What’s new in Basecamp 3? Just about everything and then some!
Soooooooooo much is new and improved in Basecamp 3. We’ve taken our best ideas, layered in years of customer insights and feedback, invented a bunch of new stuff, and put together the best version of Basecamp we’ve ever made.
Pings: Personal backchannels
Pings are like instant messages or direct messages. Want to get someone’s take on something before sharing it with everyone else? Just ping them!
Unlimited for everyone: No limits! Heck yeah!
For the past 12 years, Basecamp has limited the number of projects you could create based on which plan you were on. Maybe you had the 10 project plan, or the 40 project plan. The only way to get unlimited was to reach deep in your pockets and upgrade to the highest plan. No longer! Now every plan - even the entry-level plan, is unlimited!
Hey!: The catch-all Basecamp inbox
The Hey! menu is a single inbox for nearly every kind of Basecamp notification. @mentions, new messages, to-do assignments and completions all show up nice, neat, organized, and threaded in the Hey! menu.
Campfires: Gather ‘round and talk
When you need to hash stuff out quickly without a lot of fuss, gather around the Campfire - a group chat at the center of every Basecamp. Perfect for casual conversations, quick Q&As, link sharing, and fast riffs.
To-dos: Assign multiple people + date ranges
Now you can assign to-dos to multiple people. Plus, in addition to setting a due date on a to-do, you can now set a date range. Detail an entire phase of work, be clearer about how long a chunk of work will take, etc.
Forwards: Reply to emails
Now you can forward any email into Basecamp, discuss it with your team, then reply back to the original sender.
All New Search: Find it fast
Now you can “show me all Jonas’s comments in the Mobile project” or “Show me every image uploaded by Ann”. Sometimes you know who but not what. Other times you know the what, but not the who. And other times you know what it looks like but you can’t describe it in words. Basecamp will find it.
Work Can Wait: Give work the weekend off
Basecamp 3 lets you set up your work schedule so you don’t get notifications after work or on the weekends. During off hours, Basecamp silences any emails, push notifications, or desktop notifications. Live a little! Learn more…
Applause: Give them a standing-o!
Show someone you care by tapping the Applause button. They’ll get a discrete notification letting them know you appreciated what they said.
Reports: Be a know it all
If your job is to stay on top of everything, you’ll love Basecamp 3’s all-new reports. They cut across everything and let you know what’s late, what’s coming up, what someone’s been up to, if you’re adding to the pile of work or chipping away at it, what’s on someone’s plate, etc. Learn more…
Cascading Notifications: Right where you are
Basecamp 3’s notifications system was designed to catch you where you are without leaving a mess everywhere else. For example, if you’re in Basecamp 3 in your browser, you’ll get a desktop notification. If you’re not in the desktop app, we’ll notify you on your phone. And if you don’t have a mobile app installed (or push notifications are turned off), we’ll send an email.
Share With Anyone: Hey, check this out
Basecamp 3 lets you share anything with anyone - even if they’re on the outside. It’s great for selectively sharing something with someone who’s not core to your team but who’s interested in something from time to time.
The Toolbox: Take it or leave it
Basecamp 3 lets you turn on or off tools depending on what you need for a specific project or team. Customize away, you’re in control. Learn more about the core tools of Basecamp 3…
Automatic Check-ins: Take their pulse
Basecamp can help you automatically check in with your team to make sure everything’s going swimmingly. Ask whatever you’d like (e.g. “What did you work on today?” or “Are you blocked on anything?”) and specify who to ask when. Basecamp will regularly gather responses and present them in an organized report. Learn more…
Need to get someone’s attention? Want to reference someone in a discussion? Just @mention them. They’ll instantly get a notification letting them know, along with a link to exactly where you mentioned them. Sooooo useful!
Bookmarks: Never lose your place
If you bounce between a to-do list and a document often, just bookmark them both in Basecamp and you’ll always be a single click away no matter where you are. Works across platforms, browsers, mobile apps, etc.
Timelines: Your own time machine
At the bottom of every Basecamp is a timeline of activity going back to the moment you started the project. If you’re looking for something someone did, but you can’t remember where they did it, just scroll down and there it is!
Folders: Get your neat freak on
Basecamp 3 lets you organize any file or document into folders (and folders inside folders). What’s extra special is that you can organize cloud-based files as well. So you can make a folder and put a photoshop file, a Google doc, and a PDF together in the same folder!
Trix: Write right
We spent a full year writing a brand new text editor from scratch. Consistent from desktop to mobile, writing finally just works! Besides just text, you can drag in images right from your computer, snap a pic with your camera, and even paste images or files right in from your clipboard.
Phone & Tablet, iOS & Android: Pocket Basecamp
Basecamp 3 launches with amazing apps for iOS and Android. Timely push notifications, quick responses, snap a pic of the whiteboard and pop it right into Basecamp for reference, etc. It’s fast and modern. You’ll love it.
The Clientside: The best way to work with clients, period.
Basecamp 3’s “Clientside” lets you keep discussions with your team, and discussions with your client, completely separate. Clients never see something they shouldn’t. Further, you’ll have all your client’s feedback on the record in case you ever need to CYA. Learn more…
Schedules: Your ducks in a row
Designed to keep all the milestones, deadlines, and stuff with dates neatly organized and tidy. You can discuss anything right on the schedule or add any event to your own personal Google, iCal, or Outlook calendar.
Color code any file or document (including Google Docs) to make it easier to highlight and locate key files. Go on, turn that super important spreadsheet green, or that document legal-pad yellow!
Drafts: Write it before they read it
Save new messages or documents as drafts before you publish them. Share drafts with anyone else you’re working with before you publish it. Proofread comfortably, confidently, and privately before you make it official.
Can you do this for me?: Send it out and get it back
See all the work you’ve assigned to other people on a single screen. Plus, Basecamp will notify you when someone finishes something you assigned.