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The Knack team on web applications, online databases, and beautifully designed products.

 

Sharing is Caring: Introducing our new Refer-a-Friend Program

01/16/2018 Posted by Danielle

Sharing is caring, and that goes for Knack too! We’re happy to announce our new Refer a Friend program.

In the upper right-hand corner of the Knack Dashboard, you’ll now see a fancy new heart button:

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Data Security Updates

01/12/2018 Posted by Danielle

Here at Knack, we take the security of your data very seriously. To help secure data in both the frontend and backend aspects of apps built with Knack, we’re happy to announce the release of some new Security Features for those on a Pro, Corporate, Enterprise, HIPAA or GovCloud plan!

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Knack Now Integrates With 1,000 Other Products

01/10/2018 Posted by Danielle

We know that getting your work done requires many different web tools. In fact, the average business uses between 10 and 16 apps, everything from note-taking tools, cloud storage tools, team communication apps, and various to-do lists. Sometimes, it can be a struggle to get them all working in tandem. Now that Knack has 1,000 integrations, you can choose your favorite tools and easily integrate them with Knack.

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Why We Chose Remote

01/05/2018 Posted by Carson

For most of us here at Knack, remote work is more than just a facet of our company culture — it’s a lifestyle we feel lucky to take part in, one that we treasure and that’s become integral to how we operate. (That being said, we do get together twice a year to bond as a team, hash out big ideas, plan next steps, and compete to see who can drink the most coffee).

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RC Recycling: Finding Commonalities with Our Customers

12/13/2017 Posted by Carson

I often say that one of my favorite parts about working at Knack is getting to see all of its seemingly infinite use cases. Hearing about a customer who’s using our product in a new way or to a new end is always exciting.

In some cases, such as with RC Recycling, Knack customers have taught me about entire industries I wasn’t previously aware of. My knowledge of construction sites is pretty limited, so talking to Mike about his company, which helps recycle excess concrete, was a window into an industry about which I knew almost nothing. Not only did I get to hear about the real world impact Knack was having on his business, but I got to learn about a whole set of jobs I hadn’t known existed.

With all the diversity of Knack’s customer base, sometimes it seems like the software itself is the only common thread. After all, what else is there linking car dealerships and international nonprofits, fishing companies and NFL teams?

But sometimes Knack’s impact extends beyond the technical or organizational. Since it’s web-based, it offers Mike something he hadn’t previously enjoyed: the option to work from anywhere with an internet connection. This has meant that not only can he take his time getting to the office in the mornings (since he doesn’t have to be there to get started on the day’s tasks), but his new part-time dispatcher, a stay-at-home mom, can work exclusively from her home.

This is a benefit that resonated with me. Knack is an all-remote team, and we value the independence, flexibility, and work-life balance that promotes. In fact, remote life is one of the core tenets of our company culture. Like Mike’s dispatcher, several of our team members have young children at home, and working for a remote company often means more time with family.

The range of Knack customers and utilizations is impressive, and one we love to see play out day after day. Sometimes the need for a robust database tool may be all that these companies have in common, or that we as a team have in common with them.

Other times, though, through a conversation like the one I had with Mike, a shared company value will be brought to light. And those moments are just as exciting as the ones that highlight our differences.

You can read our full case study with RC Recycling here.

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Send Webmerge Documents Back to Knack

12/06/2017 Posted by Danielle

We are really excited to share a new integration built by our old friends at Webmerge!

While we have previously offered a few options for integration using Zapier or custom code, we are excited to share the new update from Webmerge: Knack Delivery

Knack Delivery is a feature that allows you to automatically deliver generated Webmerge files to your Knack app.

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E-Commerce Updates!

11/28/2017 Posted by Carson

We’re very excited to announce some upgrades to our e-commerce functionality! Accepting payments with your Knack app just got even easier.

