What’s new in the Bardeen world

Update February 1, 2023

Version
2.13.0

We're excited to announce a new update to Bardeen that includes new features, improvements, and fixes. First off, we were nominated for Product Hunt's Golden Kitty Awards for "Product of the Year", among other categories. We launched Bardeen AI, a new set of features to turn Bardeen into your own AI assistant, and added 12 new AI Playbooks to the automations catalog.

Bardeen has introduced two new actions in their OpenAI integration to generate texts from custom prompts, and to get ranked data based on chosen criteria. We also added new actions like a “Split string” command which allows users to split a text string given a separator.

Notion users will be delighted to try the new “Find Notion users” action to map users to a Notion database. Further, it’s now possible to use “Find Notion pages” to get data from the page’s relationships, rollups, formulas, and default fields.

We’ve improved the app by redesigning the scraper's interface, making it easier for users to extract information from websites. In addition, we included a Hover command so users can scrape hidden information from websites. We’re also introducing allowing users on the free plan to run 10,000 tokens per day, a restriction that will be lifted for premium users. Lastly, we redesigned the settings tab.

Bug fixes were also key for this release, fixing actions on our Coda, Notion, Google Drive, Google Docs, and OpenAI integrations. We have mitigated app timeouts and errors that we’re blocking user’s experience, fixed the builder and scraper functionalities and improved the platform’s stability for a smoother user experience. 

Overall, the update makes Bardeen more user-friendly, reliable, and appealing to a wider range of users.

🗞️ Announcements

Bardeen nominated for the Golden Kitty Awards

We feel incredibly honored to have been nominated in Product Hunt's Golden Kitty Awards, a yearly event giving recognition to the top-ranking products within Product Hunt.

This acknowledgment follows our team’s efforts to launch 3 thrilling projects last year: Bardeen 2.0, The Notion Automation Hub, and The Dream Job Hub.

We were nominated to be “Product of the year”, alongside some of the most innovative tools on the market, such as Notion AI and ChatGPT. We were also nominated in the “SAAS” and “Best Product Demo” categories. 

You can see the winners here. 

We didn’t make it to the podium this year but are humbled to have participated, and genuinely grateful to the Bardeen community for their support during the nomination and voting process!

Their enthusiasm and encouragement showed how strong the automation community can be. If you’re not a part of Bardeen’s community yet, join here.

Bardeen AI publicly announced

As we teased in the last release, we publicly launched Bardeen AI, a new set of features to turn Bardeen into your own AI assistant.

We announced new possibilities like creating personalized outreach messages, summarizing long articles, creating action items from meeting notes, and more.

You can join the waitlist for the new features at https://www.bardeen.ai/ai

⭐ New Features

New OpenAI Playbooks

We are excited to announce the addition of 12 new AI Playbooks to our Automations catalog! These playbooks will help you maximize the power of AI automation in your work or business.

These new playbooks provide step-by-step guides on how to best use AI automation to achieve your goals.

Each playbook includes detailed instructions on setting up, running, and modifying an AI automation. 

Try them out!

New OpenAI actions: prompt anything and get ranked data

We continue adding new AI possibilities to Bardeen. 

  1. We’ve added a new action to “Get Text Generated by OpenAI”, which allows users to tap into the power of OpenAI to input custom prompts and get unique and creative texts.

    You will be able to customize your messages to the intended tone, and even adjust the temperature of the response, so you can create powerful and creative automations.

    This action will provide you with the same degree of flexibility as inputting a prompt into ChatGPT, with the advantages of combining it with other features like scraped data or integrating with your apps.

    A simple example is using OpenAI to "Generate a short story" to create a unique and captivating narrative.



Pro-tip: to create powerful prompts, you should first master how to build custom texts using “Merge text”. Watch this tutorial.

  1. We introduced a new action in our OpenAI integration to “Get a recommendation”, which ranks a list of items based on the criteria you input.

    This will enable you to rank data from your apps or scraped data based on your chosen criteria. You will be able to rank a Twitter account’s tweets (like Elon's) based on how polemic his tweets are.

    This will allow you to rank data from your apps or scraped data according to your chosen criteria. You can start by could ranking Elon’s tweets according to how polemic his tweets are!

How would you leverage this action to automate your workflow? Share your most creative ideas in our Slack Community or on Twitter!

Split string command

Based on our user’s feedback, we’ve released a “Split string” command.

This action allows you to easily split any text into parts, based on any given separator, like a comma (,).

Here’s an example of how you could separate a coma-separated text with multiple names, into individual elements.

New notion action: find users and add them to a database

We have added a new addition to our Notion actions arsenal! Now, with the help of a new action to “Find Notion users”, you can find users and add them to a Notion database.

This way, you can ensure that the right people get assigned specific tasks within your automation workflows.

Hover with Bardeen’s scraper

Some websites hide information behind a mouse hover. This used to be a limitation to scraping many websites… until now.


Our new Hover command allows users to scrape hidden information from websites.

You will find a new Hover action when you’re creating a scraper template. Here’s what it looks like:

🚀Improvements

A completely redesigned Scraper builder!✨

Our scraper hasn’t been abandoned! We’re excited to announce a whole new redesign of the scraper’s interface.

Introducing a sleek new look for our scraper's interface!

This redesign makes it easier than ever to navigate and extract the information you need from websites.

Try it out now!

New list Scraper:

New single-page scraper:

A completely redesigned Settings tab!✨

If you’re familiar with the old Settings tab, you will not miss it when you see this redesign.

Now, this minimal layout contains:

  • Account Tab, where you can log out, delete the account or select your consent to get emails.
  • Apps Tab, where you can add, reconnect or delete apps.
  • Dev tools, for special cases where you need to import playbooks.

OpenAI integration now allows users in the free plan to run 10.000 tokens per day.

So, how are these tokens measured?

Bardeen counts plain space-separated words that are processed by AI.

This means a 1 token = 1 space-separated word that goes through our AI actions.

These restrictions will be lifted for our pro users.


Pro-tip:
if you’re using Bardeen’s free plan, run tests on your automations with fewer sentences rather than longer-form content. That way you can save tokens to run the important automations.

Now here are a couple of improvements that Notion fans will enjoy!

Now you can access data from Notion’s relationships, rollup, and formulas!

You can now get data from those properties in your Notion automations.

This can be useful if you’re fetching data from a “projects” database but want also to get data from the related “tasks”.

You can also get data from default properties on Notion pages, like “Created By”, “Created time”, “Last edited time” and “Last edited by”.



When you run Notion automations, you can now input different data types into a property.


This means you can now map a text to a URL field.

✅ Fixed issues

Repaired actions:

  • We have fixed the "When a website changes" trigger.
    Before, this it would run the scraper every time it was run, even if there were no changes to the website. Now it’ll only run when the scraping result is different from the last run.

    Use this to trigger automations when data changes on websites. Here’s an example use case.

  • We have fixed an issue accessing fields from a Coda table. You should now be able to access the fields of Coda table rows without any issues.

We have fixed unexpected behaviors occurring with the following actions:

  • "When a row is added to Google Sheets"
  • "When a row is added to or changed in Google Sheets"
  • "Get table from image"
  • "Get table and data from image"
  • "Get social media links of event participants"

This improvement will make it more convenient and reliable for you to use these actions in your automations.

  • We have fixed the filtering feature of the "Find Notion pages" action. You should now be able to find Notion pages and filter them accurately

  • We have added a new fix that allows users to access files from their Google Drive and use them in other actions within your automations, making it more convenient for you to work with your files.

  • We have changed the "add text to document" feature in Google Docs. It will no longer accept arrays as input. This means that when you use the feature, you will need to provide plain text instead of an array of text elements.

  • We have fixed an issue where the "Get Table Column" command was not returning any results. This means that when you use this command, you should now receive the expected results and be able to access the data in your table columns as intended.

  • We have fixed an issue where the file name of an image generated with OpenAI was not displaying correctly when clicking "Download." The file name should now display correctly.

  • We have fixed a bug in Gmail's "Create draft email" action. The emails created using this action should now properly appear in Bardeen. 

Builder fixes:

  • We have fixed an issue where users were encountering errors when trying to set the frequency of a scheduled autobook. 

  • We have fixed an issue where it was not possible to input a number without selecting from a dropdown. This means that you should now be able to input numbers directly and hit enter, instead of clicking them from the dropdown.

Integrations fixed:

  • OpenAI integration is now enabled in all user's apps by default and no longer needs to be activated. Find it on the apps bar when creating an automation.

  • We have fixed an error that was occurring when the Notion search response took too long or didn't fetch Notion databases. Notion search should now be more efficient and accurate.

  • We have removed duplication of rows when field mapping data from Google Drive to Notion. This means that users should no longer see multiple copies of the same row when transferring data between the two platforms.

  • We have fixed the DeepL integration, allowing users to run translation automations without any limits.

    Here’s an example of how to use DeepL integration:

  • We have made improvements to our scraper making it more responsive to different screen layouts.

