What's new in Parabola?

New features, releases, and announcements from Parabola

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May 10, 2022

Share logic across your Flows 🔀

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Introducing Card Templates!

You can now build cards with steps and relevant documentation, and then save them as templates for anyone on your team to use. Card Templates are great for sharing common data sources, re-using parts of Flows, sharing documentation, and keeping Flows up to date across your team.

Some key things about Card Templates:

You can save any card as a Card Template to the sidebar. When a card is saved, you and everyone on your team can find it there and pull it into any Flow.

You can choose whether or not to shared authorized steps on a Card Template (think authorized Google Sheets, Shopify, database steps). This lets you more easily share team logins.

Once you pull in a Card Template to your flow, you are free to make any edits to it that you need. Consider Templates as a jumping off point!

Authors of a Card Template can push new update from any instance of that card. Anyone using that Card Template will be notified in their flow that the Template has been updated so that they can compare the new version to their current version before updating

Read more about Card Templates here!

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April 18, 2022

Team folders and a new Flows page

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of team folders! You can now create folders to easily organize and work on Flows with your team. Read about all of the changes in detail here.

We also completely redesigned the Flows page to make it easier to find, organize, and manage your Flows. What was previously one page is now three distinct spaces:

  1. Home - this is your default landing page, and lists the Flows updated most recently
  2. My Flows - this is where your personal Flows live. This includes your private Flows, Flows you created and shared with specific people, and Flows that were shared with you directly.
  3. Team Flows - this is where your team Flows live. Here you can group Flows into folders (and sub-folders)! Flows in the team space are shared with your entire team, meaning anyone can find and access them.

You’ll also notice that Flows are now displayed in rows, designed to make it easier to identify the Flow you’re looking for:

To get started, we recommend creating folders and moving Flows into your team space. This will enable you to create a shared organizational system for your entire team, and make it much easier to find and collaborate on Flows.

There’s lots more to come, so please send us your feedback and ideas!

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March 10, 2022

Handle errors from APIs with custom logic

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We've updated the Enrich with an API and Send to an API steps to include an Error Handling settings section.

With these new settings, you can enable your API steps to pass through data even if some of the API requests fail. Modifying this setting will add new error handling columns to your dataset reporting on the status of those API calls.

Take your flows to the next level by routing rows with errors into branches to alert someone on your team about the errors, retry them, or anything else. Read more about it here.

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January 6, 2022

Cards with Emoji! And better drop targets

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Give your cards some personality and identity by adding emoji!

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As a bonus, if you type in an emoji as the first part of a title, it will automatically be shifted into the emoji slot.

Placing steps into cards is even easier now!

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We’ve improved our drop targets so that its easier to place steps inside cards. Cards are a great way to organize portions of your flows and leave notes and documentation.

The team is working on some more awesome features that will further build off of cards with steps inside of them, so stay tuned.

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November 11, 2021

GraphQL now supported in the API Steps

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All API steps now offer the option to select the request type POST (GraphQL). With this request, you can insert your Graph query directly into the request body to specify the exact data that you’d like to pull from an API.

This enhancement makes it far easier to request data from popular GraphQL API endpoints such as Shopify, Facebook, and Monday.com along with many others.

Reference our How To docs for additional information.

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October 19, 2021

New and improved Flow sharing

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We're making it easier for you and your teammates to share your Parabola Flows. Three big updates are launching today:

  1. Flow Editors: until today, Flows could have two different types of editors – "Admins" and "Collaborators." We've simplified these into one role, called "Editor." Editors can edit any part of a Flow, including sharing or deleting the Flow itself.
  2. Flow Viewers: you can now add users to your Flows as Viewers! Viewers get read-only access to the entire Flow, and cannot make any changes.
  3. Managing permissions: to review or change who has access to a Flow, simply click the "Share" button in the top-right corner.

For all the details, check out our How To guide.

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October 13, 2021

It's okay to make mistakes!

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We're thrilled to announce that you can (finally) undo and redo changes in your Flows!

Any edits you make during a Flow-building session can now be quickly reverted. That includes adding, removing, or repositioning steps, updating step settings, changing step connections, and so on!

To use, simply type those keyboard commands you know so well:

  • Undo: ⌘+Z (on macOS) and Ctrl+Z (on Windows)
  • Redo: ⌘+Y or Shift+⌘+Z (on macOS) and Ctrl+Y or Shift+Ctrl+Z (on Windows)

Or, click on the arrows now located in the Flow navigation bar.

To undo or redo changes in step settings, you can use the same keyboard commands, or click the arrows at the top of the window.

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September 16, 2021

Refreshed and reorganized builder nav

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We released several updates to our Flow builder navigation bar, so your workflow can be faster, clearer, and more collaborative.

  • Consolidated run actions (like “Update Live” or “Fix 1 issue”) make it clear what state a Flow is in, and whether it can be run
  • Reorganized Flow actions keep your building tools in the same place
  • Refreshed nav interface and interactions, from the “Home” button all the way to a new Parabola menu
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August 17, 2021

New database steps to supercharge Parabola

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Two new database integrations bring Parabola even closer to your data.

