Update: There are significant developments related to Basecamp apps and the apps mentioned, please view notes at the end of the article. Also, please note that this article has been updated due to those changes.
The first version of Basecamp’s official application is nearly perfect. It comes with almost all of the features that you can get from the web-version of the application and it performs as you would expect a product from 37 Signals — beautifully.
Basecamp is late to the game with this official app. Prior to their release, there were two front-runners: Lodge and Rappel, and let me first say that both of these apps really do pretty much the same thing as the official app. They both take full-advantage of 37signal’s API and both apps are updated as new features are made available in the API.
After 37signals launched the new version of Basecamp in 2012, the Lodge was the first polished looking iPhone app that I tried with Basecamp. It was clean, well designed and over-all has been a good experience. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the skeuomorphic style of the design, but many will find it appealing. Ultimately, the app is well designed and the account sign-in / authorization process is fantastic.
Rappel’s design is very polished, tight and has less white-space than Lodge. In addition, it’s easier to navigate to key Basecamp features like Activity and Progress in the app which makes my life much easier. I feel a bit biased towards Rappel because of the quality of its design — and at this time, it’s my go-to iPhone app for Basecamp.
There are one or two apps that cater to Basecamp users looking for iPad compatible apps but they are no-where near the quality of Lodge and Rappel. With the launch of the iPad Mini, I find that I end up using the iPad Mini and Basecamp’s mobile site more than I do the iPhone apps. To me — and a growing number of users — the iPad is becoming more important to GTD and communication than the iPhone.
At this point, both Lodge and Rappel teams has mentioned that they plan to provide either a universal version of their app (works on iPad and iPhone) or an iPad specific version of their applications — but haven’t given any details regarding timeline. 37Signals typically does not publish a road-map for their products, so we have no idea if they will make their app compatible with the iPad in the future.
If you have an app that you think contends with these two or would like to talk about productivity, just hit me up on Twitter.
There are of course other apps that I use throughout the day, but these represent the core suite of what I use just about every-day. When I have a moment, I plan to produce a blog post that talks about the apps and services that did not make it onto this list (and why they didn’t make it).
If you want to discuss these apps, or suggest alternatives, hit me up on Twitter!
The look on his face when he says “Angelo, that’s Twin Peaks” is just great — it’s bliss.
I am a gun owner. I love them. I have become skilled with them over the years, and I keep them for personal defense in my home. That said, I think part of the disconnect in the national conversation about guns and gun safety roots from comments like the ones made in this video.
“You could buy a crate of these things [Mosin–Nagant rifles] and about five cases of ammo for about $2,000. That’s a real good, cheap way to arm about 10 men. You all get your technique down, and train properly on this gun and you’ll be very deadly in large numbers.
This gun will kill just about anything in North America… two legged game of all sorts.”
Really, so, you’re not actually all about hunting. No, you have an interest in arming people with guns so they can create their own little nut-bag militias. This statement, and many more parts of this video are simply enraging to me.
It is harder to get a drivers license than it is to get a gun in America and when you start suggesting that Americans need combat weapons, and that they need silencers on their guns, you are treading down an irresponsible — frankly idiotic — path.