Offline mode is a must-have feature to crown Airtable king.
How would you want to use Airtable offline?
I use Airtable to manage my personal life, which includes a tremendous amount of traveling and my business. I’m constantly working while on the move- and without offline caching, I’m not even able to access Airtable content at all. Currently, I’m having to take screenshots of the things I’m working on, work on them offline, then work again to add them back into Airtable when I do have an internet connection. This is pretty bad. Also, I can’t even count the amount of occasions I needed to access info that was only available on my Airtable that, without an internet connection, was frustratingly unaccessible.
Do you use Airtable alone, or with collaborators?
Alone for now specifically because I can’t rely on my staff to work efficiently without offline caching. I’m willing to do spend the hours doing the extra offline workarounds but can’t force my team to do the same.
How much do you need to be able to do in Airtable while offline?
Review databases and uploaded content, add to and edit databases, drag and drop attachments that are immediately accessible locally and cloud sync when back online.
For how long do you need to be able to use Airtable offline?
With all the traveling A LOT. But realistically, I’ll get wifi at least once a day so from a few minutes to 24hrs- though there definitely shouldn’t be a time limit! Max 1GB of caching should be enough for pretty much everyone.
How tolerant would you be of having to resolve merge conflicts manually?
Very. Although this should work like Dropbox. Latest data automatically overwrites previous data, but there’s an option somewhere to view ‘Version History’ with the ability to overwrite the current data with a previous version.
Would you primarily be using offline mode on desktop or mobile?
Mobile has to be the first priority but the Desktop version definitely needs it too for power users.
As a side note, I’m using the free version now but will absolutely upgrade when this functionality is built in as I can drop the other apps I’m using just to work around this offline limitation.
I love Airtable. It’s an amazing product that has completely changed the way I work for the better, but it’s lack of offline support just makes it not quite entirely practical.
Hope this is being worked on and will roll out soon. Please keep me in the loop on this.