Quickstart Guide

Your fast track guide to get started automating documents

Thanks for giving DocsAutomator a go! The following steps should get you started in a few minutes. This guide assumes you already created an account at app.docsautomator.co

If you want personal help or have questions, please schedule a call here: https://calendly.com/docsautomator/call

1. Create New Automation

After logging in for the first time, you're greeted with the following screen:

Please click + New Automation

An automation in DocsAutomator combines your data source (Airtable, Glide, Noloco, ...) with your Google Doc document template.

2. Set Title & Choose Data Source

DocsAutomator integrates with a growing list of data sources like Airtable, Glide, Noloco. Please choose the data source you would like to use. Depending on the use case, you may be asked to connect your account.

3. Choose Document Template

DocsAutomator uses Google Docs for templates. You have a few options to get started:

  1. Add the DocsAutomator Playground Template to learn interactively Next to "Select Template", you can add the playground template to your automation. This gives you a quick start to interactively learn DocsAutomator's syntax, map some data and generate first documents. You can also check out the template here: Visit DocsAutomator Playground Template

  2. Pick a template from our library We offer a growing list of ready-made templates for various use cases which you find in our template library: Visit Template Library

  3. Create a template from scratch / bring your own template If you already have a Google Doc template, it might make most sense to convert it to DocsAutomator's syntax. For this, or if you want to start from scratch, follow the guide here: Google Doc Template Guide

  4. Let us handle the template creation for you We offer a template creation service to create perfect templates for you. You can submit a request here: Visit Template Creation Service Form

4. Map Data, Create Previews & Start Automating

Depending on your data source / integration, you map data to your template variables inside of DocsAutomator's automation interface or directly inside the integrated app.

For Airtable and ClickUp, mapping happens inside of DocsAutomator.

For Glide and Noloco, you map data inside of those apps in the respective integrations.

This section covers the basics of the Airtable integration. Please visit here for the in-depth guide and all features: Airtable

Having selected "Airtable" as your data source, you will see the following section in your automation:

This is where you define which Base and Primary Table will be used for mapping your template placeholders to fields in your primary table and where the generated PDF will be stored.

DocsAutomator's Airtable integration differentiates between a primary table and linked tables. Think of an invoice and line items. The invoice would be a record on your primary table, whereas line items live in a separate, related table.

After selecting the base, primary table, document name field and attachment field, you'll map data below:

DocsAutomator handles all of Airtable's field types.

On the right, you'll be able to create as many previews as needed to make sure your documents are perfect:

Last step is to set up document creation inside of Airtable to start sending requests to DocsAutomator and automate the document creation process:

Here you can copy / paste a script in Airtable or use the webhook feature to send requests. In the video below, you see an example using the webhook via a button in Airtable:

Need help?

Reach out at support@docsautomator.co or via the in-app chat to get help quickly!

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