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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 an online spreadsheet editor?

The changes are similarly auto-saved and displayed to other users in real-time, and you can move 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.

  • 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/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?

Typically, you should see snappy performance as long as there are less than 10,000 records in your database.

Does my data get stuck in 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).

What syntax is accepted in formulas?

You can read documentation on the syntax here: Formula syntax.

How can I paste or import data into a nested table?

If the data comes from a table like this:

Mark TwainThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer1876
Mark TwainThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn1884
Jules VerneAround the World in Eighty Days1873

(order of the columns does not matter), you can import it into a database where, in this example, parent records are authors and child records are books. Create the child table for books, navigate to "All records" view for it, and click Paste/Import. This will bring up a wizard where you will specify what data goes where.

When are thumbnails displayed for files?

As of this writing, Google's API does not fully support thumbnails for Drive files, but we do display thumbnails for images and videos that you store in Dropbox.

Just paste URL into a text cell - the app will detect it and a button will appear next to the link that opens it in a new tab. This also works for emails: the button will open a "mailto:" link.

What browsers are supported?

All major modern browsers (for Internet Explorer, version 9 or higher).

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.


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