alternate to Basecamp?

9 Mar 2009 - 10:20am
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hope turner
2009

My company is looking for an alternate solution for posting files to
share with our clients.

Currently we're using Basecamp and it is good, but has it’s
limitations. We like the ‘forum’ nature of it but it good do with some
tweaks. I think the biggest downfall (forgive me if I’m wrong, I have
only the most basic understanding of it) is the presentation layer. We
should be trying to display as much work on screen as we possibly can,
rather than the continual “download and open” process. What would be
great is a way to keep comments and the the work being commented on in
close proximity. And an iterative way to display the most recent work.

Any input on a new tool is welcomed. Thanks!

Hope

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9 Mar 2009 - 12:22pm
Brian Hoadley
2009

Have you tried Huddle? You can find it at http://www.huddle.net.

I'm trialing it now. Can't vouch just yet, but it came highly
recommended and I like it so far.

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9 Mar 2009 - 12:40pm
Keith Kmett
2009

We have been evaluating Redmine, http://www.redmine.org/

It can integrate with e-mail and SVN and has a similar interface as
Basecamp.

So far it is a good project management tool and issue tracker.

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9 Mar 2009 - 12:54pm
Adrian Howard
2005

You might want to take a look at http://www.getsignoff.com/ - allows
you to annotate and comment on images. Not used it myself for anything
serious - but I might the next time I need to do something distributed.

Adrian

9 Mar 2009 - 12:55pm
Heather Anderson
2008

www.actionmethod.com is similar to basecamp, but with more designer
feel to it and greater functionality.

The other one, which I think might suit you best, is Google Sites:
http://sites.google.com/ Here you can insert docs, presentations,
spreadsheets, images, photo slide shows, forms, etc... and it's
FREE!!

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9 Mar 2009 - 3:10pm
Eva Kaniasty
2007

Try google sites. Also, Backpack, which is also made by 37signals, is more
along the lines of what you're looking for.

-eva

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Heather Anderson <
heather.anderson at disney.com> wrote:

> www.actionmethod.com is similar to basecamp, but with more designer
> feel to it and greater functionality.
>
> The other one, which I think might suit you best, is Google Sites:
> http://sites.google.com/ Here you can insert docs, presentations,
> spreadsheets, images, photo slide shows, forms, etc... and it's
> FREE!!
>
>
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9 Mar 2009 - 3:31pm
andrea
2006

I second 'votes for Google Sites.... my only warning, there is a file
storage limit for individual accounts of 100MB (if you have Gmail/Google
Enterprise, I think you get a bit more space).

I have used Basecamp many times and it usually became a gloried file-storage
system, not much information sharing.

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Heather Anderson <
heather.anderson at disney.com> wrote:

> www.actionmethod.com is similar to basecamp, but with more designer
> feel to it and greater functionality.
>
> The other one, which I think might suit you best, is Google Sites:
> http://sites.google.com/ Here you can insert docs, presentations,
> spreadsheets, images, photo slide shows, forms, etc... and it's
> FREE!!
>
>
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>
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9 Mar 2009 - 5:55pm
Nasir Barday
2006

ProjectPier is an open-source branch of the now-commercialized
activeCollab, originally conceived as a Basecamp alternative. I'm
trying out installations of ProjectPier for IxDA's project management
and for another project as well. It's only been a few weeks, but the
initial experience has been good. Eerily similar to Basecamp, but
makes me want to jump off a bridge much less :-). About as easy to get
up and running as Wordpress!

It lacks a built-in writeboard app, but since it's open source, there
are a few people working on this feature, as well as a few folks
writing modules and coming up with ways to integrate other web-based
apps into the platform. My hope is that, as a community, we can do
some design-led open-source work to contribute to this project.

