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Podio vs. Tape vs. InfoLobby

An objective comparison.

Although Podio, Tape, and InfoLobby share a lot of similarities, there are some subtle differences you should be aware of. Here we break down some of the main features to help you decide which product would be the best fit for your business.

We tried to make this comparison as objective as possible, and all parties were involved in the collaboration thereof.

Podio Tape InfoLobby LogoInfoLobby
Years in Business 13+ 3+ <1
Pricing Plus: $14/user
Premium: $24/user

You require a Premium plan to take advantage of the advanced workflows. All users must be on the same price tier.
Basic: $9/user
Premium: $24/user

You require a Premium plan to take advantage of the advanced workflows. All users must be on the same price tier.
$10/User
$49/Admin

Not all users have to be on the same tier. Only admins can create tables and workflows.
External users / Guests Free Guests, but they cannot create items. Guests have full access, but are limited (4 free guests per paid licence) Guests have full access but require paid licence (own account).
Limits 500k items/app
5M workflow actions
500k items/app
5M workflow actions
Unlimited
Large Data
max 500k items / app

max 500k items / app

Unlimited records / table
Data Views ★★★★
Table, Badge, Kanban, Calendar, Activity
★★★
Table, List, Kanban
Calendar and Gantt on the roadmap.
★★
Tables only.
Kanban and Calendar on the roadmap.
Split Views
Yes

Yes

No
Sub-Tables
No

No

Yes
Item templates
No

Yes

No
Report Widgets
Yes

Future Addition

Yes
Basic Tasks
Yes

Yes – plus checklist fields

No – need to use a table for this
Calendar
Yes

Yes

No – need to use a table for this
Chat
Yes

Yes

No
@Mentions
Yes

Yes

Yes
App Market
Yes

Yes

Yes
User Permission Levels ★★★
Space level plus sharing at App level and Item level
★★★★
Robust permission Groups; Workspace, App and Record Permissions
★★★
Space, Table, and Field level
Web Forms
Yes

Future Addition

Yes
Publicly Embeddable Views -
Limited cached tables via PWA

Yes – Summary only

Yes – optional click through to detail
Email Integration ★★
Limited ability to email in.
Transactional emails through PWA.
★★
Limited ability to email in.
★★★★
Limited ability to email in.
Support for transactional emails on records is baked in.
Mobile App
Dedicated mobile app with limited use. Web app does not work well on small devices.

Dedicated mobile app with limited use (no record creation and edit). Web app does not work well on small devices.

Not required.
Web app works equally well on small devices.
Calculation Fields ★★★★
Strong calculations using JavaScript that can reference related items.
★★★★
Strong calculations using modern JavaScript that can reference related items.
★★
Only simple SQL calculations.
Calculation Reliability ★★★
Asynchronous processing sometimes presents delays under load and can occasionally fail.
★★★★
Asynchronous processing could present account scoped delays under load and can potentially fail.
★★★★★
Calculations are performed in real-time as part of each SQL query. Always correct.
Workflow Automation ★★★
Strong workflow abilities through PWA.

PWA is a separate service and does not have direct access to Podio, resulting in intermittent errors.
★★★★
Strong workflow capabilities baked in.
★★★★
Strong workflow capabilities baked in.
Export Data ★★
Export as Excel sheets only. No comments or files included.
★★★
Export as Excel sheets or CSV. Comments, subtasks and files included.
★★★★
Export Tables as Excel sheets or CSV & Raw export of all data in JSON format, including all comments, emails, and files.
Public API
Yes

Yes

Yes
Portal Builders
ProcFu

No

ProcFu
Integrations Google Drive, ShareFile, RIghtSignature, O365, Box, DropBox
ShareFile, RightSignature, ClickSend, and SMTP supported in automations
MS Teams
SMTP in automations
SMTP
Any and all oAuth2 compliant APIs (eg: Zoom, Xero, QuickBooks, Asana, Podio, MS Teams, MailChimp, DocuSign, Todoist, Google, etc)
Workflow Code PWA uses PHP in a sandboxed environment.

Each action can only call whitelisted PHP functions.
Uses Javascript.

Can call all JavaScript (synchronous and asyncronous) as well as internal Tape functions and methods.
Uses LobbyScript - a custom DSL very similar to PHP.

Can call only included functions and some specialized extended functions
Data Access Speed ★★★★
Via Middleware.
★★★★
Via Middleware.
★★★★★
Direct SQL queries.
Infrastructure All items are in a single database.

No horizontal scaling possible.
All Items and Orgs are spread over database clusters.

Can easily provision new clusters as required.
Each table is a physical SQL table. Orgs are spread over clusters.

Can easily provision new clusters as required.
Bring your Own Database
No

No

Future Addition will allow you to connect your own on-prem MySQL database.
Website podio.com get.tapeapp.com infolobby.com

* "Podio" is a registered trademark and used in this document purely to identify the product under Nominative Fair Use.

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Benefits

  • Lightning Fast
  • Always Accessible
  • Any Device
  • No Bloat
  • Secure
  • Collaboration
  • Easy – Advanced
  • Web Based
  • Use–based Pricing
  • Pre–made Apps
  • App Market

Features

  • Global Search
  • Table Filters
  • Icon & Color Pickers
  • Embeddable Forms
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Users Mentions
  • Email Reminders
  • Member Access
  • Calendar Feeds
  • Invites

Business & Users

  • Multiple Accounts
  • ∞ Workspaces
  • Unlimited Tables
  • Granular permissions
  • Guest access
  •  
  • Comments
  • Notifications
  • Email Updates
  • User Activity List
  • Record Edit History

Advanced

  • Robust API
  • Calculation Fields
  • Custom Flows
  • Embeddable Forms
  • Custom Code
  • SQL Formulas
  • Custom Views
  • Data Filters
  • Relationship Fields
  • SMTP integration
  • Webhooks
  • Import / Export
  • …& more

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…& so much more
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