|Monday, 26 July 2010 00:00|
Legal publisher Fastcase debuted its free mobile legal research app for the iPad yesterday in a preview for industry professionals. Like Fastcase’s award-winning iPhone app, the new iPad edition is a free download, and gives free access to the company’s nationwide law libraries of state and federal case law and statutes.
And like the iPhone app, Fastcase’s iPad app is the first of its kind for legal research on the go. The app will be available to the general public in the iTunes App Store in a few days.
The new iPad app is similar to the popular Fastcase iPhone app, but it also provides users with additional features made possible by the larger screen. Among other new features, the iPad includes new results lists on a side panel in the document screen, as well as a new navigation environment for browsing statutes.
Fastcase, the leader in mobile legal research, continues to provide smarter tools for legal researchers. Fastcase for the iPad is a “universal” app, which doubles as an update for the iPhone app and an all-new app for iPad, all in the same application. When opened on the iPhone, it will be an updated version of the iPhone app. When opened on the iPad, the application detects the different hardware and opens the iPad version of the software.
Fastcase’s iPhone app was the first legal research app for iPhone, and was recently awarded the prestigious 2010 New Product of the Year Award by the American Association of Law Libraries. In its launch month, Fastcase was featured on the Apple App Store home page, and for several weeks was a more popular download in the App Store than Microsoft’s search engine Bing.
“The future of legal research is mobile devices – ubiquitous computing and access anywhere.” said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. “The mobile platform is what’s next for legal research, and Fastcase is going to be a major player in this emerging market.”
Legal technology experts who recently previewed the iPad app are praising Fastcase for the latest mobile addition. “Legal research on the iPad could be a game-changer and Fastcase has set the bar exceptionally high,” said Joshua Auriemma, founder of LegalGeekery.com. “In a time where many legal companies are slow to adopt new technology, it would have been completely understandable for Fastcase to have rushed this app out the door in order to be the first legal research app for the iPad. Impressively, this app doesn’t feel rushed at all. No corners have been cut, no major features seem to be missing, and still, they’re the first on the market. Kudos for that.”
Attorney Jeff Richardson of iPhoneJD added in his review “I don’t own an iPad yet, but apps like this push me closer towards getting one.”
Fastcase for the iPad will be available in the iTunes store in early July (search for Fastcase), or you can find more information at www.fastcase.com/iPad.