To-dos in Basecamp are pretty straightforward. At a glance, you can see who’s responsible, when it’s due, and important details you might need to know:
Unfortunately, it’s never been clear who will get notified when you complete a to-do. That made it hard to pass the baton to a coworker or tap your manager on the shoulder when you’ve wrapped things up.
Sure, you could hack things together by @mentioning someone in the Notes field or by subscribing them to comments. But if you just want to be sure someone knows when you’re done, you shouldn’t have to jump through hacky hoops to do it.
Say goodbye to hacks
Now, when you make a to-do in Basecamp, you’ll see a new field labeled When done, notify. Add people you want to notify when the to-do is completed and Basecamp will be sure to tell them about it:
Wondering who will get notified about a task you didn’t create? It’s all spelled out at the top of every to-do:
Basecamp will still send notifications to the original assigner and to everyone who’s left a comment about the to-do. But if you’ve ever wanted to hand work off to a colleague or keep someone else in the loop about a task, now you can be absolutely sure they’ll get the memo.
That’s it for now. We’ve got more great ideas in the hopper, so stay tuned. In the meantime, happy to-do’ing!
Got feedback or ideas to share? We’d love to hear what you think about the new features. You can contact us on Twitter or share your thoughts via our Support form.
Before today, it was hard to know if Basecamp would tell you about new messages via email or through the app on your phone. Now Basecamp has clearer settings that give you control over how and when you receive new messages from other people on your Basecamps.
The new email notifications setting
Now you can check a box to tell Basecamp if you want emails or not. Want emails? Check it on. Don’t want emails? Check it off. It’s as simple as that.
In the past, Basecamp didn’t send you emails if you had the app installed on a phone or tablet. Now your phone and tablet settings are entirely separate from the email settings. You control if you want emails and phone notifications, just one of them, or neither.
New option: Receive everything or just Pings and @mentions
Sometimes you don’t want to know about everything on a Basecamp account. You may just want to be notified when people mention you by name or send you a private message. Now we have a setting that allows you to block all notifications except for Pings and @mentions.
Work Can Wait
All of these settings filter through Basecamp 3’s much-loved Work Can Wait feature. Use Work Can Wait to tell Basecamp to “hold your calls” outside of working hours. All notifications will be silenced until it’s work time again so you can enjoy your free time without interruptions.
To access the improved settings screen, click your avatar in the upper-right corner and click Change notification settings.