  • We have fixed an issue where users encountered issues when erasing the name of a scraper field. This should now work as expected.

  • We have fixed some scenarios where the “click pagination” and “click” operations in the scraper didn’t work.

Stability fixes:

  • We have mitigated app timeouts and errors that we’re blocking users’ experience. These manifested as “Waking up” errors, “Refresh the extension errors” or an empty app. These problems should now be resolved and we apologize for any inconvenience they could have caused.

  • We have fixed an issue where users were unable to skip optional “ask me every time” arguments when running automations. Now you should be able to skip any optional arguments when running automations.

  • We have fixed a problem with browser notifications that appear when an integration needs to be reconnected. These notifications should now be more clear and less disruptive, allowing you to reconnect the integration more easily.

  • We have addressed a problem where users were receiving error messages about rate limiting too frequently. This should now happen less often and allow a smoother experience.

  • We have fixed an issue where Bardeen was failing when running multiple triggers at the same time. This should no longer be the case and you should be able to run multiple automations with the same triggers without any issues.

  • We have fixed the equality (comparisons in conditionals. This means that when you use conditional blocks in Bardeen, any equality comparisons you make should now work as expected. This will make it more accurate and reliable when making decisions based on conditions.

  • We have fixed some cases where users were required to reload the extension. You should no longer need to reload the extension as frequently as before.

Update December 24, 2022

Version
2.9.0

This is a big release! We’ve done a deep integration with OpenAI, made Bardeen easier to use, added new bite-size tutorials directly into the product, and made the search experience much better.

Overall, Bardeen is faster and more responsive. We’ve also polished our scraper and improved the integration actions. 

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

🗞️ Announcements

New Year Resolutions Hub

We’ve just launched the New Year Resolution Hub, a free Notion template for new years resolutions, planning, and reflection.

It'll help you make the best out of 2023. And, of course, start the year on a high note with your manual tasks automated!


This template contains exercises, pre-built databases, learning resources, and automations that will make sure you will actually execute to accomplish next year’s goals.

Embedding automations into your daily life will you a lot of time throughout the year, but it’s hard to keep up with it and stay accountable. That’s why we’ve created a New Year’s Resolutions channel inside our Slack community.

New possibilities with AI

The future of work is here — and AI powers it.

We believe that AI will play an essential role in automating our workflows, so in 2023 we are building an AI assistant that will help you automate the manual work.

To get early access, sign up here: 

https://www.bardeen.ai/ai

Bardeen is now compliant with Google’s New Extension Standard (Manifest v3)!

We’re excited to announce that Bardeen is now MV3 compliant! This means that we’re up-to-date with all of the latest Google extension policies

We want to thank our users for their patience as we released this. Building the MV3 version of Badeen has been a massive undertaking that slowed down the release of other features.

Now we’re back on track and excited to share our latest features with the community!

⭐ New Features

New actions supported by OpenAI

We’re adding some AI actions that will feel like magic! 

Each one unlocks new possibilities for your automations! You can generate images with text, craft personalized outreach messages, get organized data from texts, generate tweets, and so much more. These actions will make Bardeen feel like your personal AI assistant. 

How would you leverage AI to automate your workflow? Share your most creative ideas in our Slack Community or on Twitter!

  1. Create images based on a description.

You can create AI-generated images based on a text description. This allows you to create realistic images of objects, people, or scenes from text descriptions.

To use this action, go to the builder and add the “Get image generated by OpenAI” action to your automation. The AI engine will then generate an image based on your description.

Try it with this automation!

  1. Get structured information from text

Imagine you have a long piece of text, and you want to find all the people, places or action items. You can get all of this information extracted with a click of a button. It’s fast and accurate.

To use this feature, add the “Get entities recognized by OpenAI” action. 

 

Try it with this automation

  1. Classify text

This action allows you to classify text by its sentiment. This can be really useful when you're trying to analyze customer feedback or social media posts, for example.

To use this new action, simply select the 'Get sentiment analysis' action when creating an automation. Enter the text that you want to analyze and run your  automation! The results will classify the text with a sentiment (positive, mixed, neutral or negative) using AI.

Here’s an example use-case analyzing the sentiment from a bunch of Tweets from a profile.

Try it with this automation

  1. Answer questions 

This action allows you to ask questions about a given text and receive answers from the AI. 

This can be helpful when you're trying to find concrete answers from an article or finding information from scraped data.

To use this action, use the “Get answers from a paragraph” action and input your question. When you run the automation, the results will display the answer to your question.

Here’s an example answering a question from the contents of an article.

Try it with this automation

  1. Finding action items from a text

This action will allow you to find tasks from any specified text, like meeting transcripts or emails, and save those tasks into your favorite apps like Notion, Calendar or Asana.

To use this action, use the “Get action items” action and input the text. The AI will search the action items, which you’ll be able to see or save directly into your apps.

Try it with this automation!

  1. Generate a tweet similar to other tweets

You can use this action to create Tweets based on the chosen texts. It is mainly intended to creating Tweets similar to your own account or other profiles. This will facilitate brainstorming Tweet ideas!

Use this feature by adding the “Get tweets generated by OpenAI” action into your automation. 


Improved Bardeen’s Scraper

We’ve made Bardeen’s scraper easier to use.  You can now move back and forth between different steps when you're setting it up. 

We’ve also added the ability to cancel the scraper's creation flow at any time.

Check your Autobook history

The History panel now includes your Autobook trigger history.

New learning section of the app

Find articles and tutorials right from the app! We’ve added new bite-size tutorials so that you can build automations even faster. 

The section contains getting-started tutorials, step-by-step guides, and answers to frequently asked questions.

🚀Improvements

  • Now, all actions are searchable in the playbook builder, even if the app is not integrated yet.
  • The first time you ever get a result, we'll show a tooltip to indicate where you can find your result's history.
  • We changed some of our Scraper interface for better usability.

Here’s the before and after.

  • We also improved the app's responsiveness to different window sizes. This means you can now open the app from smaller screen sizes.
  • We’ve updated our OpenAI integration. Actions are now limited to 10,000 words per day in the free version.

  • Changed the interface when you get reconnecting issues.
  • Playbooks from Bardeen’s Catalog which you have saved can now be found in the "My Playbooks” section in the search bar.

This way, if you save a playbook from the catalog, it will appear on the search bar.



  • We've updated multiple scraper models and their automations.


We've recently updated playbooks for Product Hunt, Facebook, Indeed, and Zillow.


We're in the progress of fixing Google and LinkedIn's models.

  • Fill your Notion database with scraped numbers.

You can now update your Notion database fields with scraped numbers directly. Before, you’d have to convert them from numbers to text.

Here, for instance, we get the number of likes from Elon's tweets and save them directly into a number field in Notion:

  • We've improved the login experience to make sure you are never stuck when logging into Bardeen.

✅ Fixed issues

Repaired actions:

  • We fixed the “When I right click” trigger so it doesn’t generate any duplicate menu options.
  • Made fixes to the text-to-speech command, which allows you to convert any piece of text into an audio format.
  • We have improved the Merge tables commands to clarify their distinction.

    These actions will help you transform data from the scraper or your apps.

Builder fixes:

  • You should now be able to properly delete fields when doing field mapping in the automation builder.

Integrations fixed:

  • Integrations that are not properly authenticated will be removed from your configuration, instead of asking you to reconnect them. This will remove all browser notifications asking you to reconnect to your apps.
  • Made fixes to the SMS integration.
  • Made fixes to the Whatsapp integration.
  • Made fixes to the Telegram integration.
  • Fixed a frequently manifested OpenAI “API issue”
  • Fixed shared Jira Playbooks, which were not opening properly.

Scraper fixes:

  • Fixed issues on the Scraper's pagination on websites with click pagination like google.com's search results
  • Fixed issues when using pagination on list scrapers.
  • Fixed a bug that made it impossible to scrape data on Gumroad.

Stability fixes:

  • Corrections were made to Smart Suggestions, which were not displaying correctly in certain cases. This tab will show you recommended Playbooks based on your browser usage.
  • Now, even if Bardeen is inactive for an extended period, none of your automation's progress should be lost. If you reopen Bardeen, all changes will be kept.
  • Resolved a frequently manifested “Interactive compiler session not found” error that appeared in the automation Builder and when launching Playbooks.
  • Fixed an issue related to Bardeen restarting and waking up. Bardeen should now re-appear immediately after being asleep, and no more errors should be seen in the builder when Bardeen restarts.
  • Fixed some scenarios where users lost their Playbooks from the interface.
  • Turning Autobooks on and off should not cause any duplicates or complications. Additionally, Autobooks should run automatically when starting the app.
  • Fixed multiple scenarios where Bardeen would fail to start correctly.
  • We also fixed scenarios where Bardeen would crash or restart.
  • Fixed cases where the network appeared to be disconnected when it was working.
  • Fixed a scenario where results were not shown if the last command of the Playbook was “Get current page as PDF”.
  • Fixed issues when restarting the app after deleting an integration. 
  • Fixed a bunch of issues making Bardeen's new MV3-compliant version more stable.

