New in Basecamp: Project templates
Today we’re proud to bring a long requested and much anticipated feature to Basecamp: Project templates!
So what exactly are project templates?
If you find that you’re creating the same kind of projects over and over, project templates are a great way to eliminate the repetitive busy work. A project template lets you set up common to-do lists, messages, files, and dates once so you don’t have to create them over and over for each new project.
Here’s an example. Let’s say that you’re an event planner. There are countless tasks across different aspects of the event— entertainment, venue, food, invitations, decorations— the list goes on. All of these things need to happen for every event that you plan. Instead of starting from scratch with every new client, a template with the to-dos, dates and other content would be a welcome addition to the toolkit.
Creating a new template
If you’ve ever started a project in Basecamp, making a project template is just as easy.
First click the Templates link on the left side of your project page in Basecamp.
On the next screen you’ll see a link to “Add a project template”.
We’ve added a nice grid background so you know that you’re working with a template versus a traditional project.
Now add people, to-do lists, messages, files, or anything else that should be part of these projects. The things you add now will all be part of all new projects started from the template.
Starting a new project from a template
Just click the “new project” button on the left side of your project page. Any templates that you’ve created will be listed along side the option to create a blank project.
Before the project is created you’ll have the opportunity to make any changes such as inviting more people or adding a personalized kick-off message to get things going.
When everything looks good click the green “Publish this project” button. An recap email with everything in the new project will be sent to the people you’ve invited. People who aren’t part of Basecamp yet will be sent an invitation to join.
Templates are already live and ready to use now!
Templates have become one of the most popular features in Basecamp Classic. We feel they’re even easier to use in the new Basecamp and with over 1,000 new templates created since last week, people seem to agree!
So that’s project templates, the newest tool to help you save time by managing projects with Basecamp.
Thanks for being part of the 37signals family.
New in Basecamp: Mobile
Need to check-in with your projects on the go? Basecamp is now optimized for your favorite mobile phone or tablet.
When you’re away from the computer email is a great way to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in your Basecamp projects. But sometimes email isn’t enough. You want to download an attachment or read through the entire conversation. Now when you click the “View this on Basecamp” link at the bottom of email notifications you’ll see the all new mobile version of Basecamp automatically – no app required.
No more pinching and zooming.
We’ve fine-tuned Basecamp mobile to be easy to tap, a pleasure to read, and super-fast on your mobile device. It’s ideal for keeping up when you’re away. Read daily progress. View all of your discussions, to-dos, dates, text documents, forwarded emails, attachments, and files. Read and add comments. Check-off to-dos. It’s all the Basecamp you need when you’re on-the-go and nothing you don’t.
It just works, no app required.
Click the link to Basecamp in any email notification or visit your Basecamp with the web browser on your device and you’ll see Basecamp mobile automatically. There’s no app to buy and nothing to install. The new Basecamp mobile works on many mobile phones and tablets running iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7.
The new Basecamp mobile is available right now – give it a try. We think you’re going to love it.
Thanks again for using Basecamp!
Designer at 37signals (we’re the people behind Basecamp)
New in Basecamp: Superpowers on invite!
Here’s a brand new feature that’s sure to brighten up your week: Starting today you can choose who can create projects (or who can be an admin) when you invite them to a project!
How did things work before today? Prior to this update, inviting someone to a new or existing project in Basecamp would automatically give them the ability to create new projects. This was easy to change, but making the change required some extra steps.
Now, when you invite someone new to a project they won’t be able to create projects unless you specifically grant them this superpower.
Here’s how it works:
When you’re creating a new project and invite someone who isn’t already part of another project on your Basecamp, a link that says “Decide who can create projects…” will appear:
Pick the superpowers you’d like each new person to have, then click “Start the project”:
We’ve also made it easier to set superpowers when inviting new people to an existing project. After clicking “Invite more people”:
You’ll see the option to “Decide who can create projects…” after entering email addresses for the people you want to invite:
Just like before, it’s easy to change superpowers for existing users. There’s a handy walkthrough on how to do this here: http://basecamp.com/help/people
We hope you find this super helpful! Thanks as always for using Basecamp.
