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.
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.
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
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!
We continue adding new AI possibilities to Bardeen.
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.
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.
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:
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!
If you’re familiar with the old Settings tab, you will not miss it when you see this redesign.
Now, this minimal layout contains:
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!
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”.
This means you can now map a text to a URL field.
We have fixed unexpected behaviors occurring with the following actions:
This improvement will make it more convenient and reliable for you to use these actions in your automations.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
The History panel now includes your Autobook trigger history.
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.
Here’s the before and after.
This way, if you save a playbook from the catalog, it will appear on the search bar.
We've recently updated playbooks for Product Hunt, Facebook, Indeed, and Zillow.
We're in the progress of fixing Google and LinkedIn's models.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
You can use it to run powerful automation like “Compose an email draft using OpenAI”.
You can learn how this action works here:
We added 2 new options to this action.
This can be used to avoid errors when there are missing values, and replace them with standard text.
Here’s an example:
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:
Here’s an example of what running “Copy Linkedin profile to a Notion database” looks like.
When you search for automation you will find a new grouping.
This makes it easier to find them once you’ve added them to “My Playbooks”.
Here’s an example of getting “notion” tweets from “@bardeenai”.
This is what it looks like:
Here are some of our new Youtube videos you might like.
For productivity junkies!
For Notion fans!
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.
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.
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
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
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:
You can start using this feature by activating it this way:
In this release we’ve enable editing the “ask me every time” arguments, we’ve improved the Notion integration and fixed multiple bugs.
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:
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.
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🙂.
Next time you're in a rush to solve something, make sure to check if it's an already existing question!
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.
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.
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.
In this release we’ve added a Snov.io email discovery integration, made interface improvements on Playbook Configuration, and fixed multiple bugs.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
Share your best ideas for this feature on the #showcase channel on our Slack Community!
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.
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:
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 :)
Share your best ideas for this feature on the #showcase channel on our Slack Community!
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.
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
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!
In this release we’ve made several usability improvements and bug fixes.
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!😉
Fixed a bug where 2 tables displayed when clicking on the “Change back to single-line input” button.
Introduced the ability to click out when selecting fields.
Simplified the interface on the number of rows for list scrapers.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you use Bardeen on multiple devices (or browsers), Autobooks will not sync across devices.
We’ve added math actions to help you do more inside Bardeen without having to output data into a spreadsheet.
The new math actions:
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.
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.
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):
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will add even more commands in the next release.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The scraper has been one of Bardeen’s most beloved features. And we’ve been working relentlessly to make it even better.
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]”
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.
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]”
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!).
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 🚀
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.
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.
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:
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…
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.