It's been quite some time since we last heard from the folks at Springpad, though they do have a good reason for it. They've been working on Springpad v3.0 behind the scenes and now they're ready to show it off to the world. Springpad for the uninitiated, allows you to save notes, look up products, places, movies and more all while keeping things nice and organized for you  in the cloud with the ability to share it all with others. Version 3.0 of Springpad is taking things to the next level with some new feature additions:

  • Follow individual notebooks: by content and interest from friends and trusted sources
  • Flexible sharing options: make notebooks private or public; and co-curate or collaborate with others.
  • Enhanced filtering and organization: ability to tag, sort, and change views; find new notebooks via category and tag pages.
  • Automatic enhancements and alerts: useful information like show times, price comparison and reservation links; alerts provide updates, price drops and offers for saved items
  • Easy save options: new quick add bar; bookmarklet and browser extensions make searching and saving effortless.
  • Universal access: web, retina optimized iOS and Android phones and tablets; offline support is available on all devices for all personal notebooks.
  • Personalized notebooks: choose themes and accents

The app itself has been completely redesigned and in addition to all those noted changes, also includes a new explore feature that allows you to view content from other Springpad users who have found and shared interesting things from around the web. Check out the video above to get a better look and if you're looking for more info or the download link, you'll find it all past the break.

Springpad Unveils Digital Notebooks with Benefits

Springpad’s New Smart Notebooks Give Users Information to Fuel Discovery, Knowledge and Action

BOSTON – APRIL 11th – Springpad today announced a new social experience for its smart notebooks making it easier to share, discover and act on the things users care about most, with the help of those they trust. The completely redesigned Springpad 3.0 now allows users to collaborate and share notebooks, discover ideas and information from trusted sources, and easily turn interests into action. It frees users from the fleeting nature of the stream, assuring that a notebook’s knowledge is available when a user needs it, rather than when someone posted it.

“As the world of infinite options creates more clutter and noise on the web, people are looking for new options to organize the stuff they care about,” explained Jeff Chow, Springpad co-founder and CEO. “More than three million users have already turned to Springpad and our enhanced information to help get things done. The new Springpad takes valued information to a new level by offering a completely re-designed experience that couples the intuitive intelligence of our platform with the knowledge of our community.”
 
The real-time web is an amazing resource for news and serendipitous discovery, but there’s so much more useful information in what gets shared beyond the immediate. Springpad 3.0 moves beyond real-time sharing to give users control over when they discover information, who they get information from and how they choose to filter it. The persistent nature of Springpad’s organized notebooks and powerful filtering capabilities helps users access that information when they’re ready for it not just when it’s shared with them.

The new Springpad allows users to quickly and easily create and share notebooks with content in any form – recipes, books, movies, products, links, notes, tasks and more. The new explore section lets users easily find and follow notebooks of interest from other Springpad community members.

Beautifully simplified notebooks

The overall simplicity of Springpad makes sharing meaningful in any context, from collaborating with co-workers to planning a trip with friends or sharing a grocery list with family members. The redesigned Springpad notebooks include:

  • Follow individual notebooks: by content and interest from friends and trusted sources
  • Flexible sharing options: make notebooks private or public; and co-curate or collaborate with others.
  • Enhanced filtering and organization: ability to tag, sort, and change views; find new notebooks via category and tag pages.
  • Automatic enhancements and alerts: useful information like show times, price comparison and reservation links; alerts provide updates, price drops and offers for saved items
  • Easy save options: new quick add bar; bookmarklet and browser extensions make searching and saving effortless.
  • Universal access: web, retina optimized iOS and Android phones and tablets; offline support is available on all devices for all personal notebooks.
  • Personalized notebooks: choose themes and accents


About Springpad
Springpad is a social, smart cloud-based application that helps you discover, save, share and act on the things that matter most. Created by Boston-based Spring Partners and available for free for iOS, Android and on the Web, Springpad’s smart notebooks help you make better decisions. TIME Magazine named Springpad one of the 50 Best iPhone apps of 2012. To learn more about Springpad, visit www.springpad.com.
 

 
There are 4 comments

dadavises says:

Got the update on my phone.

Chondog says:

meh....expected a lot more from this update. They haven't even addressed the issue that the "hide completed" stays hidden. I'm really trying to use this to track projects and initiatives for work, but find myself slowly moving away from it.

commonplace says:

I think they built this up too much. Too much teasing, too much "it's a ginormous huge monstrous update OMG", and too little delivered. It's nice, sure, but it's not as big as they built it up to be.

From the implementation side, I didn't like -- and that's putting it mildly -- the fact that Springpad's web interface was completely down this morning.

I understand they wanted to "surprise" everyone with the update, but they're living in a fantasy world if they think that's the appropriate thing to do for something that wants to compete with Evernote in the corporate world.

For a PLANNED outage, they need to announce it. Period. Sorry if it ruins the element of surprise, but so it goes.

/Kevin

dwhitman says:

This is an appalling "update". They took a lean, mean productivity tool and converted it into Yet Another Social Media App. The Get Satisfaction user support board is on fire with angry users asking them to roll back to the previous version.

The new UI is pretty, I guess. Until you notice that all the social cruft is taking up so much space that they need to truncate note titles to make them fit. And that notebook icons are too big so you need to constantly scroll to find things (this after a fast update that shrank them somewhat).

I don't share my notebooks, have no interest in looking at someone else's notebooks. Half the screen is covered with avatar icons and little hearts to show I "like" my own stuff, and a comment stream where I can talk about how cool my own stuff is...

Moved to SpringPad when Evernote got too overblown. Can anyone recommend something else to try? I need basic text notes (styled text nice, but not necessary), with syncing to the cloud and a web interface to access from my computer.