There seemed to have been some intermittent failures with our email servers the past 3 days. If you are missing some emails this is most likely the reason. Everything has been resolved and is working back at 100%.
I’ve never been a big user of the Mac OSX dashboard, but with the newer version of OSX it has been integrated more and more into the system. So I decided to give it a try today and found a wonderful little widget that integrates nicely with Freedcamp’s Dashboard.
With the Web Clip feature you are able to use Safari and make a Web Clip of your Freedcamp Dashboard. Then you visit your Mac Dashboard and have a quick and easy glance at Freedcamp’s Dashboard. Try it out for yourself, it’s quite nice!
Give it a try and let us know how you use it in the comments! We always love hearing new ways of using Freedcamp to integrate in different places of your life.
Dear Freedcamp User,
We have been silent for a while, not because we haven’t been working around the clock, but we’ve had to address some important structural changes to our platform. We’ve been working hard to ensure the quality of our application never falls short of your expectations, or ours.
What has taken the largest amount of our time was building quality tests that automatically test every single functionality inside Freedcamp, ensuring you have the same wonderful application with all the functionality in tact, always. What this really allows us to do is create drastic changes in the system, and then quickly verify everything is still 100% functional. I’m sure you’ve ran into strange issues that you simply couldn’t understand… that’s in the past, we’ve turned a page. Along with the new testing system we’ve completely rewritten every single function in Freedcamp to provide us with instant feedback if anything goes wrong. You don’t even have to send us an email, we’ll know as soon as you do.
Okay enough with the boring stuff, we did also work on some pretty exciting features that I am fortunate to share with you today. So let’s see what’s happened in the past couple of months:
We’ve had countless requests to provide search functionality within Freedcamp, and even though it sounds easy in theory, it’s not. Allowing a user to search through thousands of rows of information in a split second is actually system intensive and can slow the experience down for everyone, so instead of a global Freedcamp search we’ve narrowed down searching to inside of a project. Here is what it looks like:
Custom Project Ordering:
Something that seems to be a common occurrence, is the serious amount of projects that seem to take up space in our project switchers. No matter how well organized, and how quickly you deactivate the completed projects it can easily get out of hand. So to reduce the hardship we’ve added the ability to sort the projects inside your project switcher as you wish. We think you can do a better job ordering them, than us.
New Content Editor (WYSIWYG) with Ajax Comments:
When we were building Freedcamp Version 2 we really wanted to push the boundaries of what’s possible on the internet so we chose a rather risky path. That was using the latest technology called Content Editable to provide most of our WYSIWYG editors (ex: adding a comment) however this quickly became a poorer experience than we wished. No matter how many hours we’ve spent improving, extending, modifying, and researching this technology it continued to give our users a hard time. So as of now throughout the platform we are using the very best WYSIWYG editor on the market and it is a breeze to use. Paste from anywhere, format as you shall, it will just work.
But we didn’t want to stop there, we decided comments were a vital part of our system and could use even more love, so we fully ajaxified them. No more page reloads, or waiting for anything, just create content, fast. Oh yeah, and we revamped the design so it’s more pleasing to the eye, contains content in a much easier to read format and uses the space on the screen even better.
We talk to our users constantly and something we’ve learned is that most of you guys love using the Todos application. So we’ve added a couple improvements we feel will make a huge difference in the way you use the application.
Collapsable Groups allows you to click on the title of a group and have the contents of that group remain hidden until you decide otherwise. We are using your browsers storage so this is just for you, not your whole team, but you. Even though it’s always a good idea and try to split larger projects up into smaller projects that are more focused we seem to find ourselves working on three different things inside a project (ex: marketing, development, brainstorming) and that creates groups of Todos that give your wrist a hard time when you have to constantly scroll through them. No more we say! Hide the groups you’re not interested in.
