Multiple operating systems are a fact of life for many lawyers. You may use a PC at work and a Mac at home while also using Droid mobile devices. That means that if you want to be able to access firm data across all devices, you’ll need to choose your technology tools and your law firm’s software systems wisely. At first glance it may seem like a complicated task, but there are lots of options to streamline the process and ensure that you always have access to important information no matter what device you’re using.
If you’re not sure how to do this, you’re in luck since this very topic was discussed at ABA Techshow earlier this year. During that session titled, “I’m a Mac and a PC and an Android,” Catherine Saunders Reach and Craig Bayer shared tips about managing multiple operating systems while Stephanie Crowley took visual notes of this session on behalf of MyCase. The visual notes from that session can be found below along with some of our favorite tips from the session and links to sites that provide further information (click to view larger image):
1. Important considerations. Before deciding which tools you’ll use to sync data across your devices, determine how you’ll be using each device. Figure out which devices you’ll use to: 1) make calls, 2) read and review documents, 3) create documents, 4) surf the Internet, and 5) track time. This will help you to decide the types of information you’d like to access on each device.
2. Best web browser. The presenters recommended using Google Chrome for cross-platform use. Their reason? It provides the simplest syncing across your devices, regardless of your operating systems. Here’s a useful Chrome tutorial that walks you through the basics of getting started with Chrome.
3. Best dual boot system. Some lawyers prefer to use Apple computers.The problem they often encounter is that certain types of premise-based software typically used in law offices only runs on PCs. According to the presenters, the best solution is to use Parallels on your Mac. That way you can run both types of software on one computer. You can learn more about Parallels here.
4. Use a password manager. As the presenters explained, a password manager is a must-have tool when managing information and accounts across devices. They recommended LastPass or Roboform. For more on password managers and other apps to simplify your online life, check out one of our blog posts on that very topic.