Link items together in Springpad

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How do I link an existing item to another item's 'News and Notes'. I have a task that I need to add a URL in its 'News and Notes' but its a URL I frequently use so I want to have it as an item and somehow link it to other items' 'News and Notes'
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No, you can't, but this should be possible, huh?

A work-around is to find the thing you want to be in the link, copy the url for it, then paste that into the Notes section.
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Glad there's a work-around, but would real integration would be very useful. +1 for my vote to implement!
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This would be a great addition to springpad. This gets my vote for implementation.
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laurs.stein

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Really important for GTD users. Unless I am missing something, I have no way to link a project and a task?
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Richard Ashley

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I think this is a key cross-referencing feature needed for Springpad. I'd like to able to write a new note which links to existing items, and essentially have a note that links to more than one item. At the same time, I'd want to use an existing item in Springpad, like an article or product, for more than one note.
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I very often send e-mails to my springpad account. This e-mails are saved as notes. Often these notes are related to an existing note, taks or something else. I'd like to add this note to an object like i can add new notes, links, files etc.
Is there a way to do that? (as i can add form my stuff in notebooks)

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Add form my stuff in notes, tasks etc..
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mikyatope

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This tab/button/option could be either 'add from X' or 'add to X' if the item does not exist
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Springpad is awesome! But if you really want to set it apart from other programs that serve the purpose of a universal dumping ground of ubiquitous capture, then we need to be able to do more than collect it, we need to be able to easily DO something with it.

It would be the only program out there that serves this universal need. A good example of this would be the following:

I want to see the new harry potter movie, so I add it to my things.

1. I attach a task to buy tickets.

2. I attach a bookmark to Fandango or AMC theaters.

3. I schedule and attach an event for November 19th as the midnight showing and then

4. I attach a reminder that I have to confirm that my invisibility cloak is drycleaned by then. Then I send my phone and my email a reminder.

5. I attach a business: specifically the theater, so I have easy access to the map of where to go.

6. I attach my contacts who are coming with me.

Well, you get the point. On my android and online, all these things will be interlinked, and the process smooth throughout the long arduous day of picking up my cloak, calling the contacts I need to call, finding the theater, and picking up my tickets, I will have easy and smooth access to all my needs.

Do you see what I mean? This of course should also be reflected in the bookmarklet, which seems to already have the beginnings of this capability. Right now there is limited attaching, but my things are fairly isolated from each other. This pile of isolated things in "My Stuff" is just a pile of things until I put them in context: namely the context of how they relate to each other. THAT will be a new day in digital organizing. Lets all band together and blow evernote away while we are at it.

Oh my eternal search of the perfect organizer. So close....

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Interconnect "My Stuff" | Add tasks to events, events to movies, events and tasks to files & bookmarks, etc..
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Great job in succinctly describing what I can consider to be one of the most important features needed.
I would also like to include the ability to have options for a "meaningful sort view" after your items are linked.
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Thanks!
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Olympia Scott

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That was exactly what I was coming to write. You captured 1 of my wishes for Springpad to make it the ultimate organizer. The other is for a calendar view.
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I'd love to be able to do this, as well. It's a perfect example of all the things I need to attach to notes to make them useful, plus the ability to link notes, etc., as things come up. Please add these features soon!
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Is it possible to link your notes to a new or existing task? E.g. I'd like to add some of my notes (which have been mailed from gmail to springpad) to some of my tasks. Dunno if there's been a similar request so far, but I hope you'll be implementing this in the future. And keep up the good work; springpad is amazing.

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Link or add notes.
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It would be nice if there was a function to link easily between notes.

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Function to link easily between notes.
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Is there a way to attach an emailed note to an existing item as a subnote? Seems simple enough and would allow for easy and better filing.

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Attach emailed note to existing item?.
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When I send an email to Springpadit it comes in as a note, which is great, but is there any way of then attaching that note to a bookmark or a product etc? It seems that you can add a note to items but not a note that you have created previously. Perhaps I am missing something obvious!!!

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Attaching an Existing Note.
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So basically I would like the ability to be able to have items be related to other items in springpad. For example: I create an event that's for a birthday party I'm planning for someone. Then I would like to be able to add maybe a checklist of people to invite, a shopping list of decorations to get, a recipe for a specific dish I want to have or a task that I need to complete before the event.

But this thing would work across all types of events. So I could attach a specific product I've scanned to a shopping list, or I can add a task to a note or a task to other tasks and have sub-tasks essentially. I think it would really make things a lot more integrated and efficient.

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Have the ability to link items in your springpad to other items in your springpad.
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Hi!

I've not found any way to add my sub-notes any kind of tag or add them to another notebook.

