Reduce operations for a beginner

Hi there,
I am a bit of a newbie to Make/Automation, and I’m wondering if I can do things more efficiently.

I have created a scenario that checks for any new attachments added to an Airtable record, then checks if the attachment exists in Dropbox and if it doesn’t, uploads it to Dropbox.

This works well. But what I am noticing is as the number of attachments grows in any specific Airtable record, the number of operations used to run the scenario is increasing quickly.

An Airtable record with 16 attachments will use around 70 operations to move a single file across to Dropbox. Some of these records will quickly get 100’s of attachments in them which will require large amounts of operations to move a new single file.

Is there a better way to do this?
Is there a way I can simply look for new files and transfer them if they’re newer than the last operation run… or something similar?

Thanks in advance

Welcome to the Make community!

  1. What are you iterating?

  2. Why do you need a transform to JSON module?

  3. Why do you need to download a file to check if it’s in Dropbox? Can’t you check using the file name first, and if it doesn’t exist THEN you download the file?

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Hi @samliew
Thank you for the comprehensive instructions!

I’m not 100% sure why it has been set up the way it has. I was going back and forth with support. I think it may need to be iterated due to be being an array and it needed to be converted to JSON for Get a File. But I am unsure.

Reducing the amount fo downloading and checking to upload one file would be great if anyone can provide some tips or ideas. Thanks!

blueprint.json (24.0 KB)

1 - Airtable

2 - Iterator

3 - JSON - Bundle 1

4 - HTTP Get a File

5 - Dropbox Seach File/Folder

6 - Dropbox Upload File