MobiLit iPad Trial Presentation App, Review

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MobiLit is the newest entry into a crowded trial presentation field that is dominated by TrialPad and Exhibit A. What makes it different? It is designed to wirelessly project its presentation to other iPads. Additionally, it can send images to a projector or even a TV with an Apple TV or direct wired connection. While this may be convenient, it is unclear why it is necessary. Other than possible use in mediation, I haven’t come across a situation where this is going to be useful. And as a trial presentation app, it falls flat. The bottom line is, it doesn’t seem to bring anything significant to the game and doesn’t appear to match up to the standards set by TrialPad for trial presentation.

MobiLit ($9.99) is, at its most basic, simply a .pdf presentation app. That’s it. It doesn’t do video, it doesn’t do depositions in other formats, it doesn’t do other document formats such as .jpg or .tif. It is, to put it simply, a one trick pony. And, according to the limited documentation (provided only under the “Help” tab under “Settings”) it doesn’t do higher definition .pdfs well. MobiLit indicates that it may bog down on 600×600 dpi .pdfs–which is unfortunate since many attorneys will obtain trial graphics in this higher definition setting, which is preferable for projecting large images in trial.

MobiLit includes basic markup tools (line, highlight, pen, erase) but no  advanced presentation functions. It claims to do call outs, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to access this feature. Even the video tutorials on the MobiLit website didn’t address any of the markup functions, so how (or whether) it works is a mystery to me. That’s it–no arrows, no circles, no boxes, nothing else–just highlighter, line, pen and erase. In today’s trial presentation app market that is simply nothing to get excited about.

There are other quirks. The interface isn’t particularly intuitive as to how to get documents into what MobiLit calls “projects.” At this point in app development this basic function should be obvious and intuitive. Its not in MobiLit. I actually had to find seek out the “help” section in order to figure it out. Here is a tip for MobiLit: “import” is much more accurate and intuitive than “edit” when you are importing documents or folders.

On the plus side, MobiLit does have Drobbox integration.  It can also import files from email and iTunes. And the price is a plus. As opposed to other, more expensive options, MobiLit is only $9.99.   But this doesn’t make up for its lack of features. To me it simply is a bare bones app. I don’t want bare bones when it comes to my trial presentations–I want the bells and whistles.

The bottom line is I simply don’t very many situations where I would be able to control having everyone involved in a case with an iPad. Even if they did, I would have to ask them to install the free MobiLit Viewer. Add the need to have everyone on the same WiFi network and it really creates logistical problems.  Its a neat idea, but I simply don’t see a practical application for it. If I had an unlimited budget, I guess I could have 5 or 6 iPads available to hand out to the judge, witnesses and opposing counsel and have the a projector involved, but that simply doesn’t seem realistic.

 

Score

MobiLit

Reviewed by Todd Hendrickson on .

Summary: MobiLit allows wireless presentation to other iPads, but isn’t an effective trial presentation tool

Overall score: 3 (out of 5)

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  • So go ahead, how do you really feel about this app? I read about it previously, but agree that for anything other than a small meeting, there’s not much use for transmitting to another iPad. I’m glad you offered your review. FYI, there are a couple more Trial Presentation apps: ExhibitView for iPad and TrialDirector for iPad. I have reviewed all of these except for MobiLit on my blog: http://trial-technology.blogspot.com

    I will add that the free Adobe Reader can also be used to display PDF documents. The TrialDirector iPad app is also free.

    Unless you’re dealing with a limited set of exhibits, you’re still better off using a laptop for trial presentation.

  • We were very excited to see a review on Lawyerist.com for MobiLit! Any exposure we receive is welcome and we appreciate Mr. Hendrickson taking the time to review the application for Lawyerist. We are aware the trial presentation application market is a crowded field for a niche market. Our goal in the creation of MobiLit was to simplify trial presentation with the ability to present and share via iPads for smaller proceedings. Our initial design was use in the courtroom, however, it has grown from there. One of our customers has raved about its use as a witness prep tool, while others have found its usefulness in depositions. We feel an iPad will likely never replace a PC for full-fledged document intensive and video-laden trials. Yet for smaller hearings, bench trials, arbitration, witness preparation, depositions, etc., we felt that the ability to transmit documents to other iPads wirelessly is an awesome tool.

    Unfortunately, there is some incorrect information in Mr. Hendrickson’s review. MobiLit absolutely accepts numerous file formats beyond PDF. At this time it doesn’t do video as the live transmission of video to other iPads is something that will take some time to develop and have working properly. However, it absolutely works with all Microsoft Office formats such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. It also supports TXT files so you can import depositions in a variety of formats. Mr. Hendrickson’s review also claims that MobiLit is not compatible with JPEG or TIF images. This is completely false and I question if Mr. Hendrickson even attempted to use any of these files.

    Mr. Hendrickson also states that MobiLit only ‘includes basic markup tools but no advanced presentation functions.’ He claimed that he could not figure out how to do callouts, yet the callout tool is the second button on the presentation screen directly above the highlight tool. MobiLit has just as much markup functionality as its competitors and in our opinion is even easier to use.

    We appreciate Mr. Hendrickson’s criticism and are happy to state that MobiLit is currently undergoing a fresh round of improvements and revisions. We are aware that the importing functionality with DropBox can be a bit confusing and isn’t as intuitive as we had hoped. We are addressing this directly and we expect the next version of MobiLit to be much more compatible with DropBox. We are even adding integration features with DropBox such as the ability to save files and projects directly to DropBox. The import feature will be much easier to use and will alleviate much of the confusion I know people have had when first trying to import their documents.

    Again, we are extremely appreciative of the review and exposure for MobiLit via lawyerist.com. We have a lot of respect for this website and its reviews and we are proud to be a part of it. We just wanted to take a second to defend some of the misconceptions in the review and we hope that anyone that is interested in the ability to share presentations over multiple iPads will check it out for themselves.

  • BVandy

    Todd – thanks for the review.

    You should try Exhibit View. IMO it is better than TrialPad and 1/2 the price and they have phone support vs TrialPad which does not. TrialPad really struggles showing video clips and synched video. TrialDirector is good but not up to par with other competitors in the very, very crowded iPad trial presentation group.