Todos Links provides you with a link per Todo basis which helps in a few ways. First it makes it really nice to go into a Todo, click the back button and be back at that same Todo . Granted we’re not planning on keeping the multi page system for long (think version 3) but for now this has made a huge difference in our usage of it. Go one step further and you can actually send people a link to a Todo directly inside the main Todos page and it will automatically scroll them to the Todo you wanted.
Delete Confirmation Dialog:
We’ve had people mention this a couple of times, but deleting things with that annoying browser alert is a thing of the past, stone age! Deleting a todo takes an extra 0.852 seconds… who has the time. We have re-engineered our delete confirmation with a one of a kind new dialog. It’s pretty, appears directly next to your curser, and saves you a combined time of 12.21 hours… well maybe not that much but you get the point.
Google Calendar Sync with Freedcamp Calendar:
Yup, it’s here. You can now synchronize all your due dates using our Calendar application to automatically push those events into your Google Calendar. This means all the devices you’ve set up GCalendar on now are also Freedcamp enabled devices that will help you keep your projects on time. Granted it is in beta for now, we’re releasing it simply because of the crazy demand. We seem to experience a connection issue between us and google every 1/10 times, but it seems to work just fine afterwards. At any rate, I’ve been using it for a couple months now and it’s been a life saver, literally. We’d love to hear your feedback!
Activity Widget Improvement:
The widget system is due for a very awesome overhaul in our next releases (think fully customizable widgets… anything you want to see in a simple 10 entry widget) however before that comes into play we added an important improvement to our Activity Widget. It’s the widget used by the most people, and has the greatest potential for keeping you in the loop on what’s happening in a project, or 10. Until now you’ve only been able to see a very general statement of what’s happend “Angel added a todo.”, as of now though it will also include a snippet of the actual contents of that todo, or discussion and so on. So directly from your dashboard you will be able to have a clear understanding of what’s happened.
We have faced some rather unfortunate issues with our billing system, but in an attempt to at least keep you in the loop right away we’ve added a fully ajaxed way to checkout and it will give you a much better understanding of what may have gone wrong (ex: wrong expiration date, etc).
That’s about it, won’t bore you with all the maintenance fixes and bug squashing. Instead I will continue our tradition from last year and reward all those who have read all the way down here with a little present from Freedcamp, you get any of our applications for 2 months, completely free, shh we know! Use coupon code: XMAS2012 and you will get two free months.
Stay safe. Welcome this New Year with an open heart and an open mind. It’s going to be a blast and we’re all going to achieve every single goal we’ve put upon ourselves, or at least try really, really hard.
We sent out a mass email to the users who may have been affected by what happened this weekend however we have fully recovered all the disappeared applications.
I would like to take a second and explain what took place so there are no misunderstandings. Our billing software (Chargify.com) has started charging us for our Free Marketplace Application subscriptions. So we have developed our own in-house replacement for their management system. After launching the new system everything seemed to work great, however Chargify’s API started sending behind the scene calls to our system to delete all the Free Subscriptions. No data was lost and we have daily backups, however we had to devise a 100% method of reverting all those calls. It should all be good now, if you experience any strange issues always feel free to contact us at support at freedcamp.
While we work on some larger features we have updated our system with some small fixes and improvements throughout, here is a list of a few changes.
- Fix on Tasky deletion of a task
- Fixed ability to erase phone number from Notification Settings
- Added automatic links within comments (anything that looks like a link will automatically become one!)
- Fixed Milestone Ordering
- Improved the language in different parts of Application to make more sense
- Fixed Sorting on Todo Widget
- Fixed Group ordering in Todos
- Added ability to email the user who reported an issue in the Bug Tracker application.
First the Calendar widget is here!!! If you love looking at a monthly overview of your projects and want to see what’s coming up… this is the right widget for you.
Also if you are a Bug Tracker user we added a Widget that allows you to see an overview of your projects and the open request tickets you have.
We haven’t been updating our Blog as often as we’d like. Our hands have been tied up with support tickets and improving the system. So here is a quick overview of what’s been happening lately in the our camp.
