It's like using a smart piece of paper that just gets out of your way and let's you create, assign, toggle, set dates, etc really intuitively.
I'm a freelancer - and for my usage I typically have a Workspace called Freelance Projects. In that workspace I have many projects, each for each freelance gig I land. I then invite my client (YOU CAN INVITE UP TO 30 PEOPLE PER PROJECT FOR FREE HOLY BALLS) and collaborate intuitively from there.
He/she can upload photoshop files, images, text files, edit desriptions and I can comment on them and we go back and forth. Better than email.
I used to procrastinate a lot. It was my achille's heel; but since Asana I enjoy working because there's something deeply psychological in ticking things off and seeing them grayed out.
If you haven't checked it out.
There's also Trello but I kind of dislike it when there are more than 5 items in a list. It gets unwiedly.
Strong points vs others are All Tasks view to filter by users or tags (#p1, #pull-request, etc).
Free for 5 users, and integrated with Dropbox, GDocs, etc.
It really is impressive.
I'm sure your workflows aren't identical to mine. Why would it be to theirs?
I was thinking to try using Asana to collect feedback from beta testers (of real world items). Across several projects, this would total more than 30, but the 30 limit per type of thing being tested would be fine.
Is this going to work for me or any other suggestions? I haven't dug in to try using Asana much yet.
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Chat is nice, but there are lots of ways to do that and I need something where I can make sure people are submitting feedback, otherwise I don't want to give them the discounted goods in exchange for the feedback.
I think I realized what will work.. some sort of e-learning software. I would basically just pass/fail each item tested on whether an "exam" was submitted, but I do have some quality requirements for feedback. Having used Moodle before a bit, I think you can give more or less points for multiple choice answers. I wouldn't care about the aggregate of these but maybe could use that too.
Best of luck with finding something suitable.
But how do you upload files there? Is this available only for premium users?
I think Basecamp Next was the beginning. I can't put it into words, but users stopped praising 37signals after Basecamp Next. Changes were probably necessary, but it just doesn't garner the same respect as the original Basecamp. I feel like they deliberately removed private messages to get me on board with their CRM and it doesn't really seem like the average person knows what to expect when they add a user to a project (Can they see everything? Are they able to create projects?). Sure, I know, but the average person is reasonably unsettled by the current way this is handled - a problem that didn't exist in original Basecamp.
This Basecamp Personal feels like they are reaching, not innovating.
I'd love to hear what other people think, or why I am wrong and jumping to conclusions.
EDIT: Great comments. I am pretty dependant on Basecamp, so I don't relish the idea of 37signal's demise, but I have to be honest when I say I think they're concentrating on different ideals. I like most of Basecamp Next, but the things I don't like are glaring and 37signals is generally good at addressing glaring faults.
Here, they took a business product, got rid of free plans, and now can sell to a new kind of customer with their same codebase.
Also, a one-time charge for a SaaS app? That's something I haven't seen but could be applicable in a lot of places.
I'm curious how you estimate the cost of access + 1GB storage, forever. What do the terms and conditions say about them turning off the spigot at some point in the future?
This is a tempting offer. If I qualify.
I really think they should look into lowering the pricing to make this product more competitive. 37signals seems to be coming out with some crumby products lately. First Breeze, and now this. Sighhh.
In particular for keep track of todo lists (along with audit trails of who's done what) and allowing email notification and response of discussions around todo's and documents.
I know you can do some of this to an extent in Evernote (e.g. todo lists) but I'd be interested to hear more about how you use Evernote such that it can be a Basecamp replacement?
I guess I'm just getting to the point that there is lots of alternatives out there that give much more value for a better price. I feel like 37signals is trying to sell products just because of their name and are no longer put real value in their products. Or at least putting enough value in to justify the price tag associated with their newest products.
I love Evernote but I don't use it for to-do's or projects. There are plenty of other alternatives that work well in sharing personal projects as well.
I want Highrise Personal. There are so many CRMs for every different size of business, but I want a contact list where I can fill in information about people as I go (ie. start with "big guy with red hair at Mark's Dec. 17 party, discussed quantum tunnelling" and then add in his name and contact info if/when I learn it) and add arbitrary notes about everyone. I know I could just use a regular CRM but those always get hung up on leads/accounts/etc. I know I could use something like Evernote (or Workflowy, which I love and sort of use for this currently) but that's not really the right tool for the job.
