May 2023 Newsletter#

Flashcard Contest: Vote for the Best Deck!#

In May we sponsored a flashcard contest. Grist users were invited to build the best flashcard deck by using our Flashcards Template. Thank you for your submissions! The community will now vote for the best flashcard decks!


What’s New#

Column and Widget Descriptions#

In March @CamilleLegeron made it possible to add descriptions to columns. Now, columns with descriptions have an info icon in their headers, which when hovered over or clicked reveal the respective description. This feature has been enabled on widgets as well, providing even more context to your team.

To set a column or widget description, click into the title to open the renaming dialog which now includes a description field. Alternatively, descriptions may be set in the creator panel.

Column and Widget Description


We’re happy to release beta webhooks support! 🎉 Webhooks are one way to send information from Grist to other apps. For example, if a record is updated in Grist, send a message in Slack. When in a document, navigate to the Settings page listed the left-side panel under “Tools”. The “Manage Webhooks” button at the bottom will take you to the webhooks page.

Unofficial API support for webhooks has been available for some time, forming the basis for Zapier, Pabbly Connect, and other integrations. That API will continue to work, and is no longer limited to specific partners — you can now use it with any site.


Learning Grist#

Webinar: Deconstructing a Template, Software Deals Tracker#

When looking at our templates you may wonder why templates are structured in a particular way. Over the next four months we’ll rebuild templates with you and highlight common patterns in each document.

In June, we’ll show you how we built the Software Deals Tracker. The template has three pages, each with multiple widgets focused on different workflows, and yet the document is built on only one data table. We’ll show you why to help you anticipate your own use cases where all you need is one table with multiple views.

Thursday June 22nd at 3:00pm US Eastern Time.


Importing Data#

In May, we explored all the cool import features that Grist offers, such as incremental imports, merge fields, and formula transformations.



Expense Tracking for Teams#

Manage all employee expenses in one place. No more wrangling employees’ expense spreadsheets into a master list every month. With access rules, employees can log into Grist, view and update only their expenses, and Grist takes care of the rest.

Watch this template’s webinar to learn more about how this template was built.

Expense Tracking for Teams


Simple Time Tracker#

Like a stopwatch in a spreadsheet to create a log of time spent on tasks.

Simple Time Tracker


Help spread the word?#

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We are here to support you#

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