Basecamp alternatives

Basecamp
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.



Here are the latest news about Basecamp:

2014 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.


2014 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.

And, if so, he also decided to rename company from 37Signals to Basecamp to keep it short and beautiful.

If you use 37Signals products, that are going to be frozen - don't panic. They will continue to work and will be supported in future. But they won't get new features any more.


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...

Basecamp Personal - is the world's first SaaS-service with no monthly fee. It's sold as a regular software. You pay once and it's yours forever. And it costs just $25. You get Basecamp (without some non-critical features) and 1 GB of disk space to manage your project. Forever. And if you start another project - you can buy one more for $25.

As you know, 37Signals uses Amazon's cloud storage and Amazon's head Jeff Bezos is an investor of 37Signals. Perhaps, 37Signals knows some secret. For example, that the cost of cloud storage will be soon considerably reduced again.


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.


Nested pages interface, cool new calendar, project history in Facebook Timeline style, clean and informative profiles - will surely please the users. But creators say that the main feature of the new version is its higher speed. And it's achieved not only thanks to the platform optimization, but also due to real-time updates: new messages, comments, tasks appear instantly and automatically without page reloading. In the same way wiki pages are updated. And they support collaborative editing in real time. Autosave feature works everywhere.

You can continue using the old version for as long as you want - it's not going anywhere and nothing changes - or you can check out the all new Basecamp. Or you can use both.

By the way, the cost of the lower Basecamp plan was again dropped to $20/month (for 10 active projects). Remember it was (kind of) raised to reduce the number of clients. And still Basecamp provides 1-project free plan.


2010 37signals Suite - the new rival for Google Apps



2010 Jason Fried: We want fewer customers. Basecamp increased prices (sort of)



2010 Jason Fried: Why modern workplaces don’t work



2009 37Signals becomes the richest SaaS company



2006 Campfire Goes Live