Here's a breakdown of what Unito's Airtable integration can't do yet — and a few other considerations.
Unito's Airtable integration is designed with flexibility in mind to help you get the most out of your database and records. You've seen what Unito can do for Airtable users, so this article will cover what it can't do — yet.
What does this article cover?
- Airtable Integration Limitations
- Other Considerations
- Last modified time fields
- What happens if I manually delete a synced record?
- Signing up to Unito through Airtable: At this time you'll have to sign up for Unito through an account you have with another tool, or by creating a Unito account with an email address.
- Creating a table from Unito: For now, you can only sync Airtable work from tables you've already created which just means you'll need to prepare them before building a flow.
- Comments: Currently, Unito can't sync comments in other tools to or from Airtable. Airtable can however sync single or multi-line text from Airtable to your other apps or tools, as long as those fields aren't paired with comments.
- Ratings must be limited to values between 1-5: When syncing ratings, for example, through Trello, the numeric field must remain between values of 1 to 5. If you try to sync a rating with a value greater than 5, the task will fail to update.
- Subtasks: Since Airtable does not have subtasks, Unito can't sync subtasks from other tools as subtasks in Airtable.
- @ mentions: Unito does not sync @ mentions in text.
- Long text fields: If rich text is enabled, Unito won't be able to sync long text fields, so be sure to disable rich text.
- Formulas: You can only sync a computed field/formula as a filter in one-way flows.
Other Airtable Considerations
Usually, Unito will automatically map similar fields across tools. In Airtable, that isn't always possible, since you can use Airtable fields for just about anything. With that in mind, make sure you create a Title column in Airtable using a Single-line text field, and map it to a similar field in your other tool. Otherwise, you might end up with a bunch of work items with no titles!
If you want to sync a dropdown list (like Status), make sure it's in the base you're building your workflow around. Otherwise, you won't be able to select it when you customize your mappings.
Always include a Last modified time field in every connected table
In order for Unito to sync your Airtable data, each connected table must include a Last Modified Time column. You can always hide this column if you don't need to see it, but make sure you don't delete it.
Here's how to set up a Last modified time field in Airtable:
- From your Airtable base, click + to add a column.
- Scroll down the list and look for Last Modified Time. Not to be confused with Last Modified By. They're different fields with similar sounding names, so don't mix them up.
- You can give it a name, or not, but this field won't be mapped by Unito. It is required, however, for your flow to function as intended.
What happens if I manually delete a synced record?
If someone with access to your synced Airtable records chooses to delete a destination record, you'll likely encounter problems with your flow. This often goes unnoticed at first if that person later manually re-adds the deleted records. If that's the case, unfortunately those manually added records won't be synced to the originals via Unito.