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Hello. I 've noticed the addition of new button-style shortcuts.
Each time you press New Form, or New Grid…it creates a NEW base. this is so confusing and extremely waste of precious space.
Why someone who can easily add a new base, to have these buttons on the top, which do something very very very specific.
If anyone has found usability on this layout, please share with us
Wow. I haven’t seen these new buttons yet, so they’re probably rolling these out slowly — or it’s yet another accidental mistaken rollout from Airtable, which happens many times per year.
Your description of what happens with these buttons is pretty shocking. We already know that the majority of Airtable employees don’t use their own product, so this is more proof that they have absolutely zero clue what they are doing. As far as I’m concerned, their entire team needs to be replaced, starting from the top down.
Import is even worse though, because you will be completely confused about import.
I think the biggest problem with this layout is that these buttons are for completely different functions
1st button is for collecting data (Adds New Base)
2nd to make a Grid view (Adds New Base)
3rd. to Import Data…(Adds New Base)
4th. To browse 4 templates or Explore more templates (Adds New Base)
this is absolutely useless.
Airtable has a toxic development culture. They ignore the things that customers have actually been requesting for 6+ years, while they spend all of their time adding useless & frivolous things into the product that actually make things more confusing & more painful for customers.
Hi @Aristeidis_Zagklis! Thanks for posting about the new workspace buttons. This is an experiment that will run for a few weeks, so if you’re willing, I’d love any more thoughts you have on the feature. I understand that you weren’t expecting the “New Form” or “New Grid” buttons to create a new base. Can you elaborate on what you were expecting instead? Are there shortcuts (or anything else) that you’d like to see here that would be more helpful for you than making a new base with a form view, grid view, via import, or via a template? Thanks so much for your time!
I have seen these buttons as well and think they fly in the face of what database design and build should be. Yes, it’s nice to not have to delete a table if you want to import a new CSV file, but no one should really be sitting down and saying, HEY, let’s build an entirely new database just to get a form filled out. The data GOES somewhere, it needs to be organized. Just creating a new database on a whim means that someone will have to spend hours later on actually determining what the data was for, why it was in this format, and what is supposed to happen with the responses.
I hope to get some of that valuable real estate back, as we shouldn’t be telling users to just create a new base on a whim, but have a thoughtful process in which a new database is built.
I’m speaking from hours and hours of cleanup and “bases everywhere” restructuring.
It’s simple to set up a base is a great adoption tactic, but I think Airtable “owners” everywhere are freaking out with the ability for casual users to create new bases in elegantly designed workspaces.
If they don’t want the casual user to just create a record willy-nilly, they definitely don’t want them setting up entire bases willy-nilly.
Thanks for getting back for me
@Grow_With_Jen explained it Very Well why this is wrong direction. It remains confusing for simple users, and distracting for power users.
We don’t need shortcuts there because these shortcuts are bounded with a database that doesn’t even exist before you press thes buttons
Also, this recently open bases, which some users might find it useful, is very distracting for me, because, i see duplicates if the workspace below, has the base i opened.
As you can see on the screenshot above…plus if open a back up file for example (the gray base), i will still see it (because it was recently opened).
The worst part is that we cannot move it, as we can with other workspaces, and rearrange it. I would just have it in the bottom. or turn it off if could. I have 5-8 bases, me and my teams work with. First days airtable launced this recently opened bases, they were asking me, which of the base was the correct. they thought it was a copy…
Landing page, should be simple and clean. from time to time, a lot of useful things have been added, or improved, but i keep noticing airtable is doing experiments to see if the users are going to be angry with the new “improvement”. What @Grow_With_Jen or @ScottWorld wrote is common sense, not personal flavour of how to use the product.
So i assumed the UX team asked theirselves…I think we should add some shortcuts…
Because users cannot make easily a New Grid View (which is the default btw), or it is difficult to find how to make a new form?
all these already exist in each table on the left sidepanel.
It is pity, that our responsibility is to run our businesses , but we spend time to put our minds to think for Airtable…how the software should work friendly for the user who is paying its fee.
@Sophie_Airtable Instead of Airtable making random stabs in the dark about what people need or want, why don’t the engineers at Airtable actually listen to customers’ needs by scouring through the hundreds of constantly-repeated suggestions in this forum?
People have been loudly requesting some of the most needed features for nearly 6 years, and Airtable continues to ignore all of us.
I have a list of approximately 75 top feature requests that my clients have requested — below are the first 33 of them.
Why doesn’t Airtable actually choose something — ANYTHING — from this initial list, instead of continuously adding ridiculous features that add no value to the product but actually detract from the user experience?
Sophie, thank you for letting us know that the new workspace buttons are an experimental feature.
Is it safe to say that these buttons only appear to users who have creator access to the workspace?
I do not have access to these buttons, and I am curious about the “template” button. What does this button due? Does it create a new base from one of Airtable’s preset templates, or can users define their own templates?
Over the past few years it seems like Airtable has put a lot of effort into making it easier for users to create things – create new records, create new fields, create new tables, create new views, create new automations, and now create new bases. Yet the act of creation needs to be tempered with an understanding of when and how to create new things. Creating new fields and views is so easy that bases get littered with unnecessary fields and views that everyone is afraid to delete because no-one knows why they are there.
Instead of making it easier for people to create more disjointed things, I would love to see more effort going into creating connected things and helping people understand connections. For example
So many options for the Airtable team to turn Voice of the Customer in actual development. We can’t make it any easier nor more helpful than this :man_shrugging: