It’s the beginning of May and we're happy to announce our first publicly available alpha version of Baserow. When we say alpha we're talking about an early test version. You can try this version by visiting the homepage at https://baserow.io and click on the “create account” button. After filling out the form you can start editing your data! You’ll immediately notice that you can only make basic changes, more features will be added the coming months. There is a short term roadmap available on the homepage.
For now you can create tables, fields and rows in a user friendly way. Of course it’s also possible to modify the existing data. It seems very basic for now, but because we invested a lot of time in the underlying architecture you can expect new features fast. For example you now only have a text, number and boolean field type, but we plan to add more types this month. You’ll probably see new changes every week from now on. If you want to receive updates about new features we recommend singing up for the newsletter. Other planned features of next month are coloring of rows, better conversion of field types (this now fails often), user management functions like password reset and probably some bug fixes since this is a test version.
Unfortunately this version has only been optimized for desktop usage. Some things won’t work on touch screen devices. We plan to implement touch events soon. If you do test with a touch device be sure to let us know what shortcomings you encounter. In addition to the web frontend we also want to make native versions for Android, Mac, iOS and Windows in the far future.
It is very understandable that you have no clue about what to do with Baserow and how it can improve your business processes or bring structure to your data. We understand that! Unfortunately we don’t have any user documentation ready right now, but you can expect these soon. Most people who have experience with spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel can find their way in the current version. If you do have a question feel free to use the contact form on https://baserow.io/contact.
A short answer to that question is you can’t. At least not yet. We’ve chosen to delay the open source release a bit because we haven’t finished our developer documentation yet. We want to give you the best experience and documentation is a must. We expect to release the open source version in July. When the waiting is over we promise to have clear docs and a boilerplate for plugin development. Cool fact about our modular approach is that the additional pages and features of the SaaS version at https://baserow.io are added as a plugin on top of the base version.
Because we’re now in an early alpha testing stage it might be possible that you encounter a bug. We’re open to all feedback, whether you see an improvement or a bug, we want to hear about it. Feel free to submit the contact form at https://baserow.io/contact. We really appreciate if you do.
If you see potential in Baserow, like the where we’re going and want to implement it in an early stage in your company, you might be interested in the early adopter program. Here you’ll get a managed isolated Baserow environment, have a say in the priority of new features, get developer hours for custom plugin development, priority support and access to future enterprise features. Still interested? Reach out to us via the contact form at https://baserow.io/contact and we’ll get back to you soon. With Baserow you’ll never have to worry about a vendor lock-in. The core of our product is open source which means that you can install Baserow on your own servers if needed. You can also write additions to existing functionality easily.
Because we had less time available in this month we have focussed on lots of smaller issues. Among them are the single select field and inserting rows above and below a row.