It's time to check another top customer request off the list. This weekend we launched project templates in Basecamp.
For years Basecamp had to-do templates. To-do templates let you create a to-do list once and then add that to-do list to any project you'd like. It's a big time saver. This feature was accessible from the Templates tab on the Dashboard.
Now when you click the Templates tab, you'll see a new option: Project templates. Project templates let you set up a standardized project with to-dos, milestones, and messages. You can then use this project template to create new projects. A new project created from a project template will be auto-populated with all the to-do lists, milestones, and messages from the template. A huge time saver that's especially useful if you do lots of similar projects.
Notes and details
You can only assign milestones or to-dos to people in your own company when you are creating the templates. When you actually create a project from a template you can go in and assign to-dos and milestones to anyone else from any other company that you assign to the project.
When setting up Milestones, you pick relative dates like "Week 1, Monday" or "Week 3, Wednesday". These relative dates are then used to set up actual dates when you create the actual project.
To-dos in templates don't currently have due dates. You can add due dates to any to-do once you've created a project from a template.
Any messages automatically posted to a project when a project is created from a template will be emailed to everyone who's part of the project.
We'd love your feedback
Down the road we'd like to add files and Writeboards to project templates. Until then, we'd like to hear your feedback on the new feature. Drop us a note and let us know what you think.
Thanks again for all your feedback along the way. And thanks again for using Basecamp.