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iframe apps and widgets

We would love to have the ability to create an app that is nothing but an iframe.  For example, we create really detailed editorial calendars (more detailed than what the native Podio calendar can do) for each of our clients, and if we could just display either an iframe of the Google calendar, that would be great.  (Or, having a calendar app for each workspace that would automatically display the calendar via the iCal feed would work well, too.)

Another example would be embedding a time clock widget as either an app or a sidebar widget.  Since there is no native Podio time clock, having the ability to embed one/iframe one would be a useful workaround.

I understand there are sometimes security issues with iframes, but this would be a really useful feature.

Amanda L. Sage

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This would be a very expensive feature to build and maintain so in order to consider this further it would be great with some additional answers from everyone up-voting this request:

Some questions that come to mind:

  1. Would it matter where these extensions are shown? Is context important? (think e.g. shown inside item activity vs. in an item field vs. as a separate "app" vs. a whole new "extensions" area)
  2. What kind of extensions would you imagine benefit most from this?
  3. Is this only showing information, or also receiving user input?
  4. Are they short interactions or would they be places were users get a lot of work done?
  5. Do these embedded extensions live on their own or do they need to integrate into other parts of Podio (e.g. notifications, tasks, contacts) to work?

These and other questions would help us better understand what we would need to provide to actually help you achieve your goals. This is not just a matter of throwing in a iframe container somewhere that is un-secure and difficult to maintain: if we provide you a solution, it's needs to be one that is solid and actually solving the need and use-case :)

Please share your answers below to help us understand this further!

//Sara - Podio

 

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen

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I agree this would help with video player embeds as well. Since the video upload feature was removed it has been hard to share video content. If we had an iFrame we could just embed.

Derek Rowe 0 votes
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I can see this being really helpful for embedding dynamic charts and stats etc

Dan Bohea 0 votes
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+1 

I would really love to see this, we've just signed up to test out podio for our organisation and it was the only feature missing that we are looking for. It's not likely to prevent us using podio but its certainly something we would love to see.

Melissa Choy 0 votes
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Using the API we can code our servers to access information stored in Podio, but currently there doesn't seem to be any provision for Podio to access data stored externally.

I'd love to be able to embed content from our servers within the Podio environment, so that our users never need to leave the system. That would make Podio a proper "live-in" app ;)

Dan Grenfell 0 votes
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Totally agree...having an iframe embed capability would allow us to extend podio functionality using the API, but make it look native to podio.

Please add this simple widget !!!!

Todd Barton 0 votes
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Last I spoke to their support (three days ago), they said that nothing of the sort is currently planned.

Michael Greenberg 0 votes
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yes please!

i wanna embed a Google Sheet in a WIKI article,
as a preview/iFrame, instead as an attachment that needs to be clicked through to see

why limit this?

Jasper 0 votes
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This request has been in effect for over a year and it would be AWESOME if Podio would find a way for us to be able to do this. I really like what they have, but the inability to embed an iFrame is making me have to look at other PM options....Please provide a solution Podio!!!

Ashley Gaddie 0 votes
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Hi Amanda and everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that we are still monitoring this thread, and I've re-shared it with the product team for their assessment.

/Mette
- Podio

Mette Frøkjær Hansen 0 votes
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I definatly need this service too! I also have about 23 clients that need it as well too that could benefit from it as well.

DaPoneKine 0 votes
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This would be a great way to "embellish" workspaces. I was trying to add a Twitter feed to our workspace this morning, but with Twitter no longer supporting RSS, the only way I can think of would be via an iframe where I can embed the Twitter widget. And that is only one use!

Gabriel Ernesto Abad Fernández 0 votes
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I understand the reluctance ref iframes by podio as they can introduce malicious scripts etc, but the benefits may outweigh the potential risks. From our point of view it would make it much easier to put in custom views of our cms for clients giving them an activity snapshot of their content, latest activity on our portal etc in one console.

I am sure we can do this via the API and custom apps but that route blows the effort vs return equation for some of the use cases.

I also think in most instances an Iframe would put less load onto the podio architecture and having a full blown app integration for say the latest count of members on our network etc.

Adam Malik 0 votes
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Hi,

Any update on this?

This is very helpful.

If this is available, I can embed my chart.

johanna salaya 0 votes
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Hi all - Thanks for the votes, we are still keeping an eye on this thread, however there are no current plans for this on the roadmap.

// Oliver - Podio

Oliver Wray 0 votes
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With the iframe included in Podio, my organisation could use it as our data processing tool.

Here is a usecase, we are a legal land documentation provider and our workflow include back office checks on the geo points of the parcel. With iframes allowed in podio, we would be able to display online maps (mapbox) that our staff could edit via a Javascript library.

Can someone at Podio give feedback if this feature has any chance to be shipped? It's been 6 years since the initial post, so i assume there is a very very little chance.

Olivier Vernin 2 votes
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I agree with Oliver - this is very needed.  If embeded vimeo and youtube videos can work why can't embedded anything work?  We embed quizzes, maps, mind maps, etc. and all we can do now is provide a link which takes our users outside of podio which is now what we want.  We want podio to be the brain of our operation but if it can't display embedded content then it is impossible to do that fully.  

Laureen Jandroep 1 vote
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As a workaround, i'm considering doing hacking a bit by implementing a simple Chome App which will modify on the fly the podio page to add an iframe when it recognise a centrain text pattern. Like the text field "address: <my adress>" will be turn into a google app widget centred on the <my address> location.

Olivier Vernin 2 votes