Third-party apps embed - how it works in Allo

By Allo Team Sep 22, 2021
Sep 22, 2021

We've talked about how you can embed third-party apps files such as Google Drive, Figma, Airtable, Loom, and Github and preview them in an Allo canvas before. But do you know that there are actually a lot more different types of files we can handle? In this article, we will give you a full overview of how embedding third-party documents works in Allo.

Embedding a local file from your drive

Any local files you have on your local computer drive, you can attach them by dragging and dropping them directly onto the canvas. Also, all of the popular files will be able to be previewed inside the canvas. For instance PDF, audio and video files, Microsoft files, any text files, design files, just to list a few.

Another way you can attach a local file onto the canvas is to click the "Upload files" option in the toolbar located at the left and select "Your computer" to upload.

Similar to the local file, once you got the link you'd like to embed in the canvas, you can use your keyboard "Ctrl + V" (or "⌘ + V" on a Mac) to paste the link onto the canvas directly.

You can also embed a third-party app document by clicking the "Upload files" option in the toolbar located at the left and select "Embed link". You can pick the third-party app you'd like to embed and enter the URL, but really you can just pick "Anything", enter the link, and hit embed.

For Google suite files, you can even create a new document directly inside the canvas by selecting the type of document you want to create first and click "Create new".

Because these links are live, once the link is embedded, any changes made inside the original file will be reflected on the canvas in real-time.

Troubleshooting & FAQ

Embedded Website Not Working

To make sure the website you want to use can be embedded, you must make sure that:

  1. It is an HTTPS site. Unfortunately, HTTP sites will not work due to security concerns.
  2. The website administrator allows embedding. If they do not, you will get a message saying "refused to connect" or something similar. You can test this here.
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