Re: Sharing a base between a paid and a free user?

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6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Hi all,
I am a free user and I´ve been sharing a few bases with other free users for a while.
I am thinking of upgrading my account to a paid subscription, but I am afraid this might affect collaboration with non paid users. How does this work?
If this sort of collaboration is possible what happens to the product features available only for paid subscriptors when working on a shared base?

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I understand the pricing strategy. A question to clarify. I pay annually for the Pro version so instead of paying USD24/Mo, it comes to USD/20$. If I invite a collaborator on my Base which is held in the Pro workspace, would I be charged a full year for that collaborator right away? Be billed USD24/ every month, or be billed USD20 every month for this added collaborator?

Sadly, after 2+ years of waiting I ve finally pulled my team out of AT.

Apparently my needs are out of the development pipeline & the business model

El El mié, 19 feb. 2020 a la(s) 18:01, Melanie_Dumont via Airtable Community Forum escribió:

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

The company where I belong is currently using the Airtable with fourteen editors and one reader. If an owner upgrades it to Pro, is it possible for some editors to be not upgraded to Pro and still be with Free account? It appears it is not feasible, but asking in case.

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

I love Airtable, but this is a deal breaker for us. We are a professional services organization and need to give customers the ability to enter updates during a project. Paying $20 per month, for every customer (usually multiple contacts for each customer) makes this price prohibitive.

We have looked at a few tools and Airtable is my favorite so far, but they need to fix this pricing gap before pro services can use it.

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

One quick question I am not sure it has been answered:

  1. It seems free users can share to other free users
  2. All the free users can edit
  3. Can a FREE user give edit access to a paid user so the paid user can edit the free user’s base?
  4. Can this happen without any additional costs incurred to either user?

Yes, certainly a free user can share a base with a paid user and can give the paid user whatever level of privileges the free user wishes to give. As for the other question, the answer is also yes – when free user shares base with paid user, the sharing doesn’t in itself cause either user to have to pay more. But there are some caveats and I confess I’m not 100% I understand them myself.

First, paid users (the “sharees”) are given editor privileges, they will be able to add features to the base by adding blocks. But the free users won’t be able to access those enhancements because blocks are a premium feature. Base editors always need to keep in mind what level of access other users of the base have.

The other problem has to do with workspaces. I don’t think this is clearly enough explained on the pricing page for Airtable, but a paid (Pro) account gives a person as many free workspaces as he or she wants, but it only covers one workspace. So when Airtable’s pricing page talks about users and plans, it really ought to talk about user workspaces.