What is Basecamp Next?
Just a little over a week ago the basecamp/37signals crew released some information on their latest project “Basecamp Next.” Unlike many of their more recent announcements, this one was a bit more cryptic (and released a head of schedule).
Their more recent updates included:
- Auto-Saving – Basecamp now auto-saves text in message fields so if you accidentally lose your connection – or hit the back button, it’s no big deal (THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!)
- Recovery – You are now able to recover deleted items. Previously items were “gone for good.”
Unlike the previous two updates, which, in typical 37signals’ style were simply added and each of us as subscribers logged into to find these updates/goodies awaiting us. No – “Basecamp Next” (as they’re currently calling it) is being announced ahead of schedule – do out in early 2012. We were actually originally notified of the next project on twitter after seeing a tweet from 37Signals’ programmer Sam Stephenson:
According to a post on the 37signals’ blog by head honcho Jason Fried:
What started as a side project in 2004 has become the world’s most popular web-based project management and collaboration app. 96% of our customers say they’d recommend Basecamp to a friend, colleague, or co-worker.
The Basecamp business is booming.
But too much good news is a formula for complacency. And honestly, we have grown a bit complacent.
That’s about to end.
We’ve gone back to the basics and made them better, faster, clearer, easier, and smarter.
Although we here continue to use Basecamp daily, this redoubling of efforts will be much appreciated and we agree that enhancements can always be made. Just the latest two (auto-save, and recovery) have been fantastic, and we even have a few up our sleeves that we’ll keep quite.
Will the Basecamp API Change with Basecamp Next?
According to the following Google/Code Group:
A member of the Basecamp team has confirmed that the current API will continue to work, so all existing applications should work about the same. But the rep, Jamis Buck stats:
The existing Basecamp API will continue to work. That’s about as much as we can say right now.
Implying that it will change greatly, and there will probably be additions.
What you may not know is that this “Basecamp Next” will most likely be the 3rd full and official version of Basecamp. Many of us started with the original, and silently in the background it was replaced with a top to bottom re-coding many years ago.
So what is Basecamp Next?
We’re not sure yet, but we’ll be the first ones to let you know about it, how to best use/implement it, and how to use it at your company.