Are You Cloud Savvy? - Part 2

Mobile Technology, Including a Preview of Windows 10

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Date:           Wed, Nov 5th, 2014 8:30 pm EST
Presenter:    Wil Wilcox
Price:           $49.00
CEUs:            .2
Recording:   Yes, 10 days after live event occurs
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On three Wednesday evenings, October 22nd, November 5th, and November 19th, will present a series dedicated to the cloud. If you keep hearing about “the cloud” and aren’t sure what it is, you’re not alone. In a recent national survey, when asked what “the cloud” is, a majority responded it’s either a “fluffy white thing,” the sky, or something related to the weather (29 percent). Despite the confusion, 95% of all the respondents were actually using cloud services at the time of the survey via online shopping, banking, social networking, and file sharing. It’s likely you are, too, so there’s no reason to be scared. The key is to learn what it can do for you, as court reporters, and the answer is a lot!


Reporters can securely store transcripts in the cloud, or can share them with scopists, clients, firms, or colleagues. Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive, and Microsoft Office 365, among others, are all cloud services. Reporters can also deliver realtime transcript via the cloud. Bridge Mobile, for example, uses a private cloud server to provide access anywhere clients can connect to the Internet.


Smart phone apps enable reporters to scan business cards, or even exhibits, and store them in cloud till they need them later. Or you can use apps for keeping notes regarding the job, due dates, special requests from the attorneys, a spelling list of words that came up, and more.


And you can collaborate online. Google Docs, Office 365, and Eclipse allow reporters and editors to share and edit the same document online. And so on. The list is large and growing larger all the time. Join Michael, Wil, and Keith for three powerful webinars that help you understand the cloud and how to take advantage of it to help make your job easier and more efficient.

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In a technology-packed webinar, Wil Wilcox will be reviewing cloud tools, services and apps that will help you work more efficiently and securely. He’ll start with a preview of Windows 10, a subject that’s on everyone’s minds, especially if you are in the market for a new tablet or computer.  Should you wait for Windows 10, get windows 8.1 now, or find a computer with Windows 7 on it? He’ll answer that for you and show what’s in store for all of us with this next version of Microsoft’s Operating System.

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Technology is constantly evolving and changing.  Whether you are an official reporter working in the courtroom or freelancing doing depositions, adopting new technology can greatly assist you with your work.  Plus, using the available tools at your disposal can help you gain a competitive edge.  In this webinar our goal is to provide you with digital know-how, timesaving tips with the latest tech tools at our disposal.  So, spend a little time with us and let us help you get your tech on.


From before you leave your home for work to the time you pack up and head for home mobile technology can greatly assist you.  Google Maps GPS will let you know exactly how long it is going to take to get to work.  In addition, if traffic conditions on the way change, it will offer you a faster alternative route.  Want to see what you end destination looks like?  Google Maps provides satellite imagery, street maps, and Street View perspectives.


Before you start writing, you can take the business cards the parties hand you and make a quick photo of the card using your smartphone. Then an app called CamScanner on your smartphone, running on an iOS, Android or Windows Phone, will turn that image into a PDF file and auto-synch it to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote or OneDrive—your choice—for later reference. CamScanner will literally turn your smartphone into a mobile scanner and fax machine. Use this same app to make on-the-fly PDF copies of documents you may need spellings from and for making copies of important receipts as well. CamScanner is an intelligent solution for document management on all devices, starting from capturing information precisely, to storing and sharing documents via email or cloud, to annotating and managing documents for different purposes. Phone-to-PDF is a very powerful mobile tool for your day-to-day use and one you're sure to love.


When you are at the job you need an app for keeping notes regarding the transcript, due dates, special requests from the attorneys, a spelling list of words that came up, and more. We will show you two free apps for organizing this information, Microsoft OneNote and Evernote, and help you decide which one of them is for you.  Microsoft OneNote is your go-to notebook. No need to leave out any useful ideas. Gather typed and handwritten notes, links, web pages, sketches, and videos and other media and assemble it in one handy place.  Embed files, Insert pictures, documents, videos, and more right into your notes.  Linking will allow you to enjoy the freedom to take notes your way. Be creative with Inking—smoothly draw, erase, and edit with your finger, stylus, or mouse. If you’d rather write than type, OneNote can convert your handwriting into text.  Full integration with the cloud means you can free your files from your computer’s hard drive so your notes and information are saved and searchable wherever you go — on nearly any mobile device, tablet, or browser.


Evernote allows you to capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere. Use Evernote to jot notes, create to-do lists, clip entire Web pages, manage passwords, and record audio. Everything added to Evernote is automatically synchronized across platforms and devices and made searchable. Evernote will even recognize printed or handwritten text in photos and images.


Microsoft Office is now most often purchased as a subscription service which is called Microsoft 365.  We will cover the different options available and how to decide if Microsoft Office is for you and what the free alternatives are.  For instance, signing up for a subscription plan for Microsoft Office 365 Personal for as low as $6.99 per month alone will entitle you to 1 TB of online storage space for Microsoft OneDrive and the use of Microsoft Office on 1 tablet and 1 computer.  With a $9.99 per month Microsoft Office 365 Home entitles you to have up to 5 users with 5 computers and 5 tablets and 5 TB of OneDrive storage for all of your family’s files and photos.


This is just a sampling of some of the topics that will be covered.

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