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Basecamp 2 mention · May 12, 2016

How to Create Effective Document Templates

Every week brings new projects, emails, documents, and task lists. How much of that is completely different from the work you've done before? Odds are, not much. Many of our day-to-day tasks are variations on something we've done hundreds of times before. Don't reinvent the wheel every...read more
Basecamp 2 mention · April 7, 2016

How to Manage your Personal Tasks with a Project Management App

When Mike Chan tried to convince his wife, Vicky, to set up a Trello board for their personal life, she was a bit skeptical at first. “You’re gonna make me sign up for another thing?” she asked. As CMO of Thorn Technologies and host of the Go and Grow...read more
Basecamp 2 mention · March 22, 2016

Get Organized: How to Pick Project Management Software in 5 Steps

You thought committing to a to-do app was tough? Try getting your entire team on-board with a single project management solution, and convincing them to stick with it over the course of a major project. That's the challenge when hunting for project management software: You need to find a...read more
Basecamp 2 update · August 20, 2015

Save Time With Basecamp Templates

If you find yourself routinely creating Basecamp projects utilizing the same tasks, to-dos, teammates, or targets, project templates are an incredible time-saver. When used, all the pieces you need are automatically copied to new projects. Because we're in the business of saving time, our Basecamp integration now features a...read more
Basecamp 2 mention · January 21, 2015

How to Segment Email Lists for More Opens, Click-Throughs and Conversions

Reports of email's death are greatly exaggerated. Every month a new email-killing product comes along, and every month my Gmail inbox continues to swell with product updates, company news and coupon codes. Heck, those email-killers use email to teach me how their apps work. Take social media: it was...read more
Basecamp 2 mention · December 30, 2014

30 Highly Shared Posts from Company Blogs in 2014

We're serious about blogging at Zapier, and we have high admiration for companies that carry the same commitment. In fact, we have a channel in our team messaging app, Slack, dedicated solely to getting updates when a blog we subscribe to in Feedly publishes a new post. For the...read more
Basecamp 2 mention · October 29, 2013

5 Reasons to Read REMOTE, Even if You Aren’t a Remote Team

"The future is already here—it's just not evenly distributed." - William Gibson That is the quote that opens REMOTE: Remote: Office Not Required, the latest book from 37signals founders Jason Fried and David Heinenmeier Hansson. I had the fortune this past week to read it from our office in...read more
Basecamp 2 update · January 7, 2013

Create Todo List

Now you can create brand new todo lists with Basecamp and Zapier. Just select your Basecamp account and project, specify what name and description you want and that's it!read more
Matthew Guay
Reviewed by Matthew Guay
Last updated December 16, 2015

8 years is a long time—and it's practically an eternity for software. And so, in 2012, Basecamp Classic was beginning to show its age. It was still a simple place to manage projects—but it seemed like it could be much more.

The 37signals team had experimented with other app ideas in the mean time, most notably with the wiki-like Backpack. It was similar to Basecamp, but with just a single sheet of digital paper where you could arrange notes, tasks, and files in any order you wanted for a free-form productivity workspace. And when the Basecamp team went back to the drawing board to build new Basecamp (or just "Basecamp", after the original Basecamp was rebranded to "Basecamp Classic), it wasn't surprising to see a number of Backpack-like ideas influencing the new design.

Log into a new Basecamp account, and you'll see a dashboard with your projects along with links to a combined calendar, to-do list, and timeline of everything that's happened across the projects. It's similar enough to the original Basecamp, only this time with enough space to be able to get work done without needing to open a project.

Then, dive into a project, and you'll get a blast of Backpack-like simplicity. Everything—the most recent messages, to-dos, files, and more—are all on one page so you can easily browse through them all. You can't rearrange each section as you could in Backpack, but the same simplicity of being able to see full project at a glance is there.

Open any section—a message, task, or anything else—and that part of the project will open in a second sheet of virtual paper so you can get a closer look at the tasks or discussions without distraction. The core features are similar enough to Basecamp Classic, but with a brand-new design that's simple to navigate. You can still email in discussion replies, subscribe to updates via RSS or a calendar feed, and view changes to text documents in Basecamp, along with managing your tasks and viewing discussions.

There was one major new feature, though: the "Catch Up" page. Here, you'd see a detailed timeline with day-by-day archives of everything that happened in the project, as a quick way to see what you and others had gotten done. Whether you need it to make sure a project is moving forward, or to see what happened while you were away, it was a simpler alternative to detailed reports you'd make in most project management tools.

The experiments persisted with the second version of Basecamp. Basecamp Personal launched soon after as a single project version of Basecamp for a one-time fee, then Basecamp Breeze was added for another one-time fee as a simple way to make email lists (something Basecamp itself is already good at). Both features were eventually cut, in lieu of Basecamp 3's free 1-project plan. And in the mean time, 37signals the company refocused on just Basecamp, rebranding itself after its most popular app and setting the stage for the next Basecamp that'd combine yet another of 37signals' apps into Basecamp: Campfire chat.

But just as with Basecamp Classic, the 2nd version of Basecamp lives on. If you're already using it, you can continue to use Basecamp 2's simple, paper-like design to manage your projects. Then, when those are completed, it just might be time to try out Basecamp 3 for your next projects.

Check out our Basecamp 3 review for details about the latest version of Basecamp.

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