Coda Packs

Connect your doc to the apps you use everyday.

#4 Product of the DayOctober 18, 2018

Packs let you connect your doc to apps you use to design, code, and communicate. So you can make docs as powerful as apps.

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Reviews

  • Tameez Sunderji
    Tameez SunderjiDirector of Product @ Manifold
    Pros: 

    - Extends the power of Coda w integrations to popular external services

    - Elegantly designed integrations makes adding new services simple

    Cons: 

    More packs please!

    Coda is already one of my favorite tools that enables creation of powerful app-like experiences with the familiar and simple paradigm of docs and tables.

    With Packs, Coda gets supercharged by easily connecting with popular external services such as Slack, Github and Intercom. This opens up brand new use cases to create simple workflow and project management tools to better aligns teams, provide more transparency, and more easily get shi--things done. Check out the examples--you'll be impressed.

    Tameez Sunderji has used this product for one year.
  • Ethan  ✏
    Ethan ✏Co-founder @ Gaston
    Pros: 

    - Excel, but made for developers

    Cons: 

    - Still in Beta, so a few bugs here and there

    Coda has saved me so much time normalizing data, and even organizing my business. It's funny because I was struggling with Excel and Numbers just when I received the invite, so I was able to see how much better it is right when I was going through all the typical painpoints of that type of software.

    So many good concepts:

    - Columns can have a default value and a column formula, no more dragging your formula accross cells ;

    - Functions are much more powerful and let you write without thinking about cell coordinates. The syntax is very JS-y so it's much easier for a developer to use it, and I suspect it ends up being easier for non-coding people too ;

    - Being able to regroup data, hide columns and filter rows so fast is a blessing.

    - It's super easy to view your data under a different angle with all the integrated modes: Kanban board, Calendar…

    I really like Coda and can't stop talking about it as you can see.

    Ethan ✏ has used this product for one month.

Discussion

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Dylan Field
Dylan FieldHunterHiring@zoink · CEO, Figma
Hey Product Hunt - Very excited for this launch. Coda has an ambitious plan to rethink the fundamentals of documents — as Shishir likes to say, "making docs as powerful as apps". A few weeks ago, Shishir came by the Figma office to preview Coda Packs and the Figma team was blown away. The number of things you can do with Coda Packs is truly awesome, and what makes me even more excited about this release is that it's the first time we've seen a bunch of the Coda building blocks start to connect into a single, powerful platform. I was super impressed with how this release lets you connect all sorts of things to Coda via the web, including sending text messages via Twilio, automating Github PRs and creating conditional formatting based on live weather forecasts. Selfishly, I'm especially excited for everyone to try the Figma pack. Figma URLs are pasted into docs all the time, and Coda has done a really nice job of building on top of our API here to help designers work more collaboratively with other members of their team. We have a bunch of shared customers with Coda who I think will find this really useful! One of our goals at Figma is to be good "web citizens" — this is why we've worked hard to open up our platform with Web APIs that let you get your data out of Figma. When you expose your platform this way, you leave yourselves open to being pleasantly surprised by what others create. Looking forward to seeing what people make with Coda Packs!
Shishir Mehrotra
Shishir MehrotraMakerHiring@shishirmehrotra · Co-Founder and CEO, Coda
@zoink Thanks Dylan - I love the good "web citizens" perspective and I've echoed it a bunch of times :) As you know, we're huge Figma users and it's been one of the most useful Packs as we've been dogfooding - it's become one of the first things added to just about any product doc. Our designers are totally addicted. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the community comes up with!
Shishir Mehrotra
Shishir MehrotraMakerHiring@shishirmehrotra · Co-Founder and CEO, Coda
Thanks for the hunt, @zoink! Incredibly excited to see what everyone does with Packs! We like to say that Coda is as much a doc as it is a set of building blocks. Until now, those building blocks really only fit within Coda. Today, they can fit with all the other building blocks that comprise your team's stack. A table in Coda can now pull in your GitHub notifications. A button can push updates to your Slack channel or send an email to your team. You can even connect to the weather with a simple formula. The building blocks principle guides almost every product decision. Before we put any feature into Coda we vet it exhaustively: Does this feel atomic? Can it be applied in simple use cases and also complex ones? By approaching external data in a modular way, you're able to really build and customize your own integrations. So your team can continue to work in their own preferred way, with more fluidity and less copy/pasting. You can read more on our blog here: https://blog.coda.io/connecting-... Can't wait to see how this feature will transform not just your Coda docs but the way you work.
Matt Hodges
Matt Hodges@mattnhodges · Product at @Intercom
I've been following Coda for a while now–I'm a big fan of what they're doing. It's an incredibly powerful and useful product. We recently started using it heavily at Intercom across R&D for roadmap planning and tracking. Naturally, it's spreading into other parts of the business, like marketing, who are using it for launch planning. And it's spreading because it's a better fit than the mix of tools these teams were using in the past. Packs is a smart move for Coda. It's an acknowledgment that teams, particularly cross-functional teams, still need to use other tools to get work done and deliver projects. With Packs you connect all the tools you need to Coda, without investing any developer resources, to streamline workflows between them. I'm excited to see the teams at Intercom to get stuck into Packs because they'll save us a ton of time and streamline work across the company. I'm particularly excited for the new Intercom Pack. 😃
Shishir Mehrotra
Shishir MehrotraMakerHiring@shishirmehrotra · Co-Founder and CEO, Coda
@mattnhodges Thanks for the support! Intercom pack is ready. It's one of my favorites because it hits all the useful building blocks - pull data in from Intercom by pasting a link to a user/conversation/etc, write a formula to get more info, and add a button to post directly to a conversation. There's a great template to get started here: https://coda.io/t/Coda-Intercom-...
Tracy Chan
Tracy Chan@tracypchan · Spotify Product Director CrowdAlbum Fndr
We've been using Coda on our team for roadmap planning and okr's. Using Coda we've eliminated a ton of docware (spreadsheets, presos, shared calendars, etc) in our process, but still have to copy data to/from a bunch of other sources. I'm excited to try out Packs to use Coda as a true "control center" and eliminate those manual processes as well!
Lane Shackleton
Lane ShackletonMakerHiring@lshackleton · head of product & design at coda
@tracypchan Thanks Tracy! Your Spotify template has definitely inspired a ton of people, I regularly hear about it from people who've run their teams and OKRs. Excited for you to start using Packs, say hello to Bandit 🐕 for us, and Spotify Pack 🎧 is imminent 😉
Yuhki Yamashita
Yuhki Yamashita@yuhki · Product Manager at Uber
Congrats, Shishir & team on this launch! Packs was the feature that really helped me understand the true ambition of Coda's vision. Until this point, Coda always felt like an awesome and powerful doc with incredible database/table/view capabilities. Now, with Packs, the Coda has transformed from a canvas for building powerful docs to one for building powerful apps. Apps that can run entire businesses; apps that let you do almost everything from within Coda. My personal favorite is the Figma Pack. It's a simple integration, but it makes so much sense. Seeing the relevant—and up-to-date—mock inline is going to save our designers, engineers, and PMs so much time: no more traversing massive Figma canvases to find the relevant mock in question; no more exporting and copy-pasting mocks into decks that quickly get outdated. Coda has already gone viral here at Uber, but this is going to take things to the next level. I can't wait to see how this product evolves!