One-touch scanning directly from your iPhone or iPad camera
  • Scan multiple images into a single document
  • Detect page edges automatically and crop scan
  • Use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert scans into searchable PDFs (OCR is performed in-app, not sent to a cloud service)
  • Copy text recognized by OCR
  • Email and share PDF documents with embedded, searchable OCR text
  • Import scans from your photo library
  • Import scans from image and PDF files via “Open In…”
  • Store documents in iCloud for sharing between devices
  • Rotate scanned pages
  • Enhance brightness/contrast of scanned pages
  • Adjust scan resolution for color, grayscale, and text
  • Print documents
  • Share documents with PDFpen for markup and editing
  • Import and Export documents using Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Alfresco, and Google Drive cloud services
  • Import and Export documents using iTunes, FTP, and WebDAV

The basic steps to capture a document are as follows:

  • Open the app
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  • Lay your receipt, page, note, etc. on a flat contrasting surface.
  • Take the picture of the document from within the app.
  • Let the app detect the edges of the document and crop automatically or adjust the edges.
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  • Adjust the resolution and select the color to preserved…black and white, grey or color.
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  • Name the document and save it.
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You can even scan in multiple pages and create a single document. Once the pages are scanned in can you can drag and drop to reorder.

You can watch a 5 minute video of the app in use here.

You can use iCloud to store documents and access them through PDFpen Scan+ on your other devices. However, you cannot access your PDFpen Scan+ documents from PDFpen for iPad or iPhone. You will need to export the document instead.


There are several apps that turn your iOS device into a portable scanner. Few combine all of the features offered by PDFpen Scan+ into one app. As to the OCR function, keep in mind, the better and more legible the original (not crumpled and a poor quality font) the better success with OCR.  If you are looking for an all in one app with the ability to simply scan, combine multiple pages and OCR, you should definitely check this app out.

Notes Plus 4.0 Released – Feels Like a Whole New App


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If you have been looking for a natural feeling and powerful note taking app, look no further than Notes Plus. This strong note taking app  offers lots of flexibility. You can enter notes with your finger or stylus. You can type and record audio. You can annotate your PDFs. You can even type notes and draw shapes. With an additional in app purchase, you can translate your handwriting to text.

If you are trying to create details, it offers a close-up writing mode, stroke smoothing, vector shape auto-detection, palm handling, complete folder structure, images, PDF exporting and emailing, automatic backup to Dropbox and more.

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The video below shows off many of the features and abilities of this app.


The developer describes the features as follows:

Close-up writing mode lets you write comfortably with your big finger or stylus just like pen on paper (refer to the screenshot). Lay your palm down comfortably on the palm pad or below the close-up box.

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Mix typing with handwriting by inserting movable textboxes or full-page text in any font the iPad supports.

Record audio easily while taking notes. The audio will be linked to the pages on which it was recorded for easy playback. When you switch to another app, the recording continues in the background.

Import a PDF via iTunes File Sharing or choose “Open in Notes Plus” while it’s being viewed in another app to add it to Notes Plus library for annotating. You can add interleaved pages for more notes, or even move/copy pages from one notebook to another to create one single notebook that keeps all your related notes together!

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Enrich your notes with images from Photos, your iPad camera (iPad 2 and new iPad only), or the web. You can then rotate and resize them to your every need.

Take notes without worrying about backing up all your important data. Just link to Dropbox, turn on “Automatic Backup and Restore” and let Notes Plus do the rest. Notes Plus will also automatically download backed-up data from Dropbox to your newly purchased or restored iPad.

Enjoy the convenience of having reference materials handy while taking notes! Just flick the splitter bar aside and the web browser is ready for use. You can also drag images from the web or capture partial screenshots over to your notes. Notebooks can be opened in the browser panel as well.

A notebook can have as many pages as you want and can be stored in folders or subfolders like in a file system. Password protection of your notebook/folders is also possible.

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9. HANDWRITING RECOGNITION (in-app purchase: $1.99)
Conveniently convert your handwriting to searchable text with MyScript™ handwriting recognition module. Notes Plus supports the same set of languages as MyScript Memo.

As you can see from the screenshots below, this app stands out for its clean interface. A great effort was put in to hide controls so that it would not clutter the interface. You should be able to start without a tutorial, but in case you need one, there’s a built-in Quick Start Guide. Check it out now at: http://notesplusapp.com/files/QuickStart_V4.pdf



If you want a powerful and natural feeling note taking app, look no further.

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