Desktop bandwidth and table storage/callbacks

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6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

While most of you are probably on really high speed networks with unlimited bandwidth, us users in rural America need relatively expensive satellite connectivity. Even our “Free” time is limited and that’s between 2-8 A.M.

The question then is:
Does the Desktop use a local copy of the tables?
If so, Is there, and when does it sync to the server?
Is there a way to work locally and then do a timed sync - during our “Free Bytes” hours?

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I’m pretty sure there is no local cache of data desktop or otherwise. And especially not a feature that can be optimized for bandwidth constraints.

Products such as iFormBuilder have local caching for mobile apps, so it’s possible Airtable mobile apps do this quietly under the covers.

Welcome to the community, @David_Shaw! :grinning_face_with_big_eyes: You might voice your wish for offline use in this thread:

Assuming that offline mode will eventually come to pass, there’s probably a way to set up a timed sync using some type of desktop automation software.

I believe this already exists in HTML5. Using localized data cache and timing is simply a matter of the Airtable team implementing it.