miniAppMaker is a tool that allows anyone to make a mobile app without coding by using Airtable as the backend. Here’s how it works:
This project is inspired by Airtable’s mission to “democratize software creation”. People are already doing amazing things with Airtable. We believe its power can be magnified if we allow people to turn their creations into mobile apps to share with the world. Especially when an entire app can be made in 30 minutes!
Examples of apps that can be made:
We’re just starting out in Beta and eager to hear your feedback. Try it out at miniAppMaker.com
Backstory: I first heard of Airtable when I was a freshman in UC Berkeley. I met the founder in 2014 while he was visiting campus. 5 years later, I’m still a big fan!
We’re not planning to add complete offline support, but the app caches any data that the user accesses while online. So technically they can use the app offline, but they can’t update anything.
The app maker tool itself is web based and can be used with any browser. However, the exported apps can be published on Apple’s App Store (and soon Google Play Store).
Let me know if you have more questions!
Great product - I love seeing cool things like this emerge in the Airtable space. I’ve recommended it to a few clients - anxious to see if it sticks.
Airborne uses this exact approach for creating an ElasticSearch-based index across workspaces, bases, and tables. This [seemingly] annoying process has one big advantage - it allows search implementors the ability to shape the index to fit domain and data-model nuances to meet the most ideal user search experiences.
I also designed it to create the smallest possible full-text indices with relevance scoring so that it would work well on mobile devices.
If you get to a point where fast, full-text search in a mobile context is important, we should chat.
Welcome to the community, @Sundar_Sundareswaran! :grinning_face_with_big_eyes: Correct. Any view in a table is tied to that specific table, and form views are no different. If you need to make a form that updates (or creates records in) more than one table, you’ll need to use a third-party tool like JotForm or TypeForm to create the form, and something like Zapier or Integromat to process the form’s output and send the data to the appropriate tables.
Another option (which I wouldn’t recommend) is to use a single Airtable form, which would put all of the data into a single table, and then use Zapier or Integromat (or Airtable’s own scripting action beta) to copy the relevant field data to a second table. The downside is that you’ll have extra fields in the first table that only act as temporary placeholders for that second table’s data, which just adds clutter and confusion, even if you leave those fields hidden.