New features, releases, and announcements from Parabola
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We resolved an issue where connecting steps would sometimes not connect the data in the first attempt.
We're excited to announce our new How To section! Enjoy consolidated, updated, and brand new How To articles to get the most out of Parabola. Whether you're new to Parabola and want help getting started, or you've been using Parabola for a while and need a refresher on some of our steps, we've updated and written these articles to cater to everyone.
Visit parabola.io/how-to to learn more!
Many of our customers work with large data sets in Parabola and scrolling through thousands of columns and millions of rows is not fun. We addressed that by improving our search. Now you can search column names and cell values seamlessly. We'll focus you in on the columns and rows that contain what you're looking for, but you can always expand columns and rows if you need more context.
We made it easier to see the version of your flow that is actively running so you can easily track down any issues. We also streamlined the ability to edit the draft version of your flow, so that you don't interrupt the active version until you're done editing. After many conversations with our customers, it's clear that this is more in line with the way they think about editing and running their flows.
We know that Parabola steps are core building blocks in Parabola, so we want them to be delightful to use. Our team has been hard at work updating over 20 steps in the past few weeks, and we're not done yet! We've announced all the specific step updates in our Community if you want to learn more
We overhauled onboarding to be a more integrated part of the product experience. We want onboarding to give new users more freedom to explore Parabola while providing relevant, contextual information if and when they need it. Onboarding can also now be revisited at anytime, in case customers need a refresher on using Parabola.
The Pull from Email Attachment step can now receive files up to 5mb. Previously, the maximum attachment size was 1mb.
We added email validation to the Email CSV attachment step so that it no longer shows a "calculation error" when an invalid email address is used.
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