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OnLive Desktop Now Live


OnLive Desktop, a new app and service that provides a cloud based PC desktop is now available.

[Update: Macworld discusses the product.]

The company describes the app as follows:

Features:
• Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
• Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications
• Interact with lag-free animation and video

Based on groundbreaking video compression technology, OnLive harnesses the power of cloud computing to deliver a seamless, no-compromise remote PC desktop solution.

You are required to visit http://www.online.com/desktop and create an account. The account will be activated on a first come first served basis. Once created, you will be able to log in using your iPad app. The product is currently available in North America and the UK. The investors in the product include Warner Bros., Autodesk, Maverick Capital, AT&T, British Telecommunications (BT), The Belgacom Group, HTC and Juniper Networks. See this site for details.

Once you have created your account and downloaded the app, the company promises that you will be able to work from anywhere to create, revise and analyze Powerpoint, Word and Excel documents.

Onlive Desktop standard is currently free and allows up to 2 GB or storage. The pro version, starting at $9.99 a month is coming soon and will allow you up to 50 GB of storage and other functions. Read more about the service plans here.

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  1. Hi Justin,

    I thought you might be interested in the below article, especially the information about the new rulebook app. It is very cool. I note the ALI/ABA is doing a CLE next week entitled “The iPad and the Law.” This is clearly a very timely topic. If you want to use any information from the article or even entire sections from it, you are free to do so. No attribution to me is necessary.

