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springpad notebook ideasEvery user of iOS devices would do well to have at least one dedicated advanced notebook or journal 4 Awesome Journal Apps To Write About Your Day [iPhone] 4 Awesome Journal Apps To Write About Your Day [iPhone] Journal and diary writing have a long rich history, and now thanks to very crafty software developers, there are digital shelves of seductively rich apps that inspire you to write down your memories and daily... Read More on their device. Springpad, as well as Evernote 5 Uses for the Evernote Desktop Clients [Windows & Mac] 5 Uses for the Evernote Desktop Clients [Windows & Mac] A couple of years ago, we had a post on the myriad uses for Evernote, which could well be an all-in-one second brain. With the advent of improvements on the desktop clients, there have been... Read More , is one such notebook that I recommend.

I’ve already written about the advantages of the visual orientation of Springpad Springpad vs Evernote: Why Visual Orientation Matters in an Online Notebook Springpad vs Evernote: Why Visual Orientation Matters in an Online Notebook It's easy to understand why there are tons of online and software notebooks out there to choose from: mainly because there is so much information to manage, bookmark, and share in our online and mobile... Read More , and if you’re looking to use the service on your iPhone or iPad, Springpad‘s iOS cross-platform is well designed and straightforward to use. For the most part, it mirrors the user interface of its popular web browser platform 5 Uses for the Evernote Desktop Clients [Windows & Mac] 5 Uses for the Evernote Desktop Clients [Windows & Mac] A couple of years ago, we had a post on the myriad uses for Evernote, which could well be an all-in-one second brain. With the advent of improvements on the desktop clients, there have been... Read More .

Basic Layout

Springpad is highly useful for saving recipes, scanning barcodes to create wishlists of products, bookmarking articles and documents for reading later, developing personal to-do lists, collaborating with coworkers on a project with notes, planning your vacation, and much more.

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It’s best to get started with Springpad using its online platform. All of your content of course will sync to the Springpad app on your iPhone or other iOS device. Springpad’s mobile app has a simple two column interface, with the left side listing all of your notebooks, and the right sliding column displays the content of selected notebooks.

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You can view content as a List or a Gallery. I personally think the Gallery listing has always been the advantage of Springpad’s user interface. Most people are visual readers, and the Gallery listing typically helps you to locate specific content faster.

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Adding Content

The nice size circled + button at the bottom of an opened notebook is what you tap to add new content to a selected notebook. In addition to regular text notes, Springpad can handle photos, audio files, task lists and checklists, bar scans, and event and contact listings.

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Springpad also has special listings for movies, TV shows, music, books, products, wine, recipes, and of course bookmarks. For example, tapping on the Movies icon will get you a listing of the most recent popular movies released. You can select a movie and “Spring It!” to a new or existing notebook, as well as post that listing to Facebook and/or Twitter.

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The Place icon will show you a list of nearby restaurants, and you can also do custom searches. The Contact listing is useful for adding contacts that you don’t want to go into your default iOS contact list. And Springpad’s Reminder feature also includes an alarm.

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Other Features

From within the Springpad app you can share links to individual notebooks, as well as items within. And like Evernote you can share entire notebooks with other Springpad users.

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The Explore feature allows you to view spotlighted Springpad notebooks, new “Springs” (new content added to Springpad), as well as the ability to search for particular topics. All of the public content added to Springpad can in turn be added to your own notebooks. You can also subscribe to the notebooks of other users, similar to how it is done in Pinterest.

The advantage of Springpad over Evernote is that Springpad offers a way to share notebooks publicly so they can easily be found and followed.


The Settings in Springpad includes a way for you to add the Safari Web Clipper that allows you to save things to Springpad directly from websites in the Safari browser of your iPhone. You can also install a Quick Add Shortcut that places a button on your device’s homescreen so you can quickly add new items to Springpad.

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The settings for each notebook allows you to customize the color, theme, and accent of each notebook, as well as select privacy settings, and category and tags.

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I use both Springpad and Evernote, and personally I find the user interface of Springpad easier to navigate. However, Springpad does not have the popular third-party support given to Evernote. In other words, you can directly share selected content from many other iOS apps, as well as the web, to your Evernote account. Such direct sharing is not widely available to Springpad.

Let us know what you think of Springpad and how you’re using it.

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  1. Daniel Gold
    January 25, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Hey Bakari! Sorry I didn't get to your G+ post from earlier today.

    You did a great job as always with this post! You've done a wonderful job of laying out the benefits of Springpad, how it can help, and importantly, how it can be used in business settings! As you know, I've outlined in my official Springpad book & GTD guide several use cases. My favorite happens to be collaborating on personal and professional projects using Springpad.

    In fact, I'm currently managing a few different sophisticated projects in Springpad. I can manage my checklists, tasks, calendar events, notes, web clippings, documents, and images all in the notebook. I manage each project in a separate notebook. What's more, I'm able to do this without having to worry about the "share-ee" having a Premium Subscription. Plus, we're able to add comments in the Activity stream on every single thing that's been added to the project notebook. It's so fantastic! Then, I'm able to see whenever she any new activity is created.

    So, while there are so many benefits to clipping wines, recipes, restaurants, web clippings, etc., there are so many real world benefits to becoming so much more productive at home, work and everything in between!

    Again, great job!

    Daniel Gold
    DEG Consulting

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Hey Daniel, thanks for your extra tips about Springpad. I plan to write more articles about both Springpad and Evernote. I have another coming about their sharing features, which has been useful for a collaborative project I work on. Looks like at some point there's enough material out there to hold some sort of G+ Event around both of these services. What do you think?

      • Daniel Gold
        January 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        Thanks Bakari. What a great idea! Let's definitely get something up in February!

  2. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 24, 2013 at 9:46 am
  3. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I've left from Evernote months ago, but I have a lot of notes left from Evernote, I even did not migrate them no Google Drive. It does not have the easiness of Evernote. I wish there was an official Note app from Google. I'm considering SpringPad now. Thanks.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Good, point, Nevzat. I wonder if Google has considered developing their own more advance notebook app. Seems like it could tie a lot of services and apps together in one place.

  4. Anonymous
    January 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I have tried evernote and I wasn't completely satisfied but from what I have seen here on your article I will give springpad a run. Thank you.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      You're welcome, AzuquitA.

  5. Extra Extra
    January 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I agree that Springpad has the nicer UI, but I am so invested into Evernote, that I just never find sufficient motivation to switch. Plus, I tend to use Evernote as storage for articles I clip from Reeder on my iPad and other apps, and Springpad, like you mention, doesn't have the same built-in support across as many apps that I use on a regular basis.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Oh, I definitely understand. But I just can't resist the beautiful layout of notebooks in Springpad. And because I'm always clipping stuff for nearly everything I do, using both Springpad and Evernote is not a problem. I also like Springpad for how you can more easily explore and follow the notebooks of other users. Finding user Notebooks in Evernote is a little harder.