Every time I mention this someone tells me it already exists; every time the thing they point me to is full of useless social integrations and other shit. Does anyone know of a "personal CRM" that doesn't suck?
Now all my personal contacts are managed in Salesforce which is super robust and powerful. I love sorting them by "Last Activity" to see who I haven't spoken with in a while and working my way through the list that way.
(I was able to negotiate a discounted rate of $2/mo when I talked to one of their account execs too. I bet that's still an option...)
You can pull profile photos of theirs from Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook though. But obviously those images aren't yours to choose.
Basically it sucks in your contacts from Gmail, LinkedIn, Facebook etc, and schedules follow-ups for you.
Obviously, they monitor all your communications across these networks, but for me the benefit of nudging and analytics outweighs my concerns about privacy.
CRM inside Gmail
I like how you started a user interview on the spot, but that question doesn't seem to have any purpose.
with my best Lionel Richard : Trello? Is it me you're looking for?
It's interesting to see the one-time-fee model they're trying out here and with Breeze, and I wonder how it'll work out for them. Personally, this is very happy news. I'm completely willing to shell out $25 just once to have a great, uncluttered, simple tool for managing my pet projects again. Way to go!
I don't even know if it's better than Asana what is free for personal use.
The pricepoint seems a bit high especially since there's free stuff that is pretty good (I personally use Trello)
Either way it's probably better to start with a higher pricepoint. Good luck :)
a) Dump my tasks
b) Have it give me a good guess at the most important task, at which point I can:
- Do it
- Say it's not important
- Say it's blocked by another task (and which task that is)
- Punt it to someone else.
- Snooze it until date X.
1. How important I say it is.
2. How important the tasks it is blocking are.
3. How close to the due date it is.
Is what this headline should read. Lifetime plans are a notoriously bad and often disingenuous idea.
This is essentially a free plan they are trying to charge $25 for. Buyer beware.
What if they remove a feature you depend on 3 years from now? Do you get your money back? What if Basecamp Next++ due in 2015 is terrible and you have to stop using it, can you still use what you are paying for now? What if 37 signals discontinues Basecamp 15 years from now?
Indeed, the high profile of their brand is what (now) allows them to do this with a new product: their users will be familiar with the other products 37signals offers, and buy based on that familiarity/constancy.
I think the HN crowd has lost its objectivity in evaluating 37signals and its become something like an Apple.
One-time forever pricing is a very innovative concept for a web based SAAS application. I bet we will start seeing more of this soon.
We need to remember, in SaaS it is the "service" that you pay for not just the "software".
It is okay to be skeptical when someone says, I will support you forever when there is an ongoing cost somewhere.
One-time forever pricing for a service which costs you ongoing money to run is suicide unless you're subsidizing it somehow.
You have to have a subscription Basecamp account to buy the $25 one-off thing. So you're essentially paying a fee to hide projects that you don't want in your company Basecamp.
This is essentially a free tier with a one off filter.
It's very interesting to follow their new tendency to release one-time-fee softwares for consumers. Hope they talk about public reception on their blog.
It's sad that all new great products stop as web-apps and never go further. The best thing I found so far is org-mode + Dropbox combo.
There are other apps for personal use or collaboration such as Wunderlist, Omnifocus (Mac, not PC) and Any.Do (only available natively for iPhone and Android.)
If any fellow hn'ers get a chance please feel free to stop by and check it out.
www.taskmessenger.com :: We make teamwork visible ::
And if I was you, I would much rather make enough money to pay the bills, than play the freemium lottery.
And Taskmessenger is all about adding value to a project - something that you should be proud to charge for.
I will take a look into how a one-off fee model would work.
You're not 37signals and unless you have a couple of million burning a hole in your pocket, you should be charging reasonable subscription fees.
The killer feature, in my (biased?) opinion is the fact that TeamDoList.com doesn't require logins at all and you just start creating tasks from get-go. Zero setup.
If this comment is actually serious, please try executing on it and report back on how it goes.
Then, he realized it could make money and put a $499 price tag on it → https://www.activecollab.com/pricing.html