Welcome to the New Springpad!
Six months ago, the team took a deep breath and began to plan for the next major Springpad release. We studied our learnings and feedback from more than 30 point releases across 3 platforms and 3 million registered users. We reflected on our vision of the ‘Smart Notebook’ – a digital, cloud based platform that not only makes your ideas and information universally accessible, but also takes advantage of connected data to work on your behalf to simplify your life – and got excited by the possibilities of making Springpad even more useful if we helped connect you with the ideas and information from the people you trust.
Today, we’re thrilled to launch the new Springpad – beautifully simple notebooks to share and discover with those you trust, with the smarts to help you get things done.
Beautifully Simple Notebooks
Our goal from the outset was to make Springpad as personal as your trusty moleskine with all the benefits of being digital. We partnered with John Torres of the design collective the 47th to work on a complete redesign. We sweated the pixels and iterated through multiple designs. We’re thrilled with where we ended up – a cleaner interface that’s faster and easier to use with personal touches to make each notebook you create feel like your own.
Easier to Save
We’re making it even easier to capture an idea and providing even more smarts to help you make better decisions and act on what you save. Ideas come in all forms, from a simple note or a to-do to a bookmark or rich information like a product, movie or recipe. With the introduction of the Smart Bar, it’s incredibly fast and easy to add anything to Springpad.
The browser bookmarklet (web clipper) and mobile capture options have also been improved, making it just as easy to save ideas and information when you’re on the go or browsing the web.
Moving Beyond Real Time Sharing to Knowledge Sharing
We’re big believers in the power and utility of discovery when it’s filtered by those you trust. We all turn to specific friends, family and co-workers to help us make better and faster decisions. We have our go-to foodies, music buddies or those who help us keep up with the best shows on TV and hot restaurants. And the information we seek is deeper than the serendipitous nature of real time discovery; we seek knowledge and ideas that will help us out when we need it, not just when it’s shared.
The persistent nature of Springpad’s smart notebooks are an amazing vehicle to move beyond real time sharing to knowledge sharing. Collaborate privately with your co-workers or family, or publicly to share knowledge with like minded community members. Follow notebooks that interest you and get filtered updates only for the information you care about. Using Springpad, the control of discovery is shifted back to you, giving you the most useful information whenever and wherever you want it.
In the coming months, we’ll be listening, learning and refining the platform, updating our browser plugins and launching the next iteration of our API. We’re all ears – so hit us up over email, Get Satisfaction, Twitter and Facebook.
We have big ideas for where we want to take Springpad and our smart notebooks. We hope you’ll continue the ride with us as we continue to create the best way to discover and share your interests with those you trust.
Welcome to the new Springpad. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Co Founder and CEO
PS. For an in-depth overview of the new Springpad – check out Katin’s post.