Update October 12, 2022

Version
2.3.0

Since the last release, we have introduced the Bardeen Ambassadors and created an Automation Challenge to save time by running daily automations. Our new features include the public release of Playbook Configuration, a new Gmail action, and extra functionalities for the “Merge text” action.

We made improvements on the copy for Playbook Configuration, the search experience, Twitter actions, Autobooks results display, Smart Suggestions, among others. Finally, we fixed a bunch of issues on the builder, our integrations, Playbook Configuration, and sharing playbooks.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

🗞️ Announcements

  • We completed our first Timesavers Automation Challenge

We created the ⏰Timesavers Automation Challenge to help you save time and get rid of your manual workflows. 

We share with the participants an automation every day for 5 days, with instructions on how to build and run the automations.

Automations shared were related to common workflows like Meetings, Emails, and Personal productivity.

Members can access the Timesavers Challenge OS to manage their automations, they get participation badges and other benefits. Most active participants earned themselves Bardeen t-shirts!

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You can still check and run the automations from the challenge from the Timesavers Challenge OS. You can also participate in the next challenge by joining the #timesavers_challenge channel in our Slack community.

  • Introducing the Bardeen Ambassadors!

We want to empower the most passionate and experienced Bardeen users to 1) grow their careers, 2) their audiences or 3) their businesses, while they teach and share their learnings with others. 

 

Bardeen Ambassadors share Bardeen inside their organizations, support the community, participate in our initiatives and share their learnings with others.

 

We'll support ambassadors 1) building an audience with Bardeen's support or 2) making business out of Bardeen, plus they will access member benefits.

 

We already have announced 4 of our ambassadors in our Slack Community, which are leading the conversation on the use cases they are experts on.

You can check more details and sign up here.

 

👍 New Features

Public release of Playbook Configuration!

This is a new feature that makes Playbook running way easier.


We announced this feature previously with Early Access, and we’re now happy to release it to all of our users!


What does this mean?

This feature changes how pre-built Playbooks are run!

You can now fill in the inputs needed to run pre-built Playbooks, with no need to edit them, making it muuuuch easier 🙂.

This also means that you can:

  • Easily set up and run Playbooks or Autobooks from the Catalog
  • Build sharable Playbooks that are easier to run for others
  • Choose which inputs on a Playbook you want to be fixed, or which ones you want to be asked every time.
  • Map the fields from your database when you run a Playbook, instead of complex editing.
  • And many other exciting new features…

We’ve also added a Gmail action to create email drafts.

You can use it to run powerful automation like “Compose an email draft using OpenAI”.

We’ve added new functionalities to the “Merge texts” actions, so you can customize how texts will be merged.

You can learn how this action works here:

We added 2 new options to this action.

  1. “Replacing missing values with”

This can be used to avoid errors when there are missing values, and replace them with standard text.

Here’s an example:

  1. "When multiple values are encountered”

With this option, you can specify how will the texts be merged in case there are many values.

Here are 2 ways you can set this, and what their results look like:

  • “Produce one string (text) for each combination.”

  • “Produce one string (text) for all combinations”

🚀Improvements

Here’s an example of what running “Copy Linkedin profile to a Notion database” looks like.

  • As you can see above, we've added a tooltip guide when you run automation and remember the inputs.

  • In addition, it’s now easier to find your automations and public automation from the catalog. 


When you search for automation you will find a new grouping.

  • You will also find a new search experience on Playbook Configuration’s inputs, which makes it easier to differentiate between values and Bardeen actions.

  • Playbooks are now highlighted when you "save and run" them from the Explore tab.

This makes it easier to find them once you’ve added them to “My Playbooks”.

  • We’ve improved the “Find Tweets” actions so you can find Tweets from a specific topic or an author. 

Here’s an example of getting “notion” tweets from “@bardeenai”.

  • You can now type the name of the integration in the builder action search bar to activate it.

  • You can now check Autobooks’ activity and see the results from the whole automation. Before, you could only see the trigger.

    This is useful to check if your automation is actually running as expected.


This is what it looks like:

  • We’ve also made improvements to the Smart Suggestions tab.

    For pages like Notion, you can get dozens of Playbook recommendations, which slows down your app.

    We’ve fixed this so you’re only shown 9 at a time, making it smoother to browse around.

  • Finally, we’ve made accessing Playbooks from the catalog much faster, even with a slow Internet connection.

✅ Fixed issues

  • We’ve introduced a limit on how many OpenAI actions users can run. You can now run 20 requests per day. This might change later with our pricing packages.
  • Shared Playbooks will no longer keep previously configured inputs. When you share automation, the inputs will automatically be reset.
  • Playbooks are now highlighted once again when you "save and run" them from the Explore tab.
  • We fixed an issue where Autobooks could not be activated after resetting their inputs.
  • Fixed the "Pin It" button in shared Autobooks pages so it saves it into "My Autobooks" tab.
  • Fixed a bunch of issues on Playbook Configuration, making it ready for the public release!
  • Fixed an issue where multiple Autobooks were created when running automation multiple really fast.
  • Fixed an error that showed when starting Bardeen: "Bardeen engine was called before initialized".
  • Fixed issues with “When website data changes” trigger so it only triggers on new scraped results.
  • Fixed scheduled Autobooks with “When time of day is” trigger, so you can create automation that runs at fixed times of the day.
  • Fixed issues when fetching Asana tasks.
  • Fixed Twitter triggers to track new followers.

Additional resources

Here are some of our new Youtube videos you might like.

For productivity junkies!

For Notion fans!

Update September 13, 2022

Version
2.2.21

In this release, we’ve improved Notion and OpenAI integrations, our search bar, and made a few interface improvements to the scraper. We also fixed interface issues in the Builder, cleaned out old commands, and improved the Playbook Configuration, which will soon be available for all users. We’re also happy to be featured on Notion’s connections.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

Featured on Notion

  • We're now featured in Notion's new feature:🔌Connections

Now Bardeen will be 2 clicks away from any Notion user!😍

Here's a tutorial on how to use the Notion integration.

You can also get the Notion Automation Hub for inspiration on pre-built automations you can use to start optimizing your Notion workspace.

It includes use-cases for work and life, resources and free Notion templates to test your automations.

Improvements

  • We’ve made Notion commands (and other database tools!) more customizable when you run them.

    We have enabled the Notion commands (“Update or add to Notion” and “Create Notion page”) to trigger field mapping when you run them.

    This will allow you to map fields from the Playbook to a custom Notion database when you run it, and make it easier to share with your team.

    You can give it a try using the Add job entry to Notion Playbook.

  • We updated our OpenAI commands to use the newest and best models from OpenAI. 


Try it out on the Get a summary of the current page using OpenAI Playbook!


You can make a cool summary of a blog, like this one: Notion + Twitter Integration | The 7 Top Automations

OpenAi integration page.

  • Improved search bar experience for much higher speed.

  • We updated the copy for the scraper button “Add special fields”, thanks to user’s feedback.


This feature lets you access special fields that can’t be scraped out of the page, like the Current Date, Page Link, Meta Image and more. From here you can also add a custom delay on your scraper templates.

Learn more about Bardeen’s scraper on this tutorial: How to use Bardeen scraper

Fixes

  • We fixed issues on Playbook Configuration, that was not visible in certain Playbooks. This is a new feature that aims to make Playbook running way easier.

  • Fixed an issue on the builder where field mapping was automatically opened instead of the data input.


    You should be able to access field mapping this way:

  • Fixed an issue on Playbook descriptions where categories were not visible.

  • We removed old commands from existing playbooks, like “Last data” or “Tabular data”, you’ll find fully-updated playbooks in our automations catalog.

Update August 30, 2022

Version
2.2.18

In this release, we’ve improved the app loading time and made significant UI changes to make Bardeen more intuitive. We’ve also made fixes on Playbook Configuration and introduced changes to the scraper.

Finally, we came together in Greece to plan for the next set of features and execute like crazy.

This was  Bardeen’s 5th company offsite in 📍Naxos, Greece! 🇬🇷 Here’s what we were up to:

  • Made a playbook catalog sweep🧹 to make sure all automations are working and are intuitive.
  • Movie night!🎬We went through interviews with our users together. And like every good movie there are joy and pain. We are working on the latter.
  • Bugs bashing 🐛🔨 and UI blocker sprint. Some of the updates✨ are featured on these release notes!

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

Improvements

  • Significantly reduced the app’s opening time when you have multiple playbooks.
  • We’ve renamed many UI parts in our application to make them easier to understand.
  • Various small UI/UX improvements based on your feedback. 

Fixes

  • We fixed significant interface issues on Playbook Configuration. This is a new feature that aims to make Playbook running way easier.

You can start using this feature by activating it this way:

  • Scraper: it’s now required to add a name for your fields so you can save them. If it’s not specified, we’ll create an auto-generated name. Video Demo.
  • Fixes an issue causing background scrapers to freeze when fetching images.