I'm noticing this since I started a personal-diary notebook as one of the latest blog posts greatly suggested to do. In the same day (note) I found an interesting link to a gaming-blog and a delicious cocktail recipe, added as subnotes to my 'today' note. I think it would be very useful that those sub-notes could be added/linked each to my 'bookmarks' notebook and my 'recipes' notebook with independent tags for each sub-note.

Then the sub-notes could be searchable and filtered as well.

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Tags, filters, add-to-notebook for sub-notes.
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I too think this would be great! When adding notes to a contact I frequently have call backs I am waiting for regarding that subnote - being able to tag that would really be efficient.
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I like this idea, but let's change it a bit. Let's make Link, Photo, Video's and Files all brand new categories. Then instead of add a note under News & Notes let's have Add an Item (New or Existing). There we can create a new note, link, photo, checklist, shopping list, etc....Or select one from all stuff. The tricky part would be how to search for that item. Of course you can have the same look it up functionality. I can see this idea making it to springPad in the future.
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I think this is a VERY good point.This feature will probably be the most important in SpringPad, if implemented.
If you're able to attach any item to another (especially tasks), you can provide additional related information to them. For example, attaching a location and certain products to a "buy grocery" task. Makes much more sense!

This also makes more sense of the "Add Media" button in the mobile app
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How about dragging/dropping notes on top of one another to attach them? It would work for items in the same notebook and maybe there can be another visual way for items in different notebooks (or I guess you could go to all items).
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I'd like to attach a note (I took a picture from my Android phone and created a note) to another note on the webapp (or mobile app). This would be a fantastic change.

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Attach Existing Notes (or types) to Other Notes.
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I agree there should be a more user friendly "wiki" type feature. Springnote does this but it's interface is overly complicated.
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I noticed in the last few days (it may have been available longer & I just didn't notice), that on the iPad app there eis an option to "add from my stuff" to the board of a notebook. When I looked, it is also available from the web app. Can it just be made available throughout the apps?
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I'm agree with these ideas and I add my vote.
Moreover, it would be great if when I want send something to springpad on android from another app (via the android sharing ways), or just with the clip button from chrome extension, I can choose to create a new note, or just add a 'News and Notes' to an existing note.
I don't know if I am clear...
Thanks.
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I don't know if it's a question or an idea. I would like to join existing notes or just attach a new content to an existing note when creating.

My real situation: I took note about a movie that somebody talked to me, but that person doesn't remember the name of the movie. Later I googled and found the movie and created a note with the IMDB page of it. I would like to be able to just include the imdb page to the first note or at least be able to unite the two notes into one later.

Is that possible or it's really something new to Springpad?

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Is it possible to join notes?.
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The simple way is to make a tag; Harry Potter, and so you can group everything together as a mini project under 1 tag. You can "tag" anything as Harry Potter - even contacts...

So when you click on the Harry Potter (tag), you will see all relevant information such as: contacts, movie, location, note, task, list, alarm, event, etc.

Later on, after seeing the movie, you can bulk delete the tag from all associated elements.
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You LINK items together by tagging them...

Implementing a "linking" system would just be duplicating what the tagging system does - 2 forces doing the same thing. I think we need to learn how to use the one that's currently available - it's very efficient.
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That would be acceptable (possibly) if the tagging system were better. However, if I regularly need to link only a few items together, then my tag list will start to grow quite long. And since the tags are listed by how often they are used, not alphabetically, finding a single tag in that long list could be difficult. It is for this reason that I have minimized my use of tags to keep a shorter list.

As far as deleting the tags after they are no longer needed, that only works for something that has a defined date that I no longer need it. There are many other items that I may want to reference repeatedly and therefore do not delete.

For example; I am in to photography as a hobby. I regularly browse the website galleries of various photographers. When I find one I like, I will clip a bookmark into springpad. Then I may find a book of his photos or that he wrote and I add that to springpad as a book. Then I read on his blog that he uses and likes a particular tripod that I want to check out so I add it to springpad as a product. I could tag all of these with his name or something similar. But, I have at least 50 photographers saved already and it continues to grow as I find more I like. When I want to be inspired I go back and look through them. I currently have them tagged by the type of photography they shoot: landscape, portraits, etc... But in order to link the books and the tripods, etc... to their respective photographers, I currently have to do the workaround of copying the web address of the book and product items and adding a hyperlink in the notes section of the photographer's website. Which is not a quick and easy process.

The tag system could work (in my instance, not necessarily for all) if it had one or two changes. The first and most necessary would be the option to sort the tags alphabetically. The second which would be helpful would be a heirarchical tag system where I could group all of the photographer name tags into a "photographers" folder and collapse the folder to make the list shorter. The folder option is just for looks though as I could accomplish the same thing by tagging with "Photographer - " in front of the photographer name and they would all group together in the list if it was alphabetical. But, if I could just link the items together so that when I clicked on one, the linked items showed below, I wouldn't need the long list of tags.

