By John Surdakowski,
Apr 23, 2012
About a year and a half ago I started to freelance from my home office more and more. Projects started piling up, and I needed a way to keep them organized. A simple Google search for “best project management tools for web designers” will almost always point to the almighty Basecamp. So I decided to give it a try. And for a while, it was great. Basecamp allowed me to keep my projects organized, to-do lists in check, and my team and clients in the loop. But I was not completely in love with the UI…Maybe I was crazy. I wouldn’t blame you for saying so.
Don’t get me wrong. It has always been a GREAT tool for anyone working within a team, or on projects with many tasks. But there was just a little too much clutter. So, I canceled my account. I also started working in-house at an ad-agency on Madison Ave, so my freelance time was drastically cut…Don’t hate, we all got to keep the lights on!
Now that I am back to being a non-conforming, renegade freelancer, I’ve decided to give Basecamp another shot. So I reactivated my account. And… “Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this…and totally redeem yourself!” Basecamp completley re-designed their entire application. And what a re-design it was.
The new Basecamp is stripped down to the essentials, without taking away functionality. The application is SO much easier to use and much more powerful. The simple interface is always great for your clients, who may not be so “internet savvy.”
Adding projects, to-do lists and new users couldn’t be easier. In fact, Basecamp seems to have taken some tips from Google+. The only downside is that there is not a mobile web app yet. Nor any type of native apps. The current iOS apps do not support the current version of Basecamp, and they have not released a new version of the API.
“Since 2004, hundreds of thousands of companies have used Basecamp to manage over 8,000,000 projects. Basecamp is the world’s most popular cloud-based project management and collaboration app.”
After seeing this HUGE improvement, I’ve decided that Basecamp will remain my project management tool of choice. Which is why I needed write this new basecamp review.
Check out some screen shots below. Or head over to www.basecamp.com for a free trial.