It has been an exciting few months preparing for the iPad Pro. We did a blog post on how TrialPad would look on the iPad Pro, and we’re currently testing new versions on this exciting new hardware! The new iPad Pro will have desktop class performance, and updates to each app will be optimized to take full advantage of all the benefits of the new iPad Pro, like Slide Over and Split View multitasking, and the larger real estate of the bigger screen. While we continue to test the optimized versions, we are happy to say that all the Lit Software apps you have now are working great on the iPad Pro! Here are the answers to some questions users have asked about the newest iPad, and how our apps work with it.
Do the current versions of TrialPad, TranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad work better on the iPad Pro?
Yes! Most people will find the larger screen helpful when organizing, reviewing, and presenting case content. But, the new iPad Pro is not just a bigger iPad. It has nearly double the CPU performance of iPad Air 2 – and is more in line with desktop-class hardware! Everything you do on the device will benefit from this extra speed, from importing content, all the way to creating reports or production sets, or presenting evidence.
While DocReviewPad is already optimized for quickly reviewing content, you will notice an increase in how quickly pages of a document load and display, especially with more complex documents, or documents that are not optimized for mobile devices. This will allow you to go through your documents with even greater speed.
TranscriptPad will also benefit from an increase in speed across the board. You will notice that transcripts are parsed and import faster, and display faster; designations, flags, and annotations of any size can be made quicker; and reports will generate with lighting speed!
TrialPad will also benefit from the speed improvements. TrialPad on the iPad Pro will load documents faster, and will handle tough tasks like presenting side-by-side documents and callouts with even greater speed. This will allow you to prepare and present your evidence seamlessly.
We are working on optimizing all our apps to take full advantage of everything the iPad Pro offers, but you won’t need to wait for those updates to see much faster loading and display of your case content with the iPad Pro.
Once they are released, how will the optimized versions work differently on the iPad Pro?
The optimized versions of TrialPad, TranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad will allow for multitasking functions, like Split Screen, that are specific to the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2. For example, while you can use the Slide Over feature now, Split Screen will only be available after our optimization updates for each app. Currently, the pre-optimized apps are simply magnified to fill the iPad Pro screen, the optimized versions will have a noticeable increase in the amount of content (cases, files, text) that you can see on the screen at once. That will make navigating your files easier and reduce the need to zoom into content in order to see it better, or make more precise annotations. The increase in screen size will allow you to see longer file names in the documents lists, and you’ll be able to view more cases per page on the home screen.
When will the optimized versions be released?
Releasing iPad Pro optimized versions of our apps is our number one priority. We believe that the iPad Pro will become one of the most popular device choices of our users, and we want you to be able to make the most of the new capabilities it brings. Since the announcement of the iPad Pro, we have been working hard on optimizing our apps using the simulator. While the simulator is a great tool for development and debugging, we are now in the process of testing on the actual hardware.
If you’ve been a Lit Software user for a while, you know we take our updates very seriously. We make the conscious decision to release updates only after thorough and rigorous testing on both the simulator and the new hardware, and will release only when we know they are right. So, while we can’t give you a date, we will keep working hard to make it as soon as possible.
Seems like lot of work is being put in. Will there be a charge for the optimization update?
The optimization update will be free to all TranscriptPad and DocReviewPad owners, as well as owners of TrialPad 4 and later. (If you are still using TrialPad 3, now is the time to upgrade!)
Will optimization affect how Lit Software apps work on my current device?
Even after optimization, our apps will remain fully compatible with previous iPads running the latest iOS 9.
Will I be able to use the new Apple Pencil with TrialPad, TranscriptPad, or DocReviewPad?
Yes! We think the Apple Pencil will be incredibly useful for marking up documents, and since it captures touch points at twice the speed of finger movements it will also offer greater precision. You’ll also be able to better see the content you are marking up as you make your annotations.