    Best,
    Greg

    The iPad and the Law
    Although the iPad has primarily been marketed as a consumer device, the business world has quickly recognized the advantages and efficiencies the iPad offers to the work place. Matt Hamblen, iPad creeping into business offices, http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/351462/iPad_Creeping_Into_Business_Offices (last visited Dec. 27, 2011). In fact, within 90 days after its initial release, the iPad managed to penetrate 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. Nathan Clevenger, How the iPad Conquered the Enterprise, http://www.datamation.com/mobile-wireless/the-ipad-and-enterprise-it.html (last visited Dec. 27, 2011). Even sports teams are taking advantage of the iPad’s benefits. Fans attending Super Bowl XLV, the first Super Bowl held after the iPad was released, could use an official NFL app to navigate Cowboys Stadium. Erik Malinowski, Cowboys Stadium Techs Up for Super Bowl Close-Up, http://www.wired.com/playbook/2011/02/super-bowl-nerve-center/ (last visited Dec. 27, 2011). Shortly thereafter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first NFL club to discontinue the use of paper copies of playbooks, and instead distributed all players their playbook and videos in electronic format via an iPad 2. Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Buccaneers buy each player an iPad to hold playbook, videos, http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/article1187879.ece (last visited Dec. 27, 2011).
    Law firms are also starting to embrace the iPad, despite what The New York Times describes as a general reluctance on the part of firms to adopt personal technology. Karen Donovan, The Rise of the Legal iPad, http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/the-rise-of-the-legal-ipad/ (last visited Dec. 27, 2012). The Times reports that Prosekaeur Rose, one of the nation’s largest law firms, is making the iPad available to its 700 lawyers, most of whom prefer the iPad to a laptop computer. Id. A number of other national, regional and local firms are also distributing iPads to their attorneys. “Lawyers, it seems, are shedding their heavy trial bags in favor of something lighter and certainly hipper.” Id. With Apple’s introduction of enterprise apps and, earlier this year, Business to Business (B2B) apps, the iPad is becoming more and more a standard piece of equipment for lawyers.
    The iPad was not the first tablet computer and it is certainly not the only tablet computer on the market today. However, the iPad is perceived as having defined a new class of consumer (and now business) device, with increased functionality, battery life, simplicity, mobility, lower cost, and overall quality compared with previous tablets. See Tablet Computer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_computer, (last visited Dec. 27, 2011). Although other computer manufacturers and even media companies have now introduced iPad-like tablet computers in an effort to catch up to Apple, the iPad continues to shape and dominate the consumer and corporate market for tablet computers. See iPad Dominates Planned Corporate, Consumer Tablet Purchases, http://www.marketingcharts.com/direct/ipad-dominates-planned-corporate-consumer-tablet-purchases-19254/, (last visited Dec. 27, 2011). In fact, 80 percent of businesses planning to buy a tablet device this year reported that they intended to buy iPads. Id.
    For their part, attorneys are using the iPad more and more for everything from logging billable hours, to referencing the appropriate rule in hearings and trials to communicating with clients. USA Today reports that lawyers are even using the iPad successfully in mediation by providing the mediator with an iPad preloaded with video interviews, case documents and even case animations. Jahna Berry, iPad Brings New Connection to Lawyers, Clients, http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-07-05-ipads-attorneys_n.htm (last visited Dec. 28, 2011). This article will briefly highlight some of the more useful apps lawyers are using to enhance their practice, including GoodReader, Rulebook, JuryTracker, Quickoffice Pro, Evernote and Apple’s own Newsstand app.
    GoodReader. [icon] Court systems and law firms alike have long since recognized the advantages offered by paperless filing, storage and retrieval systems. Using Adobe Acrobat, a scanner, and email, lawyers can drastically reduce the amount of paper they use and simplify filing and service of pleadings and papers. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure authorizes service by electronic means, including email, when agreed to by the other party. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(b)(2)(E). Thus, after entering into a simple stipulation with opposing counsel, attorneys can save a tremendous amount of administrative/secretarial time and headache by serving pleadings, papers and discovery on multiple parties with a click of a button. In fact, in light of numerous statutes authorizing electronic signatures, attorneys need not even print out pleadings or papers to sign them.
    However, until the advent of the iPad and the GoodReader app shortly thereafter, there was no easy way to argue motions and otherwise present arguments at court without first printing the relevant papers beforehand. GoodReader presents the first viable alternative to taking large binders of pleadings and papers to court hearings. GoodReader allows you to read all your electronic documents easily on your iPad while in court, including any annotations or highlights you may have made to the electronic document before transferring if from your desktop computer to your iPad. GoodReader also allows you to make further annotations and highlights to your document right on your iPad. Especially nice is the ability to search through a large memorandum to find a key sentence or phrase you want to highlight during oral arguments.
    GoodReader’s Achilles’ heel is the difficulty in easily transferring multiple files back and forth between your iPad and desktop computer. The app offers a couple of ways to do this, but both can be fairly time-consuming. Still, when trying to decide whether or not to drag a box of documents produced by opposing counsel to court in the off chance you need to reference something during your hearing, it is very nice to have the option of simply transferring the relevant discovery file to your iPad instead.
    Rulebook. [icon] Nothing seems to help lawyers shed heavy trial bags (and save money) more than a new app called Rulebook. With Rulebook, there is no need to haul your set of court rules to court with you because everything you need is already on your iPad. Not only does this make taking your court rules with you more convenient, but with the ability to search through rules by key words and phrases, Rulebook makes it a whole lot easier to put your finger on the right rule at the right time.
