Updated: Sep 23, 2021
What is Airtable?
Airtable is a cloud-based low code automation app used by small to medium-sized teams. Airtable enables businesses and freelancers to easily oversee the business processes, timelines, management procedures, interview procedures, expenses, taxes, and many other things. It allows companies to access this data remotely.
It is one of the most popular automation tools available.
What is Knack?
Knack is also a cloud-based low or no-code automation app. This is used by small, medium, and large-sized companies. It helps companies efficiently manage their daily business activities. It is also one of the popular tools for automation.
Airtable is available on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android.
Knack is available on Windows and Mac.
Features of Airtable
Airtable comes with a set of predefined apps and an easy-to-use relational database. You can create customized apps with coding knowledge. Airtable allows you to have customized fields, customized views, data synchronization capabilities, links between records, and snapshots of bases. You can easily revert to a previous version of your data sheet using snapshots.
In Airtable, you can track a project from start to finish. You can track project milestones as you wish. There are features for alerts and notifications. Airtable makes these managerial tasks easier — Task management, resource management, third party integrations, task scheduling, assigning multiple people to a task, overlooking time spent by each employee on a task, and other things.
Airtable allows in-app integration. There are many templates available on the Airtable website so you don't have to always start from scratch. You can also collaborate with your teammates using Airtable.
Features of Knack
Knack comes with a custom database with custom relations. You can create customized apps for your business needs. Knack is essentially an ‘app’ builder tool. It lets you create an app that suits your needs.
In Knack, you can use collaboration tools for a better experience, drag & drop features to help you ease the work, and integrate third-party apps for a seamless experience.
Workspace Management becomes easy with Knack. You can also visualize your data using Knack. And it also allows you to easily search or filter data without installing an app.
Note that an ‘app’ in Knack is equivalent to a ‘base’ in Airtable. The interfaces don’t look the same but the functionality is the same.
The main differences between Airtable and Knack features
Pricing of Airtable
One can start with Airtable free version to experience Airtable before buying the paid version. Airtable has the Plus version, the Pro version, and then the Enterprise version. They offer customized plans for large enterprises.
The resources allocated increase as the rate of the plans increases.
Airtable charges per month per user.
Pricing of Knack
There’s no free version of knack, although you can try the starter pack for 14 days without a credit card.
The resources allocated increase as we go towards higher-tier plans. The level of support changes from ‘Basic’ in Starter, ‘Priority’ in Pro, and ‘Corporate’ in Premier.
Knack charges per month. There’s no per-user price system on Knack.
Ease of use
Airtable is a straightforward application with a user-friendly interface. If you go to the Airtable base, you’ll observe it is way similar to Google Spreadsheets and Excel. You can easily teach your whole team how to use Airtable.
Knack is comparatively harder to use because of its app builder interface. It has a live-build page. One cannot add data and design an app simultaneously. This makes Knack a relatively complex tool.
Airtable has support in the form of email, help desk, chat, knowledge base, FAQs, and forums. Airtable does not provide live call support in any of its plans.
Knack has support in the form of email, help desk, chat, knowledge base, FAQs, forums, and phone support.
Airtable and Knack can both be used in numerous cases.
For example, if there was a client project coming up in a month and you wanted to manage it using automation, you could use either Airtable or Knack.
Airtable, with its easy-to-use interface, would allow for faster input of a project into Airtable. Airtables’ numerous views would help your team analyze better.
Knack on the other hand would take you some time to figure out. You would first have to build an’ app’ around your needs (Don’t worry you won’t have to build from scratch. You could use these Knack templates). But Knack has the advantage of a User Dashboard. If you want your employees to access some data, like their tasks and deadlines, Knack’s dashboard capabilities would work in your favor.
One can use both Airtable and Knack for use cases such as Project Management, Inventory Keeping, Expense Management, Wedding planning, Non-profit management, Employee Management, and others.
Airtable and Knack both are top low/no-code automation tools.
While Airtable is easier to use and maintain, Knack gives you the freedom to build. Both of them have advantages and disadvantages.
Airtable would be better for you if you want something easy yet resourceful. Knack would be better if you need individual user logins with powerful form features, rules, workflow automation, integrations, and payments. Only choose knack if you don’t mind building an ‘app’.
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