Re: Custom Block: Check In/Out System

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Now that the submission period for the Custom Blocks contest is over, I’d like to share my custom block for check-out/check-in systems!

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This block is a customizable wizard which, in its most basic form, allows users to select a Unit record and create a new linked record in a Log table detailing when that record was “checked out” with relevant fields pre-filled to save time. The wizard just as easily allows users to check that unit back in to close out the log and make that unit available for selection once more. Advanced features include tracking a unit’s condition over time (i.e. the unit was in “great” condition when it was checked out, but was in “poor” condition when it was checked back in), and the ability to enable an Items table for bases structured where each unit is an instance of a type of item (i.e. 5 “Macbook Pros”, 6 “Samsung 32-inch TVs”, etc.).

This block will make day-to-day data entry for inventory managers, IT departments, librarians, equipment rental businesses, and more all that much easier!

Demo Video:

My contest submission:

The repo on GitHub:

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Odd, I thought they opened up Custom Apps for everyone as of yesterday. When you say you’re blocked, does that mean you don’t see the option to build a custom app or you’re getting some sort of error message?

When the blocks contest was going on, they were manually approving developer access and some people had to wait a day or so.

Another possibility is that you weren’t logged into Airtable in the browser when you filled out the form. You could try making sure that you are logged into Airtable in th same browser that you use to fill out the form to request developer access.

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is it possible to make this a base that can be shared? this is exactly the functionality my company needs but I have a very rudimentary understanding of blocks and for the life of me I can’t get this to work

Duplicating a base will not duplicate custom apps, so I can’t help in that regard. Are you not able to install the app at all?

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I’m having trouble even creating the block, I downloaded node but when i go to install the CLI it doesnt work

You’re going to have to be more specific than “it doesn’t work”. Do you have React installed? If so, and you’re on a Mac, have you tried running the commands as “sudo”?