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The iPad Is Coming, and Tablet Legal Is Gearing Up

Ipad-420x0 In February I wrote about Tablet Legal, a new blog from Portland, Ore., attorney Josh Barrett. Barrett launched TL as a shrine to all things lawyers can do with an iPad, Apple's latest gadget du jour, weeks before anyone had even seen one in person. So with the iPad's imminent release this Saturday, these are heady times for Barrett and TL since, in the words of Nathan Arizona Sr., that's TL's "whole G*d-damn raison d'etre, ain't it?"

Just as you would expect, Barrett is cranking out the posts this week in anticipation of the big day. Yesterday, Barrett broke down the top 10 things he wants to try on the iPad that he currently uses in his practice. These include:

  • LogMeIn Ignition: An application that "allows you to access and control your computer as though you were sitting in front of it." The larger iPad screen, Barrett says, should be far more than usable for longer sessions.
  • Google Reader: Like many people, Barrett uses Google Reader to manage his RSS feeds. He wants to try out the desktop version in mobile Safari, and see if some of the useful shortcuts he uses on Reader will be available on the iPad without a separate keyboard.
  • Zosh Signature Pad: This app allows you to access, electronically sign and deliver documents from your iPhone. Barrett says he uses this frequently on his iPhone, and hopes the app will have the "same functionality on the iPad but with better document viewing, manipulation and editing."
  • iWork Suite: The "big one" for Barrett, as he says it will initially be the only iPad-specific productivity/work applications developed with the benefit of having an actual iPad in hand.

Today, TL has another post taking a look at the latest wave of reviews of the iPad from people such as Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal (who calls it "pretty close" to a laptop killer) and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times. Barrett's conclusion? "Fabulous" and "overwhelmingly positive."

Once he finally gets his hand on the thing, expect ongoing coverage of the iPad from TL, with a focus on those among its 150,000-plus apps that lawyers might find most useful. If that's not enough for the few of you who plan to buy one, Jeff Richardson says he'll include discussion of the iPad on his iPhone J.D. blog. Richardson also points out a third player to watch in this niche: Ben Stevens, of The Mac Lawyer, who announced at ABA Techshow last week that he'll be launching "The iPad Lawyer" blog soon.

Posted by Bruce Carton on April 1, 2010 at 12:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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