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Link items together in Springpad

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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  • I’m confident
    Glad there's a work-around, but would real integration would be very useful. +1 for my vote to implement!
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  • I’m excited
    This would be a great addition to springpad. This gets my vote for implementation.
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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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    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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  • I’m on the verge of finding that elusive PERFECT organizer...
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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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    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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  • I’m indifferent
    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.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Tags, filters, add-to-notebook for sub-notes.
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  • I’m hopeful
    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.
    • 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
    • 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.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    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’m hopeful
    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 confident
    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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  • 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.
    • 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.
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  • First, thanks for the effort on the app. I never thought I could ever be pried away from Evernote...

    While adding attachments to notes, I don't get the full range of objects to add. I see only note/link/photo/video. Any plans on having more choices? I use notes as a project with the attachments as project steps / tasks and reminders.

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    Would like to attach SpringPad items directly to another SpringPad item.

    The things I can attach to a SpringPad item are pretty cool: notes, links, photos, video... all very cool.

    Would also like to be able attach another SpringPad item.

    Just that, nice and easy like; click on attach item, and dialogue pops offering suggested items (perhaps those most recently edited), but with a search box that begins to show me related items as I begin to type in my search for the item i want to attach. This way I can attach anything SpringPad already supports: movies, checklists, recipes... what have you.

    I could do this to a degree right now, by using the attach link feature and using the URL of the item if it is being shared, but the above seems more direct... and I would assume would allow for a degree of privacy, as items wouldn't have to be public.

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  • I have a note that I want to attach/add to a task. The note does not have a task, it is a stand-alone note. (I want to add a task so I can check it as completed once it's completed.)

    Can I do this?

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    can I add an existing note to a task? Or add a task to an existing note?.
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  • Is there any way to link a note and task or even better to embed a task in a note? The same question about embedding or linking a check list in a note?

    I have several tasks related to a process described in a note that I want to keep track of and share.

    This would be great.

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    link note and task.
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  • I’m hopeful
    This is EXACTLY what I want to be able to do: say I have a bookmark saved for a product I'm interested in buying, then when I order the item I get an email confirmation of my order. I forward this email to Springit and it appears as a note, then I want to be able to add this note as an attachment to my original product bookmark. I'm surprised I cant to this!

    What I do currently is save the email as a text file and upload this as the attachment, which is a lot of messing about.
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    Can I add an event to a business? Let's say there is a place I frequent every 6 months, like my dentist. Can I add my appointment as an event to that business so I can track when my last and next dentist appointments are? I see a way to add a photo, file or note, but I'd also like to add an event.

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    Add events to businesses.
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  • I posted a similar question in another thread and was directed here.

    Reminders vs. Events
    Edit Subject It seems that reminders are treated differently than events. Is there a way to see all of my reminders on lets say a google calender like the events? One example is that I have a folder for home inventory items and want to set reminders of when that warranty will expire. I enter in a reminder for that product, but it does not show up in All My Stuff nor does it show up in my Google calendar. I have to create a separate event. It would be nice to have all of that information in the product entry.

    Since that does not exist, it would be nice to be able to attach an event to a product.
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  • if I create a place for example clinic within medical notebook. It would be nice to create events under this place in the attachments area.

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    adding tasks, events and other types within a place.
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  • I’m irritated.
    Hey, I am wondering if I am able to give a Check List a due date or link Check Lists to a Task?

    I do not see a way to do this. Right now, I am just adding a Check List as a link to a Task.

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  • It would be great if you could link items - for example: taking a set of notes during a meeting - it would be good to link actions (i.e. tasks) from a meeting to the meeting notes (and vice versa).

    This could also be extended to link all types of item, such as notes to other notes, or to bookmarks etc..

    A breadcrumb trail between items would help with my personal workflow - particularly the tasks-to-notes and back links.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Linking items - i.e. linking tasks to notes.
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    With SpringPad we can essentially link any set of items through types, tags, categories, and notebooks (these are all at base different ways of 'tagging' in the broadest sense). This has many advantages over hierarchical organization (as in Gmail's labels vs. traditional folders), and the folks at SpringPad have done a great job of giving the user free reign to link items in many different ways simultaneously without one way, like using tags, interfering with another, like notebooks. An example: people using categories to represent the GTD idea of contexts. This is what gives SpringPad so much versatility.

    The challenge we're facing is highlighted throughout this topic discussion: how to make viewing and working with linked items intuitive and efficient. The problem in the current SpringPad version is that you have to go 'into' each individual item to modify it, so that generating and modifying interlinked groups of items requires going into and out of each item separately, and sometimes navigating between different sorted views or different notebooks. Being able to add an item as an attachment within another item would solve this, but then the relationship between items becomes hierarchical and non-reflexive.

