I’ve long been a huge fan of the cloud-based practice management services, even though I have been critical of their offerings. It’s criticism offered with love, because I don’t need any proof that they’re working to improve their products. With enterprise products like Pro Law or Amicus Attorney, you have to wait for the next version before you know whether your criticism has actually been heard. With the cloud-based services, the response to your criticism may be just an update away.
One area that all of the cloud services have recognized has been providing mobile access to their services. Clio has a phenomenal iPhone (and now Android) app, but it’s designed for the phone. While it has some features that I do like on my iPad, in reality, I’m better off using the web version (which is totally fine!).
Rocket Matter, on the other hand, has decided to take advantage of the unique platform opportunities offered by the iPad, and customized an app taking full advantage of it. Recognizing that the major advantage that a tablet has over a smartphone is size, the Rocket Matter app has created a platform that provides a ton of information on one screen – which couldn’t be done effectively on a phone – while making sure it remains optimized for a touch-screen system that, despite its strengths, just isn’t the same as your desktop computer.
The results are impressive. (more…)
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