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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

As mentioned previously, I currently developing an Airtable base to track student data and other teaching resource inventory. The children create year group databases. All of which work very well. I haven't encountered any issues or unsuitability thus far.
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MindMeister

This product is well suited for making mind maps and outlining projects and ideas from the start. It can be tough if you are trying to convert something you began in Docs. It allows for a lot of intuitive creation, making your work flow easily. It can get to be a bit clunky though if you make your map too large.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
8.0
MindMeister
6.6
Task Management
Airtable
8.2
MindMeister
7.1
Resource Management
Airtable
9.0
MindMeister
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.4
MindMeister
Scheduling
Airtable
8.2
MindMeister
3.8
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.7
MindMeister
Team Collaboration
Airtable
8.8
MindMeister
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.9
MindMeister
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.7
MindMeister
Document Management
Airtable
7.6
MindMeister
Email integration
Airtable
7.2
MindMeister
Mobile Access
Airtable
7.7
MindMeister
5.8
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
8.0
MindMeister
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.0
MindMeister
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.2
MindMeister
Search
Airtable
MindMeister
6.8
Visual planning tools
Airtable
MindMeister
9.3

Communication

Airtable
MindMeister
6.4
Chat
Airtable
MindMeister
8.7
Notifications
Airtable
MindMeister
7.4
Discussions
Airtable
MindMeister
3.0
Internal knowledgebase
Airtable
MindMeister
5.0
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Airtable
MindMeister
8.0

File Sharing & Management

Airtable
MindMeister
8.0
Versioning
Airtable
MindMeister
8.2
Video files
Airtable
MindMeister
6.3
Document collaboration
Airtable
MindMeister
9.0
Access control
Airtable
MindMeister
8.1
Advanced security features
Airtable
MindMeister
7.5
Integrates with Google Drive
Airtable
MindMeister
8.6
Device sync
Airtable
MindMeister
8.6

Pros

  • All the hard work of trying to build a solution in Excel is done for you. You can create links to simple mobile-friendly forms and datasheets and it builds input forms automatically that can then be easily customized.
  • The relationships across tables are robust and deal with changes to fields and tables without the need for intervention or maintenance (like a proper database).
  • Initial set up and use require a minimal set of IT skills. Coming with an array of pre-built templates and the ability to import your existing spreadsheet and customize and fine tune it from there into a database
  • They don't contact me every day trying to sell their product (probably because they don't have to).
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  • Their ability to edit while in search mode is brilliant. Large maps don't have to be opened to make additions and changes. It's a sensational feature.
  • My ability to add to and reverence my maps from a browser, my iPhone and my Apple Watch helps deal with our various sources of research information.
  • MindMeister makes collaboration easy. I don't have to pay for every person that needs to see a map.
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Cons

  • It would be great to have multi-tiered selection options. So if I check a box-like, "Does this need social support?" I could then pick from a multi-select drop-down based on the choice.
  • It would be good if we could have a kanban view built off a selection from a multi-select since some projects might be part of multiple strategic initiatives.
  • It would be cool if forms could have some basic if/then functionality. As it is, we need to create different forms for different media requests that share 75% of the same data.
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  • I wish collaborators could add comments without having to be given editor privileges. A "Reviewer" role would be helpful.
  • I would like to be able to toggle note visibility on and off. If there is a way to do it now, I haven't found it. As it is, I have to hover or use the sidebar to see notes.
  • Two or three times I have seen my nodes spontaneously reverse order in a big map (over their recommended limit). Even so, they are working on tracking the issue down.
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Likelihood to Renew

Airtable9.1
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compared to other products it is just fabulous.
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
Just so easy to learn/use. Very intuitive in its application logic.
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Support

Airtable7.3
Based on 1 answer
Sometimes, I have to wait a bit longer but I'm on a low priced option so I understand why. Generally, they're able to provide me solutions to my problems as long as I'm not in a rush.
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Alternatives Considered

We do use Social Studio and Sharepoint for other tasks, but for project planning across a wide variety of deliverables, there wasn't enough flexibility all the time. Asana was harder to use and get into and didn't provide an easy way to adjust views/sorts.
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As a full graph editor, yEd needs added structure to do tree structures as well as MindMeister. FreeMind is a great tool if you work alone. It allows all sorts of customization and scripting. It is Java-based. We don't work alone. Based on FreeMind, Freeplane adds it's own culture and style.As I made up my mind about MindMeister awhile ago, I don't know enough about the web-based competitors to add much. I've never felt the need to go looking.
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Return on Investment

  • Airtable has definitely had a positive impact on our organization. It's helped up organize and manage our client information, keeping it current, accurate, and accessible to everyone on our team, no matter where they are. We are able to be more efficient and client-responsive because of this.
  • It's automated some of the tasks we were performing manually - capturing data that our systems like MailChimp and SurveyMonkey house - and importing it directly into our database through the use of Zapier, thus saving us time and potential data input error.
  • My only "negative impact" comment I'll put out there is that it is just really fun to use - and because of that I've personally "lost" a lot of time spent exploring and being inspired by so many new ways to house other business data!
  • All-in-all, it is keeping us in front of our data, freeing up time and resources, and giving us a better view into running our nonprofit more efficiently and effectively.
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  • I haven't done ROI calculations for MindMeister. For what we pay, it would be a ridiculously high number anyway.
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Pricing Details

Airtable

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Airtable Editions & Modules
Airtable
Additional Pricing Details

MindMeister

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
MindMeister Editions & Modules
MindMeister
Edition
Personal
$61
Pro
$101
Business
$151
1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details
MindMeister offers discounts for educational users and non-profits, as well as mass discounts.