Basecamp vs Trello
Last updated: January 10, 2017
Basecamp tackles project management with a focus on communication and collaboration. Making to-do lists and adding to-do items literally just takes seconds. Basecamp is optimized to make the things you do most often really fast and really easy. Basecamp mobile is especially made for popular mobile devices like iPhone and Android. Basecamp free alternatives are Trello and Asana. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted Basecamp alternatives pay attention to RedMine or ProjectPier.
Get organized as fast as you can think. The easy-to-use interface takes no time to learn, and every action is instantaneous, so there’s nothing standing between you and your sweet productive flow. Trello is great alone, but even better with others. Get the whole group onboard in seconds. See their updates in real time. Free Trello alternatives are Bitrix24, Producteev, Remember the Milk. If you are looking for self-hosted open-source Trello alternative, pay attention to Taiga and Wekan.
Latest news about Basecamp and Trello:
10.01.17. Atlassian acquired Trello. Atlassian has acquired project management service Trello for $425 million. Just like with many of Atlassian’s other acquisitions, the company plans to keep both the Trello service and brand alive and current users shouldn’t see any immediate changes. With Trello, Atlassian is acquiring one of the fastest growing project management services. It now has about 19 million users. Trello brings more productivity to individual and team projects. It shows all of the projects from the entire team in a single glance. Assigning projects is easy, just put them in the assigned person’s or team’s list and when completed drag it to the completed list. Each “card” or task can be commented on and links can be added. Trello works across multiple devices and uploads files from Dropbox or Google Drive.
24.08.16. Trello makes its Power-Ups available to free users. Project management service Trello made its Power-Ups (third-party integrations) available to all of its users, including those who are on the service’s free tier. Until now, only paying users were able to use this feature, which includes integrations with products like SurveyMonkey, join.me, Github and Slack, among many others. Free users were restricted to using three very basic Power-Ups: Calendar for seeing Trello’s calendar view, Card Aging for slowly fading out cards as they age, and Voting for (you guessed it) adding a voting option to cards. Besides, Trello is launching integrations with Intercom, Github Enterprise and Screenful. Trello itself is also launching two new Power-Ups itself: custom fields for users who want to be able to create new data fields and visual cues for their cards, as well as a Card Repeater that allows you to set intervals for repeating tasks. With Card Repeater, you can set up Trello to automatically create copies of certain cards for recurring tasks like expense report due dates. This feature is currently only available as a public beta, though, and admins will have to request access to it.
26.01.16. Trello launched platform for developers. Project management tool Trello is opening its Power-Ups Platform to developers who want to integrate their services with Trello. Launch partners for Trello’s new developer platform include the likes of SurveyMonkey, Zendesk, join.me and Giphy. In total, Trello currently features about 22 add-ons in its directory. For Trello users, having access to these third-party tools directly inside the service means they won’t have to switch context quite as often to perform some routine tasks and will be able to automate more of their workflow inside of Trello. It’s worth noting that Trello has long had an API that gave developers access to some of Trello’s features from inside their own apps. With the new platform, though, developers can directly integrate certain features into the Trello user interface.
20.10.15. Project management service Trello adds tracking USPS, UPS, FedEx and others. Project management service Trello launched a new feature that brings shipping and tracking data from UPS, USPS, FedEx, OnTrac and LaserShip right into Trello cards. That’s a nifty little feature for existing Trello users, given that it now allows them to easily track their shipments in real time right from their project management tool. This means a small business could now use the service to easily track the progress of their shipments and as their status changes from in-transit to delivered, the card will automatically change colors from yellow to green (or to red when the shipment is delayed). Trello recently launched its revamped business offering, which includes a number of other third-party integrations, too. Like Atlassian, Trello is clearly looking to expand outside of the developer niche that first adopted the service.
17.09.15. Trello launched revamped business version. Project management service Trello launched a revamped version of its business offering that introduces new features like third-party integrations with tools like Slack, GitHub and Salesforce. These new integrations — called Power-Up by Trello — will make life quite a bit easier for Trello users going forward. While you have long been able to connect Slack and Trello, for example, the new integration now lets you tell Trello to remind you of a card on one of your Trello boards in a few hours and then Slack will pop up a reminder later in the day. The previous integration only allows you to get an update in Slack when there was basic activity on your Trello cards, lists and boards. Similarly, the GitHub integration now allows you to see relevant details from GitHub (commit messages, pull requests, etc.) right on a Trello card that’s updated in real time. Other supported services include Box, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Salesforce, Mailchimp, Help Scout and appear.in.
