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Zapier is a tool that helps act communicate with other software apps.

The review below by Jill Duffy of PC Magazine is a good overview of how Zapier works and will give you a sense of how it helps act work with other software. Thank you Jill for this great article.

When Act Premium version 18.1 introduced Act Connect to its arsenal, it created an environment of open-ended possibilities for act software users. Speaking for myself, as an Act Certified Consultant, I find the potential exciting and a little bit daunting because I’m forced to learn about new technologies in an effort to wrap my mind around the full potential of this exciting development.

By Jill Duffy If you run a small to mid-size business, you really ought to know about Zapier, which is an online tool that helps non-technical people connect apps and services they use and carry out automated functions. The automations or commands have an “if this, then that” structure. For example: “If I write a new blog post on WordPress, save a copy of that file to Dropbox.” The real selling point of these automations (which Zapier calls Zaps) is that you don’t need to know a lick of code to create them. A new update to the service makes Zaps possible between three or more apps and services, whereas you used to be limited to just two. Zapier’s only real competitor in the space is IFTTT, which offers a little more in the way of home automation, such as using a trigger-action to turn on smart lightbulbs. Businesses will find Zapier’s free account pretty limited, but beefy enough to give them a taste of how it works. Both Zapier and IFTTT are Editors’ Choice winners, and are well worth using.

  • Pros

    Creates automated actions between online services. Supports many business apps. Very simple to use. Free level of service offered.

  • Cons

    Managing folders could be simpler. Zaps don’t check for triggers continuously.

  • Bottom Line

    Zapier is an excellent online service that lets you create automated actions connecting disparate business apps and services, all without requiring any coding.

Source: Zapier Review & Rating | PCMag.com

Originally posted 2016-05-12 08:15:41.