Saving Payment Methods

In the past, payments were submitted exclusively via checkout forms where users had to manually enter their payment information each time. Now your app can save a user’s payment method, so future payments are quicker and simpler.

Securely storing payment information in Knack means that users can log in to submit payments at any time, or you can charge their payment method as you complete services:

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E-commerce is a great way to set your app up to make donations, purchase tickets, or place orders. Now that user’s payment methods can be saved for future use, activities like online bill pay, submitting invoices, and call-in payment services are easier than ever.

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Feature Highlight: Allow Users to Add New Options in Forms

11/17/2017 Posted by Ranasha

In Knack, adding a multiple choice or connection field to your object is a great way to categorize or connect your data. Users can choose from a dropdown menu of options and associate the record with a category or record in a connected object.  

For example, consider the following example.

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Multiple choice and connection fields make it possible for you to offer several options to the user.  However, in some cases, the correct response is not always available. How can users add another option without needing to access the builder?  

Well, it just so happens we have a solution for allowing users, in the live app, to add new options from within the form!

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New Knacksters Alert!

10/11/2017 Posted by Danielle

We’re thrilled to introduce our newest Knacksters: Gavin and Jeremy!

Over the past couple months we have been busy making some additions to our dream team. We are so excited we wanted to shout it from the mountain tops, but we didn’t have a mountain handy so this blog post will have to do.

We also like to take sneaky interview screenshots. Along with bringing their unique skills and talents to the team, you can see that Knack is getting a nice upgrade in the beard department.

Gavin Foster

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Back in July we hired Gavin, who hails from Richmond, VA. He joined the engineering team as a Junior Engineer and is eager to expand his skills into full-stack engineering. Fortunately, we have plenty of needs in this department.

Gavin comes from an art background and during his interview he showed off his screen printing skills. Little did he know that according to Knack lore, an official Knack hoodie was promised to the team years ago. Since there is still no sign of it, we may need to enlist Gavin to help make it happen.

Jeremy Sher

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Jeremy is from Eugene, Oregon and is our latest Senior Engineer. We’re always excited to add a Senior Engineer so this was a great addition to the Knack “building cool things with code” department.

Jeremy also plays fiddle in a Bluegrass band and will happily discuss theories comparing coding with playing music. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a live fiddle demo during our interview so we’ll have to save it for our future Knack talent show.

So a big welcome to Gavin and Jeremy! We are so excited to see all the great things you do at Knack!

Knack Retreat: Salt Lake City 2017

09/20/2017 Posted by Danielle

A few weeks ago we had our 4th retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah. We caught up as a team, hashed out ideas in work sessions, and hosted our first “KnackCon” for our customers. Now that we have another successful retreat in the books, we wanted to share some of the highlights with you!

image_0Team Knack! We are getting better at group pictures!

 

ezgif.com-resizeWe also actually took individual pictures!

 

image_2We couldn’t get enough of the sunset views.

 

image_3Or the post sunset views, equally as beautiful.

 

image_4Oh nothing to see here, just giant mountains and rainbows.

 

image_5Retreats are always perfect for big picture strategy sessions. Some of us are paying more attention than others.

 

image_6Success team making things successful on the front lawn.

 

image_7We had such a great time visiting customers in Miami we decided to host our first “KnackCon” at our house with customers from the area. It was invaluable to hear more about how they use Knack and talk through what future updates might bring!

 

image_8Retreats are perfect for the engineering team to go deep on challenging issues. This year’s focus was on database performance. Steve decided to join because we were being loud outside of his bedroom.

 

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image_10Exploring downtown SLC.

 

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image_12It wouldn’t be a Knack retreat without game night! It may have taken us longer to agree on what rules to play by than actually play the game. What does it say when the founders are picked last in playground-style team selections?

 

ezgif.com-video-to-gifThe front lawn was the perfect setting for a somersault race.

 

image_13Somehow Lime-a-rita cheers have now become an official retreat thing.

 

image_14Leaving our mark on Salt Lake City!