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Word Adds Smart Lookup

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The latest update to Microsoft Word for iOS is out and brings the version up to 1.25.

This app in conjunction with the subscription service offered by Microsoft, offers you an opportunity to work on your Mac and the go by uploading and accessing your documents via various connected services like OneDrive, Dropbox, Edmodo and more.

You can even share the document you are working on with a person who can edit the document via a web browser. A subscription with Microsoft is required for this feature.



The latest update allows you to get useful information, images and definitions by pressing and holding on a word or phrase and choosing Smart Lookup. The first time you use this service, you are presented with a warning that the data is sent to Bing. The data includes the word and surrounding content.

The reference content appears in a column to the right.

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TrialPad – How to Create Key Docs and Witness Folders

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When getting ready for a trial recently, I finally realized a couple of important concepts related to using TrialPad that can make a big difference in organization and speed – Creating Witness folders with documents you will use for the witness examination.

Having a folder for each witness is not the concept I realized. Instead, the method for accomplishing this finally clicked.

The developer has a great video that runs you through using the app.

Here is how to create the key documents and witness folders.

First, documents that are imported into Trial Pad are always available to you for use on the left side. However, if in preparing an examination of a witness, you want to refer to page 25 of a deposition and want to have the relevant section highlighted, you can set this up ahead of time. More importantly, you can do this for multiple documents and place them into a folder for later reference to present it.

Here are the basic steps.

  • From the left side, select the document you want to use.
  • Scroll to the page you want to use on the right side.
  • If you want to use the particular page by itself or want to highlight or callout a portion, do so now.

TrialPad Create Key Doc

  • On the top right, tap on the Key icon. This basically takes a picture of the way the page has been set up and moves the document to the key documents area.
  • You can repeat this process to send various documents to the key documents area.
  • Once the documents are in the Key documents area, you can create witness folders and move the proper key documents for each witness into that folder. To add a new folder, tap on the + at the bottom left and you will be presented with 2 choices: Add New Folder or Add Whiteboard.

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  • When you tap on Add New Folder, you will be presented with the ability to name the folder, assign it a color and icon.

TrialPad duplicate-key-documents

  • You can even duplicate key documents so you do not need to recreate the way you set them up. By duplicating them, you can then place all the documents you need for each witness in a single folder and not have to search between various witness folders.
  • To duplicate a key document, Tap Select, tap the circle next to the key document and then tap Edit at the bottom left. You will have a choice to Duplicate, Rename, Move, Export to iTunes. Tap on Duplicate.
  • A duplicate of the key document will appear. Tap Select, tap the circle next to the document you want to move and then Tap Edit. Then tap Move. You will be able to select the folder you want to move the document into.
  • Repeat the process for each document.

Hopefully, this walk through will help you create witness folders with the key documents you need to be successful.

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OmniFocus – Encryption (Almost Ready)

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OmniFocus, the GTD app that syncs with every Apple device you have has been updated to include an encryption passphrase separate from your sync password.

Before you set this, make sure you are running at least version 2.16 on all of your iOS devices and 2.7 on your Macs. You can get the Mac version update at

The update includes:

• Encryption — the ability to set a separate encryption passphrase and to revert to using the sync password for encryption.
• 1Password — OmniFocus now integrates with 1Password for iOS for sync and encryption credentials.
• Mail Drop — Fixed a problem where attachments with non-ascii characters in their names would be missing their contents once imported.
• Database Migration — Fixed several problems with the database migration flow.
• Section Headers — Fixed a problem updating counts and labels in section header rows on iPad.
• URL Scheme — omnifocus:///paste URLs now support folders and projects as targets.


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Devonthink To Go – Major Update

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Devontechnologies has finally released the 2.0 version of the iOS companion app Devonthink To Go. The app has two levels: Basic and Pro. The differences are described on DevonThink’s page. The pro version is a $4.99 in app purchase.

On the Mac, DevonThink is great document and information management database program used by many professionals to manage large amounts of information.

The iOS version allows you to sync your databases from your Mac to your iOS devices.

Devonthink Screenshot iPad

You can use the app to:

– Browse and view your documents
– Organize your files
– Capture notes, images, bookmarks
– Edit plain text files, RTF documents, and formatted notes (based on HTML)
– Annotate PDFs (requires one-time in-app purchase)
– Link to your documents from other apps supporting URLs
– Search using a powerful search language
– Sync with DEVONthink for Mac or other iOS devices running DEVONthink To Go 2

The app has been completely rewritten from version 1. The improvements to the app include:

– App badge shows number of unread items across all databases.
– Smart groups added listing audio and video files.

– Keyboard handling.
– Detail info for groups.
– Navigating into groups twice as fast.
– Reliability of uploads to and downloads from sync stores in case of interruptions e.g. on unreliable networks.
– Bonjour server is started as soon as the network is available.
– Bonjour locations prefer host name and port to open connections.
– After a failure to open a Bonjour connection, the Bonjour service is resolved again.
– Multithreading when syncing.
– Canceling of Dropbox requests.
– Memory management.
– Overall reliability.

– App name was truncated in Springboard.
– Issue where it was possible to replicate between databases.
– Issue where the app badge wasn’t cleared after switching from version 1.x.
– Issue where only the first selected search result could be displayed.
– Issue where search results where not updated after downloading a pending record.
– Issue where tags inside of tags were not offered in tag suggestion menu.
– Issue where database icons could flicker while indexing was running.
– Issue where the selection of record lists flickered when selecting another record (iPad).
– Issue where the animation when deleting or putting back items by swiping was clunky.
– Issue where new WebDAV locations didn’t accept invalid HTTPS certificates.
– Issue where DEVONthink To Go could crash if a sync store commit was interrupted.
– Issue where DEVONthink To Go could crash when using the keyboard buttons in formatted notes with word suggestions switched off.
– Issue where DEVONthink To Go could crash on the database list.
– Further rare crashes.

You can learn more about the app from DevonThink’s web page.

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Apple Event Sept. 7th

Apple Sept 7 Keynote

Apple has announced that the next live keynote will be held September 7, 2016 at 10 am PDT.

You can visit this page to watch the presentation live.

There are many new product announcements expected as well as information about the status of the newest operating systems for the various Apple devices.

You can add the event to your calendar.

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OmniFocus – Organize Your Life

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With the school year beginning, now is a good time to consider getting OmniFocus to help organize your life. The app is not just for students. This app can be used by any kind of professional, parent, teenager and more to help capture your ideas, accomplish your goals and finish your projects.

OmniFocus Screen Shot iPad

To learn more about ways to effectively use OmniFocus, check out Inside OmniFocus. There, you will see example workflows, tools & services and more.

The latest update brines the following changes:

• Encryption — Made changes to significantly reduce the likelihood of a “No Key in Slot” error. For more information on recovering from this error should it occur, please see this support article:
• Large Databases — Made changes to reduce OmniFocus’ memory footprint when reading your database from disk.
• Repetition — Fixed a problem where repeating items could be corrupted when edited on multiple devices.
• Migration — Changed the interval at which you are prompted to migrate to one week, from one day.