What’s new in the Bardeen world

Learn about our latest features, product improvements and fixes.

Updates October, 2021

Version
1.4.25
October 7, 2021

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 Sep, 2021

Version
1.4.18
September 2, 2021

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 PlaybookSuggestions!



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
August 4, 2021

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
July 5, 2021

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
May 13, 2021

What’s new

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
April 12, 2021

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.