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Paul_K
6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Hey all,

I’d love your feedback on a tool we’re working on, called Scripts.

What is it? An extension that embeds an onsite code editor into your bases.

Why would I need that? If you’ve ever used Google Scripts or VBA for automating spreadsheets, this is the same for Airtable.

It makes it easy to build custom alerts, automations, workflows, reports, and integrations for your bases, using short Python scripts. The extension handles API calls behind the scenes (even as the Airtable API is quite limiting), OAuth with other apps you’re integrating with, hosting, and more.

Who is it for? It’s designed for power users with a bit of Python experience, automation geeks, or API developers.

What’s the ask? Take the extension for a spin, reply back with your feedback, and don’t share too broadly just yet… we haven’t yet launched!

Paul

PS - here are some cool use-cases

Build an Google Sheets Export/Import integration in 60 seconds

Setup mail merge in Airtable

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Alessandra_Carl
6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Thank you @Paul_K!
I have closed the browser and then re-opened, but I not have reloaded the page … I am sorry for the previous request!
Now I can try the automations!
Many thanks!

This is quite exciting - but for those looking for a more approachable solution there are ‘push’ Zaps in Zapier.

Also a Chrome extension, this feature adds a small button to the Chrome tool bar from which specific Zaps can be directly triggered. This is what it looks like:

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 21.39.14.png

The example push zap will update the specific employee’s record being displayed in the Expanded view.

I’ll write a blog post about this in the next few days…

Just a heads-up: this service is neither officially endorsed nor vetted by Airtable. Airtable cannot vouch for the security credentials of this third-party service, and if you choose to make use of this service, you do so at your own risk. Please be careful when potentially exposing your Airtable data to third-party services, especially if you are using Airtable to store sensitive information.

Guido_Walter_Pe
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

The lack of an official scripting system is what prevents our company to use Airtable instead of Google Sheets :frowning:

Good luck with this extension! If it has success hopefully Airtable will develop a similar feature.

Oliver_Robson
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Hey @Paul_K, I’ve added the chrome extension, refreshed the browser, clicked the green leaf and hit allow scripts for base but nothing happens after that (no pop-up window etc). I’ve disabled uBlock and Ghostery and still nothing. I wonder if you are able to help?

Thanks,
Oli

Paul_K
6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Hey @Oliver_Robson happy to help. Do you have any other extensions that might be interfering?

I’m not sure - I thought it might be uBlock Origin or Ghostery as they both generally stop pop-up windows but I’ve disabled them both with no success. Also tried it on a work machine with less/little extensions (only uBlock active) with no success.

Had just removed both extensions (Ghostery, uBlock Origin) and still no success, I’ve inlcuded a screengrab of the other extentions below:

https://postimg.cc/image/cy2lyi7vr/

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Hey Paul - I’ve just noticed that a couple of other users are having issues with it working in Airtable also after looking at the app reviews, hopefully this may be of some help to you. I’ve removed all extensions and still no success.

“Not working with Airtable. After clicking icon in bottom left and clicking ok on popup nothing happens. Checking the console shows a uncaught typeerror. Community site down. Slack channel is pretty dead. Please help. Would love to get give the Airtable Mail Merge a try. Thanks.”

Totally missed this message. I took a look again today and all seems to work well. But it might’ve been recent pushes between a few weeks ago and now. Can you try again?