‘Airtable’: Finding comfort in organization

Spreadsheets have organizational capabilities that many students and teachers use to arrange their information so it can be accessed effectively and efficiently. Although creating these tables becomes mundane after some time, “Airtable” resolves this issue by placing this tool into a mobile app that is both user-friendly and entertaining.

The app will take the user through a much-needed interactive tutorial to learn how to make the most out of its functionality, since the app has many features that can be tinkered with to achieve the level of organization he or she wants. To kick start his or her database, the user must select at least three categories, such as Job Search, Favorite Jokes and Favorite Coffee Brews. The categories you select, which are called “bases,” will appear on your home page.

Tapping on a base will show you the extent to which you can organize your information. For instance, the Job Search sample category will contain fields for the company name, logo, company description, role and location. Users can customize these fields to input any type of information they please, whether it consists of a date, email, URL, or even bar codes and QR codes, which can be scanned with the camera. I enjoyed the customizable fields because I was able to truly customize the information I was entering into the app, allowing me to create spreadsheets for virtually any aspect of my life, whether personal or professional.

Users can also upload files from third-party platforms, such as Dropbox, Evernote, Gmail and Google Drive. This feature made the app even easier to use because I am able to include content I already organize on these sites and programs without the hassle of saving and uploading each image or file.

“Airtable” can also be accessed through a browser, which will allow the user to see the information formatted as a traditional spreadsheet with the additional features. By being able to access “Airtable” from any mobile device or computer, this gives the app an increased accessibility, as well as a collaboration feature. The user can share bases with friends, family, coworkers or colleagues where they can collaborate on projects and objectives.

After using the app, I felt the unpaid version of “Airtable” is already self-sufficient with unlimited bases, 1,200 rows per base and two gigabyte attachment space per base. I was not interested in paying $12 per month for 5,000 rows and five gigabytes of space or $24 per month for 50,000 rows per base, 20 gigabytes of space and priority support. Unfortunately, the app is not yet available for Android, but the company does promise its upcoming release.

“Airtable” is near-perfect in serving as a productivity app that encourages users to organize different aspects of their lifestyle. However, its many features can cause users to spend a large amount of time trying to familiarize themselves with the app. Refreshing and modern, its visual spreadsheets are a hit with everyone who is willing to take some time to learn how to use “Airtable” to its fullest potential.