Update August 16, 2022

Version
2.2.13

In this release we’ve enable editing the “ask me every time” arguments, we’ve improved the Notion integration and fixed multiple bugs.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

New features

  • Edit your Playbook’s “Ask me every time” arguments

Whenever you add an “Ask me every time” argument on your playbooks, you’re can now able to edit it to fix it’s details..

This new argument editing modal allows users to:

  • Adjust the argument’s details
  • Find out where that argument is used
  • And even delete it from all occurrences

Improvements

  • Improved the Notion integration so it can more reliably create multiple row entries with one request.
  • Various small UI/UX improvements based on your feedback. 

Fixess

  • Fixed multiple issues on the Snov.io integration.
  • Fixed bug where it seemed you had saved Playbooks even if you haven’t added any to your Playbooks/Autobooks‍.

Update August 9, 2022

Version
2.2.12

In this release, we’ve added FAQ’s and a pricing page to the website. We’ve added a Smart Suggestions tab to help you discover automations, based on your work. Also, we made it easier to run scraper Playbooks, made interface improvements, and fixed multiple bugs.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

New FAQ section!

Many of our users run into similar issues.

So we've built an FAQ (frequently asked questions) page on our website, where you'll find solutions to your problems, a bit faster🙂.

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Next time you're in a rush to solve something, make sure to check if it's an already existing question!

If you don’t find the answer, you can share it on the #ask-and-questions channel on our Slack Community, or reach out via email.

Wondering about pricing?

We understand pricing is a common question and concern in our community, so we’ve launched a Pricing page to answer all your questions about it.

Access it here.

New features

  • New tab added for smart Playbook suggestions!

The hardest part of workflow optimization is figuring out what to automate. Bardeen flips the script, where automations come to you! With our Playbook suggestions, we'll help you discover automations that save you time" 

We’ve added a new tab for Playbook suggestions. Our suggestions use artificial intelligence to understand your workflows and find relevant Playbooks. When we have Playbooks for you, a notification badge is added to the Bardeen extension icon. You will find that suggestion in the "Smart Suggestions" tab.

So make sure you have your app pinned so you don’t miss any automation suggestions!

 

If you don’t want to get suggestions, you can turn this feature off from the options menu.

  • You can now specify in which tab to run a scraper Playbook.

Whenever you run a Playbook with a “Scrape in active tab” action on a different website from where the scraper model has originally been created, you’ll be able to choose where to run it.

You can select between your active tab, other tabs, or specify a custom link to run it.

Improvements

  • Renamed the "Compose Table" button to "Map Fields".
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  • Added a link to the FAQs in the help button.
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  • Overall UI improvements. 

Fixes

  • Fixed issue where you could add multiple Snov.io integrations.
  • Fixed a bug where deleted Playbooks still re-appeared in “My Playbooks”
  • Fixed issues when using the “Get screenshot of page snippet” action.

Update August 2, 2022

Version
2.2.11

In this release we’ve added a Snov.io email discovery integration, made interface improvements on Playbook Configuration, and fixed multiple bugs.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

New Email Finder Integration: Snov

Many of our users need to reach out to people they don’t know yet.

They might have found someone’s LinkedIn profile, and now want to connect. But LinkedIn is pretty spammy and it’s hard to express an idea in 300 characters. This issue happens across founders, sales, marketers, recruiters and job seekers.

Warm outreach is best by email, and manually finding a person’s email is, let’s say… quite difficult.

So we’re excited to share Bardeen’s new integration to Snov.io, a cold outreach automation platform with powerful email discovery tools.

As requested on Canny, this new integration will allow you to find validated emails from social media links, names, or domains.

This will open up many possibilities for recruiters, sales people, growth hackers, founders and essentially anyone who emails… to make outreach easier.

To top it off, it can also be combined with Clearbit’s functionality to enrich data out of emails.

Share your best ideas for this feature on the #showcase channel on our Slack Community!

Improvements

  • Improved the HTTP GET/POST actions response, so output data is displayed properly. Loom explanaition.
  • Improved the “Remember Inputs” usability on Playbook Configuration. Demo video.
  • We’re working on making Playbook files more efficient and therefore the overall loading process a lot faster and more bandwidth efficient.
  • Minor UI improvements in Playbook Configuration.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug for Notion scheduled autobooks, reported by a user.
  • Fixed the scraper to prevent errors being thrown when building scraper models.
  • Reduced the size of Playbooks and Autobooks to avoid performance issues.
  • Fixed a bug where the login view is promoted more often then needed. 

Bardeen Featured: Openview’s Newsletter

This week Bardeen was featured on OpenView’s newsletter!

  

This coverage features a complete video review of Bardeen.

You can subscribe to OpenView’s newsletter here.

Update July 27, 2022

Version
2.2.10

In this release, we're launching The Dream Job Hub to help job seekers improve their chances of success! We've added a couple new Playbooks related to job search, added features to improve user experience,  and added a “Get page as HTML” action.  We’ve also added suggestions for your scraping Playbooks and fixed multiple bugs.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

Launching The Dream Job Hub

When there is an economic recession, finding a job can be a challenge. Securing a new job requires patience, determination and the willingness to adapt to new working conditions and processes. 

Yet, so much of what we do while searching for a job are manual workflows, like browsing jobs or tracking companies.

Because of this, we’re building the ultimate hub to provide job seekers a system to optimize they job search.

Download it here.

This resource will be your step-by-step guide and system to improve your chances of landing your ideal job.

It provides automations and templates to optimize manual workflows on apps like LinkedIn, Google Jobs or Crunchbase, and saving data into Notion, Coda, Airtable or Google Sheets.

New Playbooks for job search

Thanks to the hub, we’ve added docens of new Playbooks and Autobooks to our public catalog. These are built arround Job Searching workflows, like getting data from LinkedIn jobs, companies and contacts, into the main database apps available on Bardeen: Notion, Coda, Airtable and Google Sheets.

New playbooks include:

  • Saving jobs from main job portals, like LinkedIn and Google Jobs
  • Saving contacts from LinkedIn
  • Saving companies from LinkedIn
  • And many more workflows…

We want to build this hand-by-hand with our community! Make sure to drop your ideas or feedback on the template on our Slack Community!

Is Bardeen a Soonicorn?

This week Bardeen was featured on Unicorner, a newsletter that delivers a 2-minute rundown of an up-and-coming startup to your inbox every Monday morning.

This coverage features an in-depth analysis on why Bardeen is an up-and-coming startup, a summary of our team and traction, and available job opportunities to join the team!

Read the full issue here.

New Features

  • We added a help button for fast access to key resources, like videos, tutorials and the Slack community. Next time you feel lost, here’s some options that might help you.
  • Now you can decide if you want to save a Playbook when you run it for the first-time.

    If you save it, you can rename it and find it on “My Playbooks”.
  • As requested on Canny, we’ve added a new action to “Get page as HTML”.

    This opens the possibility to access the HTML content from a single URL, or a list of links.

    This enables powerful Playbooks that can find emails on almost any website, or find and navigate to specific links from a website, like “contact” pages.

Share your best ideas for this feature on the #showcase channel on our Slack Community!

  • When running a Playbook that scrapes data on the wrong tab, you’re now suggested a correct tab where to run it.

Fixes

  • As flagged on our Slack community, we fixed an error when scraping Tweets into Notion.
  • Fixed a Bug for Notion datetime field processing reported by a user
  • “Try it” buttons on the website will no longer pin a Playbook to “My Playbooks”.
  • Fixed “Add rows to Google Sheet spreadsheet” issue when adding new columns.
  • Fixed long URL’s breaking the interface.
  • Fixed Autobooks asking you if you want to remember inputs. These checkboxes were removed.

Update July 19, 2022

Version
2.2.8

In this release, we’ve launched early preview access to Playbook Configuration, which will improve how pre-built and shared automations are run. We’ve added more customization for scheduled Autobooks and fixed a bunch of bugs.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or our user community.

Early access to Playbook Configuration

We’re about to launch a feature that will change how pre-built Playbooks are run! We’re opening up demo access for this feature to all of our users (one of the perks of reading the release notes 😉). You can activate it this way:

Here’s what you need to know about this feature.

Right now, many Playbooks in the catalog need to be edited to work properly for your specific use case.

Take this one, for instance, that saves all the Click Up tasks to Notion. 

For this to work you need to:

  • Open the builder of that Playbook
  • Select your notion database for tasks
  • Map the fields from Clickup to Notion
  • Save and run it

And if you're new to Bardeen, this can be challenging to do right.

Therefore, we're releasing a new way to fill the inputs needed to run pre-built Playbooks, with no need to edit them. Muuuuuch easier :) 

  • Easily set-up and run Playbooks or Autobooks from the Catalog
  • Build sharable Playbooks that are easier to run for others
  • Choose which inputs on a Playbook you want to be fixed, or which ones you want to be asked every time.
  • Map the fields from your database when you run a Playbook, instead of complex editing.
  • And many other exciting new features…

If you give it a try, we appreciate your feedback on this new feature! You can share them the #suggestions or #bugs channel on our Slack Community, or our Contact form.

