This has been the year of the legal keyboard. Earlier this year, I wrote about the launch of the LegalBoard, a computer keyboard designed specifically for lawyers. Then, six weeks ago, came another one designed just for lawyers, called Citepad. Unlike the LegalBoard, which is an actual hardware keyboard, the Citepad is an application that provides legal-specific buttons on your computer screen.

Citepad for Windows.

That initial Citepad release worked only on Macs. Today, a new version is coming out for Windows 10 computers. It works identically to the Mac version and can be used with Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, OpenOffice and Google Docs.

In fact, in my testing of a prerelease version of the Windows application, it worked with a variety of authoring applications, including WordPress and PowerPoint.

The Windows version will sell for a limited-time introductory price of $14.99 and then go up to a regular price of $39.99. A free demo is available.

Today, Citepad is also introducing bundled pricing, both for the Windows and Mac versions, providing licenses for up to five computers for $49.99. Prior purchasers of the Mac version are eligible to receive a discount on the bundle.

As I described in my previous post, Citepad allows legal professionals to easily insert citation words and commonly used symbols with a single click. Like the LegalBoard, it lets you toggle between italic and underline formatting with a click of a button. You can use it to insert a footnote and to turn small caps on and off.

Citepad inserts the following phrases:

  • id.
  • ibid.
  • see
  • see id.
  • accord
  • but see
  • but see, e.g.,
  • see, e.g.,
  • see generally
  • see also
  • cf.
  • but cf.
  • contra
  • e.g.,
  • in re
  • supra
  • infra
  • citing
  • quoting

It also inserts these symbols:

  • π
  • §
  • Em-dash
  • En-dash

The developer of Citepad, Emily Montgomery, is an attorney in Las Vegas and a graduate of UCLA Law.

Citepad can be purchased from Juristech Products.

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