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What's your favorite custom app you've built with Notion, Airtable, and more?

Sometimes you need a new app—and there's nothing that exactly fits the need. That's part of what's made tools like Notion so popular, since you can customize them and build new tools that fit what you need best.

What are your favorite ways you've built unique tools out of existing software?

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andrewmason's avatar
2 years ago

IMO Coda is by far the best / most powerful and useful. I went back and tried Notion for something recently and it just seems like a toy by comparison.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @andrewmason )
2 years ago

Coda's in-line functions are incredibly powerful for making dynamic reports, among other things, and a friend once had built a full interactive game inside Coda which was wild.

What are some of your favorite things you've built in Coda?

2 points
kaskoush's avatar
@kaskoush (replying to @andrewmason )
2 years ago

interesting. do you have an example of functionality Coda has that Notion's missing?

1 point
TaylorFay's avatar
2 years ago

I couldn't find a budgeting tool that fit my needs so I built an integration that syncs my transactions and balances into Airtable. It worked so well for me that I made it public-facing. (https://finta.io)

Airtable makes it super easy to set up custom iOS widgets (using Scriptable) and email notifications.

3 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @TaylorFay )
2 years ago

Wow, that's incredible @TaylorFay! So you built a full product around Plaid plus Airtable? Do you have a new interface for your users, or are they using the standard Airtable interface with your tools and templates added in?

1 point
TaylorFay's avatar
@TaylorFay (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Users have to sign up, connect their accounts, and enter their Airtable base ID to get started. I'm working on an Airtable app to make the integration a bit easier.

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @TaylorFay )
2 years ago

Were you able to build this entirely without code, or did you end up having to write some code to get everything working? Either way, super cool!

1 point
TaylorFay's avatar
@TaylorFay (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

The entire thing was built with code. But now, I can do some pretty cool no-code workflows with my transaction data now that it's in Airtable.

1 point
JeffJobs's avatar
2 years ago

With Google Sheets:
- A habit tracking tool
- Business metrics tracking
- Country selection tool based on country metrics(digital nomad)

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @JeffJobs )
2 years ago

Oh very cool! Seems like those (especially the latter) are things that'd be most commonly built with a database like Airtable nowadays. Any reason you've stuck with Sheets?

1 point
gaurabhmathure's avatar
2 years ago

Oooh! Fun question :)

When Google Sheets first released, I had created a bunch of two player games using different sheets such as Chess, Battleship, Hangman, and such.

Most recently I also used Google Slides as a multiplayer Game Room with each slide as a room with two players playing games simultaneously with other 8 other pairs on another set of slides. It was so amazing.

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @gaurabhmathure )
2 years ago

Woah, building games in Google Sheets? That's advanced.

Did you ever see the Flight Sim easter egg in Excel '97?

So for chess, did you just write the piece names or use embedded images?

2 points
maguay's avatar
2 years ago

I just thought of one of the first no-code "apps" I built, and comically it was powered by WordPress. Essentially we needed a way for individuals to review items, post their reviews on a site, send related notifications, and more. So I used WordPress to run the site, Gravity Forms to pull in reviews and turn them into new posts on the site, and Zapier to run some automations to send out notifications and more. The most surprising thing, perhaps, was how easy it was to build what almost felt like a custom app powered by little more than what powers the average blog ... and that was before Airtable, Notion, and the like made no-code dev even simpler.

1 point
sowenjub's avatar
2 years ago

I built two apps with Airtable + some ruby:
* one for the finances of our company of 2: import transactions from the bank, import, parse and sort invoices from Dropbox
* one for my pantry inventory: scan a barcode, store in Airtable. I don't use it for what's in the kitchen, only what's in our basement. This helps us avoid wasting food.

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @sowenjub )
2 years ago

What are you using to scan barcodes with Airtable?

1 point
sowenjub's avatar
@sowenjub (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

For now, the Airtable iOS app. If you have a Barcode field in your table, the search input automatically supports searching by scanning.
But adding/removing items still a bit slow to my taste because of the Airtable UI, so I just started yesterday to look at Siri Shortcuts.
I want to see if I can launch the shortcut, scan a code (it's one of the shortcuts options), tell the expiration date using Siri instead of entering it manually, add a quantity (default to 1) and it is saved in Airtable. This would save a couple of taps and make a boring and time-consuming task much more manageable.

1 point
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