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App review: Basecamp gets everyone in the tent

Basecamp has endured in the project management genre for a decade, during which time many others have challenged and some have failed.

Last year small business Basecamp users and individuals running the personal version got a new option when developer 37 Signals rounded out its suite with an iPhone app to accompany the desktop.

It’s recently added an Android version to the lineup that will enable management of Basecamp projects started since the platform was rejigged in 2012. That excludes projects under the classic version, which was the only option until that time.

If you’re a project manager or a key source of information, you can use the free Basecamp mobile app to check in on the project from any location, post comments, track completed ‘to do’s’ by different users each day, upload relevant files, make a list and add an event.

The app uses a logical navigation structure, with a news feed of the latest updates and a calendar of events, with tabs for each function across the top and your calendar, progress view and favourite documents library only a swipe to the left away.

If you want to get the latest updates and progress, you intuitively pull to refresh. Users can also carry out searches within individual projects by keyword, while documents are easily viewed and edited.

Basecamp has brought a full array of functionality to mobile and the big plus is it’s free to use if you’re already on board with Basecamp’s latest version.

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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