New Features

  • Introduced field mapping for  when you run a playbook using Notion

    When building a Playbook that creates Notion Pages, you can set it up to “ask me every time” on the database where you’ll save the information.

    This could be because you want to share the Playbook, or because you have multiple databases and might need to choose between them.

    You set up your field mapping with the fields you want to send, and once you run it, you will find a new field mapping interface, that allows you to map the fields from Bardeen to your Notion database in the most precise way.

    This allows any user to build sharable Notion automations that can easily be set up by the people who receive them.

Share your best ideas for this feature on the #showcase channel on our Slack Community!

  • Deeper customization options for your scheduled Autobooks.

    We’ve introduced customization options for  “when a scheduled event occurs” triggers, so you can specify how often the automations run, and when they stop.

    This is useful if you need to run your Autobooks on specific days of the week, like only on work days.

    To do this, you just modify the "When a scheduled event occurs" trigger and “use commands”. One of the suggested options is running it only on weekdays.

Fixes

  • Fixed the apps filter when you search for playbooks: Video.
  • Fixed on the scraper: when saving a field it opened up the advanced options: Image. Now when you click enter, it saves the field.
  • Fixed the scraper not being clickable when used from a divided screen: Video.

Update July 12, 2022

Version
2.2.7

In this release we’ve made it possible to use the “Ask me every time” command when field mapping data from your apps. We’ve added a new action for Google Sheets, some user interface improvements and bug fixes.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or in our user community.

Celebrating our community!

We’re excited to share that Bardeen’s community has grown to 1,000 fellow automators on Slack!

In our community you can connect with other automators, discover new use-cases and get faster support. It also has ongoing participation from all the Bardeen team, so you can get to meet us 😉.

Feel welcome to invite anyone who could benefit from this community to automate their boring work! They can join on https://bardeen.ai/slack

“Ask me every time” now works in field mapping

If you’re familiar with field mapping, you’ll be excited to know that you can now use the “Ask me every time” command when mapping data between your apps.

This means you can now participate even further in the automation process, by answering questions every time you run a playbook, and having those inputs directly saved into your apps. 

For instance, we have a Notion database at Bardeen, where we log our FAQ’s before they are published.

With this update, we’re now able to create FAQ’s from anywhere into Notion, by filling 2 fields: question and answer.

This way we’re able to create a new FAQ in a matter of seconds.

Share your best ideas for this feature on the #showcase channel on our Slack Community!

Features

  • As requested by our community members, we added a “Clear Google Sheets” action that allows you to wipe the contents from a spreadsheet. You can customise it to preserve the first row.

    This action is useful if you need to overwrite a spreadsheet with new or updated data.

Improved

  • Improved how you set up table composition.

    If you need to map data from your apps databases in a custom way, you can do it by clicking the “Compose table” button. Here’s an example with Notion:

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where field mapping was hidden from mutiple apps like Notion, Google Sheets or Aritable.
  • Fixed the “Get screenshot of page snippet” action. It allows you to take a screenshot of a piece of the page. You can combine it with other actions to save the image on a database, send it on Slack, etc…

Update July 7, 2022

Version
2.2.6

In this release we’ve made several usability improvements and bug fixes.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or in our user community.

Featured Video

Bardeen was featured this week by OpenView’s PLG123 show, the series that brings VC perspectives on all things startups, B2B SaaS trends, and product-led growth companies.

This is Blake Bartlett's review and introduction to Bardeen.

It’s the perfect video to share with your friends!😉

Improved

  • Improved the “Add rows to google sheets” command. Now you can add multiple columns when doing field mapping

Fixed a bug where 2 tables displayed when clicking on the “Change back to single-line input” button.

  • Added small interface improvements when building a scraper model template.

Introduced the ability to click out when selecting fields.

Simplified the interface on the number of rows for list scrapers.

Fixes

  • Fixed issues with deleting Playbooks that are added from the “Explore” tab.
  • Fixed the "Get table column" action and improved its usability in the Builder.

  • Fixed the "Get table in Airtable" action not working for tables named with special characters (e.g. "🤖")

Update June 28, 2022

Version
2.2.5

In this release we’re adding an updated Twitter integration, multiple small usability improvements and bug fixes. We’re also announcing a new Notion template resource.

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or in our user community.

Launching the Startup School OS

If you’re entering the startup ecosystem, YC’s Startup School is the best place to learn.

That’s why, in time for the start of the new cycle of Startup School, we’re shipping the Startup School OS, a supercharged Notion operating system to organize and automate your learning experience.


It allows you to organize, manage and keep the progress of the program, all with time-saving automation.


If you’re not familiar with the startup scene, this is a great example on how you can apply Bardeen’s automations on a Notion workspace.

Improved twitter integration

We’ve rewritten out Twitter integration to update it with the latest version of the API (V2). Here’s the available actions for this integration.


This includes the exciting new action “Create Tweet with Text”, which introduces great possibilities for content creation.Here’s one: create Tweets from a selected text with a single right click.Share your best ideas for this action on the #showcase channel on our Slack Community!

Improvements 👌

Builder rearrangements for better usability.

Now you can edit the name from the builder directly.

Now you'll be able to save and close your playbooks in 1 click.

Now you can cancel your playbooks when in progress.

Now you can add links to “Files and media” fields on Notion. This is particularly useful to get scraped links into Notion.

Small usability changes and rearrangements on the scraper.

Fixed 🐛

  • Fixed the Google Mail authentication flow. 
  • Fixed the ability to edit field mapping on playbooks.
  • Improve UI writing and error messages.
  • As requested on Canny, we fixed the "Find Notion pages" action that failed when filtering with checkboxes.

Update June, 2022

Version
2.2.4

Bardeen empowers you to automate workflows with you “in the loop.” With this release, you can customize “ask me every time” variables and make them optional.

We’ve also polished the UI, added new commands, and fixed bugs. 

Lastly, we’ve met in person in Croatia to plan our next sprint, features, and the future of Bardeen. 

Let’s take a closer look at version 2.2.4. 

💡️ Pro Tip: get a real-time view of everything we are working on in our roadmap or in our user community.

Customizing “ask me every time” arguments

With Bardeen, you can participate in an automation. Imagine you are looking at candidates for hiring (like us 😉️) on LinkedIn and want to save them to Notion and add a personal note.

In this case, you have to decide a) whom you want to save and b) what the note should say. No software can make this decision for you. But you can automate this otherwise very manual process with Bardeen.

In this release, we’ve added the ability to name user inputs and make inputs optional.

To build an automation to be configured every time you trigger a Playbook, select the “ask me every time” argument and give it a name. It will show up when you run the Playbook in the popup window. 

Previously, you were required to fill out all fields to run the automation. 

With this update, you can make some fields optional and run your Playbook without filling them out. Click on the “advanced options” next to the argument and check the “optional” box.

New actions to refine data

Remove duplicates

This action allows you to remove duplicate items (objects) from a list (array). In practical terms, if you want to save contacts from a Gmail thread to Notion, Bardeen will remove the repeating contacts in the tread and only add the uniques.

You can also remove duplicates from tables. 

Get rows of a table

This command will split a table with multiple rows into multiple tables with one row. This allows you to use individual rows in the follow-up actions and transform each row inside a table. 


Merge all tables

This command combines multiple tables into one. It works well with the previous action if you want to create a new table and use it as a single unit later. For example, if you send a table in Slack, instead of sending 100 messages, there will be one message sent with 100 entries in it. 

Fixed 🐛

  • Save Playbooks right from the search. Video demo.
  • Made field selection in the scraper more reliable. LinkedIn extraction works without a hitch. 
  • Fixed the bug that prevented saving active Autobooks.
  • Fixed “failed to fetch range” issue on Google Sheets. Canny post.
  • Fixed “screenshot snippet” action.
  • Capped Clearbit commands usage.

Update April 26, 2022

Version
2.2.1

During the last month, we focused on performance improvements, bug fixes, and polishing the UI after the big Bardeen 2.0 launch. We’ve also made the app faster and improved Coda, Notion, and Gmail apps.

Here is what we’ve worked on. 

💡 Pro Tip: you can get a real-time view of all in-progress tickets in our feedback platform here or ask us for details in our user community.

Launched The Notion Automation Hub

We partnered up with the top Notion creators to build the go-to resource for everything Notion Automations. Most people will spend more time automating stuff than they will ever claim back from those automations.

Building automations is relatively straightforward and requires some skill, but figuring out WHAT to automate is the hardest part.

The hub consists of the 50+ most useful pre-built automations for Notion, 16 database templates, and learning resources. There are also 7 use cases that cover automations for specific job roles like sales or project management.

The Notion Automation Hub has become #2 product of the week and product of the day on Product Hunt.

