This is my review of Springpad, an online/mobile personal notebook service.
I’m into the concept/social/design of Pinterest, but I don’t like how it’s heavily biased in favor of consuming rather than creating. Sure, you can take a pic of something you fancy at the local mom & pop store, but that hasn’t been my impression of how most people use the service. And as a writer, the lack of text/note support renders the site all but useless to me.
Further, I’m into taking notes, organizing stuff, making lists, and other assorted acts of geekery. I used to use personal wiki software Voodoopad, but started looking for an alternative using since they don’t have a viable mobile app. I tried Evernote, but found it limiting, counter intuitive, and a chore to use.
Enter Springpad. Springpad does it all. You can collaborate with friends on notebooks, make lists, set reminders, organize projects, file recipes, keep track of restaurants you want to try… and do it all in an intuitive way.
Have a book you want to save for later? Click New Spring, Book, and search for the book you want to add. All the pertinent info like author, publisher, and options for purchase is entered for you to come back to later.
Springpad can also scan barcodes & record audio right from your smartphone.
My one critique would be that it may be too ambitious. The beauty of Pinterest is its simplicity: It’s an easy concept to pick up; you know right away what you’re supposed to do with it. Springpad doesn’t neatly fit in to any one category. It can be your Pinterest, Evernote, Amazon wishlist, reminder service… all-in-one. I mostly use it to archive things, and ignore the reminders/task functions. I already have services and apps I use for those sorts of things.
This service will only get more useful as more people use it, so check it out and sign up today.