01.08.15. Trello launched enterprise version with single sign-on support. Trello, the kanban-style project management app launched its enterprise service today. Trello already offered paid tiers for individuals and businesses, but enterprises obviously have slightly different requirements from startups and small teams that may or may not have gotten IT’s permission to use the service. So in addition to all the standard paid business features (permissions, membership control, etc.), the enterprise tier includes features like single sign-on support and intrusion detection. With the new single sign-on support, Trello users can integrate their existing Okta, OneLogin or other SAML-based login systems to use the service. The company’s regular business accounts are only integrated with Google Apps. In addition, the new paid tier includes phone and email support, as well as guaranteed file encryption at rest. Enterprise users will also get dedicated account managers.
19.09.14. Collaboration tool Trello hits 5 million users. Online project and task-management service Trello announced that it now has more than 5 million users. Functioning much like a visual to-do list, Trello shows what needs to be done, and what is happening at various stages of a project or assignment. The core Trello product is available for free, but it also offers Trello Gold as an option for users who want to take advantage of bigger file uploads, stickers, custom backgrounds and custom emoji support. There is also a Business Class offering for teams that want more granular control over logins, bulk-data exports and administrative-level controls. Still, most of the 5 million Trello users use the free version, and the company hasn't made a big push to convert users into paying customers.
06.08.14. Basecamp app is available for iPad. Popular project management service Basecamp has released the official app for iPad (before it offered only iPhone and Web versions for iPad users). The app allows to check in on your projects from anywhere, shows you the latest news on each project, jump in on a discussion and post your thoughts, view progress as team members complete to-dos and upload files. Everything from your projects is available, so you can refer to a document or make a decision no matter where you are. The app is quick and responsive, its interface is clean and well organized.
06.02.14. 37Signals renames to Basecamp, discontinues development of other products. 37Signals was one of pioneers on the SaaS market. In 2004, they launched the project management service Basecamp, which still remains one of the most popular apps in this category. Today it's used by 15 million users. Many of them believe that Basecamp is the trendsetter in web-app design. But besides Basecamp everybody know 37Signals CEO - Jason Fried. He is the author of books Getting Real and ReWork. He is a huge fan of small business and startup spirit. Despite the great success of Basecamp he managed to keep the company in the format of startup (now it employs just 43 people). Jason even tried to reduce the number of customers to restrain growth. And now he has come up with a new idea - to frozen the development of all other products (CRM system Highrise, group chat Campfire, task-manager Ta-Da List, wiki Writeboard, organizer Backpack) and focus all attention on Basecamp.
2013. Trello introduced Business Class version. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. It's used by thousands businesses and to meet theit demand, Trello is launching the Business version, that enables that extra control of the collaboration space. It features all the power of a Trello organization plus extra features like Google Apps integration, extra administrative controls for boards and members, one-click bulk data export, and a new, view-only observer role. Business Class gives administrators more control over your organization. With Business Class, you can connect your Trello organization to your business’s Google Apps account. On the Members page, you’ll see who in your organization has an account. If they aren’t in the organization yet, you will be able to add them with a single click. Since there are no member limits, you never have to worry about paying more for each new member.
2013. Basecamp launches mobile app for iOS. Mobile applications have won over HTML5. At least at the current stage. Jason Fried, the head of the super popular project management service Basecamp, never intended to follow fashion trends or making something just for PR. He always did what he considered necessary for the effectiveness of his product. For a long time his position on mobile access to Basecamp was following: "We won't chase the variety of mobile platforms, but will do what we can do best - create and develop the Web-interface." Therefore, so far Basecamp for mobile devices was available only as a web app. But at last Jason has come to the conclusion that the native client would be more convenient, and from now Basecamp is available as a native app for iPhone / iPad. The app is free and features the new beautiful style of the web version.
2013. Basecamp Personal - SaaS with no monthly charges. 37Signals, the maker of the popular SaaS project management app Basecamp, always invent something interesting and innovative. This time they coming up with the new service Basecamp Personal, intended for small teams (projects), for which the regular Basecamp is too expensive. Earlier Basecamp used to provide a free version for one project and it was very popular. But as you know, 37Signals want to have fewer clients and more money. Therefore, they decided to create a paid version for 1 project and 5 users. But how beautiful they did it...