Here is an example of how Notion creators use Bardeen: 

New Coda Actions

We’ve added two actions to our Coda integration. You can now retrieve data using the “get rows from Coda table” action. 

And we’ve added the “delete records from Coda table” action. It is excellent for deduplication flows and data refinement processes. 

If you haven’t tried Coda yet, you have to give it a try! Find Bardeen < > Coda Playbooks here to get started. 

Gmail Improvement

Since day one, Gmail has been one of our top 5 most used integrations. We’ve re-written the integration with Gmail from the ground up to make it faster and more reliable.

Now emails get indexed better, and the triggers are more reliable.

New: Advanced Scraper Pagination

When you need to extract large amounts of data from the web, you need to configure pagination. It loads more data either with infinite scroll or click-pagination. 

But some websites are harder to scrape than others. This is why we’ve added the ability to customize the click pagination action if the default point-and-click interface fails.

You can now specify the exact location of the “next” button using XPath or CSS selectors.

Speed Improvements 

We are in the business of saving your precious time. So making Bardeen feel snappy has been the priority since day one!

 

During this sprint, we’ve made the Bardeen engine load faster, so that you can enjoy the experience of saving time every step of the way. 

 

Fixed 🐛

  • Improved search. Playbook and action search outputs better results.
  • Improved field mapping. Related data objects can now be processed more accurately.
  • Improved handling of multiple objects in the “merge text using texts" action. 
  • Made Notion integration better.
  • Fixed OpenAI loading issue.
  • Made action names more intuitive. 
  • Added tooltip on hover with action explanations in the builder.
  • Fixed issues with opening shared Playbooks.
  • Added the “reset search” button (video).

Update March 15, 2022

Version
2.1.0

This version of Bardeen consists mainly of bug fixes and some UI improvements. To get a more detailed view of what we are working on at the moment, visit our feedback platform here.

New: synchronizing Autobooks across multiple devices ✨

If you use Bardeen on multiple devices (or browsers), Autobooks will not sync across devices.

New: math actions 🧮

We’ve added math actions to help you do more inside Bardeen without having to output data into a spreadsheet. 

The new math actions:

  • Get average of numbers
  • Get sum of numbers
  • Get numbers divided
  • Get numbers multiplied

Fixed 🐞

  • Frequent refreshes causing login issues. Partly fixed, not fully.
  • Getting logged out of Google Services.
  • Disabling Autobooks now works correctly. Previously, failed due to state sync issues. 
  • Updating triggers in Autobook couldn’t be saved. Fixed.
  • Background scraping getting stuck on invalid or unreachable URLs. Now it skips broken links or triggers an error.
  • “Convert a table column into an array” action previously couldn’t be configured. Fixed.
  • UI fixes.

Updates March 3, 2022

Version
2.0.2

A few days ago, Bardeen became “Product of the month” on Product Hunt


Since we’ve launched 2.0, we’ve gotten an overwhelming amount of feedback, a few bug reports, and many fascinating use-cases that our users can now automate with Bardeen.


For the last two weeks, we’ve focused on performance improvements and polishing the UI. The following are the release notes for version 2.0.2.


New

New Feedback Platform

We’ve just started using a new feedback system that will help you give feedback, track it in real-time, and vote on tickets.


The new feedback tool complements great conversations in our user Slack. We want to make sure nothing gets lost, and the most important things get the attention they deserve. We will prioritize tickets with the most upvotes and engagement.


Now, you can also track the status of tickets in real-time, instead of following up with us! All issues in Canny (the feedback platform) are synced with our project management tool (Jira) and will update automatically. 


Check out this tutorial about creating feedback posts.


New action: Update or add a Notion page

We’ve added a new Notion action - “Update or add Notion page to database.”


The action creates a new page in the database if it doesn’t exist or update the data if it does. 


You should use this action in combination with the “find Notion page action.”


Here is a demo from Artem (our CTO):


New capabilities in the scraper

We’ve added the ability to extract audio and video files from most websites using our scraper.

 

Additionally, we’ve added the ability to paste data from your clipboard. You can find it when clicking on “get more fields.” 



Finally, the scraper now has the “delay” action. It is handy to avoid scraper detection and handle use cases where data loads dynamically. 


Improvements 👌

  • Better error messaging
  • Faster Notion page search 
  • Polished the design of the main app window
  • Improved element selection in the scraper (affecting apollo.com)


Fixed 🐛

  • Launching Bardeen sometimes opened a new tab instead of appearing on the currently opened website. Fixed.
  • Opening calendar widget.
  • Field mapping rendering.
  • Errors with the table scraper: render failing and referencing output in Builder.
  • Infinite scroll pagination used to get only a few list items in the scraper.
  • Scraper failing when combined with opening new tab actions.

Updates February, 2022

Version
2.0.0


Welcome Bardeen 2.0!


We’ve rethought the automation experience from scratch. Our mission has always been to help you win back at least an hour per day from doing manual work.


With these updates, saving time with automation has just become much easier! 


The new Builder allows you to create Playbooks visually with just a few clicks. We’ve also introduced Autobooks: They run in the background, either triggered by some event or on a schedule!
And our AI-based suggestions have improved to deliver you even better playbooks at the right moment.


We launched Bardeen 2.0 on Product Hunt and became the product of the week. 😻🎉  


ProductHunt covered our launch in their Weekly Digest newsletter here


The Playbook Builder

The new Builder allows you to create and edit Playbooks with a few clicks. 


The previous version of Bardeen used natural language with “commands” to create Playbooks. It came with speed but made complex automations hard to create. You can still access Classic by hitting Option + O.


The Builder has simplified the experience. You can browse through apps and actions and put them on a canvas to create an automation. Mapping data between actions is also intuitive.


To learn more about getting started with the new interface, explore this tutorial.



Autobooks

Welcome “Autobooks” to the family!


An Autobook is what we call an automation with a trigger. Unlike Playbooks that are you can initiate manually, Autobooks run “when something happens” (either on a schedule or based on some trigger event).


Autobooks run in the background, unlocking new opportunities to automate workflows that don’t need you in the mix. You can browse through triggers for your favorite apps in the Builder.


Learn more about Autobooks in this tutorial.



Conditional blocks

The conditional filters allow for a new level of complexity in your automations. You can build branches based on keywords, true/false conditions, dates, and much more.


Check out this tutorial to start using conditionals in your Playbooks. 



Improved Smart Suggestions

The hardest part of workflow optimization is figuring out what to automate. Bardeen flips the script, where automations come to you. It will show you the right automation in the perfect moment. 


We’ve improved our suggestions algorithms to deliver even better Playbooks to you when it matters the most.



Updates December, 2021

Version
1.4.33

In the last few sprints, the majority of our efforts went into building Bardeen 2.0 with a brand new playbook builder interface. We are planning to release it very soon, so stay tuned!


As we are building 2.0, the current version has gotten some performance improvements, bug fixes, and we’ve added two new integrations - Coda and WebEx.

Being the cornerstone of proactive automations, the scraper has also gotten performance and UX improvements.

Here are the detailed release notes.


New Integration: Coda


Coda is a tool that combines text, data, and automations in one interface built for collaboration.


The Coda < > Bardeen integration empowers you to automate even more. Our scraper will save website data directly to Coda, bridging the gap between web and Coda databases.


New Integration: WebEx

Many of our enterprise users requested integration with WebEx. And it’s finally live!

You can now create WebEx meetings on the go and much more.


Action Verbs

We started Bardeen with three main commands DO, GET, WHEN. These commands were mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive (along with define), and you can automate pretty much anything. 


The DO command performs an action. The GET command pulls up data from your web apps. And the WHEN command is a listener that triggers a workflow when something happens in a web app or on your screen. 


After tons of user research, we’ve learned that many people want to have more flexibility in language. “Do create new Google Sheet” is probably not the first thing that would come to mind. 


We are now classifying all Bardeen commands into groups of more descriptive “action verbs” such as Create and Add



Improved Playbook Suggestions (Beta)


Automations traditionally take too much time to set up. And most of the time, it’s easier to do something manually at the moment than to build an automation for the process.

The result? Most people keep clicking around and staying stuck with manual workflows.

That’s where context comes into play again. Bardeen suggests you pre-built automations based on the page that you are currently on.


We’ve improved our playbooks suggestions engine. 


👉 Enable the playbook suggestion feature to discover new ways to save time and automate your manual workflows passively.



Tab Management

We’ve added new actions to manipulate your browser tabs.


You can now save the currently opened tab to Notion, Google Sheets or Coda. Or you can save your entire browser session and reopen all tabs later. 


Try these playbooks in action. 👇🏽️


Improvements 👌

  • Added support to set a number of list items to scrape (previously, you needed to specify the number of pages/scrolls)  
  • Scraper’s infinite scroll pagination is more reliable
  • Pick elements behind absolute-positioned elements
  • Improved error messages to help you troubleshoot your automations
  • And tons more!


