For those joining us: Chase asks above what my experiences have been thus far regarding storing files in Springpad vs Evernote.
Here’s my dirty little secret: I don’t use Evernote Pro, and here is my main reason why:
Don’t know about PC’s, but the Home Folder structure is there for much of the apple media experience to play nicely with each-other. Rather than personalize my file and naming system, I tend to conform for the sake of having this work the way they’re supposed to. This is a long winded way of saying that I’m leery of any client or database system that organizes or indexes files in its own way.
There are some exceptions to my caring too much about this, and the market to store odds and ends, like that stuff drawer most of us have in the kitchen, is a great use for these two competitors. (I happen to have recently left an academic career, and even using the Zotero plug-in for firefox, I associate the original files in my own folder system to my citations.)
That means I don’t use Evernote or Springpad for spreadsheets or original photo files, or for email forwarding, even if there are some need scripts and add-ons for Gmail to tag things for projects and associate them to boxes. I don’t save pdfs to evernote either (not sure if I even have the option with the free version.)
Let’s face it, there are other ways, like Dropbox or the mobileme paid service (iDisk), to mirror formal working files in the cloud. I don’t use google docs because the original URL for documents is then missing, which makes more mark-up and citing on-line material more difficult.
As for Springpad, Bobby, I’d be honored to offer a guest report. Might even share some screenshots or a notebook with your audience here. As for my impressions, Chase, I’m not quite as stary-eyed about Springpad as when I updated these last couple comments. It still has a way to go. As you sensed, Bobby, the GTD app is gone, and IMO thankfully so. As a side note, most of the APPs or alternate views in Springpad have yet to be supported in the basic Notebook view that will replace them, so if you did save lots of things in different apps, you might be additionally frustrated right now.
The conclusion of any story I wrote today would probably be that SpringPad is best for Wishlists and Checklists. These are overlooked boxes in digital implementation of GTD. If that’s all the stuff you have in mind, then dive right in. (I’ve been high-handed in the past regarding Springpad, reminding myself that we are not simply just consumers in life, but for those of us who just want to keep there relation to the material world organized, Springpad is almost ready to cover you.) Example: I love how an item such as a book, first of all, is already correctly identified as a book, and furthermore can be toggled between “want to read” and “I have read.” Not that I’m on them (yet) but there’re are social networks, book clubs, dating sites, and the lot, that are interested just in this one simple bit of information, and this basic toggle helps you to organize whether something is archived (or sent to facebook or whatever) or in some tickler status.