Our Pull from PostgreSQL integration now has its matching half! Use the Send to PostgreSQL step to automatically insert or update data in a PostgreSQL database.

We've also released a fresh integration with MS SQL Server, Microsoft's popular relational database product. Use the Pull from MS SQL and Send to MS SQL steps to create flows that connect directly to your database.

The two new Destination steps (Send to...) use connection pooling to drastically increase their speed. We extended this improvement to the existing Send to MySQL step, as well.

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July 21, 2021

Huge speed improvements for 8 slow steps

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We've upgraded 8 of the most used, and sometimes slowest, transform steps! Most should run about 15x faster than they used to, which means if a step used to take 1 minute to finish, it will now only take 4 seconds.

  • The Merge duplicate rows step, Remove duplicate rows step, and Insert row Numbers step will be faster in the flows that you already have them in.
  • In order to get the speed boost for the Count by group, Sum by group, and Average by group steps, you will need to replace existing steps with their new version from the step sidebar.
  • The Filter Rows step and Insert if/else column step will be about 4x faster in flows that they already exist within.
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July 15, 2021

Enhancements to our Shopify integration

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The Pull from Shopify step has been updated to pull in more information when pulling in Product Inventory. Previously, it pulled only the available inventory for each item at each location – now, it also pulls information about the items themselves! Most notable is the addition of the Cost field.

Secondly, the Send to Shopify step has been updated to work with customer addresses. When creating or updating customers, mappings are now available for the primary address fields.

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June 25, 2021

Auto-forward CSV attachments to your flow

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The "Pull from email attachment" step has been updated to forward any verification codes back to your inbox. Once you verify a Parabola email address outside of your domain, you can automatically forwardCSV attachments to trigger your flow.

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June 23, 2021

Steps sidebar now collapsable

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We've made the  steps sidebar collapsable! Now you can easily open and close it to get more space on your canvas, and stay in rhythm when you're building.

When the sidebar is closed, you can use the search keyboard shortcut ("s") to reopen it. The 'Help' button is always there for you.

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May 25, 2021

Organize your flows using Cards

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Have you checked out our new Cards feature? Now you can easily add context to steps by using the rich text editor, improve the organization of your flow, and keep collaborators on the same page! 

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May 20, 2021

UI Updates to the Pull from Shopify Step

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We've made some UI updates to our Pull from Shopify Step. Configure your settings with clearly defined headers, select the columns you want to pull in without needing a separate step, and filter products based on any set of conditions! 

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May 12, 2021

Transfer data with our new FTP integration

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We pride ourselves as being the go-to tool for bulk data automation, and our new ability to import and export files through an FTP server only furthers that! Pull in CSV and Excel files, and work with larger data feeds including RSS and XML with our FTP integration.

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May 12, 2021

Explore inputs from past steps using Tabs

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We've introduced more apparent tabs within the step settings at the top of the table, making it easier to explore input data from a previous step!

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April 26, 2021

The Filter rows step just got faster

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We've made some major performance updates to our Filter rows step. This step can keep or remove rows based on a set of conditions up to 15x faster.

For those of you working with larger datasets, the performance update should be a big improvement. Check out how fast we can filter through 100k rows of data!

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April 9, 2021

A more dynamic builder experience

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Visual updates have been added to the builder including more consistent visuals and styling, larger arrows, intuitive text selection, and a single click to deselect steps. Tool tips have also been added to highlight any fixes to that need to be addressed in your flow. More improvements coming soon!

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March 24, 2021

Send to Airtable step is now live

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We’re excited to announce that the Send to Airtable step is now live! You can create, update, and delete records in your Airtable base without needing an API. Select the base and table that you want to send data to and map your Airtable field to the related column in Parabola.

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December 22, 2020

Major visual update to step configuration

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We just launched our new design system for step configuration, codenamed "Metro" after Fritz Lang's silent sci-fi classic film, "Metropolis". Steps largely work the same, but you'll notice that the form elements that comprise them have received a major visual update. Our goal with this release (and the many that will follow it) is to make our steps look and work more consistently and to improve accessibility and learnability.

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December 21, 2020

New find and replace step functionality

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The Find and replace step has an improved look, as well as some new functionality. You can now find multiple values at once and replace them all with a value. You can specify if the find field should find the value as part of a cell, or as the entire cell. Similarly, the replace field can replace just the value that was found, or replace the entire cell if a value was found within it.

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December 15, 2020

Shopify customer, order, & product tags

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The Send to Shopify step now supports updating tags on customers, orders, and products. This is particularly useful for automatically moving products in and out of smart collections, keeping customers up to date with tags, and organizing orders.

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December 11, 2020

Manage Shopify Smart & Manual Collections

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We made some big improvements to our Pull from Shopify step. You now have the ability to pull in both Smart and Manual collections! With this new setting, you choose if you want to pull in data about your collections or pull in a list of products associated with a collection.

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December 3, 2020

Step connection fix

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We resolved an issue where connecting steps would sometimes not connect the data in the first attempt.