The photography example is just part of what's in my springpad. I use it as a second brain that doesn't forget. I put just about anything in that I want to remember.
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Yeah, I agree, adding hyperlinks is not quick, but I did use a software in the past that had the LINKING ability. At first, I was enthused about it, but after several months I got very tired of it because the linking process is quite tedious.

For example, I have a photographer, I want to add photos, contacts, notes, check list, and any other type of note, and so I begin with the 1st item to link to. Ofcourse, to link to it required a click to open a dialog window and then another click to select another folder, and another click to select an item within that folder (lots of scrolling), and then a click to exit that selection list (already many clicks). And now go back to photographer (navigate) and REPEAT this operation for every link to that one photographer...I spent all my time linking

And then I thought there must be a better way! If you already have 50 photographers and you need on average 5 links to each of them, think of it, that's already 250 link jobs and that's apart from all other projects, assignments, hobbies, and etc. That requires lots of time & effort.

I agree that the tagging system needs remodeling. As well, I would like to see the tag list sorted by default in alphabetical order. After that, the ability to pin frequently used tags at the top of that list because searching for "most used" tags at the near bottom of an alphabetical list isn't very interesting either.

The 1st thing I look for in a software is the search feature and it's capabilities and then the complementary tag system - both work hand-in-hand. The search rendering is priority number 1 and so I need to be able to develop a search pattern with relevant keywording... and then I build my tagging system option after that.

Myself I try to keep my tag list as short as possible - mainly for GTD. I put lots of emphasis on the search feature - it is very powerful. I also use keywords on stored items (whatever note type they may be) to boost search rendering. Combining these two approaches made a difference for me. So for example, when I store a new photographer, I insert a keyword "landscape" in the bookmark name or in the note. Keywording helped me to drastically reduce my tag list (it was very long at first). So in my photographer notebook, I can sort by photographer name to quickly find the one of current interest or I enter "landscape" in the search and all photographers specializing in landscaping will appear. Currently, that's how I do it. So "keywording" in item titles and in their notes resolved quite a lot of things for me! The truth is, many don't use the "search" and try to fully replace it with tagging. That's why they have an overload of tags in their list. You can add a keyword to all items relating to a photographer (name of photographer) and search "last name of photographer"... the advantage to keywording & search is that there is no cumbersome list anywhere cluttering your world.
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I thought maybe it would be a good idea to show you an example:

This is how I store inforamtion. Titles are followed by a space / and then the keyword" - "saturn" and do the same for every other car I have. Ex: muffler /saturn

The easy part is that when you view your notes, you always "see" these keyword-tags and so it's relatively easy to identify/remember what search tags to use. All items are LINKED by a keyword and you don't need cumbersome lists and you don't necessarily need to use the tagging system - keep it uncluttered as much as possible - reduce it to very essential things. Sometimes, I have 2 or more keywords for an item...

The other nice advantage is making searches in the extension - I type in /saturn and have immediate access to all items. From the home page I can search anything without going to the notebook first...



Hope this helps...
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Yeah. Never thought of doing keywords before. I might have to try that.

Been trying to figure out if I want to use Evernote or Springpad and I have been using both concurrently. (Adding the same new note to both. Doubles the work, but lets me easily compare the two.) I was just liking Evernote's tags. They're alphabetical and heirarchical. Problem there was that I was creating tags to replicate the note types in springpad: product, book, etc... I like the way springpad handles the data better, but I like the interface of evernote better.

But I digress... I think keywords would work to organize items together without creating a long tag list. However, personally I would prefer to still be able to link notes together so that as I am looking at the body of a note, I can see a list of the linked notes. I (personally) like that visual connection. Maybe even give an option to select multiple notes in the batch edit and link them at once similar to the way you link layers in photoshop. (Maybe with a little chain-link graphic.)

Having two ways to accomplish something is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives users a choice to work the way they want and find efficient for their personal style. If someone doesn't like the way notes would link, there is nothing that would stop them from ignoring the linking and just using keywords. If someone is more visual, they might like to "see" the link between notes like I would.

P.S. - Back to my comparisons. Evernote doesn't link notes either as far as I can tell.
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I understand your point about seeing a list of connected items. For me though, once you develop a pattern/habit of doing things with keywords you also eliminate another list as you say - "connected items" and you don't need to go to any items to see the "connectivity" and scroll and click etc. (back n forth motion)

I simply type in the search box - and presto! everything is there - no distractions with lists. I'm saving time... in the long run it pays off... after a while, like I said, you become skilled at it. It's a fast way to "connect" to your information and wherever you might be.