FAQ

What is Obvibase?

Obvibase makes it easy to create and collaboratively edit online databases.

There are a few things we miss in spreadsheets when we are working with data that has a structure to it. If, for instance, you want something as simple as a column of checkboxes, the best you can do is have a column in which you type 'Y' or 'N'. With Obvibase we have tried to build an app that makes use of the structure of your data but at the same time does not subtract from the ease-of-use of spreadsheets.

How does Obvibase compare to online spreadsheets?

The changes are similarly auto-saved and displayed to other users in real-time, and you can move the cursor, edit table cells and add new rows in a similar way, but on Obvibase you specify what type of values go into each column, and this knowledge enables features such as the following:

  • Controls including checkboxes, multiple choice dropdowns, and date pickers.

  • Attach Google Drive or Dropbox files to database records.

  • Tables nested in cells.

  • Pre-fill cells with default values.

  • The table keeps correct sort order as you edit values in cells.

  • Hide some columns in a table but leave them visible in a form-like view.

  • Convenient bulk editing of multiple records.

What is the pricing?

Obvibase is completely free for individual use, or what we call the Basic plan. With this plan, you can have any number of databases and give other people read-only access to them. With the Pro plan (4.99 USD/month), you can let other people not just view, but also edit your databases. For two or more people to be able to collaboratively edit a database, only its owner has to have a Pro subscription.

How large can a database be?

The maximum database size that we currently support is 5 MB. This is approximately 25,000 records in a table with 10 columns and with 10 letters in each cell. You can see the current size of your database in the sidebar.

Does my data get stuck on Obvibase?

No. You can always export your data, fully intact, into the ubiquitous CSV format. This works even with tables nested in cells and with files in Google Drive and Dropbox (in the last case, the exported data will contain permanent links to files).

I have signed in but I don't see my database

Don't worry: unless you have expressly deleted it, your database is definitely still there. First, make sure that if you click "Open database" in the main menu, the database you're looking for is not on the list. If it isn't, you are probably signed in under a wrong account. What often trips people up is that depending on how you sign in - with email, with a Google account or with a Facebook account - you are taken to different Obvibase accounts. Sign out using the main menu, then try another way to sign in.

Just paste the URL into a text cell - the app will detect it and make it clickable/tappable. This also works for emails and phone numbers.

What browsers are supported?

We support at least a year-old versions of all major browsers, including browsers on mobile devices.

How secure is the data in my database?

We use HTTPS protocol on all pages, and your database can only be accessed by you and the people you have shared it with. To prevent data loss, any changes that you make are immediately saved in multiple datacenters.

How secure is my credit card data?

We never store any sensitive credit card data on our servers and let our payment processor, Stripe, handle payments and keep credit card data secure. Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor, and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification available.

What if I have lost my login credentials?

Visit one of the following links to recover your credentials:

How can I contact Obvibase?

Please use this form: Contact us. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you are running into any technical issues.