For the past three years, our team has been using Basecamp for project management. Â We love it. Â After doing an exhaustive search for what we needed in collaborating with a virtual team model, we chose Basecamp. Â Read more about how we use it.
Most of us on the team have the greatest trifecta of productivity devices: Â A MacBook, iPhone and iPad. Â As Basecamp began to evolve beyond the desktop, I bought and used Outpost for my iPad. Â Basecamp subsequently did a complete overhaul to what they initially called “Basecamp Next“. Subsequently – and maybe inspired by Steve Krug’s principle “Avoid Needless Words” from Â “Don’t Make Me Think” – they simplified the name to “Basecamp“. Â Tablet users were left out in the cold. Â Outpost wasn’t updated (and at the time of this post, still hasn’t). Â A few developers stepped to the table with minimal offerings. Â SuitChamp was the only real native iPad app. Â However, after initial testing, I stopped using it.
After focusing on making a site that could be functional without native apps, Basecamp released an iPhone app in 2013. Â It’s simple and clean UI became the standard tool I used as I lead a team from coffee shops, bistro tables and airports. Â However, the iPad was still left in the dark for our team because of one key element: Â the text document. Â We use text docs all of the time to collaborate. Â Sure, I could edit tasks and todos, add comments, and send messages. Â But I couldn’t edit text docs. Â SuitChamp stripped formatting and was a clunky interface.
I gave up and waited. Â Until today.
Hours ago, Basecamp released an update which allows me to do the number one task I couldn’t do but needed most: Â edit text docs. Â It’s beautiful. Â I don’t need an app. Â And I can now do most everything I want to from a browser on my iPad. Â After using it for a few minutes and grabbing some kleenex to dry my tears of joy, I wanted to post my thankfulness toÂ Jason Zimdars and the team at Basecamp for this exciting update.
For those of you who have project management needs, I’d highly recommend Basecamp. Â Their pricing model allows accessibility at the base and room for growth. Â They have amazing customer service. Â And they get how to do few things well.