The “find in view” feature could be a lot better. Here are the problems I see:
Search text obscures field names: when you click the magnifying glass or type ⌘+F, the text-entry window covers up the field names. You can’t tell what field you’re looking at unless you scroll left/right to get around the search window.
Search only returns “perfect match” results: If I search for “John Doe” I also want to see results for “John S. Doe,” “John Q. Doe” and “Dr. John Doe.” As it is, these variants are outside of my search results. Unless I know their middle initials or titles and know that they were entered into Airtable with those variants, I have to search for “Doe” and look through every single Tom, Dick, and Harry “Doe” to find the John I want.
Search is limited to a single field: Similar to the above, I want to find a 2016 transaction made by Jane Smith, but if I search for “Jane Smith 2016” no results are found.
Search results should be more like filter results: My people table has 5,000+ contacts and three different formula fields that incorporate their name. So if I search for “John”, I find a lot of Johns distributed throughout my base and have to click through “John” three times in each record until finding the one I want. I often end up creating a filter just for the purposes of finding a single record. It’s beautiful the way a filter eliminates everything you’re not looking for and collapses all the “Johns” into an easy-to-scan group of records. But it’s time-consuming to create a custom filter for the purposes of locating a single record. Couldn’t search work more like the filter?
Anyway, those are my observations/suggestions. Overall I think Airtable is terrific and I love seeing it get better and better.