How is Softr better than Airtable Interface Designer?

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It’s a fair question and one we can’t answer entirely without bias. So rather than creating only another tedious side-by-side comparison of features, we’d share some valuable features that you’ll only find in Softr. The main thing you should consider though is that Airtbale Interface Designer offers an easy way to display your data without leaving Airtable, but it’s not really the best option if you want to create complex web apps with user accounts, advanced access/edit permissions, payments, and more. If you need to build a full-fledged web application with all or some of the features we just mentioned, Softr is the way to go. Keep on reading if you want to get a more detailed overview of each platform and decide which one fits your needs.

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Our awesome features

"I had already tried other tools, so when I started using Softr, it was clear immediately that the capabilities were beyond what I found elsewhere."

Yohei Nakajima General Partner, Untapped Capital

Unique things you can only do with Softr

There’s a lot of overlapping functionality between Softr and Airtable Interface Designer, but there is a number of important features you can only find in Softr.

Share your interface publicly without putting your data at risk

Want to share it with others? No need to add users (and pay extra). Give access to external people WITHOUT giving access to all of the data! The bonus? No more weird Airtable link, add your own custom domain for free.

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build true web apps

Build true web apps

Airtable interface designer may be a good solution for internal teams... but you don’t get a true web app experience from start to finish.

We don’t leave you in the dark

Your feedback is precious. Get clear visibility on new features and improvements with our public roadmap. The best part is that you can upvote the feature that matters the most to your business.

Softr public roadmap
Softr mobile app

Get the best of both, web and mobile app at once

No need to build a separate mobile application for your project. With Softr, you can start with your portal or internal tool, then turn it into a mobile app in a few clicks.

A variety of authentication options

Softr supports almost any authentication option you might think of: Sign-in with SSO, SMS, Google, or with custom code - we have it all.

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Create your app from multiple data sources

Softr currently support Airtable and Google Sheets as data sources with more options coming very soon.

Get support or work with experts when you need it

We are proud of the support we offer and we work hard to keep up with our 5-star review on G2. Every single user is important so everyone gets an answer. Need some additional help with creating your app? We have a team of Softr Experts ready to jump in and help when needed.

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Compare features: Softr vs Airtable Interface Designer

 

Pricing
FREE (including custom domain)
FREE (can change after Beta)
Create external & internal apps
Internal tool

Yes

Yes

User authentication

Yes

No

User groups

Yes

No (Enterprise only)

Custom domain

Yes (available in free plan)

No

Design flexibility & customization
Full control of the design

Yes

Yes

Start from scratch

Yes

No

30+ templates to start from

Yes

No

Responsive design (web, tablet, mobile)

Yes

No

User Groups & Permissions
User Groups with powerful AND and OR conditions

Yes

No (Enterprise only)

Field level View/Update permissions

Yes

Yes

Record level View/Update permissions

Yes

Yes

Page & block level visibility rules (per user group)

Yes

No

Integrations
Airtable

Yes

Yes

Zapier & Make native integrations

Yes

No

Stripe Payments (one-off and subscription)

Yes

No (Zapier only)

Support
Community

Yes

Yes

Video tutorials

Yes

Yes

Livechat (for all)

Yes

No

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Build better apps

Migrate your app to Softr

If you’re coming to Softr from Airtable Interface Designer, you’ll be able to migrate your app quickly. Got any questions? Contact us ->

Get started for free

Custom domain. Unlimited applications. No credit card is required. Get started ->

Frequently asked questions

We’ve summarized the most frequently asked questions about Softr.

Absolutely! We offer a free consultation to help you answer any questions you may have and plan the move. Our support team and Softr experts team are ready to jump in and help when needed. Please create an account and contact us via support@softr.io to schedule a consultation call.

No. Your data is always stored in your Airtable. We do not store your data in our systems, but only retrieve it via Airtable API, and map it to our frontend. Your data is always secure.

Yes. Softr Integrates with both Zapier and Make, which lets you run more powerful automation in your Softr app.

Yes. Softr provides a native Stripe integration, that lets you sell any goods or services, add subscriptions to your SaaS or offer premium membership to your community.

Yes. Softr offers a 30% discount to all non-profits, educational institutions and students. To apply, please create an account and contact us via support@softr.io.

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