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Nearly all of the apps, platforms and services we write about on AppStorm are pretty specific in their purpose. Twitter sticks to restricted-length communications, YouTube focuses on video clip-based entertainment, and Evernote does nothing other than document filing. One app, one task. It works pretty good.

Given that we use many of these apps on a daily basis, you have to wonder why there haven’t been more attempts to combine some of these services. FriendFeed was, perhaps, the most prominent and successful entry into the mashup genre, although it fell by the wayside, despite a peak of 1.2m unique visitors per month.

The makers of Needly clearly feel that the fusion of web-apps is an idea worth revisiting. Billed as “Google Reader + Basecamp + WordPress,” it seems intent on providing a hub of browser-based services. Is this the plain madness it sounds like, or rather some kind of genius idea that should have been done already? Read on to find out.


Productivity web apps are everywhere these days, promising to make it easier to collaborate on to-dos, notes, and more from your browser for just a low monthly fee. That makes sense for businesses when you’re using the app to make money, but if you’re looking for something for your own personal use, paying $9-$20/month isn’t an attractive option at all. It’s enough to send you screaming to your nearest App Store for a native app, even if you’d actually prefer to use a web app.

But what if you could have all of Basecamp’s features – arguably one of the best productivity web apps – for $25? No monthly payments, just a one-time purchase like buying an app from the App Store?

That’s what the new Basecamp Personal offers. 1 Basecamp project with up to 5 extra collaborators and 1Gb storage, for a one-time payment of $25. Sounds like that might be the perfect option for a personal productivity web app. (more…)

Sadly, Basecamp Breeze is being shut down August 1st. You’ll need to use another app — perhaps Google Groups or Fiesta — if you want to make email lists now.

If we were going to give an award to the most-enduring web service ever, it’d have to go to email. Countless startups have tried to reinvent or replace it, yet none have succeeded so far. Facebook perhaps has done the most towards killing email for personal use, but now Facebook Messages has email built-in. So much for that.

In the business world, 37signals’ Basecamp is marketed as a better alternate to email for team collaboration. It’s a great tool, one we use daily here at AppStorm, but of all things, I actually manage Basecamp communications from my email account more than I do from the web app itself.

And of all things, 37signals’ latest app is an app for creating dead-simple email lists: Basecamp Breeze.


The Mac.AppStorm team has done a great job over the past weeks rounding up the best in Mac news, giving our readers a great way to catch up on what’s happening in the world of Mac apps without having to stay glued to dozens of rumor sites. There’s been enough interesting web app news this week, I thought we could do the same thing over here at Web.AppStorm.

So, here’s a quick summary of the past weeks’ biggest web app news for your reading pleasure. We likely won’t do these posts weekly, but if you find it informative and enjoyable, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments at the end of the post!


In the world of web apps, you quickly get used to apps changing without any prior notice. It seems that Google and Facebook are the worst about it. They’ve each changed enough over the past few years, that if they drastically changed their interfaces tomorrow, it frankly wouldn’t overly surprise most of us.

With native apps, you might get a few small new features in updates over time, but you wouldn’t get major new features until a new version of the program was released. You’d then pay for the software upgrade, and brace yourself to relearn all of your old tricks in the program’s new interface. Web apps changed this, bringing the idea of rapid iteration and gradually adding new features over time. The problem is, sometimes you do need a major change, just like the changes new version of native apps afforded.

The new Basecamp is a full redesign of 37signals’ 6 year old project management app. In our review, we found that it is completely different, and yet still very much the same in the way it works. It’s a new take on their original concept, one that leads the industry with a brand new interface style. Most interestingly, it is one of the first few examples of a web app releasing a completely new version rather than iterations over time, which could be a great thing for the web app industry. Our friends at Tuts+ Premium have already moved to the new Basecamp, and love it, and we’re sure many teams will be making the same switch in the coming weeks and months.

So that’s why we’re wondering: have you given the new Basecamp a try? If you were using the old Basecamp before, do you like the new version better? If you were using a different product, will the new Basecamp get you to jump ship? Or are you 100% not interested in the new Basecamp, and don’t plan to give it a try? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ll have heard of Basecamp being described as the project management app to rule them all. Built from the ground up in 2004 to help users complete projects without getting in their way, 37signals‘ Basecamp has been a runaway success. It has become the weapon of choice for software companies, universities, design agencies, freelancers and everyone in between, because it did one thing well: helping teams work together on projects. Since then it has helped manage over 8 million projects.

Having learned a few things along the way, the team behind Basecamp gave it a fresh coat of paint and a few tweaks under the hood. Naturally, as users (and ardent fans) of this wonderful app, we just had to take a closer look. I went ahead and signed up for the trial to create a new project and kick the tyres on this redesign. Hop in and let’s take a ride through some of the major updates to Basecamp.


6rounds is a social entertainment platform that mixes webcam chats, interactive features & social games in a fun and playful video chat environment. If you are bored after keeping in touch with your friends in just 140 characters or with no real one on one conversation, it’s time for you to check out 6rounds.

After covering some of the great apps used in production at WorkingPoint and our own Envato, we asked 6rounds share the apps that help them brew the secret sauce. If you are not familiar with 6rounds, be sure to check out our review of the app!.