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4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Data Explained 2.0: Airtable flowchart block does not suffice unfortunately

Hello there,

we are looking for help with the following:

We want to connect a database in Airtable to a Flowchart tool. We want entries from Airtable to get imported into the flowchart tool as described below.

The Airtable database

Our database contains several rows and columns. Each row contains survey responses of 1 user and each column contains that user’s response to survey questions (each response is text such as: “I looked at a datafile”).

For example: Row 1 might contain the data for user 1 and user 1 might have given the following responses in columns A-C

  • Column A entry: “I analysed data”
  • Column B entry: “I checked the results”
  • Column C entry: “I verified the assumptions”

The flowchart tool

We now want to import this user’s responses to a flowchart app so that these 3 responses “appear” in a flowchart environment. Each response should appear in 1 bubble/rectangle in the flowchart environment.

This might look like this:

Screenshot 2020-09-17 at 11.39.30

And the user should be able to rearrange them in the flowchart environment. For example, like this:

Screenshot 2020-09-17 at 11.39.44

And connect them like this:

Screenshot 2020-09-17 at 11.40.58

But also allow for more “complicated” connections such as here:

Screenshot 2020-09-17 at 11.42.29

Flowchart tool options:

We previously set this up using Jsplumb: However, we think it might be easier to achieve this with something like smartdraw: since smart draw already offers its own API.

An example video:

We previously created a more complicated version of this solution ourselves. We now realise that this solution was too complicated for our purposes. However, watching a short segment of this example video might provide you a clear image of what we need:

  • skip to 3:51 in the video. Assume that each of these blocks is a “text response” as described above
  • at 4:06 you will see how these “text responses” should be converted to the flowchart environment.
  • at 4:20 you can see how we incorporated the more “complicated” connections previously
  • we did this using again are open to other solutions
  • You can watch this example video of our previous version here:

We have more detailed information and instructions available but hopefully this gives you a sense of what we’re looking for.

Please let us know if you think you’re able to help!

All the best,


4 Replies 4
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Dear Martin,
Hope you are well!!
I’d glad to assist you.
PM sent with details,please check.
Thanks and Regards
Carter W

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Thanks, Carter! I just responded to your PM.

8 - Airtable Astronomer
8 - Airtable Astronomer

Hi Martin,
Having worked extensively with the Airtable API on some very complex bases in the past, I would be keen on hearing more about your project.
You can reach me on
Best Wishes,

Dear @Martin_Schweinsberg,

Thank you for your response.

I will get back to you with further updates shortly via Email.

Best Regards