If part of your job as an attorney is to review depositions, TranscriptPad is one of the best apps you can have on your iPad. It makes it easy to read depositions and, while you do so, identify the important parts of the deposition testimony that relate to all of the key issues in your case. The app also makes it easy to create reports of the key portions of a specific deposition or all depositions in the case organized by topic. For example, with just a few taps, TranscriptPad can give you a report of all of the testimony from all of the witnesses in a case that you indicated as being important to a defendant's affirmative defense, useful when you want to draft a motion for summary judgment on that affirmative defense. The app also makes it easy to carry around all of the transcripts from all of your cases on your iPad so you can access the testimony anytime that you want. I reviewed the 1.0 version of the app back in January of 2012, and I also reviewed a significant update to the app in July of 2013.
TranscriptPad currently costs $89.99, and is easily worth it because it allows you to be so much more productive with your deposition transcripts. But I know that $90 is more expensive than most of the other apps that attorneys use, so on the rare instances when TranscriptPad goes on sale, I try to spread the word. Ian O'Flaherty, the developer of TranscriptPad, tells me that today and tomorrow (July 16-17, 2014), the app is on sale for only $49.99. That's how much the app cost when it was first introduced at version 1.0 in January of 2012, back when it lacked many of the powerful features that have been added since then.
O'Flaherty also tells me that TranscriptPad will soon be updated to version 1.8, which will add a bunch of new features and will be a free update to all users. Some of those new features include:
- Brand new look and feel, updated to match the aesthetic of iOS 7.
- When the left column displays issues codes with page/line numbers, the page/line numbers currently being displayed on the right will be shaded on the left to make it easier to tell what you are looking at and understand where you are among all of the testimony that you coded.
- You can tap the Page X/Y indicator at the top right to bring up a new "Jump to Page" option.
- Improvements to the way that the app uses flags and blue dots to indicate when you have notes associated with testimony.
Here is a screen shot that O'Flaherty allowed me to share with iPhone J.D. readers to show off some of these new features:
If you are a litigator who reads and annotates deposition transcripts and you don't yet use TranscriptPad, I encourage you to take advantage of the sale and download this useful app. I use the app all the time, and it is one of the most helpful apps on my iPad.