Hey ProductHunt! Thanks to @nivo0o0 for hunting us!
Today we're excited to launch Airtable Blocks.
Blocks are modular apps you can use to enhance your Airtable bases. You can use Blocks to enrich your records with machine vision; manipulate objects in 3D; generate custom project dashboards with countdowns, timelines, and real-time KPI visualization; and even send SMS directly from your base.
Or if you're Product Hunt, instantly translate your base of ~2000 Product Hunt LIVE interviewee quotes into any language of your choosing. https://airtable.com/universe/expBcMHgU7MzaWkbb/product-hunt-live-master-quotes-database 😎
Our goal with Blocks is to empower anyone, whether technical or not, to create advanced workflows powered by technology they otherwise never would have been able to access.
For example, Insomniac, producer of the largest multi-day event in North America, was running into an issue at their events: an ever-growing and unmanageable lost and found. With Airtable and the Vision block (powered by Google's Cloud Vision API), they were able to automatically tag the image of every lost item with key information (color, type, brand, etc.) enabling the team at the event site to reconnect concert-goers with their belongings even faster.
Childcare services startup Koru Kids, on the other hand, needed a way to manage the application, training and onboarding process for their growing network of childcare professionals, but didn't want to build the entire system in-house. With Airtable plus the send SMS block (powered by Twilio) they have a CRM and notifications system tuned perfectly to their needs.
Blocks is a premium feature, but we're extending a trial to every Airtable user until March 31st, so log back in or sign up, and tell us what you think!
If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to post here or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
@airtable @kasrak this is awesome. The functionality is super impressive (thank you for the early access). 😸
@airtable @kasrak @nivo0o0 This is extraordinary work. I can't imagine all the work that went into making all this complexity work so beautifully. An incredible technical achievement guys, congrats! Big fan of Airtable and this launch just takes it up several levels.
@nivo0o0 @airtable @kasrak God damn this is 🔥. Love this product!
@pddro thank you! We'll be publishing a blog post next week about some of the design decisions behind Blocks, stay tuned :)
@airtable @kasrak daily Airtable user here 👋 congrats on Blocks & new funding 💪
1. Will Blocks have any special integrations with Zapier
2. Not related to Blocks: Any ETA for webhooks on your API?
@maxnucci Thanks! What sort of Zapier integrations did you have in mind?
@kasrak I see now you've posted here that it's a premium feature, but it is not mentioned anywhere on a pricing page itself, worth to update. Next to that, for sure we will give it a try, congrats, as others say, it's quite impressive!
@maxnucci @kasrak I had this question as well. For the CSV block, for instance, I can imagine wanting to drop in a CSV file that I receive regularly in my email. Does that make sense?
@pddro @kasrak Waiting for this blog post! I'm sure we'll all have tons to learn from your decision process :)
Congrats on the $52M in funding announcement! I will be doing everything on Airtable going forward.
Whoah! Airtable is such a powerful tool, and this take it to the next level. Feeling great about using it for some of my most important projects. Congrats team!!
"... the goal here is to boil down all of the most common sets of operations with the long tail left to the average programmers (and larger enterprises often have these kinds of highly-customized needs).". I'm sold. It's a HUGE market!
One small question, how would AirTable compare against https://bubble.is , what are the differences, pros and cons?
Congrats both on launching Blocks and the astonishing new around of funding!
@chensformers Disclaimer: i'm founder of Bubble, hence more familiar with Bubble than Airtable. A big difference is that Bubble, in addition to the database, is built around the concept of workflows. You can say "When the user clicks on Button Save, save this in the table/database, charge a credit card, send an email (only if the user checked the box)". So it provides more flexibility, and will take a little bit more time to set up.
The best piece of software I had in hands for years. The product is awesome in every little details. And still has a lot of features missing while already answering so many different use cases. Possibilities are endless - amazing how this is only the beginning! Congrats guys and @howietl
Airtable is just badass.
It is getting to be a serious product! Congrats. Btw I never seen bigger maker list than this! wow
@dainiskanopa Thanks! It was a big team effort :)
I love Airtable!
Whoa this looks amazing guys. Well done.
Trying out the Timeline and Charts blocks I'm getting a "script error" every time I reload the block... 🤔
Do you plan to open some of the blocks to all users? I'm using Airtable (free plan) to maintain the databases I need to write my doctoral thesis and would like to implement a timeline and some charts 🤓 – but as a student can't afford to pay 20 bugs per month. 😔
Thanks for a great product! Airtable rocks. 💙
@skankinpenguin Sorry about that! Do you mind emailing me details about which browser version you're using and a screenshot of the error after you click "Show details"? email@example.com
Thanks so much for the feedback. We're focusing on developing Blocks for our pro users for now, but we're just getting started, so stay tuned :)
@airtable @kasrak Thanks for the fast reply! You should have mail. :)
Jacques H. Bastien
@skankinpenguin @airtable @kasrak just to confirm, this isn't available for PLUS users? Only PRO?
Which would be a bummer if that was the case. I 100% understand the premium only route but to skip PLUS users... a true bummer.
Just when I thought I couldn't love Airtable more! @kasrak Airtable is rapidly monopolizing my time and attention and all these enhancements are making it very difficult to continue using other apps that I enjoy! ;-)
Awesome work! Congrats on the funding!
Currently building something and we want Airtable to be the backend.
I am wondering if the new 'pages' feature can be used as sort of replacement for the 'detail' view when using a gallery iFrame embed?
I would love to explore a use case that I think you will like!
I've been beta testing blocks for a while now and it's great. Key business information upfront in a dashboard format.
Here is what I'd like to see in the future:
1) multiple dashboards/layouts for one base
2) publishable view. i want to put my block on a tv screen so everyone can see the stats.
3) separate the document generator and stuff like that into a different tool, makes no sense in blocks. Though I still love that tool.
Guys this looks amazing. Very cool! How can we help embed Livestorm (Meet, company page, forms, etc.)?
@gillesbertaux Shoot me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
Airtable just took two giant leaps in the right direction. I'm a proud user of Airtable. :)
Matt Scott Crum
I love Airtable! Fantastic product and a very generous free model. Just enabled the Map Block and it's really great. Unfortunately we share our tables with external partners sometimes, etc and add them as collaborators and so paying per user is a bit tricky for us. Overall, absolutely great product. Keep it up!
Wow... Airtable Blocks looks great.
Question: Are you planning on supporting 3rd-party/custom blocks?
Got goosebumps imagining what Airtable+Coda could do under one hood.
I almost dropped my phone I’m so excited. Haven’t even read the details yet.
Blocks look great! Congrats on this release.
I've tried tools like https://www.fusioo.com and https://www.quickbase.com which seem to be geared towards larger teams. This looks to be more suitable for simpler use cases but I'll give it a try!