2012. New Basecamp: All ingenious is simple. As one of the Enterprise 2.0 classics said: "If I had more time, I would have created a simpler application". That's how 37Signals (the company behind the project management app Basecamp) is spending its time. Basecamp was launched about eight years ago and since then it remained almost unchanged. Every new feature was added only if it was really necessary. Due to this, Basecamp has retained its simplicity and effectiveness. But it turned out that the Basecamp developers during all these years not only defended the app from the complications, but also have been inventing more perfect and simple structure. And this year they decided to roll it out. It's hard to believe, but the new version of Basecamp is even easier and more effective.
2010. 37signals Suite - the new rival for Google Apps. 37Signals decided to market a combined package of its key SaaS services for business - 37signals Suite, similar to how Google sells its services as Google Apps. 37signals Suite includes Basecamp (project management system), Highrise (CRM system), Campfire (group chat, which can be used as communication tool in this bundle) and Backpack (group organizer+wiki, which can be considered as an intranet portal in this bundle). The integration between applications in the package doesn't rock for now, but at least the user base will be unified. 37signals Suite is prices so that in most cases it's cheaper to buy the whole suite than two separate services. Price starts at $99 per month - for 35Gb of memory, 35 projects in Basecamp, 20000 contacts in Highrise, 5000 pages in Backpack, 50 simultaneous chats in Campfire. Though it seems much more expensive than the cost of Google Apps (50$/year), but you shouldn't forget that Google charges this fee for each user, and in 37Signals Suite the number of users is unlimited.
2010. Jason Fried: We want fewer customers. Basecamp increased prices (sort of). Let's start from what happened last week. Without any announcements 37Signals dropped a low end plan from the Basecamp sign-up page ($24/month for 15 projects and 5GB of disk space). Now, the cheapest option on this page is $49 for 35 projects and 15 GB. Of course, this caused a loud reaction of bloggers and competitors. Bloggers started speculating that Basecamp feels so confident that has lost interest in small business. Competitors started pitching alternative project management tools and Zoho even pushed the promotion for customers switching from Basecamp to Zoho Projects. 37Signals co-founder Jason Fried has clarified the situation. "In fact, Basecamp hasn't raised prices. Existing users continue to pay the same price for the same subscription plans. The company is just experimenting with the sign-up page design. The $24 plan is still available (inside) for those who sign-up for free account and then wants to upgrade". Nevertheless, the idea of the experiment is clear: Basecamp focuses on the more "expensive" clients. Here's why:
2010. Jason Fried: Why modern workplaces don’t work. Jason Fried, 37Signals co-founder, exactly knows how to create beautiful systems. Basecamp users and Ruby on Rails developers know this. Recently he published the video with his vision of how to create a beautiful workspace (on the example of 37Signals) and how online tools can help. Jason started with the fact that in most companies collaboration is organized absolutely wrong. It's based on the constant interruptions. Employee just turns on the computer, and the interruptions begin: instant messages, email notifications, phone calls and of course, co-workers that come and ask something. No one can work productively in such environment. And, often collaboration software (especially messengers and microblogs) doesn't help to mute this noise, but increase it.
2009. 37Signals becomes the richest SaaS company. 37Signals, the developer of online project management service Basecamp, according to the recent investment round, has become the most expensive company in the Internet services market. The group of investors, led by Yardstick Capital and Institutionalized Venture Partners purchased 0.000000001% of the company for $1. So, the potential 37Signals' market price has increased to about $100 billions. This was officially announced in the company blog. During the company-wide meeting, dedicated to this event, Jason Fried (37Signals founder), announced, that all SaaS applications, developed by 37Signals, including Basecamp, will become free in order to attract more users and to reach the estimated userbase already in 2013.
2006. Campfire Goes Live. Campfire is the new web-based chat service from 37Signals, the makers of Basecamp. As you’d expect, it’s simple, intuitive and good looking. It’s really a service for small businesses who want to keep all their chats in one place (all chats are permalinked) - you can also insert images in the chat window itself, which is a nice touch. For one-to-one chat, it’s only marginally more useful than your IM client - where it really shines is for multi-person chats. And yes, it does take a lot of the pain out of organizing group chats and having no centralized place to store them. Every chat in Campfire has a permanent URL. Chats don’t require special chat software or networks. You can instantly share and discuss files with your colleagues/clients, search or browse through transcripts of past chats, chat securely over SSL (Plus and Premium plans).