Check it out at http://projectpier.org

- Nasir

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 4:31 PM, Andrea Lewis <helloandrea at gmail.com> wrote:
> I second 'votes for Google Sites.... my only warning, there is a file
> storage limit for individual accounts of 100MB (if you have Gmail/Google
> Enterprise, I think you get a bit more space).
>
> I have used Basecamp many times and it usually became a gloried file-storage
> system, not much information sharing.
>
>
> On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Heather Anderson <
> heather.anderson at disney.com> wrote:
>
>> www.actionmethod.com is similar to basecamp, but with more designer
>> feel to it and greater functionality.
>>
>> The other one, which I think might suit you best, is Google Sites:
>> http://sites.google.com/  Here you can insert docs, presentations,
>> spreadsheets, images, photo slide shows, forms, etc... and it's
>> FREE!!
>>
>>
>> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
>> Posted from the new ixda.org
>> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=39672
>>
>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
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10 Mar 2009 - 9:06am
Dustin Lucier D...
2008

The Behance action method also has a cool iphone app which so far has
been great for aligning my personal tasks. I haven't used it much
for delegation or team tracking yet.
http://www.actionmethod.com/iPhone_Tour

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10 Mar 2009 - 9:08am
SemanticWill
2007

There is a web based application whose name escapes me right now but I
heard about it through twitter - something about 5 minutes before 5pm,
or some such thing that at least seemed like the user experience was
better, more thought through than the developer-designed Basecamp. If
that jogs anyone's memory, please post to the list - I do actually
want to try it out.

~ will

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and what you innovate are design problems"

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On Mar 10, 2009, at 7:06 AM, Dustin DiTommaso wrote:

> The Behance action method also has a cool iphone app which so far has
> been great for aligning my personal tasks. I haven't used it much
> for delegation or team tracking yet.
> http://www.actionmethod.com/iPhone_Tour
>
>
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> Posted from the new ixda.org
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10 Mar 2009 - 3:27pm
Barbara Ballard
2005

On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 9:08 AM, Will Evans <wkevans4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is a web based application whose name escapes me right now but I heard
> about it through twitter - something about 5 minutes before 5pm, or some
> such thing that at least seemed like the user experience was better, more
> thought through than the developer-designed Basecamp. If that jogs anyone's
> memory, please post to the list - I do actually want to try it out.
>
We're using 5pmweb. If you're nice, you'll use our referral code and
we'll get some discounts. (If not, just be lazy and click below).

http://www.5pmweb.com/?ref=u782444

~~~~
Barbara Ballard
barbara at littlespringsdesign.com 1-785-838-3003

10 Mar 2009 - 9:53pm
Gaurav Mathur
2008

Try OpenGoo, a simple yet powerful tool.
http://www.opengoo.org/

Great for small to medium sized offices but you need to maintain it yourself
on your server.

Gaurav

11 Mar 2009 - 12:54pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

I think the product Will was thinking about was mentioned by Whitney Hess on Twitter and it's:

http://drop.io

Just used it and I will say it's got a slick gradual engagement thing going on. Gets you up and running immediately with progressive registration steps.

Cheers,
Liz

11 Mar 2009 - 1:52pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Liz, that shit is the da'bomb! OMG!!!!

Just from an IxD perspective, I'm lovin' it. I mean it can't fit all needs, but just imagine a drop.io space for a conference. So many uses, my head is spinning!!!

Definitely great for asset management collaboration type work. All it needs is a real-time drawing space, where you can annotate (draw & write on) assets and those drawings are seen by everyone looking at that moment and possibly saved/recorded for later viewing by those who didn't make it.

Very well thought out UI Design and IxD all around.

NICE!

(I'm not sure I'd consider it a basecamp substitute, as it really isn't a project management tool.)

11 Mar 2009 - 1:53pm
Dave Malouf
2005

I also wonder if there is a way through their API to use drop.io to extend our platform. Might be great for people to place in a drop area assets and use the space to have combination of real-time and async conversations about such assets.

28 Aug 2010 - 7:07am
kevin123
2010

you should checkout http://www.proofhub.com/. It is easy to use and fast. It includes many features like time tracking, collaboration, real time chat , online file proofing, milestones and many more. ProofHub lets you manage projects and quickly create client/project extranets.

15 Feb 2011 - 10:08pm
ggenit029
2011

This very useful blogpost lists several alternatives on project management software:

 http://www.timedoctor.com/blog/2011/02/02/43-project-management-software-alternatives

 

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