Springpad Notetaking App to Shut Down [Updated]

springpad-icon.jpgOne of the more popular posts of April’s A-Z challenge was the Comparison Post on Notetaking apps, with the top three being Evernote, Springpad and the newly free MS Onenote.

Springpad has just announced it will be closed down as of 25th June 2014.


Migrate to Evernote

With around 200,000 users, the app has a data migration function which will allow data to be moved over to Evernote. If you go to the Springpad website you will find the covering letter and a direct “Export my Data” button on the homepage.

Migrate to Pocket

Springpad users also have an easy option to export and then import their data into Pocket. Use Springpad’s export tool provided, and then the specially created Pocket import tool found here.

Find a Alternative Productivity System

On the Google+ community for Springpad, a spreadsheet has been shared listing some apps that users may want to check out. These aren’t necessarily note-taking apps, but rather productivity apps – so a lot of these tools won’t fit some criteria required.

Top of the list currently is Zimilate, but the spreadsheet also does not feature Evernote which would meet all the criteria and then some.

Pricing and other options like how mobile apps perform are also a rolling target for many apps on any comparison sheet, so I would recommend using this as an excellent base to jump off from, for selecting a system to suit.

From the Idea Pump, you can find the google drive spreadsheet, and check out these options yourself.

4 thoughts on “Springpad Notetaking App to Shut Down [Updated]

  1. I’m very upset about this. I liked Springpad, and thought it was a much simpler and more elegant solution than Evernote.

    Nevertheless, I did the Springpad-to-Evernote migration, and, much to my chagrin, discovered that I can’t get to any of my converted bookmarks via my phone in one click. I have to click the info button on the bookmark (now stored as a note) to find the URL. Maybe a petty complaint, but a pain in the backside nevertheless. I’ve since discovered Pocket, which makes it easy to access the bookmark, and found an article (http://lifehacker.com/combine-pocket-with-evernote-for-a-clutter-free-paperl-1511710248) that explains an integration path between it and Evernote. So, problem solved; I just have to go through Pocket and recreate all of my bookmarks in Evernote…

    1. I’m unhappy with Springpad closing myself, John. They had only recently released some good notebook templates.

      Evernote has always had this two-click issue with getting to the URL of a webclipping. It is an area that bothers me also, all the metadata being hidden behind that info button. I wish they would look at that feature area for further development.

      I’ve always been a Pocket user also – firstly, because it allows me to read saved posts offline on my tablet,but also because of the integration with Evernote – any posts I want to keep permanently can be sent to Evernote. However, Pocket also bothers me because I find it difficult to search and find a lot of the old posts I vaguely recall having read in there.

      Feedly premium holders have recently finally been granted the ability to save RSS posts through to Evernote from the iPad version. I therefore often take that route, rather than diverting through a third step through the Pocket app.

      Pocket has only just announced their own Premium version, allowing posts in Pocket to be saved permanently. This doesn’t add value to my own workflow, but may be beneficial to people who only deal with website information and pages. The Premium option is a similar cost to a year of Evernote.

      The reason I go with Evernote is the fact that the database saves more than webclippings permanently – my data takes many other forms such as typed notes, images, documents like PDFs etc, as well as the multiple ways to get webclippings in.

      I wish you fast success in working through your migration from Springpad. I hope Evernote takes some note of some of the really good features inside Springpad also, so that the millions of EN users can benefit in the future.

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