I came across an interesting app today called Ninox. Has anyone heard of or used it? It reminds me a lot of Fibery in many ways. It has been around a lot longer, since 2014 at least, and in some ways is more capable than Fibery (more on that in a moment), while in other ways less so. The UI/UX is a bit outdated and clunky, but the set of capabilities is actually fairly impressive and broad in its core database area.
Ninox focuses entirely on databases, there are no “documents” at all, and no whiteboards. It also doesn’t use the “app” concept, but you can link together tables within a database in fairly well-represented ways. So it’s less flexible than Fibery in that respect to be sure.
Where Ninox shines is in its representations and interaction with the data, especially at an “entity” level. The concept of UI “Tabs” is used across much of the app, so you can create views of a table that are tabs, the equivalent of having a set of Fibery views all accessible from a single item in the main menu, and switched between using tabs in the content view. This is basically how ClickUp works too, and it’s something I like and have already requested before.
Perhaps more notably Tabs are also available on “entity” views, so you can arrange fields into tabs for better organization. I would definitely find this helpful in Fibery. Additionally you can add some basic formatting to entity layouts, including separators, free text with fairly sophisticated styling options (alignment, colors, borders), and more. Basically a much stronger ability to lay out and differentiate your entity views.
Also of great interest is the ability to add Views and charts to individual entity layouts. Imagine being able to chart the price of offers over time on one particular house, for example (remember, I work in real estate ). Or show the average number of tasks completed per week within your Project entity. Etc.
There are lots of other niceties and features I could mention, saved state of view for tables in left navigation, some of the handling of slide-in tabs, straightforward record navigation and manipulation (next/previous buttons, etc.), as well as various automation functions and integrations. Most of this stuff is probably coming to Fibery at some point. But it’s interesting to see how one tool chose to approach these things, and may even be helpful for reference, or avoiding some of the mistakes they made.
Anyway, I still much prefer Fibery, but this is an interesting tool to look at for possible inspiration on future Fibery features and improvements. As well as a sort of “parallel universe” view of what Fibery might be like if it was started in an earlier web era (even though they just rolled out a design overhaul to version 3.0 it still feels a bit outdated to me). It’s also a little surprising to me that it doesn’t come up in regular conversation of Fibery competitors/comparisons, whereas Notion, Airtable, and others do. I’d say Ninox is a lot closer to Fibery in some respects than some of the other apps it’s compared to.
So I’m curious what other Fibery users might think of it. They have a 30 day free trial and their presets do a decent job of showcasing a lot of the functionality. Take a look if you’re curious and/or a tool junkie like me.