    Rulebook is the first app to offer a truly viable replacement to the paper rule books lawyers are used to buying every year from Westlaw and/or LexisNexis. Rulebook does not require an Internet connection in order to read, search, highlight and annotate the various court rules, all of which are available in one app. One of Rulebook’s best features, however, is the way it automatically updates rules when they are amended. This allows attorneys to know that their rules are up to date without the need to check pocket parts or go online. Rulebook’s updating process also preserves attorneys’ highlights, bookmarks and annotations even when rules are amended, something no other app, let alone paper rule books, can do. All this, coupled with significantly lower prices than the paper equivalent attorneys are used to buying, makes Rulebook a great reference tool in the office as well as in court.
    Rulebook is also one of the first legal apps to take advantage of Apple’s enterprise and B2B purchase models referenced above. Enterprise and B2B apps are essentially two variations of the same thing: apps built for a specific business that allow that business to customize the app and then buy it in bulk on behalf of its employees. Rulebook, for example, allows law firms to use their firm’s logo for the app icon and select which rule books they want included in the app (any jurisdiction) and which rule books they don’t. The firm can even choose to have its internal policies, employment manuals and other internal documents included in the app. The firm can then buy the app exclusively on behalf of all its lawyers and paralegals in a single transaction.
    JuryTracker. [icon] JuryTracker allows lawyers to easily track individual juror’s reactions to evidence and testimony presented at trial. Developed by John Cleaves, supervisor of practice support for Latham and Watkins in Los Angeles, the app also allows lawyers to identify key jurors, standardize notes on juror reactions, track time spent by each party and share reports with your trial team. The app is very easy to use, using intuitive graphics, including a range of emoticons, that can be used to quickly record juror responses. Having graphical input options is an especially helpful alternative for those who have difficulty using Apple’s built-in keyboard. To take more detailed notes you can either use the built-in keyboard or an external wireless keyboard, such as the one manufactured specifically for the iPad by Zagg.
    Quickoffice Pro. [icon] Apple and Microsoft don’t always get along. Without apps to bridge this gap, iPads are of little use for editing Word documents and other Microsoft Office files. Quickoffice Pro is perhaps the leading app that allows you to create, edit and share Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Although the iPad is probably still not the ideal device for word processing (especially if you do not have an external keyboard), having the ability to edit documents anywhere and anytime cannot be overrated. Quickoffice is “cloud” compatible, allowing it integrated access to remote services like MobileMe, Dropbox, Evernote and other document control systems. Quickoffice also allows you to print the files you have created or edited wirelessly from your iPad with Apple’s AirPrint technology, which is built into all iPad devices.
    Evernote. [icon] As its name implies Evernote is an app that allows attorneys to remember anything and everything that happens in their practice. Instead of scratching notes on a legal pad, you can record them from anywhere—the Internet, a desktop application, or your tablet or smart phone. All notes sync automatically to your Evernote account, which makes for easy access and organization from any device. If you don’t want to write your note, you can simply speak it. In addition to keeping track of random notes, you can use Evernote to archive important emails and evidence, store case law and articles for later reading and even create to-do lists. See Jay Fleischman, 9 Productivity Tips for Lawyers Who Use Evernote, http://www.theinspiredsolo.com/evernote-for-lawyers-productivity-tips/ (last viewed Dec. 27, 2011).
    Penultimate. [icon] Like Evernote, Penultimate is also a note-taking app, but note-taking more in the traditional sense. That is, if writing on an electronic surface can be considered traditional. In its simplest form, Penultimate is a legal notepad replacement. Unlike legal notepads, however, the app has plenty of the bells and whistles you would expect from an iPad app. To some extent, it overlaps in functionality with Evernote. However, each app has a number of functions the other does not, and given the incredibly low price ($.99), it makes sense to have them both. Moreover, the most recent version of the app features direct integration with Evernote among other enhancements.
    Newsstand. [icon] Newsstand was released by Apple just a couple months ago and now comes preinstalled on all iPads and other Apple iOS devices. Newsstand is for the publishing industry what iTunes was for the music industry: a game-changer. The week Newsstand was launched, electronic subscriptions to the New York Times increased seven times. Jeff Sonderman, Why Apple’s Newsstand Is Driving a Surge in Magazine, Newspaper iPad App Subscriptions, http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/media-lab/mobile-media/150199/why-apples-virtual-newsstand-is-driving-a-surge-in-magazine-newspaper-ipad-app-subscriptions/ (last visited on Dec. 27, 2012). Most other publishers also reported a significant rise in subscriptions in the wake of Newsstand’s launch, including National Geographic, which saw its subscriptions grow fivefold. Id.
    It is not the app itself that should be of interest to lawyers but what it delivers. State bar associations and other attorney associations throughout the country are beginning to publish their bar journals and other legal publications through the Newsstand app, which automatically delivers the publication to subscribers with each new edition. This is far, far different from having to connect to the internet and reading an article online. The digital publication is displayed in a brilliant print replica format that can be searched, bookmarked and archived indefinitely on your iPad. This allows attorneys to read bar journal articles wherever they go (at least everywhere they take their iPad).
    At least one company is currently offering bar associations and other legal associations the opportunity to publish their particular legal publication at no charge or obligation in order to test this new delivery medium with their subscribers. The Utah Bar Association is one such association that is taking advantage of this opportunity. Utah and non-Utah attorneys alike can get an idea of what these print replica versions look like by downloading the Utah Bar Journal, which is being made available to anyone who would like to download it during this testing period.
    These are just some of the apps lawyers are using to make their practices more efficient and more effective. There are numerous other apps not discussed here that are also useful, including apps to keep track of billable hours and your travel itinerary as well as more expensive apps for sleek trial presentations. The key is not to get overwhelmed with all the apps that are out there. Start with the basics and you will be surprised how useful a tool the iPad can be for you.

    [picture] Greg Hoole is a partner at Hoole & King, L.C., where his practice focuses on civil litigation, litigation consulting and mediation.

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