LEGAL SPOTLIGHT: iPad v. Trial Presentation Software

A Client Update from Trial Resource

As you prepare for your next trial, you may be looking into options for the best trial presentation tool. Those options basically boil down to two categories: Trial presentation software, which runs on a laptop, or an iPad application. Both offer benefits, but what are the main differences – and the pros and cons of each?


iPad Apps

Let’s first look at the iPad. If you have a trial with a small number of exhibits and demonstratives, and little need to add documents on the fly, then the iPad might be the right choice based on its sleek user interface and ease of control. However, if you need to add case data, then a computer with access to the “cloud” also will be necessary in order to load the files to the presentation app.

The iPad presentation  apps that we examined offer fewer options due to their small file size. None currently offer editing of video deposition testimony or changes to page/line designations within the application. To accomplish either of these tasks, a software program is required, and then the changes must be transferred to the iPad application,  which can be time consuming.

Additionally, the iPad has a fixed amount of memory, maxing out at 128GB. If your presentation requires more space for exhibits and demonstratives, there is no way to increase the device’s capacity.


Trial Presentation Software

Unlike the iPad, many of the presentation tools available for laptops offer the capability to edit video, load additional files from discs or external drives and offer almost unlimited memory through the use of auxiliary devices. These additional methods of adding files mean that when the Internet signal is weak or non-existent, you’re still able to add case data.


Comparing the Big Three

Three programs – Trial Director, Visionary and Sanction – are the trial presentation programs with the largest market share. While they perform many of the same basic tasks, there are some core differences.

Trial Director  has  the largest market share  among professionals  who offer trial presentation services, and it offers an impressive and efficient presentation format  with a large number  of options.

While all three offer coding and case management on some level, Visionary has the best interface for these functions. Meanwhile, the third, Sanction, has fallen out of favor of late due to program changes that have greatly affected its functionality.

The chart below illustrates some of the functions that can be performed with the most-popular software programs available and compares them to the functionality of some of the apps available for the iPad.


Big Three Comparison

Our Take

As you can see  in  the  chart, the  software  programs for  laptops  offer  considerably more functionality and storage options than the applications currently available for the iPad.

There are many questions  to consider when choosing presentation  tools.  What  are the key functions you need and what is the best interface for you? We hope the information provided here, along with the chart above, will be helpful in your assessment.  New apps for the legal industry are being introduced constantly.  Please check back often for additional updates and software reviews.

If you need more information or would like to discuss the best trial technology options for your upcoming case, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to provide a free Early Case Assessment.

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