Outsource the task of remembering with Springpad

Outsource the task of remembering with Springpad, a free app for Android and iOS. Rival to the popular Evernote service, Springpad lets you jot notes, create lists, bookmark items, copy recipes, record voice memos.

Outsource the task of remembering with Springpad, a free app for Android and iOS. Rival to the popular Evernote service, Springpad lets you jot notes, create lists, bookmark items, copy recipes, record voice memos, and so much more, right from your mobile device or desktop browser.

First, create a Springpad account, with which your Springpad mobile app will automatically sync. Once you're logged in on your mobile device, you'll find on your Home screen a My Stuff icon, which aggregates all of your notes, and a Friends Stuff icon, which takes you to shared content. The rest of the Home screen is reserved for all of the nifty notebooks you'll be creating. Create as many as you like, name them, change their color schemes, and use them to organize your notes as you see fit. You can also tag notes, and sort by different attributes to help you keep track of all your work.

Once you're ready to get scrawling, you can create a note of virtually any category: Note (regular text), Task, Business, Restaurant, Wine, Product, Book, Movie, TVShow, Album, Shopping List, Packing List, Check List, Recipe. The nice thing is that Springpad will format your note appropriately and even add some relevant information according to the category selected. For instance, add a movie, and you'll get a link to tickets on Fandango in your note. Add a restaurant, and Springpad will embed a link to the corresponding Yelp and OpenTable pages. Conversely, if you're looking at a restaurant from your Yelp app, share it with Springpad, and Springpad will turn it into a Restaurant note with all the relevant information. It's a very convenient feature. You can also attach photos, bar codes, links, or audio recordings to each note, which makes for an incredibly robust note-taking experience. And of course, you can share your notes with any of your device's other installed applications.

Overall, we think Springpad is an incredibly useful note-taking tool for those of us who sometimes suffer from information overload. The way it handles notes according to the category of information they contain (e.g. Restaurant, Movie, etc.), really gives it a leg up on its rival, Evernote. However, at the same time, we wish it could support video notes, location stamps, and file attachments the way Evernote does. Regardless, Springpad is a powerful note-taker, it comes with customizable Home screen widgets, it can create reminder alarms, and we highly recommend it.

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