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Springnote is a Wiki based online note taking utility.

Sounds simple and that’s what it is. But even though it’s simple, it’s far from being simplistic! Springnote doesn’t come short in features, yet remains easy to use because all of the functions are useful and smart and ordered in a plain way, instantly making you feel comfortable using them.

Springnote supports OpenID, which you can read about in Dave’s article OpenID Overview and Four Awesome Providers What Is OpenID? Four Awesome Providers What Is OpenID? Four Awesome Providers Read More .

Once you’ve signed in and clicked the button to create a new note, you will first pick your Springnote URL and title, accept the Terms of Service, and pick a template for your notes. When picking a template, you will start out with several pages (notes) containing preset templates. For example when you pick the template For Study, your Springnote account will come with a profile page, a monthly calendar, a to do list, a class timetable, and several more pages. You can as well start out with no template and add them as you go, since you’ll be able to pick a template whenever creating a new page.

So here you are, ready to take your first notes. Writing is straight forward. Just click into the document, type and use the standard text editor to give your notes the final touches. Via Insert you can attach files or insert pictures up to 20MB per file, and if you forgot to select a template, here is where you get to pick or change it anytime. Through the Menu, notes can be printed, shared, published, exported and downloaded as HTML. You can Upload documents with up to 5MB, the supported formats are doc, odt, txt and html. Several Plug-ins, for example to create a calendar, list of subpages, and a list of contents are available through Add-ons. Linked pages and Subpages will automatically appear in the Related pages section at the bottom of each note. To easily track down notes, Enter tags.


In the left hand menu all Recent Updates are shown, pages can be organized via drag&drop in the All Pages tab, you can follow your Tags, and view Shared Pages. The right hand side holds your bookmarks, i.e. sites you want to access quickly. You can color code your bookmarks with five different colors.

Nothing much remains to be said, without going into painful details. I will let you discover the beauty of Springnote on your own. But let me tell you, there are so many neat details to be found, the design is beautiful and not a single feature appears superfluous.

How do you organize your notes? Could Springnote become a worthy rival of your habits so far? If not, how does it come short in your opinion? Please share your thoughts!

  1. Shaw
    July 3, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Nice review. This app is really useful. I can just log into my domain and start editing stuff or jot down something then close it. The process is so much more simplified than using other apps. Springnote is a really good way to jot down things quickly and efficiently.. just like a spring (spiral) notebook!

  2. Dan
    July 1, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Also give Luminotes a try.. It's a personal wiki notebook that's great for note taking. It's kind of like Springnote or Evernote, but even easier to use.

    Check it out

  3. Ken Burkes
    June 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I've always used simplicity of Evernote, but I'd love to try Springnote out. I really like that fact that it allows me to use OpenID because I'm too lazy to spend the 30 seconds required to make most accounts...

    Great review Tina.

  4. Aibek
    June 29, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I tried Ubernote and Evernote, I like the latter one a bit more. Haven't tried the Springnote yet. Good review!

  5. alfred
    June 29, 2008 at 4:31 am

    I use diigo for my bookmarks which can also annotate and comment. It has groups, messaging. The whole works.

  6. Yoon
    June 29, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I have been using does really help me organizing my stuff... check this out

  7. Thomas George
    June 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I was using evernote in windows and notecase in linux.I will try springnote.Good review,thanks.

  8. bahknee
    June 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm


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