If anyone has ever used the older version of Basecamp, Classic, you will be pleasantly surprised to see that the company has stepped it up with Basecamp Next. The prior version looked more like an open source out of the box task manager, while this edition gives you a slightly more robust and eye pleasing look and feel. Not only that, Next has better navigation and is way more user friendly than Classic. Let’s really dive into what we think about Basecamp Next.
Let’s start off with the project page. This page allows you to customize your project list to make it easier to navigate to your most important projects. This is a great feature as most individuals only work a few projects at a time. Even if you have a lot of project, this is still easy to navigate.
Some of the nice features to Basecamp Next is the progress timeline view which gives you a nice visual of all activities that are going on within your project. If users are added to a project, post to the project, etc., these items are put on a visual timeline. Also the calendar view offers a simple, yet appealing view of the project tasks in a monthly. The Everything page allows you to quickly sort by what’s in your project like discussions, open to-dos, files, text documents, etc.
Basecamp Next is definitely a step up from Basecamp Classic so you wouldn’t go wrong if you’re looking to upgrade. Some of the prime features that we liked in the Classic version are not gone, however the pros outweigh the cons of this product. Now let’s get into the cons.
To much of our disappointment, time tracking and milestone designations are gone from this version. This almost solidifies that there’s not only a need for a supplemental tool for project management, but it also aids in us staying strong in saying that this is only a glorified task management tool and not so much of a project management tool. Another piece missing on the new version is private messaging. Even though it isn’t a big deal, it lessens the collaboration effort between team members. With all of this, we give Basecamp Next a 6.3 as a project management tool.