Hot! Top 5 Basecamp iPhone Apps

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banner-270x125As you undoubtedly know, Basecamp is a simple and effective online project management system. And a few fortune 500 companies are even using it. One of the things Basecamp did from the beginning – and did well – was open itself up through its API to developers, in order to develop outside products and services. Well, being small, open, and extensible, has its advantages and one of t hose advantages includes the quick and simple development of outside Basecamp iPhone Apps. But which one should you choose?

On the other hand you have the iPhone, the smart phone, that in many ways, makes all others feel stupid (although the Palm Pre, and android based phones are close behind). Apple’s iPhone made it truly possible for portable computing, integrating ease of use, phone calls, and a tiny mobile computer, into one device. And wrapping up the revolution was a new touch-screen interface that eased or removed a lot of the problems associated with mobile computing.

So, how can you integrate the two? Unfortunately Basecamp does not offer a mobile version of their service, and doesn’t have a homespun app (true to their philosophy they are not iPhone developers so probably won’t be branching out any time soon). Well there are a ton of options but the killer 5 iPhone Basecamp Apps are:

Here are the top 5 Basecamp Apps for the iPhone:

  • TOP PICK – Encamp, $9.99
  • Basetent, $9.99
  • Groundwork, $3.99
  • Projects, $9.99
  • Outpost, $12.99

main_milestonesOf the programs we’ve worked with, only Basetent offers a free version, but it has a greatly reduced feature set. Although each ofthe applications listed above provides useful integrations with Basecamp, there is absolutely one that stands out from the crowd. But, you have to remember, that your own personal, or organizational structure, as well as how you use your iPhone, may dictate which program you find best. For example, if you have multiple accounts you use to login to Basecamp, perhaps you AND a client have your own accounts, you may need a program that will seamlessly switch between accounts. Not all programs will allow for this.

That is why we choose Encamp as our own top pick. It not only excels at our own organizational requirements, but it does so with an interface that closely mirrors Basecamp’s web application. Additionally, we are always archiving and unarchiving projects, as we have integrated Basecamp into our sales cycle, and Encamp also allows us to easily access archived projects.

I want to point out the iPhone and Apple in general have conventionally not played well with business and enterprise customers. Although that game is slowly changing with many services now being offered on the web AND a young generation of mac/online friendly entrepreneurs we do recognize that iPhone is hardly the only smart phone game in town. In fact, it is in the minority.

With that said, there is a new app coming out that will support iPhone, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Android, and perhaps even Palm’s WebOs. That app is Kompass for Basecamp. It is unclear how exactly this unified vision will work, whether it will be a unified web-based interface that all devices can connect to, or if they will be developing an application for each environment. Regardless, this will surely help introduce Basecamp to another section of the business world, and allow those who have already fallen in love to more efficiently access and update their data on their mobile device.

Author

Zach Katkin

Zach is the owner of a number of small businesses including Atilus. He has used many of the small business tools and tips featured on this site in order to help his company. Zach – who general doesn’t like speaking about himself in 3rd person – wants to help you – that’s right, now I’m talking to you – make your small business the best it can be using the Interweb.

10 Comments

  1. There’s a new contender in the ring: http://headquartersapp.com/ – An iPhone application for people who get things done.

    It deviated from the standard Basecamp UI but kept the Basecamp simplicity. Check it out!

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