One of the challenges of any productivity system is knowing how to get started. Springpad has tackled this problem with the release of new starter notebooks, preconfigured around specific types of information needs with functionality and user experience designed to get you going as quick as possible. Let's take a walk through the new types of starter notebooks...
Creating a new notebook
When you create a new notebook in Springpad you get a new pop-up display listing eight different starter notebooks. You're not limited to just these types as you also have the option to create a custom notebook but you can use these starter options to get these types up and running quickly. These types are: Recipes, For Later, Tasks, Work Project, Holiday Gift Planner, Books, Movies, and Home Improvement
|New Notebook Pop-Up|
If you're a foodie, Springpad's Recipe starter notebook gives you a quick way to capture your recipes and manage them in an easy way
Each recipe can be entered using the normal Recipe spring and checklists can be created for shopping and planning. This is the first chance for you to see the new quick tabs under the title that let you jump and filter for specific types of springs in the notebook. In Recipes you can quick filter for My Recipes, Favorites (ones you have marked with Like flag) and Groceries (your checklists in this notebook.)
For Later focuses on bookmarking content you find on the web for later reference. The content includes regular bookmarks and video bookmarks.
|For Later Notebook|
Unlike the Work Project starter notebook, Tasks focus on punch lists. If you have an activity you're preparing for such as planning for a trip, the Tasks starter notebook helps you capture the to do items and track them to completion.
What's different in this notebook is rather than using a drop down to select the type of spring you're creating, you enter the task right on the Add a Task line to capture it in the notebook. This makes the entire notebook focused solely on tasks rather than other distracting things.
The Work Project starter notebook focuses on capturing the information you need for most types of work focused projects.
|Work Project Notebook|
In a Work Project notebook you can capture and track notes, bookmarks, tasks, and files. These all use the standard Springs but are grouped together in to maintain the information for this particular project.
Holiday Gift Planner
The Holiday Gift Planner is a starter notebook that not only organizes your information for gifts, it helps you find gifts as well.
|Holiday Gift Planner notebook|
When you click on Add Gift Idea, rather than getting a blank spring you get
|Gift List Pop-Up|
These gift ideas are searchable and include links back to Amazon for product information and even purchasing if you want. Each created gift idea spring can indicate if you have purchased the item yet or not and tag items for specific receivers and holidays.
The Books starter notebook works very similar to the Holiday Gift Planner from the perspective of not only organizing your books but helping you find them and even purchase them.
|My Books Notebook|
You can track books read, books you want, and your favorites. Adding a new book gives you a smart pop-up helping you locate the specific book you want.
|Book Selector Popup|
Just like Books, Movies can organize your movies, show your favorites, and even keep track of films in theaters or out on Netflix.
|My Movies Notebook|
A tip of the hat to Springpad as well for changing the color theme on the Movies notebook to the dark theater look. :)
|Movie Selector Popup|
Finally we have the Home Improvement starter notebook which looks a lot like the Work Project starter notebook but with a focus on the home and home ideas. More than just tasks, it can gather inspiration for projects and help you plan them out.
|Home Improvement Notebook|
The new Starter Notebooks are a great way to get into the world of using Springpad notebooks for a variety of uses. Once you get comfortable using these, the next step is to click on that Custom notebook button and take off running!
If you're trying the Starter Notebooks, or if you have other comments and questions, please let me know in the comments. Happy Springing!