If Pinterest and Evernote got married and had a baby, that child would look like Springpad. This Web service/mobile application combo bills itself as a personal assistant that allows you to save, organize, and share ideas and information. And with Springpad 4.0, featuring an enhanced layout that's easier to use and useful search and sharing tools, this free application just might be more useful than either of those digital parents.
Springpad recognizes that recipes contain a list of ingredients, and makes it easy to add those items to a shopping list.
To begin using Springpad, you simply point your browser to Springpad.com, or download the mobile app for your iOS or Android device. When you sign up for a free account, all of the versions will sync with one another, and with the new 4.0 upgrade, the Web app and mobile apps all share a nearly identical interface, making it easy to switch between them.
Once your account is set up, you can begin storing and organizing information to your heart's content. You can use Springpad to create and store text-based notes, photographs from your computer or the Web, or almost any other form of Web-based content. You can install the "Spring It" button to your browser (it works with Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Safari), which allows you to save information and content you come across while browsing the Web.
All of the bits of information that you save or create are called Springs, and you can organize these Springs into Notebooks. Notebooks, which can be handy places to store collections of photos, information for an upcoming party or a trip, or movies you want to see, can be set to private or public. Other Springpad users can browse and follow public notebooks, which allows for an easy way to share information. If you'd like to limit the sharing, you can allow other Springpad users to become collaborators on a certain notebook, which allows them to edit, add, and remove content from it.
Springpad lets you organize your Springs into notebooks, which can be set to private or shared.
The comparisons to both Evernote and Pinterest are valid, but Springpad isn't a carbon copy of either. While Pinterest allows you to save photos and other images from the Web, much like Springpad, Springpad's organizational tools run a bit deeper. You can add notes to items that you save, for one, and you can save more of a Web page than just an image. And while Evernote allows you to save Web clips and notes, Springpad combines those two features, and allows you to do more with the Web info you've saved.
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