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What one thing do you like least about Airtable?

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marksnyder's avatar
2 years ago

Inability to restrict users to specific views and/or columns.

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theombl's avatar
2 years ago

It's pretty slow compared to a traditional database or something like Google Sheets

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kall's avatar
2 years ago

The pricing, the ways in which the api is limited

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chrismessina's avatar
2 years ago

Airtable really needs to compete with Typeform on embeddable forms... the lack of input validation sucks!

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@maguay (replying to @chrismessina )
2 years ago

Interestingly, I wonder if this is the flipside of Airtable being so flexible and not strict about data types for the most part across the product.

A workaround here could be to use other form apps to gather (and validate) data, then use integrations such as Zapier or IFTTT to send form data into Airtable—though that loses Airtable's nifty feature of automatically building forms from the database fields you've already added.

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arcdigital's avatar
2 years ago

It can get expensive real fast as you scale it to your entire company.

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kkukshtel's avatar
2 years ago

API has some strange decisions in it. Mainly that you can't reference a column by an internal ID and have to use the actual column name - very prone to error on large teams. Additionally there is no easy way to look up a record by a field value.

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ManiMahadevan's avatar
2 years ago

Overt focus on monetization, discourages me from building out more of my infrastructure in the platform due to future cost concerns

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ankitpansari_'s avatar
2 years ago

Airtable needs to come up with relational database across the bases. There is no way to connect data across the bases.

The number of records in the bases is limited to 5000 records in the basic plan.

The pricing for the Pro plan is prohibitively expensive for a mid-size company.

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dhanushram's avatar
2 years ago

No Dashboard features in Pro version

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jaganasan's avatar
2 years ago

No basic blocks for free users

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MichaelandMa's avatar
2 years ago

Some parts of Airtable are very hard to customize.

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wincewong's avatar
2 years ago

Takes time to learn

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DannyDoesThis's avatar
2 years ago

Its pricing model (per user)

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1mccool's avatar
2 years ago

Breadth of use cases

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wimsy's avatar
2 years ago

The user-based pricing can really hinder you from taking full advantage of the platform. Going from one plan to another to get more features can be a $200/mo decision when you have 20 light users.

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haridigresses's avatar
2 years ago

Formula-handling needs to be much better

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SaaSyAdvice's avatar
2 years ago

Incomplete API. Like I can't even create a column.

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AndyBauch's avatar
2 years ago

Has a bit of a learning curve for some use cases, and you can't do EVERYTHING with keyboard shortcuts.

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abhic's avatar
2 years ago

Internal reporting and graphing limitations

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zensiblesol's avatar
2 years ago

Ability to connect multiple databases.

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warmgreycoolblue's avatar
almost 2 years ago

The inability to natively handle multi-page printing is one frustration with Airtable. The block system is limited, and basic blocks should be included in the free version. Airtable is overpriced, even for a small company.

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