Any Plan On Adding Something Similar to Block In Airtable


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  • Bill Carovano

    I love the potential of Airtable.  It has a lot going for it and I keep regular track of the new features and capabilities. Airtable blocks are pretty interesting, but in general Airtable Blocks barely scratch the surface of what's possible with Globiflow and/or 3rd party Podio extensions.

    Here's just one example of the unfulfilled promise of Airtable Blocks: when Airtable Blocks first came out, I started experimenting with the Block for SMS/Twilio.  With this Block you can bulk-send an SMS to a contact list.  This seemed great, until I discovered that Airtable has no way of collecting the responses to the SMS from the recipients, into the contact records. (You can't even do this with Zapier and Airtable). It's a frustratingly incomplete solution, unlike this, or this: 

    Airtable has two significant deal-breakers today:

    - No ability to link tables across different bases within the same Airtable workspace. This is a HUGE limitation, as it means you can't have any sort of centralized table, such as a contact list, that can be referenced across multiple bases. The only workaround is to duplicate the data across each base.  (this limitation is discussed extensively in the Airtable community forum:
    - No webhooks to enable "if this, then that" automation (a la Globiflow).  Right now, Airtable has no capability in the platform to trigger other events based on a record change (only on a record create) This means Airtable really has no workflow automation capability and is purely a tool for organizing data.  (This is discussed in the Airtable community forum:

    I expect that Airtable will eventually address these limitations, but until that point I see Podio as a far superior solution.

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