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07.17.08 / inko9nito

Basecamp Widget for Adobe AIR

So if you’re a regular Basecamp user you probably hate their interface and wish you could change it. Or…you wish there was a cute little widget you can have floating around your desktop, notifying you of new messages and to-dos and such. There is one, but it’s an Apple Dashboard Widget and if you’re a Windows or Linux user you’re out of luck (as always, when it comes to pretty things).

Well, I had the pleasure of speaking to the developer of this awesome app (pictured below) and asked if I got enough “votes” for making a similar AIR app for the rest of us would he do it. And he said, and I quote – “Perhaps ;-)”.

So, leave a comment and I’ll point him to this post when we have enough!

You know you want to use this for your projects. Let him know and leave a comment.

UPDATE: If you don’t want to wait for an AIR app for Basecamp, AlertThingie just added this functionality to their new app. It’s not nearly as powerful as the widget above, but if you want a twitter-like feed of Basecamp activities, it’ll do the job.



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  1. Matt / Jul 17 2008 3:20 am

    I know I want an adobe air app for basecamp and backpack and an iphone app too but im pretty sure this is too simple an interface.

  2. inko9nito / Jul 17 2008 3:22 am

    @Matt – you could make suggestions for the app while at it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Matt / Jul 17 2008 4:45 am

    I might have a go at an interface Vera,

    This widget is good as a widget because its only there when you click dashboard. Imagine if it was on your desktop all the while. Think twitter clients if they looked like this then you would be constantly clearing them off your desktop. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. inko9nito / Jul 17 2008 4:55 am

    Oh, that would be awesome! I love your work!

    I can always minimize the widget into my systray, plus it’s pretty small, and I really wouldn’t mind having it on my desktop rather than having to open Basecamp in my browser and navigating through that terrible UI.

  5. Adam / Aug 4 2008 8:26 am

    Please build it! Beautiful mockups by the way.

  6. Todd / Aug 4 2008 12:06 pm

    Oh please, please. Pretty please.

  7. Leo Naressi / Aug 4 2008 9:01 pm

    Sure i will try that!

    A suggestion – Can you imagine a simple way to time tracking for the basecamp to-dos in this widget?

  8. pixcellboy / Aug 23 2008 11:02 pm

    Please, so many people wanna have this.

  9. Bryan / Aug 27 2008 9:10 am

    I would LOVE it! The mac users in the office get the widget, why not I?!?

  10. Martin Lee / Oct 3 2008 4:46 am

    I have never managed to get the Dashboard Widget to work, but if it worked as an AIR app then that would be very cool.

  11. Navdeep / Oct 6 2008 3:49 pm

    It would be really great to have an AIR app for basecamp.

  12. Todor Georgiev / Nov 9 2008 12:07 pm

    Definitely such application would be nice. It would be better if it is open source (from security point of view ).

  13. Paul Sanderson / Dec 31 2008 12:51 pm
  14. inko9nito / Jan 1 2009 6:22 pm

    @Paul No I haven’t seen that until now, but it’s not quite the same as Lachlan’s app. Yours looks more like a substitute for Basecamp’s own UI, except in an AIR environment. His is simply a widget to keep you updated on what’s going on inside the projects, which is really what I (for one) need. It’s there to provide more of an overview, rather than a fully functional Basecamp environment.

  15. CodeGeek / Jan 11 2009 6:48 pm

    I’m interested. Easy to use time tracking interface with a timer would be fairly critical for us.

  16. Christopher Kata / Feb 3 2009 8:24 am

    Please do it!

  17. WP / Mar 4 2009 10:16 am

    Yes, do it open source ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Nicolas / Mar 16 2009 7:50 am

    Yes and re yes, please do it

  19. n.dostie / Apr 1 2009 4:50 pm

    Yes, I would really appreciate a desktop widget for this tool

  20. caleb / May 4 2009 12:53 pm

    Oh hell yes, please. Dashboard widgets (IMO) are worthless. An air app for basecamp would be IDEAL.


  21. Zach Katkin / May 8 2009 1:18 pm

    Vote vote – might need tweaking, but this would be very helpful.

  22. wilson / Jul 1 2009 2:22 pm

    would like this too!!!

  23. ezra / Aug 28 2009 4:01 pm

    I think simple is the way to go with basecamp… build it baby

  24. Matt / Oct 18 2009 10:00 pm

    yes yes yes!!! :O This would be fully awesome for productivity!

  25. Rob / Nov 30 2009 8:15 am

    Would be cracking if this could be developed.

  26. avidan / Dec 1 2009 7:24 pm

    I would love to see an AIR widget for basecamp. I need quick access to my projects, and the browser is sometime too much….

  27. Jason Robb / Dec 28 2009 1:34 pm

    Heck yeah! I would love an air app!

  28. coxy / Feb 4 2010 11:31 am

    I found this website by searching for ‘Basecamp Adobe Air App’ and therefore would like to see an Adobe Air App for Basecamp. Or a Basecamp App for Adobe Air… either way.

  29. James / Aug 19 2010 5:23 am

    I recommend Timy. It’s exactly what you are describing:

    • inko9nito / Aug 20 2010 1:42 am

      I actually have tried that, and a couple of similar apps. But it’s just so huge and bulky, ya know? This post is a little bit outdated though, so I’m sure there’s something out there that’s small and lightweight, like the app described above.

  30. Freelance Web developer / Apr 11 2011 1:58 am

    I hope there will be a desktop application one of these days….


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