A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the note taking app Evernote. There is another equally good free note taking app called Springpad. Like Evernote, Springpad is available for the iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows and Mac. Unlike Evernote, there is no premium service.
Upsides to Springpad:
- It’s free – costs nothing on any platform.
- Multiple platforms – like I stated earlier, you can use Springpad on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.
- Capture anything - You can write a text note, take a picture, record a note, record a video note with a computer or put a screen shot or clipping from a computer. You can also scan a price with Springpad.
- Organize your notes- you can put notes into notebooks and also tag them. This is where Springpad really shines. It has 18 pre-defined categories that also allow for a search function. For example, I hear about an album I want to buy. I put it in Springpad under CDs and tell Springpad to look for Adele. It will bring up the selections then I pick the one I want. All of the details of the CD are there plus Sprinpad will notify you of price changes. For purchased items, it’s difficult to beat Springpad.
- Alerts – Springpad will alert you to tasks, appointments or any other reminder.
- Social media – Springpad meshes well with Twitter and Facebook for updates.
Downsides to Springpad
- You cannot export notes – As with Evernote, this is not a negative for me as I copy and paste text if I need to.
- Too many features – sometimes when I want to jot down a note, there seems to be too many option.
Due to using it for three years, I am more comfortable with Evernote, but for purchased items to track, I go with Springpad. As I recommended Evernote to any computer and mobile user, I recommend Springpad.