Timeneye + Basecamp: A Complete Guide

Tracking time for your projects without leaving Basecamp? Yes, you can!

Here’s a full guide on how to keep projects and to-dos on track – with the Timeneye + Basecamp integration.

Fun fact: back in 2013, a small software house needed an easy way to add time tracking to their Basecamp to-dos because there was no other way to know where everybody’s time went.

And this is how Timeneye was born! That’s right, we built it for our internal use while managing our projects and then we opened it to the public.

This is integration is still among the top requested integrations we’ve got. In this guide, we’ll break down the process for both Basecamp 2 and Basecamp 3.

Check out the full list of Timeneye integrations here

Contents:

  1. Timeneye integration with Basecamp: how it works
  2. What’s the difference between integrating Basecamp 2 and Basecamp 3?
  3. Synching Basecamp and Timeneye
  4. Adding the Browser Widget
  5. How to track time for Basecamp to-dos
  6. How to find the Basecamp time on your dashboard

Timeneye integration with Basecamp: how it works

When we built this integration, we focused on making it seamless: switching back and forth between apps for every single task is definitely a time-wasting activity.

This is why we built both a native integration and a Browser Widget integration to track time for Basecamp 2 and Basecamp 3.

Timeneye + Basecamp 2

Timeneye integrates with Basecamp 2 in the following ways:

  • Via our native integration to synch projects and users, then track time by commenting on to-dos;
  • The Timeneye Browser Widget, that adds a small timeneye button to start and stop timers next to a to-do

Timeneye + Basecamp 3

For Basecamp 3 users: 

  • Connect our native integration to synch Basecamp 3 projects and users to Timeneye, and track time using comments;
  • The Timeneye Browser Widget will add the small Timeneye Button next to your to-dos. Start and stop timers from there.

To get the most out of the integration, we suggest using both the Widget and the native integration.

This way you can track time without ever leaving Basecamp, and log back into Timeneye only to run your reports.

Step #1: Synching Basecamp 2/3 to Timeneye

First of all, in the Integrations section of the Workspace, Admins and Owners can connect the Basecamp 2 /Basecamp 3 and Timeneye Company accounts.

This is the first step to connect the two tools:

Step #2: Synch project and users

After you’ve followed the procedure to link the accounts, you have to link and/or synch your Basecamp projects and users to Timeneye.

To make the process fully automated, you can use the Synchronization options. Once you turn the Synch on, you can set up the integration and forget about it (save for the occasional refresh).

Basecamp 2:

The synchronization options let you link/import projects automatically and link automatically members to Timeneye.

Basecamp 3:

Import projects automatically: imports your Basecamp projects into your Timeneye Workspace;

Link projects automatically: links your Basecamp projects to the Timeneye ones with the same name;

Update projects information automatically: if you edit a project’s name in Basecamp, its equivalent in Timeneye will change too;

Archive projects automatically: if you archive a project in Basecamp, it’s archived in Timeneye, too;

Import members automatically: imports your Basecamp team members into your Timeneye Workspace. The team members invited this way will receive an invitation email to Timeneye;

Link members automatically: links your Basecamp team members to the Timeneye ones with the same name.

Step #3: Start tracking!

Timeneye allows you to register time by commenting on Basecamp to-dos with the time spent on them.

 Open a Basecamp to-do from a project which is linked to Timeneye.

Enter a comment with the time spent on that task (don’t worry if you still haven’t completed the to-do, you will be able to register more time later by adding more comments). Formats accepted are, for example, “1h15” or “75min”.

Using comments in Basecamp 2

Once you added the comment, Timeneye will process it and register the time you entered into the appropriate project and task.

For Basecamp 3: Every completed to-do will appear as a suggested entry on Timeneye’s dashboard, leaving you the chance to manually input the time spent for it or simply ignore it.

Step #4: add the Timeneye Browser Widget

For a perfectly seamless experience tracking time in Basecamp, we recommend adding the Timeneye Browser Widget in the mix. The Widget is available for Chrome and Firefox.

Once you’ve installed the widget, you’ll see a small button appear next to the Basecamp to-dos. Click on the button to start and stop timers for that to-do.

Timers are an effective way to track time because they’re real-time and more accurate than guesstimating a duration.

Step #5: How to visualize the time you tracked in Basecamp inside Timeneye

Now that you’ve all set, you can track your time without having to leave Basecamp and switch back and forth between the two apps. 

In Timeneye, you can see at a glance all the Basecamp entries on the dashboard, thanks to the Basecamp icon on the time card.

Ready to achieve more with Basecamp and Timeneye? Use this integration now!

About Stefania

Project Manager at Timeneye. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and belting out tunes from Broadway musicals (although the neighbours don't seem to appreciate that).