Airtable Review - 2018 | Top 5 Project Management Tools

Airtable Review

flag Real-time team collaboration
  • Premade templates to streamline workflows

  • Unlimited integration options

  • Robust functionality and features

  • Highly intuitive & friendly user interface

Pros & Cons

  • Free trial with all the features
  • Highly customizable user-friendly interface
  • Great support for collaboration
  • Database linking is not possible

Plans & Pricing

Over 80,000+ companies have found the right plan from Airtable. Take a look at the pricing packages below. Similar to many companies, there is a discount when you choose annual billing instead of month-to-month.

Free

Airtable offers a free version of their tool that will give you access to a number of their great features. You will get 1,200 records per base, 2GB attachment space per base, and will receive revision and snapshot history of the last two weeks, among other features. You have access to unlimited bases, unlimited Kanban use, and calendar, gallery, and grid views.

Plus

The Plus package costs $10 per user/month annually ($12 per user month-to-month). Along with the highly user-friendly desktop, iOS and Android apps, unlimited bases, unlimited Kanban use, calendar, gallery and grid views, you get 5,000 records per base, 5 GB of attachment space per base, and 6 months of snapshot and revision history.

Pro

The Pro package costs $20 per user/month annually ($24 per user month-to-month). Along with all the features in the Plus package, you get 50,000 records per base, 20GB of attachment space per base, 1 year of snapshot and revision history and priority support, advanced calendar view features, custom branded forms and personal views.

Enterprise

Airtable’s most comprehensive solution, the Enterprise package, comes with advanced security and some really exciting features. You can set your own records per base, your own attachment space, and your own revision history. Along with all the features in the pro package, you get custom API limits, the ability to pay by annual invoice, a dedicated success manager, enhanced deletion recover and more. To get an exact quote, you will have to get in touch with the company.

Keeping in mind the myriad of features Airtable provides, their pricing plans are very reasonable and offer a solid competitive advantage.

Free
$10/user
Plus
$20/user
Enterprise
Custom

Overview

Airtable is a powerful project management tool that keeps everything on the cloud. Airtable harnesses the power of a relational database to maintain high levels of efficiency and efficacy. It’s perfect for businesses of all sizes that prioritize data collaboration and organization.

Rating

  • "Price"
    9 /10
  • "Features"
    9 /10
  • "Ease of Use"
    9 /10
  • "Help and Support"
    8 /10

Features and Functionality

Airtable comes with a rich set of features. Here are some of the ones that make it stand out:

Airtable bases

Airtable uses a relational database to let users organize their projects, tasks, and content. Even though the word ‘database’ makes it sound cumbersome, it’s anything but. The database is presented to the user via an interface resembling a spreadsheet and it’s highly customizable. You can add, rename, or change the position of fields from the table view. Creating a database is easy: you can either choose a template (and there are tons of them available at Airtable) or import via CSV file or just build one from scratch.

Custom views

You can create your own customized views and save them for future use. In addition to the grid view, there are three other views: calendar, gallery, and Kanban. Kanban view provides an effective way to collaborate within teams and manage work. Switching between views and seeing things presented in a different fashion is pretty seamless.

Collaboration & real-time synchronization

Airtable sets new standards for collaboration. You can share views, talk to your team members and even mention each other in comments and messages. You can attach files to a row in a table from your local device or from third party cloud storage sources like Google Drive and Dropbox for example. You can also assign collaborators to your records if you are using the software to manage your work or important tasks. The changes you make to the database are synchronized across all connected devices (mobile and web) in real-time so everyone on the team is kept up to date. You can also link related content with tags, in order to avoid creating duplicate entries.

Ease of Use

To put it simply: Airtable is very easy to use. Even though they have utilized the sophisticated and slightly technical model of a relational database to organize everything, the end-user is presented with a very simplistic and user-friendly interface. Usage of simple terminology and iconography make navigation and customization a stroll in the park. There is a learning curve at the start, especially if you have never used databases before, but you get the hang of it within a few days of use. I found that playing around with the Airtable tool in the beginning was enjoyable, and it was fun to try out all the features and understand the full capability of the tool.

Applications and Integrations

Airtable is available for both Mac and Windows, and also has Android and iOS mobile applications. You can also use your browser to access the platform. Integrations with a variety of applications are supported, including Asana, Box, SMS Salesforce, Basecamp, Google Drive, Trello, Github, and Instagram. There is also the option to use IFTTT or Zapier to connect to any other third party application which is not supported by default. Airtable can also be configured to work with over 450 websites and apps using Zapier. They also allow you to use the Airtable API to create your own integration.

On its website Airtable also offers step-by-step guides to integrating dozens of apps with its software. The guides are clear and easy to follow. This is a major plus for anyone using the tool.

Customer support

Airtable offers support via live chat and email. There is also a help center where you can find helpful videos and guides to take care of any problems that might arise. As mentioned above, there are detailed guides to integrating applications with Airtable. A great thing about the company is that the website and tool offer great user experience, and you can see that design with the user in mind is at the top of this company’s list of priorities.

  • 24/7 Help & Support
    Available to Pro and Enterprise clients. Also, priority support, which answers queries much faster, is only available to Pro-level customers and above.
  • Phone Support
    It’s only available to Enterprise level clients.
  • Live Online Chat
    It’s available to all clients regardless of package.
  • Email
    All customers can contact client support by email.
  • Video Tutorials
    There is a dedicated tutorial videos/guides section right inside the app, available to all users.
  • FAQ
    The FAQ can be found in the tutorials/guides section of the app.
  • Community Forum
    You can join or browse all kinds of discussions concerning all things Airtable.
  • Blog
    It is continuously being updated with stories, tips, tricks and how-to guides.

Final Word

Airtable is arguably the simplest database management tool out there. After using it, collaboration and efficient communication between team members will become something you can start taking for granted. Even if you are not familiar with databases and are having a hard time getting started, you can go through the vast collection of tutorials and help guides to become acquainted with the software in no time. It also provides users with a variety of pricing plan choices and if you love what you do and want to do it more efficiently, then Airtable is a great choice for your team or business.

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Scott Castillo>
Scott Castillo
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Scott has been involved with project management for over 12 years. He is always striving to become a more effective and committed project manager, and is constantly on the hunt for more productive, useful project management tools to help his team get the job done. He holds a Master's degree in Information Systems.

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