Springpad has released a sizeable refresh of its iOS app, adding a much more social feel to the whole experience.
The UI has been radically redesigned (I’m still pondering over whether I prefer it or the previous version) and the iOS apps now offer sharing options. When creating a notebook you are given the option to make it private or public (a word of warning that the default option is public….. I don’t like that).
Adding content is interesting, with the Smart Bar offering up a number of suggestions based on what you start typing in. I found this a little annoying as I wanted to create a note. I typed “test” into the input field and tapped to “create a note with the title test”. However, as I tapped to create the note, a list of suggestions appeared, pushing the “create note” option to the bottom of the list and resulting in me selecting to add a book to my notebook instead.
I’ve also noticed that the iPad and iPhone apps haven’t synchronised properly. One particular notebook has 5 notes on the iPhone but 10 on the iPad. None of my attempts to force the two to synchronise has worked. One to keep an eye on.
Jury is out on the refresh. I’ll use it for a few days before passing final judgement.
I don’t think it will threaten my Evernote Pro subscription.