Magazine organization with OneNote – Updated

Since Springpad went offline a few years ago we’ve been left with a functional gap in the productivity space. I’m going back through some of the ideas and applications we had for Springpad and updating them for use in OneNote.
Magazine management isn’t as much of an issue as it used to be, with printed periodicals falling by the wayside next to digital ones and web centric content. But if you’re like me you still probably get one or two magazines you enjoy. Using OneNote on a mobile device, you can capture the pages and articles from the magazine (including the cover) into a note and then have it available at any time.  The big upside of this (aside from getting rid of clutter) is OneNote will render the text in the article searchable making the printed magazine significantly more useful to you.

Peter Walsh offered an idea on the last Springpad Show about managing magazines.  The idea is to only keep a few back issues and then take out the things you want to keep in older copies, take pictures of the content to store in Springpad, and then recycle the magazines.My suggestion is to take this idea one step further.  Since each note in Springpad can handle multiple images, take your magazine and go through it page by page, photographing each page using the Springpad app on your mobile device, stacking them all into one note.  You can then use tags to identify the topics in the note for easy reference later.

If you’re more into grouping the content by article topic, just create a Photo note and add pictures of each part of the article.  Each note becomes an article and you can use tags and notebooks to keep everything clean and neat.

The magazine tip starts at 8:43…

Happy Springing!