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Springpad: Sharing and discovering notes smartly

September 10, 2012

Some people might associate notebooks with taking notes for class discussions or for the next big company project. Writing might not be enough for your ideas, though. If you come across pictures or articles in magazines and newspapers, you might tear them out and stick them to your notebook. If you’re building your dream house, your notebook might be bursting with all sorts of clippings from tile ideas to fabric swatches for your bed covers.

This is what Springpad is, in a nutshell. It’s not quite Evernote that is geared towards heavy duty note taking, and it isn’t quite Tumblr that can help you discover anything and everything without the convenience of organization. According to the developer, Springpad is basically a smart notebook that allows you to share and discover. You can write down your tasks and ideas, but most importantly, you can add things you’re interested in.

Springpad may not be new but it’s certainly a great way to leave your actual bulky notebook at home and go out with only your smartphone with you. Browsing the web can lead us to stumble upon great ideas, but instead of bookmarking it and probably forgetting about it, Spring It! to Springpad. Saving an article isn’t just about helping you but it can also help your family, friends and other Springpad users.

When you first launch the app, you can make some suggested notebooks. Start off with a Task Notebook so you can keep track of what you need to do. You can quickly add a text note to remind you of that thing you need to pick up and fill in some details or you can be a little more specific.

Tapping the + button lets you classify what type of note you’re saving. You can add a task, a checklist, an event, or things like a book, bookmark, movie, music and a whole lot more. That way, after you’ve finished a task, you can tick it done. Adding a movie, for example, also gives you access to details such as when it was released, cast members, its directors, the plot summary, and links to reviews.

You aren’t limited to making just a text post. You an snap a picture, record a sound, check for establishments nearby or scan a barcode. Add virtually anything to your notebook. Snap a shot of that potential party giveaway or scan the barcode of a drink you’d like to serve.

When you’ve gotten the hang of Springpad, you can start making more specific notebooks that you can share publicly. If you’re a creator, like an artist or a writer, you can create a notebook for your ideas, things that inspire you, and tips and tricks of your trade. If you’re planning an event, you can save inspiration pieces for weddings, camping trips, or that spontaneous road trip. You can share the notebook with friends, family, or workmates. If you want more than just your ideas, invite people to collaborate with you. The more, the merrier, after all.

Running dry on ideas? Check out other peoples’ Springpad notebooks and see what they have saved in them. Some notebooks are category-specific, covering topics such as technology and gadgets, decorating around the house and even productivity.

Follow notebooks that you like so you can get a steady stream of posts of things that you’re interested in. You can like a post, add a comment, and even Spring It! to your own notebooks. That cupcake recipe might be great for your friend’s birthday party.

For a free app, Springpad is delightfully ad-free. You can fully use it without having to pay a penny. If you have more than one mobile device, you can easily access your notebooks on your iOS device or tablet by just downloading the app and logging in with your Springpad account. If all your mobile devices are charging, then open the Springpad website on your browser to keep working on your notebooks.

Get Springpad for your Android device today and start sharing and discovering notes smartly with your friends, family and coworkers.