:wave: Hi all! I’m Kelly - a product manager at Airtable focused on helping users build powerful, secure apps for their org. I’m excited to introduce some powerful new features (including my personal favorite, granular permissions), as well as a new way to think about what you’re building in Airtable.
Today most teams have the autonomy to choose the software and tools that work best for them. While this allows teams to move fast, it can also create massive data silos, misalignment, and disjointed collaboration. There’s critical data spread across dozens of applications, and no team has access to all of it, which can cause work to slow way down
We believe it’s time to reject the trade-off between moving fast and moving together. That’s why we’re introducing the Airtable Connected Apps Platform™.
The Airtable Connected Apps Platform™ lets every team create powerful applications to be shared across the organization, built on shared company data, and on the same connected platform.
Building apps in Airtable isn’t new. To help teams create even better apps, we’re releasing new features to make them more powerful, more secure, and more connected.
Updates available today:
We’re rolling these updates out over the course of the day; if you don’t see them reflected in your workspace, hold tight! You should see them updated by the end of the day.
Interface Designer is now officially out of beta for all Airtable users. You can transform data into intuitive and interactive app interfaces that can be quickly customized for each team member. These foundational updates and improvements make it easier for your team to interact with your app. New updates to Interface Designer include:
A redesigned editor in the sidebar provides a central place to make changes to your interface—all in real-time and keeping your canvas clutter-free. Whether you’re using a calendar to track deadlines or a visual gallery to look through creative assets, you can easily manage what you show and how it appears from a single location With the new editor, it only takes a click to change how your data is visualized.
A new top navigation bar within your interface allows your users to easily navigate between relevant pages in a cinch
And, our new full page record detail experience gives you the ability to fully customize what others can see and edit when they click into the details of a record. So if you want your team to update project status without seeing every project detail you’re tracking, you can customize exactly which fields they can view and edit.
Introducing granular permissions. Now, Pro and Enterprise users can decide how others interact with your app. Gone are the days of setting up a new personal view, shared view, or base to customize data for every new collaborator, department lead, or team. Now, you can simply drag and drop the data you want to share into an Interface, add rules and a dynamic current-user filter to personalize content for each collaborator, and share the Interface to the intended audience(s).
So, whether you want to share the entire app, only certain pieces via an interface, or choose exactly what data is shown to each user —your app is as dynamic and secure as you choose it to be. New updates to permissions include:
Learn more about these updates and what a connected apps platform can do for you and your team in our blog post!
We can’t wait to hear what you think, and see what you build, with these updates!
We would also love to have you join us for a Community AMA on October 27 at 9 am PT where we will talk about all the updates to Interface Designer. I’ll be sharing some of our thinking behind these features, and will also be available to answer all your burning questions! You can register here and we hope to see you there!
Thank you for all of these updates - I cannot wait to explore!
For the Interface Designer updates, now when a currently selected record gets filtered out of the a view, the Interface shows this:
Previously, when the selected record gets filtered out, it would stay in the “enlarged detail view” but would disappear from the list on the left.
Is this new behavior intended? Based on our existing workflows, this new behavior is very disruptive because I needed to continue to make changes to the record after it got filtered out.
I think I know the answer to this one (and will be happy to be corrected by the Authorities if I am mistaken).
Can I only share your interfaces with Pro members of my workspace?
There are multiple elements to this question.
One of the best things about Airtable is that it offers access to bases in various ways, some requiring paid accounts, but many not.
God, that’s just so disappointing :slightly_frowning_face: If only we never saw the editable share url feature :expressionless:
Yayyyyy!!! I’m so excited!!! Congrats on getting these updates out rather fast since the initial launch of interfaces beta, AirTable! :tada: :champagne: :confetti_ball: :partying_face: I’m so glad I stuck it out (well I did leave once and come back lol), felt like we were waiting ages just to get small updates with Airtable for a while but you guys have really turned things around these past couple of years. Now I’m just waiting on Interfaces for mobile, and then I will happily be able to say “Airtable for life!”
This was my first question as well.
These updates are amazing, but unfortunately interfaces are crippled for many use cases if we have to pay a subscription for every person who needs more than read-only access.
Also, unable to find this info anywhere
I tested this out and unfortunately the minute I added my fake user as an Interface collaborator (with Comment-only permissions) it added a collaborator to my account.
Would have made for a perfect customer portal…now I’m back to hunting for new apps.
Any chance Airtable is considering updating its pricing policies so Interface commenters/editors don’t hammer your billing will new users?
This would make for a great customer portal, but far too expensive to add dozens or hundreds of customers as paid collaborators.
It would be extremely great if Airtable add pricing for interface or app-only users (similar to Google Workspace Frontline)
Update: It appears that the jarring behavior described above only applies when the record gets filtered out of the view by an automation. If the record gets filtered out of the view by user action, then the following message appears at the bottom of the record:
A similar message appears in the record list on the left:
Is it possible to get this same behavior for records that become filtered by automation?
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