- Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Resource Kit version 2
- Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Solutions Center
- Mactopia Resources
- The Entourage Help Page
StuffIt Deluxe v. 11 was released last week by Allume Systems. StuffIt is perhaps best known for its ability to expand anything, considering the fact that it gives users access to more that 20 different compression formats.
New to this release is support for StuffIt Collections, which let you group related files together — such as photos or documents related to a particular. This version also features an archive manager that allows you to immediately display all the StuffIt, ZIP, TAR and RAR archives on your Mac. The software also has improved OS X integration with Automator workflows, JPEG preview image thumbnails, Universal binary support, and more.
The suggested retail price of StuffIt Deluxe v. 11 is $79.99, but it is available for download from Allume’s website for $59.99 for a limited time. A free 30 day trial is also available. You can read about all of the features and capabilities of Version 11 by clicking HERE.
You are probably familiar with Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation software. Can you imagine a similar product that can enable you to make Hollywood quality presentations — and to do it today? With Apple’s Keynote 3, you can.
The original version of Keynote was released in early January, 2003. The January 30, 2003 issue of Forbes asked: “How does Keynote stack up against PowerPoint? The snapshot summary of our head-to-head user test of the two programs is that they fundamentally do the same thing, and do it well, but Keynote does it with a superior elegance and simplicity of use that is Apple’s design trademark.”
Now, quickly imagine how much progress has been made in the three and a half years since that article was written. For instance, you have many more templates to choose from, and you have the option to: save Keynote presentations in cross-platform QuickTime movies; export them to Apple’s iDVD, while preserving chapter breaks between slides; and even to export your Keynote presentation to the PowerPoint format.
If you make presentations of any kind, whether to a jury at trial, to a mediator in mediation, or to a potential client, you owe it to yourself (and your audience) to give Keynote 3 a look. Like all Apple software, it is very user-friendly, and you can literally create a stunning presentation in a short period of time — though your audience won’t know that you didn’t spend hours working on it.
There are many instances where an attorney might want to create a family tree. Such charts can be useful demonstrative evidence in family court cases and also in probate cases to illustrate the respective relationships within a particular family, and they can include names, pictures, birthdates, and/or any other necessary or relevant facts.
The following three templates can be used to create family trees:
- Family Tree Template (for Microsoft Excel)
- Family History Book (for Microsoft Word)
- Family History Template (for Microsoft Word)
If you just can’t bear to use Microsoft software, these templates should work just fine using Zoho Writer, Writely, Zoho Sheet, or even Google Spreadsheet.
Source: “Create Family Tree Charts inside Microsoft Office” by Amit Agarwal published at the Digital Inspiration blog. Thanks also to Wendy Boswell of the LifeHacker blog for her post on this article.
Attorneys practicing in many different areas of the law need to create timelines from time to time. In my family law practice, it is often helpful to make chronological timelines for demonstrative evidence.
Not only does this article have an easy to follow eleven step “how to” for this very purpose, but it also has several different sample timelines for your reference.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has published “Introduction to Apple Mail with IMAP,” which is also called “Apple Mail Quick Start Guide v2.” This free download is available to everyone, and it covers all the basics of this program, including screenshots and a listing of keyboard shortcuts. Whether you are new to Apple Mail or you just want a refresher course, this resource is worth downloading and reading. You can download this Guide by clicking HERE.
If there is one product that can best demonstrate the creative possibilities the Mac allows, it is without a doubt Circus Ponies Notebook. Yes, it is a strange name, but it is a fantastic program. Its website describes it as “a combination outliner and free-form database that lets you clip, annotate, and share unstructured information.” Notebook takes advantage of the Mac’s simplicity and intuitiveness. When you open the program, it looks like a blank notebook. You can organize and use this program any way you want to, and the best part is that it is so easy that anyone can use it.
Notebooks can contain outline pages, free-form pages, or any combi￼nation. Its pages can contain text, graphics, audio, video, imported data — virtually anything you can imagine. You can copy and paste items into the pages, type information in directly, or even use “clipping services,” which allow you to automatically insert data into a specified notebook page, even if you are not using Notebook at the time.
One of the best features of Notebook is its automatic indexing of all information. Yes, all information placed into a Notebook is automatically placed into 14 indexes for easy location and retrieval later. These indices include: text, capitalized words, numbers, web addresses, highlighting, keywords, creation date, due date, etc. There is even a “Super Find” feature, which lets you search using multiple criteria at once.
Notebook can be used to organize information in the office or for use at trial. All of a file’s documents can be attached to a specified page, such as correspondence, pleadings, orders, etc. Witness outlines can include links to other pages or items (both within and outside Notebook). For instance, your notes on a given topic can include images, charts, audio clips, video deposition snippets, and other items for quick and easy retrieval. “NoteBook makes it easy to concentrate on what you need to present, rather than on how you should present it.”
I recently came across the following useful (and free) software:
- GIMP – This is an open source photo editing tool that is comparable to Photoshop, but without the cost.
- iClip – This program gives MacOSX multiple clipboards for copying and pasting.
- Carbon Copy Cloner – Invest in an external hard drive and use this to back up your entire hard drive. As the name implies it makes an exact copy of your hard drive onto a target drive.
- MacTheRipper – Enables you to get around most encryption and rip a copy of any DVD onto your harddrive, from which it can be inserted into presentations or backed up onto another DVD.
The Self-Presenting Presentation combines three great Apple software functions to automatically present and narrate each slide of a Keynote slideshows adapted for its use. Specifically, this application uses AppleScript, Keynote, and Text-to-Speech to begin playback of the presentation; initiate the transitions, build-ins, and build-outs of the slides; and speak the contents each slide’s notes field.
How can this software be incorporated into your practice?
- Create demonstrative presentations to give to insurance adjusters in personal injury cases to get more favorable settlement offers;
- Produce informational slideshow to display in your lobby to tell potential clients about yourself and/or your practice; or
- Design a case summary to give a mediator prior to mediation to provide him/her with an overview of your case.
You can download and view the Self-Presenting Presentation application from Nyhthawk Productions, which uses itself to give an eight-minute tutorial which outlines how the application works. Basically, you create your Keynote presentation, install the Install Test Script script, and add tags to your notes to “direct” the application.
Apple’s website contains a case study which discusses how one lawyer organized video testimony into a concise digital presentation using Apple’s iMovie 2 and iDVD 2, and then presented the video clips in court using his Mac laptop computer. If you have a trial practice, you should read this case study, Using iDVD in the Courtroom, to find out how these programs can work for you too.