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Posted by on Jul 28, 2012 in Web 2.0 |

Springpad and its new features: better or worse than Evernote?

Springpad and its new features: better or worse than Evernote?

Springpad is a tool for managing tasks and information in the form of notebooks, notes and a multitude of options that has made a considerable group of enthusiastic users always mentioned when we talk of managers of this type.

If you used it, were you missing out on something? Many of us use Evernote, a similar tool, and we were surprised to learn that perhaps a number of options that do not have in (and vice versa). But in any case it is good to know what they are and try if Springpad is better suited to our daily needs. What is good for one user may not suit another, and many have found Springpad an irreplaceable tool.

Take the opportunity to give an overview of the functions have been added in its latest version, which are important and which give flexibility Springpad surprising functional and meaningful integration with social networks, both for finding content to share with our contacts within and outside of Springpad. We will look at the salient points:

The Notebooks of Springpad

Springpad is organized through books that we create, within which we can organize a large variety of items, making it very useful for each user to configure it according to the preferred usage. These elements include the following:

  • Note
  • Photo
  • Audio
  • Barcode
  • Location
  • List
  • Task
  • Reminder
  • Event
  • Person
  • Book
  • Bookmark (favorite)
  • Film
  • Music
  • Place
  • Product
  • Recipe
  • TV Show
  • Wine

Each of these elements adds a timeline of activity or Comments (in the case where we share the notebook) and the possibility of adding labels, reminders, pictures, voice files.

Once created these notebooks, we can configure to your liking, setting and a visual design (color choices) their status as public, private or collaborative. We may also browse through our books, the people who follow or explore the books of other members of the community. You can follow Friends, Notebooks or categories.

The books make Springpad is visually intuitive. Then we note that when saving a new item from the website, its design is largely unchanged from Pinterest , an example of social turn for the wanted to give, besides putting many ways to share from this tool.

Social networks and Springpad

From the first moment Springpad lets you sign up with Facebook or Twitter, and if not you used as a registration form below you can add them to your user profile, along with other services like Yahoo and Gmail.

There is also integration with other web services such as import your bookmarks from Delicious (there is an option to do so). At that time all the movies and trailers will be associated with Rotten Tomatoes scores, restaurants you’ve saved will be associated with maps and links to MenuPages and OpenTable, for example.

Mobile Applications

One of its strengths is having a good mobile application that simplifies life for us to load and retrieve information at any time and keep it synchronized with the one on the web. There are versions for iPhone OS (iPhone and iPad) and Android and are very comprehensive, allowing us to work almost the same options we have accessed via the web.

Unfortunately, Springpad no desktop application and therefore we are left without an option to continue using offline content that we saved when we have no connection Springpad. We do have to say that unlike Evernote, the mobile version lets you access and edit your notes from your device when you do not have internet access.

Free and unrestricted

In Springpad no payment accounts. Nor are there limits on the number of notes and content you can store in your account, at least for now.

Sharing, backups, extensions and other features

Springpad possibly be your preferred option you’re sharing and being in contact with other people you discover new content, because there you can follow people, books or classes. Pinterest Think again, where you can follow topics (categories) to Boards of private individuals (Notebooks), or directly to people. Springpad has adapted very well to this form of use of their notebooks.

It also lets you send notes (Springs) from the email, labeling from there to be saved directly to Springpad. As mentioned earlier, you can import your bookmarks from Delicious and also make a backup of the content you have.

Each of the notes can be shared through a unique URL, as well as channels like email, Twitter and Facebook.

Chrome has a very quick and useful extension to Springpad that lets you add notes, tasks, capture pages and search through your items.

The web clipper or add-on for browsers is essential and it works great. We also have ability to use shortcuts or keyboard shortcuts and RSS integration.

Some weaknesses of Springpad

One of the first things that caught my attention Springpad was that, being an application where information is kept private and in many cases (such as private notebooks), not https. Maybe fix that later, but for now if you care about your privacy, you should not overlook this detail.

Springpad is so configurable and has many options that might fall into a temptation: to spend more time configuring it using the tool effectively, and that certainly is something exactly opposite of how we need to cover, that is to save time managing our information and tasks. Because it is so visual, you may prefer a more minimalist tool, to give preference to content itself and the processes, but in any case may be somewhat subject to personal taste and still suggest you try it.

At the moment there is no option to export the information we store there and this perhaps may be important in case we have to move out of service at some point, or simply want to backup.

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