Collaboration software developer 37signals has bought Ember, an iPhone app for Campfire, according to a blog post. on the company’s site. 37signals develops Campfire, which is a popular real-time group chat tool used by developers and businesses. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
37signals founder Jason Fried says that Ember’s iPhone app, which was developed by app developer Overcommitted, lets you chat, view transcripts, jump between rooms, share pictures in a Campfire chat. The app caught Fried’s eye earlier this year and the company decided to buy the developer and re-launch Ember as Campfire for the iPhone.
The app, which was priced at $9.99, is now free. 37signals also develops Basecamp, a project management and collaboration application; Highrise, a contact management platform; and Backpack, and information organization application.
37signals develops simple web-based software products with individuals and small businesses in mind. Their main products include project management and collaboration tools, simple CRM, group chat and calendars. 37signals also have smaller products like to-do lists, group writing tools and job boards. Their main competitors include Salesforce, Netsuite and Zoho.