The Disadvantages of TrialPad

Gone are the days of frantically rifling through reams of paper or fumbling through cumbersome binders to locate an exhibit during your trial presentation. With the rapid advancement of technology, it is not uncommon to see an attorney attempting to run his or her own trial presentation straight from their tablet. While running a trial presentation from the palm of your hand sounds enticing, our trial technology consultants have discovered several downfalls of the software commonly used on iPads, TrialPad.

TrialPad supports only a limited number of file types, which becomes an issue when your case contains native files such as spreadsheets or diagnostic imaging. And unless your video is in one of just a handful of formats supported by TrialPad, you will have to hassle with converting your video first. This can be time consuming and costly. TrialPad frequently errors in the playback of large video files and the clipping tool is not precise, causing issues when editing video last minute. Further, TrialPad is known to have finicky audio output when connected to a projector.

With the ever-increasing use of technology to conduct remote depositions, TrialPad can be used to display exhibits over Zoom, but it is a complex process that requires either additional software or external hardware. Additionally, TrialPad is not conducive to creating custom slides on the fly (such as for opening and closing arguments).
Unless the tablet settings are modified, the screen will go sleep after a period of unuse. Modifying this sleep setting causes the iPad battery to drain more quickly, highlighting another issue: when plugged into a power source or hardwired into an output source, the presenter is forced to remain connected as opposed to having the ability to move freely about the courtroom during the presentation.

Probably the largest complaint about TrialPad is that there is no way to cut or edit deposition designations within the app. Further, there is simply no ability to play the synched deposition video, even if first edited within another program. In any case where video depositions exist, this poses a genuine problem.

How OPVEON can help

Juries pay close attention to the trial presentation and the manner in which it is run. Consider leaving the presentation to the experts at OPVEON and focus on doing what you do best: preparing your arguments for trial. Our consultants are equipped with the ability to better upload and organize exhibits, quickly locate specific pages within exhibits, and swiftly edit deposition clips.

It is important to pick the right tools for job. As the old idiom says, “stop hammering nails with a screwdriver.” So what tools are in your toolbox? From the most up-to-date and high-end hardware to cutting edge software, we have just the solution for your case. Everything from war room set up to courtroom technology and hot seat services, we have you covered. With hundreds of combined trials under our belt, you won’t find a more experienced group of technology consultants anywhere and we’ll make sure that every technological tool is at your disposal. With your verdict at stake, let us focus on the technology and you focus on your case.

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