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Friday, May 08, 2015  

Airtable - Organize Everything

On the surface, it's the spreadsheet reimagined. Spreadsheets were invented over 30 years ago, purpose-built for performing complex numerical analysis. They haven't changed much since then, but their usage has. Today, spreadsheets are most commonly used as makeshift databases to organize anything from sales leads to travel plans. This is a painful solution, as even simple things like entering multi-lined notes into a cell requires an exercise in arcane commands. Airtable is a new organizational tool designed around the way you actually work. Airtable neatly formats your table rows as easily tappable cards on mobile. It's much more than just a pretty way to view your data: you can add new columns, attach files, share tables, and nearly anything else that you can do from your desktop. Attach files directly to the rows in your table with integrations to over 12 services, including Dropbox, Box, Evernote and Google Drive. With seamless inline previews of your images and documents, your tables become an elegant visual container for your content. Easily share your tables and see changes as they happen. View a living history of who made what change, and when. Chat and mention teammates in the context of your tables - it's all built right in. Despite its lightweight and flexible interface, Airtable is powered by a powerful relational database. Unlike spreadsheets, which quickly become messy and unmanageable, Airtable allows you to create the structure that perfectly matches your workflow. You get the benefits of a custom-built application tailored to your exact needs, but you can create and update it yourself without any technical expertise or training required. Effortlessly connect related data by linking one record to another, like a person and their company, or a furniture item and its vendor. Linked records show up as expandable cards, allowing you to bring up related information with a single click or tap. A view lets you sort, filter, and rearrange columns and rows in a table. Each view remembers its own settings; you can create multiple views to quickly toggle between different perspectives on your table. Or, give each collaborator their own view so they can see exactly what they want, without impacting what's seen by others. Every table you create in Airtable comes with its own API, so you can integrate with your existing systems or build additional functionality on top of Airtable. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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