    The issue is really about the interface rather than linking or attaching items. There are already plenty of flexible ways to link items, but you can't modify an individual item X directly from a list of items, and you can't see or jump to X from another interlinked item Y. My suggestion is to have the option of 'pinning' item X to item Y so that you can see, generate, or jump to X within Y, and vice versa. This would effectively work like attachments, but these relationships would be reflexive instead of hierarchical, and easily allow for pinning any kind of item within another.

    In Suzannah's example of a Harry Potter movie above, she could first add the task of buying tickets, and then pin a new item such as a bookmark from within the task, then pin the rest of the items (event, business, and contacts) in sequence without having to generate and tag each item separately. Then if she were to change any of the items, such as the event, she could see and jump to any of the other items, like buying tickets or contacts, right from within the event to make any other needed changes. This 'pinning' functionality could be yet another separate way of linking items, or it could be folded into the current 'tags'—although the latter option would for many result in a huge list of pinned items within an item with the same tag.

    Another option would be to make it quicker to jump between items. The fairly new online project manager Asana does a great job with this with their sliding panes, although they don't have mobile apps and it might be harder to implement sliding panes in mobile apps.
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  • Hi, I would like to add a task attachment (a link). But, I've already bookmarked the link to Springpad and it's in my notebook. Is there any way to "link" the existing bookmark as a task attachment?

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  • I’m hopeful
    After one year this is yet "under consideration"... it's not a sooo complicated thing to implement, and this can be a huge improvement in Springpad.

    I already read all comments and I disagree about the use of tags to "link" things together. The tag concept is to organize things that are related to some subject. For example: I have a tag "expenses". Anything that costs money for me I put this tag on, so I can see all that together. But they can be things completely unrelated, like a movie ticket, a tech book I bought to my studies, a sci-fi book I bought, a wine or that bill that I put a task to not forget to pay. There is no point in creating a new tag to every little subject I want to put together (most of the time it's about only two or three items I want to put together).

    The point about linking items together is really to be able to navigate from one to the other, from a list of "related stuff" that should appear somewhere (in the bottom, I think). I can see a note, then navigate to some related task (or several), see the details of an event, visit a link in a bookmark and then read a text I clipped from the web, all about some personal project I'm doing. They can have different tags and be stored in several notebooks.

    Or I can have a "master note" and several "child notes" I can create related to this one, like the "chapters" of a "book" or a description of something and the description of each "part" of it... there are endless possibilities for related items...
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  • I would like to see this feature too. Basically, some way to connect a note with another one. Or link them together to show they are related.

    Like for example, I have an article in my "Reference" notebook. I add a task in my "Office" notebook telling me to print said article. Instead of adding the bookmark again, I could simply link to the original bookmark in my Reference notebook. This would also be great where I have to add pdf files etc. to my reference notes. Would save space :)
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    I really need to be able to create tasks in notes!!

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  • Hi there,

    as mentioned a post earlier (Assign Priorities to Lists), I'm organizing my studies with Springpad. During the studies I have to read a lot of books, materials, view webcasts, listen recordings, record talks etc. pp.
    I would like to use this list to keep record of my progress in things to be done. And as can't remember everything read/ viewed/ listened, I'd like to create a note per list item (e.g. webcasts) with some comments and review.
    Ideally this would be linked to the list (at the bottom) or even better (but that is sophisticated) to the link item.

    Would really ease my work.

    BR maschmie

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    Not sure I will continue using SpringPad for my work because of this.
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    I agree, let's make this happen.
    It would better the entire product severely.
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    I was hoping this would be included in the recent update....
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    I'm sad that instead of consider to implement this, Springpad decided to remove attached notes completely.
    I really hope that SP will find a way to let the users link related springs together and navigate from one to the other.
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  • Although the tags are nice andyou have the possibility to group everything in a notebook. I find that this is not allowing me to have a good feel about it. A simple and easy way to display another item inside, would allow me to have a complete & directly editable overview. And then I can finally attach existing mails to my springed item...
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  • Connecting items, and stacking items. i love how visual springpad is, and it would be awesome for me to be able to connect or stack items for my clients (contact with event with note, without having to create a separate notebook for them...or perhaps being able to create a notebook within a notebook).

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  • I want to be able to link an item with a task. For example, I write book reviews. I want to create a task for when that review is due, but also link it to the "book" item.

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