The last time I looked at Coda and I put my suggestion about improvements for the Gallery view in Airtable:
Now I looked at Knack. I didn’t spend a lot of time because I found it’s not what I need, but here are my impressions. It’s a relatively new company I never heard of but seems interesting. They are taking similar approach as Coda in terms of the initial database design and and focus on the visual representation of data but they go beyond what Coda offers, they presenting it more like Zoho Create.
Anyhow, there are a few things I really liked so here are they:
They have an Ecommerce application built in - from my understanding - you can charge customers for accessing Knack applications. I would like to see something like that in Airtable, so that I can give access to other users and have them pay for having access to the data (e.g. per access or subscription).
The Views offer a widget for Search. I can search for data easily without having to see the whole table.
This is really cool. Now I can hand over the form to somebody to fill in and sign it. The signature is saved in the database. This may be an issue with the data privacy but they are HIPAA certified, which definitively helps them to get big customers signed up (What, Airtable is not HIPAA certified? Scratching my head…)
Overall I found Airtable has one big advantage over Coda and Knack, it’s the easy learning curve (creates stickiness with the platform) and ability to go and access and quickly edit the data as it is in Spreadsheet.
I would like to see Airtable:
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Would love to hear what do you think!
Hi Mariam, I looked at Softr and it’s priced out of the league for a plus or pro Airtable plan user. The entry levels of Softr do have limitation in terms of number of records, that’s fair enough. But to get editing function one must go with the $79 monthly plan. I am better of going with miniextensions for Airtable for $40. IMHO, the editing function should have been part of every account, without that, it makes it less appealing at this time. Thank you for sharing.