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Jeff Richardson
New Orleans
Interests: piano, technology, apple
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If you are going to be looking at documents that are formatted for letter size or legal size paper, such as briefs for any court other than the U.S. Supreme Court, I love the larger 12.9" screen. In portrait orientation, it is essentially the same size as an 8.5"x11" piece of paper. The 11" size is fantastic because it is so light and portable. And for web pages and many other things that you may read on the screen, it is easy to make the text whatever size you want. But I think that most lawyers should take a close look at the 12.9" size. One of the challenges is that when you first try out the 12.9" size, it seems too big. It took me about a week or so to get used to it when I first used a larger iPad years ago. So this isn't something that you can just try out at an Apple Store for a few minutes to decide whether you like the larger size. That just isn't enough time. But I can tell you that after that first week or so, I really loved the larger size, and now whenever I use a regular size iPad I consider myself so happy that I have the larger size. Having said that, if you value being able to carry around the iPad in a purse or a smaller compartment in a bag or briefcase, you'll need to think about whether the 12.9" is too big. It will fit in most any compartment that is made to hold a laptop, and of course the iPad is much thinner and lighter than a laptop. -Jeff
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I also just encountered this bug again yesterday, after I updated to iOS 13.4. Ugh. Fortunately, this same fix still works. -Jeff
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I don't currently use any alternative browsers on my iPad, but I'll post if I have any success with that. -Jeff
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I just tried that, and the share sheet didn't give me the option to save to Files -- presumably because it didn't see it as a PDF document in the first place. I could save it to Dropbox, but when I tried to view the file in Dropbox I got an error message about already using my free view, which makes me think that it just saved a link to Dropbox. But thanks for this suggestion; I'll continue to explore and see if I can get something like this to work for me. -Jeff
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To be fair, Kevin, you need to consider the source for that article. That article says that a person who works for Malwarebytes -- a company that sells a product to clean malware from Macs -- wants people to be worried about malware on Macs. The article doesn't quote anyone else. So it is almost like a press release from Malwarebytes. I don't mean to criticize that company -- my understanding is that it makes a product that works. But I just don't find this particular article to be very balanced. Of course, it is an exaggeration to say that there is are no viruses/malware/etc. associated with the Mac. I've seen one myself in the past. But I understand why people say that because it is far less than what you see on the PC. I think it is perfectly reasonable for any attorney to say that a reason to pick Mac over PC is that the risk is far lower, even if it is not zero. On a PC, I think it is required that you run antivirus and similar software. We use PCs at my office, and we have lots of these defenses. On a Mac, in my opinion, it is optional. So yes, Russell was exaggerating a little when he said that there are no computer viruses associated with the Mac. But I think his point is still a valid one. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2020 on Lawyer iPhone Stories: Russell Knight at iPhone J.D.
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Michael, I revised this post to add a link to my separate post on how to add memory foam: https://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2020/01/how-to-add-memory-foam-to-airpods-pro.html And yes, you can use AirPods or AirPods Pro to keep your iPhone in your pocket while you are on a telephone conference. -Jeff
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Although I suspect that you could do so, I always use a computer (Mac or PC) when I record a podcast. Recording a podcast on an iPad or iPhone is difficult because of the limits in the current operating system on recording audio. You cannot easily participate in a Skype call on an iPad while also recording the different audio feeds on the iPad. It can be done, but it requires extra equipment. For example, see this post: https://sixcolors.com/post/2019/02/a-week-of-podcasting-with-only-an-ipad-pro/ There may be a time in the future when this changes and becomes easier without extra equipment being necessary, but for now this task works better on a computer. On my Mac at home, the Yeti mic just connects to the USB port. -Jeff
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I'm not sure if you call it an "extender" or a "replacement." There is a FAQ on the Lutron website that you can access on this page, which includes a diagram, if you expand the question "Is there any way to extend the wireless range of the Smart Bridge?": https://www.casetawireless.com/faqs But whatever you call it, I can control lights in any part of my house thanks to the lamp dimmer. I can use my iPhone or my Apple Watch in the front upstairs or the back downstairs and everything works the same way. So if you are finding that a Harmony Remote isn't working in all parts of your house, that's not the experience I am seeing. Do you happen to have an extra Lutron remote that you can try instead of the Harmony Remote to see if that gives you a different result? If so, then maybe the Harmony is the cause of the issue. I hope this helps! -Jeff
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I typically have a notebook for each case. When the case is over I export to PDF and save it in my document management system. -Jeff
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Whatever you use to backup your iPad will also backup documents. I use iTunes on my Mac to backup my entire iPad, so that way if I lose it and have to buy a new one, I can just restore from the backup and all of my documents will be there. You can also use iCloud to backup your device, and you have the same ability to restore. If you want to just copy (to backup) the documents in GoodReader, you can connect it a computer running iTunes and access the files on a computer. For example, on my Mac running MacOS 10.14.6, I can open iTunes, select my iPad, click on File Sharing on the left, and then select one or more files to copy them to your computer desktop. This doesn't seem to work in PDF Expert. However, PDF Expert has another way to access files. Tap on the "Computer" selection under Connections in PDF Expert. That will give you a special Internet address and code that you can access using a browser on your computer. From there you can select multiple files to download them to a computer, or you can upload from your computer to PDF Expert. -Jeff
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Thanks. Fixed now. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2019 on Using a mouse with an iPad at iPhone J.D.
