Apps to turn an iPhone into a Keynote remote, find a new trail running route

By Geri L. Dreiling, Esq.

Morgan C. Smith, lawyer

Attorney Morgan C. Smith is the owner and founder of Cogent Legal, a San Francisco Bay Area litigation graphics firm. Cogent Legal helps attorneys develop visual presentations and case strategies that will achieve optimal mediation and trial results. The firm’s specialties include animations, 2D and 3D graphics, medical illustrations and multimedia presentations. Smith writes about legal strategy and litigation presentation on Cogent Legal’s blog.

A litigator for over 15 years, Smith tried numerous high-value cases. He was also the co-founder of San Francisco-based Arns Law Firm. When he left the firm, Smith did what many lawyers dream of doing: He spent a year traveling around the world with his wife and children. The family visited over 80 destinations, “road schooling” their children along the way.

Traveling allowed Smith to spend more time on photography, design and technology. During that year of nomadic living, Smith said his iPhone apps were indispensable. He was also forced to become a tech troubleshooter in order to keep his laptops and WiFi working in remote locales.

Smith, who tweets from @CogentLegal, shares some of his favorite iPhone and iPad apps with Lawyer Tech Review. (Affiliate links below.)


iPad and iPhone

App for work

Use iPhone to control laptop presentations

Smith is a big fan of Keynote Remote. Developed by Apple, Keynote Remote is a 99 cent app that allows Smith to use his iPhone to control a Keynote presentation running on his Mac laptop. As he walks around the room, Smith swipes his iPhone to move from slide to slide.

“Instead of holding a clicker and carrying around 3 x 5 note cards, my iPhone is able to perform both functions,” Smith explains.

The only drawback, he says, is that the app is not available yet on the iPad.

App for fun

Runner and maps app for iPhone

A trail runner, Smith uses Trails, an iPhone and iPad app with a GPS tracker that allows him to record and export his running routes. He can also import the routes of other runners.

“Since my wife and I like to travel a lot, we like to record our runs in new destinations,” Smith says. “We upload the route along with notes about elevation change and distance for others to see and use. Plus, when we want to find a good route in a new location, we can search other runners’ recorded trails for ideas.”

The Trails app is $3.99 on iTunes.

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