Springpad Gone: Top 3 Note-Taking Apps as Alternative

I recently came across the announcement that the note-taking app Springpad is shutting down in June. As this was my favorite data storing and virtual memory solution, this will have quite an impact on my workflows and I am now to find as suitable successor.

This is the official announcement that a Springpad user should not ignore in order to save their data:


Dear <User>,

We are very sorry to announce that Springpad will be shutting down on June 25th. At that point, Springpad.com will no longer be available and all online and sync features of the mobile apps will stop working. Read more about this announcement

It’s our top priority to help you during this transition. We have created multiple ways for you to take next steps with your Springpad data including a full Evernote migration option, a viewable html data backup and an importable file for other services to use. Please visit https://springpad.com/savemystuff before June 25th to export your data.

Thank you to our loyal users – We hope that you have enjoyed using Springpad as much as we enjoyed building it for you!

Export Your Data Now

We understand that this transition may be difficult for many of you and we will try to help as much as possible. If you have questions or need help, please visit the Springpad Shutdown FAQ

Sincerely,
The Springpad Team


In my pursuit of a suitable alternative I have come across 3 note-taking apps that I would like to share with you today. Key considerations for me are:

  • Offline availability of data
  • Cross platform availability
  • Privacy and share functions
  • Browser-based read and write access

Evernote

evernote-logo-app-pngEvernote might just be the most popular solution and has been through long years of development and improving the user experience. They integrate in many other apps in consumer areas and recently have been trying to get more and more into the enterprise world with integrations into tools like Salesforce.

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Microsoft OneNote

microsoft-onenote-app-logo-pngOneNote has been around as part of the Microsoft Office Suite for a while, but only since the free Windows 8 app was released it got interesting for me. OneNote is now also available for non-Windows smartphones along with other free Microsoft Office apps and syncs all the way up. Unlike other solutions I found OneNote to be very intuitive and allows for a lot of creative input. It goes without saying that it integrates fantastically into native Microsoft environments for both personal and business usage.

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Google Keep

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google-keep-logo-pngKeep natively integrates into the Google Now environment and is the only contender that allows for voice input to record information. The smartphone app state is a little ahead of the browser app but I genuinely believe in the approach here and it might need some more time for further polishing to give it a consistent look and feel.

Do you have any favorites on note-taking solutions that I overlooked? Share them with us and add your feedback to the comments section below the article. I hope for some good contributions. Perhaps there are good startups around the corner that don’t possess of a heavy marketing but are still a great solution. Let us know of those! And RIP to Springpad – You did a good job!

Summary

While Evernote is suitable for large data sets and possibly even aid in professional project management, Google Keep is currently more targeted at very lean and simple task management and setting up reminders – they might not be direct competition. Microsoft OneNote is in the middle of these two and both capable of more complex organisation of information as well as keeping simple notes without much administrative work around it.

Photo credit: Evernote, Microsoft, Google, Pekka Nikrus


YouTube: Google Keep Introduction

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11 thoughts on “Springpad Gone: Top 3 Note-Taking Apps as Alternative

  • June 1, 2014 at 12:30 am
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    Well…there are lots of others who would make the Springpad people feel “at home” Here is another list who does not only contain the Giants on the market : http://goo.gl/9b99Di

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  • June 2, 2014 at 12:25 am
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    Great help for all those looking for a follow up solution after springpad will be shut down. I know there are many solutions but these three make the best candidates. Thx!

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    • December 18, 2016 at 9:34 pm
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      I do too, just to expensive

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  • August 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm
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    I really liked springpad.. Evernote is just a joke in comparison. Just empowered by larger marketing capital why this became more popular than springpad.

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  • February 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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    Help… I upgraded to ios 8.1.3 and lost access to springpad…. I had no idea they closed down in June 2014 as I never received an email and never logged out of the APP… This new IOS upgrade forced me out of the APP and I can not get back to my files, since the APP is no longer available. Any ideas at this point in time? Or just bad luck….

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    • February 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm
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      Hello Debbie, since June the cloud based backend was no longer active and the notes you took were most likely only saved locally on your device. At this point in time I don’t know of a way to retrieve your data on an Apple device. Maybe someone else has a solution to you and I will keep the comment listed here just in case. I hope there can be a solution for you to retrieve the information.

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    • February 9, 2015 at 9:58 pm
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      Hello Debbie, since June the cloud based backend was no longer active and the notes you took were most likely only saved locally on your device. At this point in time I don’t know of a way to retrieve your data on an Apple device. Maybe someone else has a solution to you and I will keep the comment listed here just in case. I hope there can be a solution for you to retrieve the information.

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      • February 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm
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        Thank you so much. So disappointing. I wish they had provided a way to retrieve all our notebooks after they shut down as I never received an email and still would not know if didnt upgrade the operating systems iOS on my device which logged me out of springpad. Oh do I wish I had been informed. Never expecting this to have happened when I picked a cloud based service for all my files.

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