flame-broiled Whopper or the double meat patties of the Big Mac. And most recently, you probably identified yourself as a Mac or PC—and were quite proud to do so. Now there is a new rivalry in town: Springpad vs. Evernote. Users are already claiming one is superior over the other. You be the judge!
What are Evernote and Springpad?
Evernote and Springpad are similar web applications that allow for saving notes, pictures, ideas, checklists, tasks, recipes, and more. Both offer free smartphone and tablet apps that are compatible with iOS and Android platforms, in addition to online synchronization. Both offer privacy options that allow users to share content with a select group, or to keep content private. User content can be organized a variety of ways, but both Evernote and Springpad feature “tagging” and notebooks for easy searching and organizing. Evernote and Springpad claim to be essential applications for college students, business owners, and busy people, offering a one-stop-solution for their organizing needs.
As far as similarities go, they end there. Using one application over the other offers a completely different experience.
To use Evernote, is to love Evernote. Err— well really, to use Evernote, the user must understand that everything is a “note.” Whether they are creating a list of supplies for their office, or saving a picture to send to their mother, they are saving a note. To find notes later, notes must be tagged and saved to a specific notebook. This Springpad alternative allows for unlimited notebooks for a user’s organizing needs.
The desktop application and mobile application offer different functions. In the desktop app, Evernote users can easily create new notebooks, and organize their notes by dragging notes from one notebook to another. The only way to add new content is by clicking the New Note button. In the note window, users can create a bulleted or numbered list, copy and paste an image, format text, add a URL, or attach a file. They can also create a checklist using the Insert To-Do Checkbox button, a button located in the editing toolbar. The mobile app offers additional functions, allowing users to do more than add a “new note.” In the mobile app, users have the following four options:
- New Note – create a new note with the same features in the desktop app
- Snapshot – attach a new picture to a note,
- Audio – attach a new audio file to a note
- Attach – attach a file already saved on the device to the note
Both the desktop and mobile apps have the ability to tag notes and/or place notes in a particular notebook, before saving.
To use Springpad, users must get accustomed to a certain vernacular. Content (or what Evernote users may call a note) is called a Spring. In addition, the user must have an idea of what they want to save. Confused? Let me explain. Content/Springs are categorized by note, photo, task, checklist, event, place, product, and more. When the user clicks, “New Spring” they must select one of these categories to begin work. Springs are not automatically saved into a notebook when they are created. If the user does specify a notebook they are place in an “unfiled” list for tagging or moving to a notebook. The user has the option to create multiple notebooks for their organizing needs.
The desktop application and mobile application are very similar, allowing users to add whatever Spring they like no matter what device they are using. The notebooks are highly customizable, permitting the user to color code and provide distinct backgrounds for each notebook. Springs that contain pictures are featured on the outside of the notebook for easy identifying. Users can organize their Springs using tags and notebooks. In addition, the user can sort the content in a particular notebook by the type of Spring (e.g. checklist, task, movie, recipe, etc).
In addition to creating Springs and notebooks, this Evernote alternative encourages users to explore and share their notebooks. The Springpad App has two options where the user can “Explore” other notebooks and Springs, or “Follow” notebooks. Springpad promotes the most popular and new notebooks each week, and highlights newly added Springs. Entire notebooks are available to be “followed” or the user can add a Spring to their own notebook.