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Where Basecamp Classic and Basecamp Next Fall Short

Posted by dashstack on March 9, 2012

Before we dig into this list of improvements, we would like to explain that we have been avid Bascamp users for a long time. We use it internally to manage projects within our team as well as collaborating with clients. We became frustrated at its inability to meet all of our needs. So, we wrote our own program (now called Dashstack) to use internally that worked with Basecamp, but made it operate to meet all of our project needs.

These are the areas that we have worked to improve on Basecamp Classic and Basecamp Next.


A new way to look at lists:

Nothing will make your eyes pop out of your head more than starring at a mile long list of data. It’s just overwhelming and intimidating. Our Instant Groupings take your Basecamp lists and organizes them by group project, task, people, and teams. Everyone has the option to customize how they view and manage their own tasks.


Multiple Basecamp accounts can be hard to manage:

We were tired of logging into one Basecamp account and then logging out so that we could log into another. Dashstack takes multiple Basecamp accounts and places them into a clean and simple drag and drop widget that you can customize however you like. Simply choose your widget type (Person, Project, Multi-Project, File) give it a name, and assign it to team members. You have the option to group projects together across clients and easily monitor unassigned tasks across projects and files.


Streaming Updates:

We had lots of issues when project information, discussions, and comments got buried and lost in the Basecamp shuffle. That’s why we created the Real-Time Status Sidebar so that we were able to see all updates in real time. Now, you can quickly see current activity across your projects and Basecamp accounts.


Where is that file?

Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to find the files you need when you need them. Basecamp made it difficult to find the most recent version of a file because you had no way of viewing that file until you clicked it. Who has time to click through and open an entire list of files? We didn’t. That’s why we developed Quick View. Quick View allows you to easily skim through recently uploaded files, reference previous versions, and catch up on the latest feedback about a document.