Fixed 🐛

  • Time variables in WHEN commands
  • Infinite scroll scraper getting stuck at the end of the list
  • Running shared playbooks from our website
  • Image scraper flickering


Other

We’ve discovered that analysts waste hours every day by bringing all relevant information in one place. As a result, we’ve built many great playbooks for their most popular use cases, and we are working on making data enrichment easier than ever before.


Have you ever tried to read an article only to find out that it’s locked behind a paywall? Welcome, our new most popular playbook that removes a paywall with a shortcut. (Tip: try it on the Economist or NYT). 


Want to stay on top of new playbooks and ways to save you time? We’ve launched a TikTok account with bite-sized content. So check it out and follow us there.


As always, big thanks for all the support and feedback.

Updates October, 2021

Version
1.4.25

Welcome one of our most exciting releases yet!


We are thrilled to introduce two game-changing features and a new integration.


Bardeen has also become much more reliable, and your favorite scraper feature has been getting a lot of love from our engineering and UI teams. 


Here are the juicy details about this release!

New integration: ClickUp 😍

ClickUp has officially joined our integration family! ClickUp is a cutting-edge all-in-one workspace focused on getting things done.


Now, you can streamline your manual workflows and get even more out of ClickUp. 


If you use ClickUp as a CRM, you can add people to your contacts list from LinkedIn, Twitter, or Gmail. As always, one click only!


If you do sales, you can create deals out of UpWork job posts.


And pretty much anything else you can imagine.


Try out the pre-built ClickUp playbooks:


Widgets (beta)

Since the very beginning, our goal has been to make information across your web tools more accessible.


We are thrilled to announce the Widgets (currently in beta)!


Widgets bring data across your web apps to one place without opening new tabs. 



When is your next meeting? What’s in your Jira sprint? Got any unread emails in your inbox? Want to check out the social profiles of your next meeting participants?


That’s where widgets come in! Open Bardeen with a shortcut (Option + B), and the information is already there waiting for you.


To create a widget, hover over a playbook and click on “render as widget.”


Playbooks sharing 🍕

Everything is better when shared.


Share custom playbooks with your friends and colleagues in seconds.


Hover over a playbook and click “share playbook.” A popup will open, where you can customize your playbook page.


Copy the link into the clipboard or share it anywhere you want. 


User Community on Slack

Our goal is to help you discover use cases that will save you time and empower you to do more of what you love.


So we’ve launched our user community on Slack.


The community is the space to meet fellow automation hackers, share productivity tips and tricks, and get recommendations on how to streamline your work.


You’ll be the first to learn about the latest features we are building, and your integrations and commands requests will be prioritized.


Improvements 👌

  • List scraper is more accurate
  • Increased the number of data fields the scraper can extract 
  • The scraper interface is improving gradually
  • Improved the preview table rendering in the scraper 
  • Minor UI improvements 
  • Support for “Files & Media” data type in Notion
  • Automatically fetching shared databases in Notion
  • Exporting Google Sheets in new formats: PDF, MS Excel, CSV, and Open Office


Fixed 🐛

  • Background scraper
  • Errors with activating Zoom and Google
  • Error handling and false positives when playbooks return no data
  • Popup overlay issues on some websites like YouTube, Google Docs, and Twitter
  • Fixed broken commands
  • Overloading issues when scraping too many images


Other

If you have Bardeen already installed, finding and launching playbooks has become much easier. Pick a playbook from our playbooks catalog and click on “try it.” The playbook will run automatically right from the website.


Try this one!

Many of you have been asking about the Pipedrive integration that we had announced earlier. We are inches away from getting it approved on Piperdrive’s Marketplace 🌴 so that you can finally start using it! 


Want to learn about how we build playbooks and no code automations for your use cases?


We’ve just started our new Live Build video series, where we show you the process from start to finish.

And finally, we’ve just released playbooks to take screenshots of websites automatically

What’s the use case?

Automating marketing reports and increasing the visibility of your metrics!

Updates September, 2021

Version
1.4.18

The month of August was devoted to performance improvements. We are working hard to make the engine faster and suggestions more relevant.


We’ve added Pipedrive to the integrations family and introduced the Playbooks Suggestions widget.


The UI team did a major overhaul of the Scraper interface and the playbook builder.


Here are the latest release notes!

The Pipedrive integration


We are excited to introduce our first CRM integration. Pipedrive has been ahead of the game with its native workflow automations. And today, it has become more powerful than ever!


With Bardeen, you can create a Pipedrive contact right from LinkedIn, associate external emails with deals, and create notes on the fly. All without opening new tabs or copy-pasting. 


If you are a pipedriver yourself, check out our latest post about getting leverage with Pipedrive automations.


Playbook suggestions 👌

When we surveyed hundreds of knowledge workers, we discovered a crucial insight. Very few people are actually aware of the manual, repetitive tasks they do on their computers daily. 


At Bardeen, we want to take an active role in helping you reclaim your time and focus. And discovering automation opportunities is the way to get you there!


Welcome the Playbook Suggestions!



Based on your browsing behavior, a popup will appear with the related playbooks.


For example, when you visit a Zoom cloud recordings page, Bardeen will suggest you these playbooks:


You might not have even realized that these automations are possible. Going forward, you can use these playbooks instead of doing the tasks manually like you are used to.


As time passes, this feature will help you automate the majority of your repetitive tasks.


Our vision for the future is to leverage artificial intelligence not just to suggest but to generate personalized playbooks based on your behavior.


Improvements 💫

During the last few sprints, we’ve focused on making Bardeen snappier and loading suggestions faster. Every second that we save you is a big win for us.


To make the experience even smoother, we are doing a major overhaul of our suggestions engine. The new engine will leverage command annotations and your context (such as previous commands run and installed apps).


But snappier experience has another essential component: you!  To help you find what you are looking for at a glance, we’ve renamed many of our playbooks and given them more informative descriptions.


The last significant improvement we started working on is the new success blocks. They are the results that you see after you run a playbook. 


Instead of showing you all information as a list, the success blocks will display data in a cleaner way. For example, playbooks that return emails will show a “reply” button and the elements like subject line, body, and recipients. Playbooks that return events, on the other hand, will display the “join” and “view event” buttons.


Fixed 🐛

  • The WHEN commands are now more stable (triggers)
  • Fixed playbooks catalog bugs
  • Fixed broken icons
  • Setting scraper models with many fields doesn’t crush the extension
  • Forwarded emails preserve original styling
  • Fixed UI when saving playbooks
  • Bugs 


What’s coming 🔨

We are developing a visual playbook builder. The playbook builder will allow beginners to create custom playbooks without learning our commands. Additionally, the new builder will support conditional logic (If, then, filter, etc.) to build more complex workflows.


We also are making the Bardeen commands simpler by replacing the DO, GET, and WHEN words. 


Today’s commands have been written based on what we can do with the APIs, such as “Do upload file to Google Drive.” You can click on the entire command and run it.

 

The commands of tomorrow, however, will be grouped into atomic units such as “upload,” “send,” or “create.”  The new engine will let you compose them step-by-step (Upload... last file...to Dropbox). 


Finally, the Bardeen scraper is both getting a complete interface rebuild. We are also adding a new data extraction framework to increase accuracy.


Enjoy!

Updates August, 2021

Version
1.4.17

Asana integration

We’ve added Asana to our integrations list. Asana is our third task management app complementing Jira and Github.

The integration allows users to create tasks on the fly from anywhere on the computer with our global shortcuts, use page context to create more descriptive tasks, and automate task creation.

Explore our pre-build Asana playbooks from the catalogue.

Here are the Asana commands:

We will add even more commands in the next release.

Scraper Improvements 🤖

Web scraping is an immensely powerful feature for human-in-the-loop workflow automations. It eliminates copy-pasting and makes static websites actionable.

We’ve been continuously improving our scraper to make it more accurate and user-friendly.

Scraper data preview 

When building a scraper model, you can now see the captured data in a preview table. As a result, creating and testing scraper models will be much easier and more accurate.


Scraper model testing

We’ve built the testing infrastructure for the most commonly scraped websites such as LinkedIn and Github. Those tests will notify us when websites change their structure so that we can fix scraper models quickly.


As a user, you can expect more accurate results when scraping popular websites.


In the future, we will introduce additional features to heal scraper models dynamically.


Improvements 🏄‍♂️

  • Added playbook warnings to confirm before execution
  • Improved command suggestions
  • Improved command & playbook output UI 
  • Background PDF generator waits until website elements are loaded
  • Improved typography
  • Rendering input suggestions before typing 👇


Fixed 🐞

  • Multiple UI fixes
  • Notion authentication flow 
  • Clearing queue 
  • Capturing space character as the first input character
  • Setting minimum width for the global shortcut popup
  • Exporting pinned playbooks
  • Fixing OpenAI summary commands
  • Many more :) 

What’s Coming?

We got something huge cooking for you 🙌. We are building a revolutionary interface to create playbooks and automations.    


The scraper will get enough improvements on both accuracy and interface to grow into Scraper 2.0!