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If an app isn't working, and if force-quitting the app doesn't solve it, you might try removing the app from the Apple Watch and installing a fresh copy. I think that to do that you would need to remove the iPhone version of the app too, then download a new version from the App Store on your iPhone, then sync to your Apple Watch again. Once the new version of watchOS comes out with its own App Store there may be a way to do this directly on the watch, but I don't know. -Jeff
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Nate, that isn't a position that I myself use, but I tried it out and it seems to work fine. The Canopy is sturdy enough to support my third generation iPad Pro in either landscape or portrait orientation. And I have to admit that after trying it out, I may use it more often. I can see the appeal of having a page in that orientation as I type. -Jeff
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This mode continues to work for me. Just tap the button at the top right between the magnifying glass and the Share icon. If it isn't working for you, maybe it has to do with the particular document and not the app itself? I'm not sure. -Jeff
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Dale, I didn't get into that issue in the above post, but I'm certainly thinking about it as well. Hopefully this won't be too cumbersome to use. Part of me wonders if Apple is taking baby steps, allowing mouse support this year using accessibility features and then in the future, after they see how it is being used, they make it a more mainstream feature. From the day that the iPad was first introduced in 2010, Apple was promoting the use of a keyboard with the iPad. In my mind, if you are going to be using a keyboard, it should be possible to also use a mouse if you want to do so. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2019 on Apple announces iPadOS, iOS 13 at iPhone J.D.
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Thanks, Sean. I hope you are right. -Jeff
Toggle Commented May 13, 2019 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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Thank you for sharing all of this, Judge Wilson! -Jeff
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I don't know if the Mac version of PDF Expert will allow you to edit/create form fields. I looked at the website too, and I see a reference to filing out fields, but not creating them. You should send an email to the folks at Readdle and ask them about this feature. -Jeff
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If you are part of the Microsoft early access program, the new icons came out in March. I just use the regular version and my Mac isn’t showing the new icons yet. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2019 on A new look for Microsoft apps at iPhone J.D.
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That's a shame ... especially with the second generation AirPods, which are specifically advertised as having less lag. -Jeff
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My understanding is that the risk hasn't been established, but it is possible because it hasn't been disproved either. For example, here is a Consumer Reports article on the subject: https://www.consumerreports.org/radiation/do-i-need-to-worry-about-radiation-from-wifi-and-bluetooth-devices/ -Jeff
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I don't believe that is possible because GoodReader 5 is an update to GoodReader 4, not a separate app. You can contact the developer of the app to ask about this, but I'd be really surprised if you could downgrade. I haven't noticed a delay on large documents, but I using a third generation iPad Pro, so I don't know if GoodReader 5 runs slower on older iPads. If you find that GoodReader 5 doesn't work for you, I recommend that you take a look at PDF Expert. My review: https://www.iphonejd.com/iphone_jd/2019/02/review-pdf-expert-readdle.html -Jeff
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I’ll try! I know that I can speak quickly when I have a ton of great stuff to cover in a short amount of time. -Jeff
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2019 on In the news at iPhone J.D.
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The prior version of GoodNotes definitely had this problem. But in this new version, GoodNotes has now switched to a list of folders type of approach with as many folders-within-folders as you want. The old approach didn't bother me, but I suspect that they changed this in GoodNotes 5 specifically because of complaints like yours. -Jeff
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Jan, GoodNotes replaces a legal pad for me. I use it to take notes in notebooks. I used GoodReader / PDF Expert to organize documents into folders and read and annotate those documents. GoodNotes dosn't work well for managing files because it assumes that it owns the notebooks; it isn't set up to sync with a service like Dropbox with its own folder structure. There is some cross-over. I prefer the annotation tools in GoodNotes, so everyone once in a while, when I have a PDF file that I want to extensively annotate, I will load it into GoodNotes, annotate it there, and then export it out. Also, sometimes within a notebook I will import a PDF document -- such as an agenda for a meeting -- and then write on that PDF file within a noteboook. But despite this cross-over I really do think of the two types of apps as having very different roles in my law practice. If you don't need the file management and organization aspect of GoodReader / PDF Expert and you simply want an app to annotate a specific PDF file, then you are correct that GoodNotes / Notability might be all that you need. -Jeff
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