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Scrivener for lawyers

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.

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Writing Legal Briefs with Scrivener

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Easy navigation, powerful AI, and quick search make DEVONthink a nice alternative to lugging around thick files.

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DEVONthink for Lawyers

Quickly Get Your Ideas Down, and Out to Various Services, With Drafts [iPhone]

Drafts for ios

We’ve written about Launch Center for iOS, an app that lets you quickly perform tasks on your iOS device. Launch Center largely works with text in your clipboard, allowing you, for example, to add the contents of your clipboard to OmniFocus as a task, start a blank email with the clipboard contents as the subject, or send those clipboard contents to Twitter as a tweet. Drafts is a similar app for iOS, but with one key difference. Drafts is like Launch Center for text. You start with a blank page, enter your text, and then send that text off to one of several services.

The services supported by Launch Center include Facebook, Evernote, Tweetbot, Twitter, OmniFocus, Things, Simplenote, Sparrow, The Hit List, Echofon, Due, Byword, and Simplenote. You can also output the text to Mail, Messages, Events, or the clipboard, or even use it with iOS’s “open in” functionality. You can also save the draft for later use.


Drafts supports TextExpander Touch, and has a Markdown preview feature. It has a built-in dictionary/thesaurus, and allows you to pick from a few different theme and fonts. Drafts is an iPhone app, although it runs just fine on my iPad at 2X. You are stuck with the iPhone keyboard, though.

What’s your favorite method for getting text into your iOS device?

Disclosure: we received a promo code for Drafts to try it out, as opposed to paying the 99 cents it costs in the App Store.


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