My Apple Watch in the Central Penn Business Journal

A few months ago, I was interviewed for a story in the Central Penn Business Journal about my use of the Apple Watch. At the time, that story was behind a paywall. That’s no longer the case, and you now can read the story here. For what it’s worth, I’m still using my Apple Watch as described in the article.

Attorney taps Apple Watch to enhance work and receive quick snippets of information | Central Penn Business Journal

ScanSnap Not Working with El Capitan? There’s Hope

If you own an older Fujitsu ScanSnap, you may have discovered that it’s no longer supported by El Capitan. My ScanSnap S300 falls into that category. The quickest way to check out the El Capitan compatibility of your ScanSnap is by heading over to the DocumentSnap website, which has summarized the El Cap compatibility of many ScanSnap scanners. If your scanner is no longer supported, don’t give up hope.


Upgrade Your Video Presentations and Depositions

(Note: This article talks about video depositions in a legal setting, but any Mac user who needs to be able to present and annotate photographs and other documentation, and record those presentations, might find it useful.)

Sample video deposition 4

There has to be a better way. That was my thought as I prepared for my last trial. If you are a lawyer who does trial work, you’ve probably taken many video depositions for use at trial. In doing so, your method of presenting exhibits might have been to have your videographer zoom in on exhibits that were referenced by the witness. That’s how I did it, until recently.


Macs in Law Offices Conference

I’m thrilled to be speaking at the 2015 MILOfest conference, which runs from Thursday, November 12 to Saturday, November 14th in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Yacht Club resort. I’m still tweaking my presentation, but will be talking about some workflows I use to stay productive as a Mac user in a Windows-based office.

The lineup of speakers is pretty impressive, including Katie Floyd and David Sparks from the Mac Power Users podcast. If you are a lawyer or law office administrator, there’s still time to register. Tickets can be purchased through the MILOfest website.

Dispatch Comes to the iPad, at Last

Dispatch has long been one one of my favorite email apps on the iPhone. Lately, I’ve been going back and forth between Dispatch and Spark. I suspect I may be switching to Dispatch full time now, though, since Clean Shaven Apps has just released an update to the app to make it universal. 

Yes, you can now use the app on your iPad. Truth be told, you could always use the app on your iPad, but you were using it in scaled mode, and not taking advantage of the iPad’s differences from the iPhone. Now, the app is optimized to run on the iPad.

The app’s strengths have always been its email powerful triaging capabilities and customizable sidebar, but it also offers support for numerous third party services, such as TextExpander, 1Password, and Evernote. I’m just excited to be able to use the app in landscape mode on my iPad. You can get the app for $6.99. If you already own it, the update is free.

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The Beauty of DEVONthink OCR

I’ve covered DEVONthink heavily recently. That’s because it has been an invaluable tool and a huge time saver for me over the last few months. The latest trick I discovered has been DEVONthink’s ability to easily replace non-searchable PDF’s with searchable (OCR’d) versions of the same document. It’s pretty simple, actually.

How to Clip from Safari (iOS) to DEVONthink (Mac)

Workflow to dropbox to devonthink

Since I first wrote about using DEVONthink Pro Office in my law practice, I’ve increasingly been using it for additional work projects. I’m currently preparing a case for trial, and have copied all of the documents and research for that case into DEVONthink, so it is easily accessible. I’d like my research to be in DEVONthink, too, which led me to figure out how to clip webpages from Safari on iOS into DEVONthink on my Mac. Here’s how I did it, using the Workflow app for iOS, and Hazel on the Mac.


Apple Watch Q&A – Improve Your Office Workflow

I recently sat down for a question and answer session about the Apple Watch. That Q&A is up on my firm’s website, and does a pretty good job of identifying what I like and don’t like about the watch. For me, the two biggest benefits to the watch are the ability to quickly get information into my system, and to quickly review information and get on with what I’m doing. I don’t use the watch as a tool for generating work. Instead, it “greases the skids” and helps me get work done on my other devices.

How Can the Apple Watch Improve Office Workflow? Q&A with Attorney Evan Kline | Katherman, Briggs & Greenberg, LLP

Writing Legal Briefs with Scrivener

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WordPerfect 5.1 is legendary among tech geeks of a certain age, and still has devoted users. I used various incarnations of WordPerfect as my main word processor and brief[1] writing tool until just a few years ago, when I succumbed to the inevitable force of change, and switched to Microsoft Word. Now, though, I’m not even using a traditional word processor as my main brief writing application, because I’ve discovered that Scrivener is a fantastic tool for that purpose.


Apple Watch – the Ultimate OmniFocus Capture Tool

I’ve been progressing through the MacSparky OmniFocus Video Field Guide, which has giving me some “ah-ha” moments. I’d already known how to use Siri and the Reminders app to get tasks into OmniFocus with my voice, but I’d fallen off the wagon and hadn’t used that method in months. When the Field Guide covered that method, it hit me like a ton of bricks – since you can add reminders to the Reminders app with your watch via Siri, you also can add tasks to OmniFocus the same way.