We are almost done with the playbooks recommendations engine that suggests the most relevant pre-built playbooks based on context. Playbooks will be suggested based on the current web page opened and conditions specific to you, such as your installed apps.


Finally, we are adding our first CRM integration - PipeDrive. This integration will unlock extra productivity for sales and marketing folks when logging, tracking deals and beyond.

Updates July, 2021

Version
1.4.12

In the last couple of months, we made significant strides towards making workflow automation seamless and fun. We’ve added new features, significantly improved the scraper, enhanced the UI, and much more.

Here is the digest.


New results UI

We’ve introduced three additional windows: Results, Queue, and Notifications.


The new Results window stores the history of all success messages when playbooks and commands are run. 


The Queue window shows all in-progress playbooks that are being executed. This window was created for the playbooks that take longer to execute, such as the ones that require transferring large files or extracting data from multiple web pages with our scraper. 


You can run multiple playbooks in parallel without waiting until each playbook is executed.


The Notifications window brings important notifications and error messages from the Settings page to the front of the app so that you can check them effortlessly.

UI reloaded

We’ve moved the main window to the center of the screen and removed the spotlight view. 


Although this may not seem important, this change has massive implications on the UX!  


Previously, when Bardeen was inside the extension window, it was subject to two limitations: 1) fixed window size 2) UI loading speed being throttled, causing an annoying lag when opening Bardeen.


With these limitations removed, you can launch Bardeen with a global shortcut and install playbooks from the website. 


Global shortcuts

You can now launch Bardeen from anywhere on your computer! Yes, you can now schedule a Zoom call or send an email reminder right from your code editor or Photoshop.


You can configure the global shortcut from here: chrome://extensions/shortcuts



Launching playbooks from the website

You can install and run playbooks right from our website. Just browse through our playbooks catalog or blog, and install the playbook directly from there—so no need to type the title of a playbook to add it to your favorites anymore.


Soon you will be able to embed Bardeen playbooks to your websites as well. You will be able to share a custom playbook with your colleagues and readers seamlessly. 

New scraper

The scraper has been one of Bardeen’s most beloved features. And we’ve been working relentlessly to make it even better. 


Background scraper

The background scraper allows you to extract data from websites periodically and without opening tabs.


You can run a scraper model on a URL and send the results directly to Google Sheets, Airtable, or Notion.


The background scraper made it possible to track job listings on Indeed, rare products on eBay, or gigs on Upwork.


Try this command:

“Get data using scraper model [model] for URL [url]” 


Deep scraping

You can extract even more information by combining scraper models.

 

The deep scraper allows you to extract a list using the list scraper and then run an individual scraper model on each list item. Use the output of one scraper model as the input for another.


Taking screenshots in the background

The most important information should be at your fingertips when you need it. With the background scraper, you can send yourself website screenshots via email or Slack automatically.


Think of Google Analytics, Stripe dashboards, stock market charts, and other websites that you check daily. Just set up a WHEN command and pick the frequency of reports.


Try this command: 

“Get page as PDF on URL [url]”


Improved input suggestions

Bardeen now suggests relevant playbook input arguments. For example, when running the “Zoom quick dial a Slack user” playbook, Bardeen will render suggested users and channels before you type anything.


We’ve also made command suggestions more relevant so that you can run nested commands more effortlessly, as we’re working towards our vision of fully proactive workflow automation (magic!).


Fixed 🐞

  • Stability of the WHEN commands
  • Playbook input UI
  • “‘getPlaybook’ of undefined” error
  • Stability of “When Notion page is added to a database” command
  • Stability of “When email is labeled with label” command
  • Stability of the OpenAI integration
  • Displaying playbook and command output
  • Many more :) 


What’s coming?

The advantage of being a browser extension is that we can recommend relevant playbooks at the right moment.


You will be able to discover time-saving playbooks without deliberately searching for them. You can run your workflows regularly, and Bardeen will propose the appropriate playbook for your use case.


For this purpose, we are revamping our in-context widget that will include playbook suggestions. Stay tuned 🚀

Updates May, 2021

Version
1.4.4

The New Input Interface for playbooks

The new input interface allows you to see all arguments inside a playbook. You can hit TAB to go to the next argument and SHIFT + TAB to go back an argument.


Compared to the old interface, you no longer need to delete correct arguments to edit the desired one.


In the future, we will introduce widgets optimized for each input type. For example, when you input dates, you will see a calendar input widget. And when you input text, you will see a rich-text widget. 


The List Scraper

You can now capture list data from websites. The list scraper identifies lists based on similar web page elements and allows you to capture specific elements in that list. 



With this new scraper, you can build outreach lists and collect data for analysis in under a minute. 


We’ve introduced two ways of capturing longer lists: 1) infinite scroll 2) pagination. 


And finally, we added the ability to capture URLs from page elements such as buttons and text elements with a link.  


Streamlining what we do the most: meetings

From over a thousand survey answers, we’ve learned that meetings workflows are by far one of the most frustrating manual tasks knowledge workers have to perform frequently.


We’ve listened and created a meetings-specific automations with lots of new playbooks and tutorials. 

 

You can explore the top meetings playbooks here


Here are the new pre-built playbooks:

  1. Create a meeting agenda in Google Sheets 
  2. Create new Google Doc for an event
  3. Create and open a new Notion page for the upcoming meeting
  4. Notify participants of current event about you being in the waiting room
  5. Email about running late to next meeting
  6. Google Meet a Slack user
  7. Send reminder email for event
  8. Email or Slack message current event participants
  9. Upload Zoom recording to Dropbox
  10. Upload Zoom recording to Google Drive



Zoom cloud recordings

Zoom cloud storage starts at $40/m, and if you don’t subscribe, you won’t be able to share the recordings.


Now, you can get your Zoom cloud recordings to Drive or Dropbox automatically. Here is the new WHEN command: 


When Zoom cloud recording becomes available [for meeting / with topic matching], then…


Improvements

  • We went through a thorough 3rd party security audit (mandated by Google and other 3rd party services we integrate with) and are proud to say that we passed their review.
  • The database is running much faster.
  • The progress reporting bar has better accuracy.
  • More relevant time recommendations when creating meetings


Fixes

  • Context widget stability 
  • Playbook deletion (previously deleted multiple playbooks at once in some cases)
  • “Get attachments from email” is supported for multiple emails
  • Displaying output data stability
  • WHEN triggers stability

Other

As we are working on revolutionizing how people interact with their data, security has been a top priority to us. We’ve just successfully completed a security audit by an independent security auditing firm. You can be even more confident in the safety of your data. See our security page for details.


Remember that your data does not touch our servers and gets requested from your client  (browser) directly.


Additional commands added:

  • Get redirected URL (enables workarounds with .new domains)
  • Get selected text
  • When new file is added, then...

In the pipeline

Background and cloud Automation

With the background automation, you won’t need to have your computer on for the WHEN triggers to fire. You will no longer need to worry about seeing an email from someone important late. 


We’ve recently deployed the infrastructure to make this feature possible and are currently testing it. 

Notifications

The notifications will bring important messages and error reports right to the extension. So you won’t need to go to the Settings page to get this information. 


Results Visual Blocks

The results visual blocks display the output data in a friendlier format, and you will be able to run quick actions with the output data. For example, if you get data in the table format, the new visual blocks will display the “Import To Sheets” button.

Updates April 2021

Version
1.3.2

What's new?

How about the release notes and this very page?

Now, you can stay up-to-date with our latest features and improvements. We will also announce new integrations, commands, and playbooks released. 

What this means to you is more time-saving automations and 🤯 customizations for your unique workflows.


Updated UI

We’ve tucked away some UI elements to give Bardeen a more minimalist look. Clicking on the input field 🔎 now opens the focused mode to keep you concentrated on the task at hand.

Jira and Dropbox Integrations

You can forget about filling out the same 10 fields eeeeeeevery siiiiingle time you need to create a Jira issue. Create your custom playbook with our Jira integration to create issues quickly from anywhere.

Dropbox 📦. You can now trigger actions in your web apps when a file is added to a Dropbox folder. Or you can simply use Dropbox as a gateway to get your Zoom recordings uploaded to Google Drive automatically. 

Check out the capabilities of Jira and Dropbox in Settings > Commands.

Commands added

  • Get redirected url starting from [url]
  • Get meeting recording file from Zoom event

New Playbooks

Improvements

  • Search is improved! We’ve added fuzzy matching 🧸 so that you can type what you want more liberally and still find what you are looking for.
  • Connecting integrations that don’t require user authentication will now be automatic when installing playbooks. Examples are SMS, Meeter, and OpenAI.
  • In-context playbooks recommendation is enhanced. Find relevant playbooks based on the current web page easier. 
  • Draggable in-context icon.

Fixes

  • SMS command is working more reliably.
  • LinkedIn profile scraper captures frields accurately.
  • Referencing the [last object] is working properly. 
  • Creating repeating Google Calendar events no longer requires inputting arguments in a specific order. 
  • Playbooks are now loading right away on the first installation.
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