Long ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, I dreamed that some enterprising developer would open the world of Android legal apps. Alas, as I discussed, developers don’t care about Android apps for lawyers. (I confirmed this at ABA TECHSHOW when the TrialPad guys told me, “it’s too tough.” Which is an outright lie and misunderstanding of the current Android ecosystem. Let’s be honest, marketability and ROI is the problem.) I realize is that developing applications for Android is difficult and costly. Users demand free or low-cost applications, but the actual work required for development is monumental. This is also why I’m more forgiving, and I’m encouraging all Android users to purchase applications, and expect to pay some costs for quality.
Encouragement, even if it’s still alpha
Now, a new glimmer of hope is rising in the form of TrialNote.
The premise of the application is to create a trial notebook program for tablets. It’s very much Beta — perhaps even Alpha — but I have high hopes that the app will take off and be available soon.
TrialNote comes from Depose developer, Stewart Boling. Stewart and I collaborated on the concept — meaning I told him what I thought the tabs should be and some of the basic labels — and he developed this sweet application.
Each tab has a specific function, including the ability to attach files, associate contacts, and add calendar dates.
My preview version has a lot of bugs — it’s alpha, so it’s not available for testing yet — but still looks very sharp, clean, and will be a great asset for litigators.
Once you attach a document, it’s available for the remainder of the time. Plus, you can attach documents from a variety of sources such as Google Drive or Dropbox. TrialNote will have Google sync capabilities, which will allow you to sync information across devices — right now it’s single-device only.
I’m really impressed with the design and app in its current situation, and I expect the addition of a ton of useful features in the future versions. If you’re interested in learning how to encourage Stewart to devote more time to developing this app, send me a message. In the next few weeks, I’ll also create a kind of Kickstarter campaign to help motivate this app’s development.