Some things I don’t consider in this decision tree (but you may care about):
- Zapier integrates with more applications than Integromat (although sometimes, not as deeply)
- Zapier provides better documentation
- Zapier offers 24/7 support which Integromat doesn’t
- In my experience, Zapier’s integrations are more stable than Integromat’s
Working with tables
Now if your workflow requires you to import datasets such as:
Every X, I want to do Y. Every hour I want to update the number of pageviews in Webflow with data from Google Analytics.
You can elimite Zapier. Only Integromat and Parabola can import tables. However, how they treat tables is very different.
Thinking in Parabola is more intuitive, so let’s default to it
Integromat will treat your dataset as a bunch of single row inputs. It sees a Google Sheet as 50 “bundles” or rows, each with variables. On the other hand, Parabola lets you visualize the table you’re importing which is much more intuitive. For instance, if you want to say add 10 to every cell in a column or delete a column, here’s how you would think about that in Integromat vs Parabola
Parabola: “Import sheet, select column, add ten” or “Import sheet, select column, delete it”
Integromat: “Import sheet, loop over every 50 rows, select the variable, add ten” or “Import sheet, loop over every row, select variable, set value to empty (you’ll still have an empty column though)”.
Less integrations for Parabola
Being newer to the game, Parabola has fewer direct integration. Parabola offers a drag and drop experience for very few tools while Integromat has import functionality with many. Now, this isn’t an important trade-off because most services have an easy to work with API which you can easily plug into Parabola (check out my Youtube channel for how to do exactly that). And their support is wicked good (thanks Sachi, Brian).