37,000ft is a third-party tool that shows you every milestone, todo, task and reminder on a single page.
I’ve long wanted to see, on a single page, all the tasks required of me across the multiple Basecamp accounts and projects that I’m a part of. I’m thrilled to announce that now, any user of the 37signals products can do just this. And for good measure, you can see all your Highrise tasks and Backpack reminders on this page as well.
There's a full explanation of why the SignalKit team decided to build the tool at Introducing 37,000ft.
Packrat lets you use your Backpack account when you're offline. Before you hit the road for the first time with Packrat, just use the Synchronize command to sync with Backpack and all the data from your account is duplicated on your Mac. View and edit your data offline or online. When you're online, Packrat will automatically inform Backpack of your changes and your account is kept up to date.
This post details what's new in the latest edition of Packrat.
- Packrat is now a document-based application so it can support multiple Backpack accounts. Just create a document for each account.
- Editing of page items is now inline, just like on Backpack.
- Use drag and drop to reorder page contents.
- Attachments and images are now downloaded when you sync so you can access them when you’re offline.
- Packrat’s page rendering has been completely redone to allow things like inline editing and other enhancements that will come in future versions.
MacUser also discusses the update here: Packrat 2 brings deeper Backpack integration, more.
Easily access your Backpack account to create and edit pages, notes and lists on the go with a simple, consistent and intuitive interface.
- Access and use your Backpack account anywhere
- Manage multiple Backpack accounts
- Work offline and sync your changes later
- Focus on the features you use the most while on the go
In "How an Oregon lawyer uses Highrise to manage clients and Backpack to GTD," Joshua M. Barrett discusses how he uses the Satchel app. He uses it to bring Backpack to his iPhone and iPad in order to manage to-do items and pages while on the go.
Here are a couple of reviews of Satchel.
While you may be a little hesitant to drop the $9.99US on this one, I can say that it's worth every penny for the true Backpack fanatic. It's gone a long way to removing the barrier for those looking to embrace Backpack as a service, but feeling a little hamstrung by the lack of a decent mobile interface. If you love Backpack, you'll love Satchel [App Store].
[Satchel] is an excellent tool for anyone seeking to organize a business, club, family, or other type of group where everyone needs to be kept up to date about projects and tasks. It serves as a good replacement for the paper-based calendars or stream of e-mails that some organizations still use to try to maintain contact.
There are other Backpack Extras too. (Note: Satchel and these other Extras are third-party products. They are not made by 37signals.)
I keep a notebook with me at all times and use a paid 37Signals’ Backpack subscription to manage my personal GTD system (above image). I’ve investigated other apps, but find a combination of pen, paper and Backpack works for me. I occasionally use Satchel, an iPhone app for Backpack, but pen and paper are usually quicker for capturing things when I’m not at a computer.
The authors start out describing how they use Basecamp, which they describe as "so powerful because of its simplicity":
I found the process of adding new todo lists and milestones very easy and user friendly and most of all, I like being able to sort my todo list however I want with drag & drop and show only the items that are due during a specific date range. Speaking of our case, we create a new milestone for every scheduled post (usually reviews and doublestories), then assign some todos to that milestone.
Author Federico Viticci also uses Headquarters, an iPhone Basecamp app, and describes it as "probably one of the most beautiful apps that ever touched my iPhone."
Cody, another author at the blog, then describes how he integrates Backpack into the process:
You can create pages for just about anything, and I personally dedicate a separate page to each article I write. In that page, I can create a small personal Todo list, add notes, attach files, and create a Writeboard where the article exists. This way Federico can see my changes to the article, he’ll get notified when different versions are ready, and he can help me proofread (or vice-versa). Everything is in one spot, and you can come back to this information if needed...
The Journal is like a miniature Twitter. It’s where you can update your status (albeit for professional reasons, such as, “This lasagna is awesome!”) to inform your coworkers what you’re doing. It’s great because Federico and I can see what’s finished, what we’re working, and perhaps get a little insight into our moods that day. If I start working on something or complete a task, I’ll note it in the Journal.
Reminders on your terms
Get as many reminders for your Backpack events as you want, exactly when you want them. Never be late for an event again.
Reminder hashtags will save time
Use special hashtags in your events to automate reminder creation in Backpack. Saves time and headaches over manual reminder management.
Your personalized agenda
Reveille provides a simple agenda view of all your important events to help you plan ahead and make the most of your time.
Better than subscriptions
Calendar subscriptions are read-only. We break down the barrier, allowing you interact with your Backpack calendars by integrating directly via API's.