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Trial Presentation Software for a Mac? Here’s How with TrialDirector!

Trial Presentation Software

Is There a Trial Presentation Software for Mac?

Despite the hours and hours of preparation before a trial, one single decision or piece of evidence could completely change the course of the case.

As an attorney, you are able to think and react quickly, but unfortunately, unfamiliar technology can be a stumbling block in a dynamic and stressful environment. Even well-practiced lawyers struggle when trying to use new computers, operating systems, and software programs in an ever-changing situation.

Your confidence as a presenter forms the foundation of effective trial presentations, and trial prep is not the time to learn how to navigate a new computer. If you use a Mac daily, then that shouldn’t change when you enter the courtroom.

Although TrialDirector and other associated software (TimeCoder Pro, DepoView, etc.) are designed for the Windows operating system, there are a variety of available methods that will allow you to enjoy the capabilities of your Mac along with all the features of TrialDirector software:

  1. Boot Camp: Don’t worry, this option doesn’t require you to participate in physically-exhausting activities; preparing and presenting in trial is demanding enough. Boot Camp is a program created by Apple that allows you to install the Windows operating system onto your Mac, so you can have two operating systems on one computer. This method gives you great stability and smooth performance with your software; however, while using Windows, you cannot access any of your iOS applications.
  2. WINE: This option requires a little more effort than grabbing a bottle of your favorite beverage and chatting it up with friends. Certain types of WINEs (Windows Emulators), such as WineBottler and CrossOver, allow you to run Windows-based programs on iOS-based systems. You simply download and install the Windows Emulator, and then your software will run on iOS using the WINE. These emulators work similarly to Boot Camp, but not all programs are fully supported, so you might run into some issues depending on the software you’re trying to use.
  3. Virtual Machine: This sounds like the most fun out of the three options, like an exciting virtual reality experience or a time-traveling device. Although a virtual machine isn’t quite that futuristic, it can be extremely helpful when trying to run Windows-based programs on iOS. Basically, it runs a virtual copy of the Windows operating system on your Mac, which allows you to use any software that is designed for Windows. Virtual Machines such as VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop do require more processing power and RAM, but you’ll have fewer problems.



What if Atticus Finch Lived in the 21st Century?

First, Atticus would definitely fit in with his tasteful glasses and sophisticated three-piece suit. Second, his experience in the courtroom would be completely different from the events that happened during the infamous “Robinson v. Ewell” case. The single father and lawyer from the classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been a timeless example of honor, determination, and brilliance. He whole-heartedly defended and verbally fought for a man who had been rejected by society because Atticus knew the defendant was innocent.

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Mr. Finch pointed out the many discrepancies between the various accounts of the crime, and in the mind of the reader, he proved the innocence of Tom Robinson. Unfortunately, the efforts of this brilliant attorney weren’t enough. Tom Robinson was declared to be guilty, and he was later shot to death by prison guards.

Although the case presented in the novel is fictional, it is interesting to speculate what would have happened if the trial happened this year with all the available technologies and methods.

Atticus arrives at the courthouse with his trial presentation in hand; he has spent countless hours organizing his exhibits and timecoding the depositions of key players in the case. He put in a lot of effort, but he is confident that his presentation will be enough to convince the jury of a not-guilty verdict.

Throughout the trial, Mr. Finch uses his presentation software to show key segments of the depositions of Mayella Ewell, Tom Robinson, and Bob Ewell, which causes the jury to focus on key evidence without being distracted by irrelevant information.

Atticus also pulls up a document that has already been annotated with highlights and underlines onto the presentation screen, which outlines the accident Tom Robinson had as young boy getting his left arm caught in a cotton gin, now making it impossible for him to use that arm. The remainder of the trial continues with Atticus presenting key exhibits that allow the jury to be engaged and well-informed about all aspects of the case.

Mr. Finch presents his closing argument, supported by the numerous exhibits and facts he previously shared. As he finishes, the jurors find themselves in an interesting position: the material of the case was presented so fluidly and concisely that they can’t deny the certainty of Tom’s innocence, yet they still must face the social pressures of their community.

Skilled and determined litigators are powerful, but combine these litigators with an effective trial presentation and you have a successful team.

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