- All Forms now prevent double submission of data
- Todo Widgets now only display important tasks that have due dates first, forced Descending order which shows the upcoming todos first ( ex. due today)
- Added a default activity widget for when a user signs up for the first time, so they don’t have to struggle to find out how to use our widgets.
- Meebo has been acquired by Google so support is starting to die, we’ve disabled it by default now.
- Since most people use the new basecamp we have removed links to the old importer and will be updating the import in the upcoming months
- Fixed the Extended Description formatting of Todos
- Our Mobile website m.freedcamp.com now allows logging in using Email
- The strange bug that reset a lot of our users Storage subscriptions has been fixed, very unfortunate bug and we do apologize for any inconvenience.
- We’re testing some new Force Download options for our File Storage please report any bugs within the application.
- Fixed creation of Default Groups in Todos and other applications
- and much much more
We are trying to get our API launched very soon, so stay tuned.
Thank you all for all your support!
We experienced a slight down time this morning, it was a couple hours and we were working on it right away. One of our servers was having hard drive issues, no data has been lost and all systems are back up and running.
We apologize for the inconvenience, unfortunately in the land of computers one is never safe relying on hardware. That’s why we make continuous backups of your data and you are always safe.
Happy Anniversary Freedcampers!
I am honored and privileged to be writing this post and to be able to say that it has been a year since we launched Freedcamp to the world. Thats 365 days or 8,760 hours of free project management. Now multiply that by our 54,000+ users and you will understand the scale to which Freedcamp has grown.
The Freedcamp team has achieved a lot, sacrificed a ton, and moved innovation forward. I stand here this day proud for what my fellow co-workers and I have been through and where we are today. I look back at thousands of emails from happy users, a couple of occasions where our servers went down momentarily, so many experiences so much passion. I see a bright future for all of us, here at Freedcamp, and to our users who know what collaboration is. We couldn’t of done it without you, the user.
I don’t want to make this a long post, because the message is simple. We did it. Many doubted our ability to both remain free and stay up, we did. Many expected us to achieve great things and make project management simple, we did. But what’s more important is that we continue doing it every day.
Tonight we celebrate that free software does exist, and that good people can make good things happen.
Salute dear user, we are pleased to have you!
Dear Freedcamp Users,
First I want to take a second and mention we finalized a partnership/sponsorship with RackSpace which will help us tremendously to continue our efforts in supplying the best free project management application to you all. Thank you RackSpace for this amazing opportunity.
Secondly I would like to apologize for any delay in launching certain promised features (mobile, invoices+), we have had some unforeseen events, but rest assure that this is all going to change very shortly after the new year and we will be back in full speed and better than ever!
Now I would like to recap what has happened in this past year. We launched Freedcamp on January 31st 2011, it was a simple dream, bring project management to everyone everywhere… for the ultimate price of $0. We had achieved that from day 1, what we really had envisioned though was just about to start taking shape amongst a team of passionate and dedicated people.
First we needed a way to support ourselves and the expensive servers we were running, so we wen out and found an amazing person who was interested in investing his hard earned money to help us achieve our grand dream. Once we secured our funding we began almost instantly the building of Version 2, the ultimate collaboration platform. A customizable experience which will soon house a plethora of applications making Freedcamp the irreplaceable office tool whether you are managing your To-Dos or sending out Invoices.
With the launch of Version 2 we had a very basic marketplace hidden behind development walls, wasn’t long before we launched the beta. As of today we have over 10,000 installations of our applications. That’s huge! We couldn’t be more proud.
So now that we covered the past here is to the future, a toast if you will. In this upcoming year we will be focusing on extending the interaction between our applications, allow more customization while keeping the interface and functionality just as easy if not easier. Overhaul all the processes that you do everyday to make them even easier. Focus on only a select few more applications to release in the marketplace. Most importantly release our SDK so that anyone can create applications in the Marketplace.
Thank you all, our dear users, for all your support. We couldn’t of done this, or gotten this far without you.