Basecamp vs Podio
Last updated: June 16, 2020
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.
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Basecamp vs Podio in our news:
2020 - Basecamp launches Hey, a hosted email service for neat freaks
Project management software maker Basecamp has launched a feature-packed hosted email service, called Hey — which they tout as taking aim at the traditional chaos and clutter of the email inbox. Hey includes a built in screener that asks users to confirm whether or not they want to receive email from a new address. Inbound emails a Hey user has consented to are then triaged into different trays — with a central “imbox” (“im” standing for important) containing only the comms the user specifies as important to them; while newsletters are intended to live a News Feed style tray, called The Feed, (where they’re automatically displayed partially opened for easy casual reading); and email receipts are stacked in a for-reference ‘Paper Trail’ inbox view.
2018 - Basecamp adds recurring events and image galleries
Project management service Basecamp added several new features. The first is Recurring events. You can add daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly repeating events to your Basecamp 3 schedule. You can choose to continue those repeating events until a certain date, or forever. The second new feature is Image galleries. You can put your images in a side-by-side gallery or even three-in-a-row, making it easier than ever to display your work or share photos. And the third is Automatic Check-ins. It is a simple, relaxed tool we use a lot to keep up with one another. The whole company gets asked things like: What did you do this weekend? What have you worked on? Small teams like Support get asked questions like: What was a common issue that you saw this week?
2018 - Basecamp improves client collaboration to win over Microsoft Project
Working with clients in Basecamp just got a whole lot better. Now you can assign clients to-dos, share files and folders, schedule events and meetings, chat around the Campfire, and even ask clients automatic check-in questions. Everything in a project is now labeled as “private to our team” or “the client can see this”. Plus, to reduce anxiety and prevent “oh shit, they weren’t supposed to see that” moments, everything in a project starts off as private just to your team. Whenever you post something new, you’ll have the option to specify if the client should be able to see it or if it’s private just to your team. The conclusion is that Basecamp gets more client-friendly if compared vs Microsoft Project
2014 - Basecamp app is available for iPad to stand out over SharePoint
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 to keep up competition with JIRA
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 to strike back at Highrise
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 to catch up with Confluence
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 - Podio - Social intranet + App buider + App store to take on Yammer
Podio - is yet another service to create enterprise social network (like Yammer, Chatter, SocialCast, etc). May be even the definition "yet another" - is not quite correct in this case, because Podio is already one of the most successful representatives of this class. Two months ago Podio was acquired by Citrix, which competes with Microsoft, Google and Salesforce for the enterprise collaboration market. And among Podio's customers are such companies as Alcatel-Lucent, BMW, BBC, Twitter and SubWay. Podio is popular in many countries and available in 10 languages: Russian, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Danish and English. So how is Podio different from its strong competitors?
The killer feature in Podio - is app builder. Other enterprise Facebook clones provide a familiar (but limited) set of features for communication, content sharing, following, creating groups. But if a company needs some specific function, like customer base, or task list, or delivery control app - it needs to integrate the social intranet with other systems (which is a long and complicated process). Podio allows to easily create these apps in a visual designer and without programming knowledge.
Created apps appear in the inbuilt App Store and can be added to workspaces inside the social intranet. By the way, by default, the App Store contains over 200 different pre-built apps.
The second feature - is that Podio allows collaboration not only inside the company but also with invited external users (customers, partners, job applicants). Thus, it's not only intranet but also extranet network.
Podio provides a free version for an unlimited number of workspaces, 5 emplyees and 5 external users and 1 GB of disk space. The paid version costs $8/month per user.
2012 - Citrix acquires cloud-based social business collaboration platform Podio
Citrix has acquired Danish social business collaboration platform, Podio. Podio is a social network for businesses that lets those who use it create apps to enhance the functionality of the service. It's like “Yammer with apps.” Podio offers an App store, where users can add App bundles for specific workflow purposes like a CRM Management tool, Project Management tool or individual Apps like Candidates, an app to manage job candidates, Twitter, an app to monitor tweets and Bugs, an app for internal bug reporting. With Podio you can manage everything from expense reports to hiring, and instead of following fellow users, you follow “Spaces” where these things happen. You can see Frequently Used Spaces, Contacts and Calendar on the right, with an activity stream of all actions on the left. From here you can get to anything, even adding or creating your own task-specific app.
2012 - New Basecamp: All ingenious is simple to keep up with Producteev
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.