- Michael Berger
New in Basecamp: The “Everything” feature
Here’s a brand new feature we think you’re really going to like.
Ever wanted to find a discussion, file, forwarded email, or text doc that was recently posted but you don’t remember which project it was in? Or, ever wanted to see all the open to-dos across all your projects regardless of who they are assigned to?
Now you can.
The “Everything” feature is all new in Basecamp. You’ll see a link to it at the top of the screen:
Click it and you’ll see the Everything signpost:
Click whichever one you want to see all the discussions, to-dos, files, text docs, or forwarded emails across all your projects on a single page. Note: You can only see content from projects you have access to see, so everyone’s “Everything” is unique to them.
For example, here are all the files across the projects I can see:
(The project name is in parenthesis after the file name).
We think you’re going to love this new feature. It’s a great way to browse the latest content across all your projects without even having to go into a specific project. Want to see all the discussions today? Click Everything then “Browse every discussion” and you’re on top of everything that was said, no matter the project. Same for files, to-dos, text docs, and forwarded emails. It’s a big time saver.
We’ve got more great new stuff on the way so stay tuned!
Thanks for being a customer.
Co-founder, 37signals (the people who bring you Basecamp)
New in Basecamp: Focus on one calendar at a time
Is your Basecamp Calendar packed full of events? Wish you could just focus on one project’s calendar at a time? Want to hide all calendars except one?
By popular demand, now you can!
Just click the name of any calendar or project to the left of your calendar:
Everything else will be cleared except for the events you want to focus on:
Click the “Show all Calendars” button and all of your calendars will pop back into view.
To change the color or access permissions on a calendar, hover your cursor over the calendar name and click the “settings” link that appears to the right:
We hope you find this simple feature as helpful as we have.
Thanks again for using Basecamp.
- Michael Berger
Fun fact: Our customers have already added over one million events to their Basecamp calendars! Just be glad that all these events aren’t on your personal calendar.
New in Basecamp: Fewer emails in your inbox
Feel like you’re getting too many emails from Basecamp? We agree, so we did something about it.
Today we’re releasing some improvements to reduce the number of emails Basecamp sends you.
Here’s how it works:
Automatic bundling of to-do assignments: Before today, assigning to-do items in Basecamp would trigger a single email notification for each to-do you assign. Now, if you’re assigned multiple todos within a five minute period, you’ll get a single email with all your assignments in that project. Same content, fewer emails. A win-win.
Here’s an example of the new to-do assignment email:
Option to disable to-do completion notifications: If you don’t want to receive an email whenever someone completes a to-do you’ve assigned them, now you can turn these email notifications off.
First click the Me link at the top of your screen:
Then click the “My Basecamp Settings” link on the next page:
On your Basecamp Settings page un-check the box to stop receiving completion emails:
We hope this reduction in email keeps your inbox cleaner. This is a great start for many more email improvements to come.
Thanks again for using Basecamp.
- Michael Berger
New in Basecamp: Comment on to-do lists
Here’s something we think you’ll find very useful: Now you can comment directly on to-do lists, not just to-do items.
Basecamp has always allowed you to leave comments on to-do items, but now each to-do list has its own comment section. This also means you can attach files to to-do lists! And like all other comments in Basecamp, you can reply to any comments via email and they’ll be posted right back to the project.
Here’s how it works
When you click on a to-do list title in Basecamp you’ll see the to-do list pop up on its own page. At the bottom of the to-do list you’ll see a comments section (just like you would at the bottom of a message, for example). This is where you can have a discussion about the entire list in one place.
If there are any comments on the list itself, you’ll see a “comments” bubble to the right of the list name on the project page. It’ll look like this:
The new feature is live in your account right now. We hope you find it as useful as we have.
Thanks again for your business.
37signals co-founder (we’re the people behind Basecamp)