Weekly Poll: Did You Use 37signals Backpack?

37signals has recently been cleaning house, selling Softfolio and turning off new signups for their free apps, Writeboard and Tadalist. More surprising, they also killed Backpack, keeping existing accounts intact but turning off new signups.

I found that rather sad, as I’d always liked Backpack, but had never put it to use as much as I’d like. It was a nice tool for creating free-form to-do lists mixed with messages, images, and more, and felt like a more dynamic way to manage projects than Basecamp or other project and task managers. Turns out, 37signals decided to mix some Backpack features in their new Basecamp, and is now more focused on their main flagship product.

The sad truth is, web apps don’t always last forever, just like you’re never guaranteed that any app developer will keep making updates and new versions of their product. But that can always be frustrating for existing users. So did you use Backpack, and do you wish 37signals was still developing it? Or did you never even try it out? We’d be interested to hear your thoughts in this week’s poll.


  • Tim

    37signals is in for a big surprise when people stop signing up because of their “new and improved” basecamp interface with far less features than the old

  • Denis Rafter

    Yes, very bad news that Backpack has gone for new users. But Papyrs is a different but brilliant alternative. Does not have all the same features of Backpack but has lots of easy to use additional features and fully intergration with Google Calendar and Google Apps.
    http://www.papyrs.com/. growth free account and if you need a paid account this coupon code will give you a lifetime 5% discount DR5OFF – the code can be entered on the subscription form. Feel free to contact me if you need any usage ideas

  • http://www.cleverwood.be Olivier Beaujean

    What a sad news when I realized yesterday that backpack has been retired and that no new signups are possible. What is very strange is that 37Signals normally communicates pretty well, they are always proactive, but in this case, I’m a paying user and I’ve not even been informed about this. It’s when a new employee joined the team and I asked her to create an account that I realized it was not possible. We now have to urgently find a solution to switch hundreds (maybe thousands) of todo’s to a new system. Thank you Denis for the suggestion of Papyrs, I’m goind to look at it right now.

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Another good app to check is actually the new Basecamp. As crazy as it may sound, the new Basecamp is like the best of Basecamp mixed with the best of Backpack. We use it internally at AppStorm, and it’s really great.

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