When it comes to organizing, developing and sharing ideas or collaborating on projects, there is a plethora of services to choose from. While some are more focused on visual content and others geared towards note-taking, spreadsheet or collaboration work, one thing is certain: they all have advantages or disadvantages over the other.
Aiming to change our expectations of organizing apps, Airtable is a modern, smooth-running and very interesting piece of software that offers you the best features of almost all the organization services, without feeling ever-so-cumbersome for the average user.
This said, Airtable's goal is to help you organize absolute everything you can think of. It combines the power of a database while remaining flexible like a spreadsheet application, sprinkled with all kinds of organization tools and offering support for rich content, on top of which, it adds support for a wide variety of modern web services.
Subsequent to installing the app on your computer and upon first launching it, you are invited to either create a new Airtable account or log in using your official Google credentials.
Considering that it aims to offer all of the aforementioned features, neatly wrapped within a single application, you might be tempted to think that Airtable will be difficult to get to grips with but this actually not the case.
Once logged in, you can start to explore the app's functionality using some of the provided example Bases, by reading the provided guide or by watching the useful video tutorials.
No doubt, this is one of those applications that will require a fair bit of getting used to, especially if you haven't used complex spreadsheet applications before, with which it shares most of its layout and UI elements.
Probably the first thing you should know is the fact that Airtable allows you to organize and visualize data with the help of an interesting set of self-explanatory layouts, namely Main View, Grid, Form, Calendar and Galery.
By now, it should be clear that Airtable is not limited just to numbers and text. You can take advantage of all sorts of rich content such as check boxes, notes and other media-related bits and bobs.
Another, very important, capability of Airtable is represented by the fact that it allows you to organize your records in a wide variety of ways. It is also worth mentioning that with the help of this utility, you can create and share forms.
Collaboration is also one of Airtable's strongest features as it allows you to chat with other members.
This is probably the best time to mention that the app features integration support with Dropbox, Asana, Basecamp, Box, Facebook, Evernote, GitHub, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pocket, Slack, SoundCloud, Stripe, Trello, Tumblr, Twitter, WordPress, Wunderlist, Youtube and most of the Google-vetted services around.
All in all, Airtable is a comprehensive relational database management system with a set of very well thought-out features for organization, sharing and team collaboration.
The most praise-worthy fact is not that it bundles all these incredibly useful features but that it manages to do so while remaining user-friendly and perfectly in tune with the both novice or more advanced users' needs.