Basecamp Timelines

September 8, 2009 | 4 min 38 sec

In the latest version of Timeline 3D I've added a new feature so that you can quickly create timeline charts of the information in your Basecamp projects. I think this will be really useful to help you present executive summaries of your project status to either team members or to your customers.

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Basecamp Timelines : BEEDOCS Timeline 3D

Basecamp is a project management tool made by 37signals. You access it through your web browser and it helps you to manage your tasks and deadlines as well as coordinate team members around a project.

BEEDOCS Timeline 3D is a software application for your Mac and it helps you to beautiful interactive 3D charts of time-based events.

In the latest version of BEEDOCS Timeline 3D I’ve added a new feature so that you can quickly create timeline charts of the information in your Basecamp projects.

I think this will be really useful to help you present executive summaries of your project status to either team members or to your customers.

Let me get started by showing you Basecamp:

When you sign up for Basecamp, your company is assigned a custom URL to access your projects. You load this page and sign in with your username and password.

Once you authenticate, you see an overview of the latest activity and can choose one your projects on the right side of the screen here. I have two projects set up, I am going to show you the Timeline 2010 project.

Once you are in a project, there is a tab for each type of activity. BEEDOCS Timeline can import Messages, To-Dos, or Milestones.

Messages are like blog entries. You can post messages and assign them to categories.

To-dos are tasks with checkboxes organized into lists.

Milestones are like to-dos but they have due dates assigned.

Now let me show you BEEDOCS Timeline 3D:

I’m going to launch the application and choose the Basecamp option.

Next you will see a form where you can fill in your company’s Basecamp URL as well as your username and password.

Now, BEEDOCS Timeline will try to fill in these automatically so if you get a dialog asking for permission to access your Keychain, click the Always Allow button and that way you won’t have to type this information each time.

After you sign in, the “Sign in” button will change to a “Refresh” button and you’ll be able to access this menu of your Basecamp projects.

I’m going to choose the Timeline 2010 project that I showed you in the web browser.

Then, underneath here, you can choose which information you’d like to import into your chart.

You have messages. You can either choose to import them all or select a specific category. You have your completed To-Dos and then you have your Milestones.

As you change these options keep an eye on the event count. You’ll want to make sure that you have at least one event to chart and you can have up to about a thousand events in a timeline.

When you have everything set the way you’d like, click “Create Timeline” and everything else is automatic.

You can edit the colors and font. You can add images to your events…

I’d like to point out that each event is linked to its counterpart in Basecamp. So if you select an event by clicking it once, then click that little blue link button, it will open your web browser and take you right to that event in Basecamp.

Now that you have your timeline you can present it in interactive 3D, you can export it as a movie, or you can integrate it into a presentation using something like Keynote or PowerPoint.

Everything I’ve shown you in this video can be accomplished using the free version of BEEDOCS Timeline 3D so I hope you’ll give the new feature a spin and send us your feedback.

One of the best ways to contact us is to use the Help menu in BEEDOCS Timeline 3D and choose E-mail Support. We really look forward to hearing from you.

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