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Project proliferation? Sync your projects from Basecamp!

Thomas FuchsThomas Fuchs

Here at Freckle Support HQ, I often get lots of requests for integrations.

Whenever I get an integration request, I make note of who asked for the integration, and eventually how many times that integration has been requested.

Soooometimes I’ll pad the numbers a bit, if I feel that this integration will help a particular set of customers.

JIRA: 13 requests, Trello: 17 requests, Quickbooks: 18 requests, Basecamp: 19 requests, IFTTT: 1,006,378 requests.

Alright, so maybe “a bit” was a slight understatement. But that’s not the point of this blog post.

The point is that integrations make your life easier and they save you time. And in case you haven’t noticed, we’re all about saving you time.

Everyday we use a number of different products and tools to help us get our work done. If you’re using Freckle to track your time, there’s a very good chance that you use Basecamp to manage your projects. If that’s true, then you don’t want to be pulling double duty and entering the same information into both tools. (See what I did there? IFTTT is amazing.)

Now you don’t have to. When you use Freckle’s Basecamp integration, your Basecamp projects will automagically appear in Freckle. You can even archive projects in Basecamp and they’ll quietly float off to archive-land in Freckle.

This works with older Basecamp Classic and with the new Basecamp accounts. So no matter when you started to use Basecamp to manage your projects, you can easily integrate with your Freckle account. Here’s how:

STEP ONE

Click Integrations & Imports in the green navigation sidebar.

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STEP TWO

Click the Connect to Basecamp… button

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STEP THREE

Allow Freckle to access your Basecamp account by clicking the green ‘Yes, I’ll allow access button‘.

If you’re already logged into Basecamp, Basecamp will ask you for permission to allow Freckle to access your Basecamp or Basecamp Classic account. If you’re not already logged in to Basecamp you’ll be asked to log in first.

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STEP FOUR

Freckle will either connect you to your Basecamp account, or if you have multiple Basecamp accounts, Freckle will ask you to choose the account you want to connect to. Syncing happens automatically but you can choose to to manually start a sync (though that probably won’t ever be necessary). Once the syncing is complete, you’ll see what projects were synced to your Freckle account.

And that’s it! Easy as pie. Your Basecamp projects will all sync to your Freckle account and you can track time to them without having to create a new one.

Read up on this and other integrations on our documentation site!

Now go forth and track thine time!

Thomas’ work on Prototype.js, Zepto.js and Micro.js has made him a certified JavaScript Guru. Before founding Freckle, Thomas was consulting with some of the world’s best known companies on their craziest interactive JavaScript needs. A Ruby on Rails core alumni, he is passionate about creating the best user interface experience possible and penned the Scriptaculous JavaScript UI library to share the love, counting sites like Apple.com and Nasa.gov among its users. Thomas’ master plan: work toward a more delicious web using open source goodness.