Tablet PCs are growing in popularity in the legal community. Using one of these specialized laptops, you can write directly on the screen.
For example, Lenovo’s X200 Tablet is a convertible which changes from a standard laptop to a tablet by swiveling the screen:
To use the Tablet PC with Acrobat, you’ll need the $69 AutoInk Plug-in from Evermap.
AutoInk installs a toolbar into Acrobat that allows you to write directly on top of PDF documents.
To get a demo of this new plug-in, I went to James Province of the TabletLawyer.com. James is a practicing lawyer who resells Tablet PCs and provides consulting and training.
James was nice enough to let me record him doing a demo of AutoInk on his X200 Lenovo tablet.
Following, I also provide some additional information about using the plug-in.
Installing the AutoInk Plug-in
You can buy the plug-in online from the Evermap Online Store. After your purchase, you’ll be given access to download it from the Evermap website.
Quit Acrobat, then just double-click the SetupAutoInk.exe file which will install the plug-in for you.
The AutoInk Plug-in
When used with a Tablet PC, the AutoInk plug-in for Acrobat allows you to:
- Write on top of a PDF in four different ink colors
- Highlight text and images in different colors
- Erase inking or highlights
- Convert inking to:
- Text on the screen
- A sticky note
- Fill in a PDF form with the stylus
- Flatten the document so that ink annotations become part of the document layer.
Why a Tablet PC?
Tablet PCs often cost more than conventional laptops, but for many lawyers the benefits are worth the extra cost.
- Take notes unobtrusively in front of clients
Hammering away on a laptop keyboard can be perceived as rude by clients. Taking notes with a pen has better acceptance.
- Save Paper, Avoid Scanning
Sign PDF documents and email documents instead them printing, signing and scanning. Not only does this save time, it’s a "greener" way to run your law office.
- Get noticed
Finding your notes on a scanned black and white document is difficult. Your color ink annotations stand using a tablet stand out. Ink annotations add only minimally to the file size.