Thank you to WestlawNext for being a sponsor of iPhone J.D. The WestlawNext iPad app has always been the gold standard for legal research on the iPad. Last week, the WestlawNext iPad app was updated to version 3.0, and if you haven't used the app in the last few days, you should check it out to try out the new features.
I've always been a big fan of the WestlawNext interface on the iPad app. With minimal distractions, clear fonts and large buttons, the WestlawNext app has had a clean interface since the app was first introduced. The well-designed interface has made it faster and easier to use the app — which is always useful, but is especially important if you are looking up cases on your iPad while in trial or in a hearing in court and you need to be efficient. The new interface in version 3.0 of the app keeps all of those great features but implements them in a flatter design that is more consistent with the aesthetic of iOS 7. Many buttons are now replaced with text and there is no more shadowing in the app. It is a clean, elegant and up-to-date look that makes the WestlawNext app look more appropriate on iPads running iOS 7.
The updated WestlawNext app also has an Alert Center. You can now manage your alerts in the app, such as pausing or deleting current alerts. You can also create new alerts.
Version 3.0 of the app also adds access to Practitioner Insight pages — targeted information for practice areas such as news articles, recent fillings, and pre-crafted alerts on selected topics. If you subscribe to the Practical Law service, you can now print Practical Law documents from the iPad app, and you can now have Drafting Notes delivered with a document when you email it from the app.
Of course, all of the old great features are there too. For example, I love that the app automatically syncs with WestlawNext used in a browser on a computer. This means that you can start a search on your computer, and then if you want to continue to go through the search results at a later time on your iPad, the search is already there in the history tab. Similarly, whatever work you do in the iPad app is a part of your search history when you use WestlawNext on your computer.
WestlawNext was already one of the best legal apps for the iPad, and this latest update makes the app even better.