It's a new day for docs.
Coda is a new type of document that blends the flexibility of documents, the power of spreadsheets, and the utility of apps into a single new canvas.
Docs, sheets, apps, data ... it's all of them.Cons:
The first demo was kinda mind-boggling. Many more people are programmers than think they are - ever put a formula into an excel doc? A3 = A1 + A2. Congrats, you are a programmer.
Part of what makes excel and spreadsheets such a universal tool is the micro-programming anyone can do and therefore incredibly powerful.
So imagine if you brought that power to everything outside of spreadsheets. And reinvented spreadsheets too.
Take micro-programming and applied it to everything, suddenly you could do what feels like magic things for a document to be able to do. Reading through a few of the other reviews, that's why non-app developers are saying things like "it's my to-do list app that I created myself".
I'm thrilled to see where the journey goes from here.John Donham has used this product for one year.
documents with superpowersCons:
Unable to import existing documents
Even though this product is able to save documents to Google Drive, its unable to import them from the service. So any existing documents you may have need to be recreated. Huge setback for those wanting the functionality offered.Nique Devereaux has used this product for one month.
This is a God dreamCons:
There's plenty that could be added (e.g. charts! cross-referencing tables between docs!) but it's so early and the core product is so good.
"We on an ultralight beam
We on an ultralight beam
This is a God dream
This is a God dream
This is everything"
I know now what Kanye was talking about when he sang the above. Ever the prophet, he must have been referring to the eventual development of Coda. My first day of using this felt like I was going mad with power. We spend so much time syncing, linking, zapping services together in order to attain a semblance of coherence and continuity. Coda breaks down the walls between applications, the walls between services, and thus the walls within your mind. There is no need to sync, it's all there. This is everything.
I think that, if the business model is done right, Coda will be the thing that people constantly come up to you and ask "Have you ever thought about using Coda?" every other day. You will roll your eyes and say "not another system", just like you did with Google Docs back in the MS Office days. Eventually you'll give in. Only then will you know what it means to be on an ultralight beam, in a God dream.Tim Richardson has used this product for one week.
Amazing on-boarding, endless possibilities, thinking about using it instead of Quip / TrelloCons:
Not accepting utf-8 characters. Cannot invite teammates that are not on Beta list :/
Coda might finally be the product management tool I was looking for.
Even though I still need to set it up correctly, I can already tell that it will be useful for my team thanks to that complete on-boarding and the Gallery of templates!
Thanks for that nice tool guys.Grégoire Méker has used this product for one day.
Table references, date functions, and other tricky database actions work intuitivelyCons:
Much more developed on the table side, with only very basic word-processing features
Coda might have hit the sweet spot between simple todo-list apps and over-complicated project management apps. I don't think it will replace Excel for what Excel was supposed to be for (financial spreadsheets, et al.) but it could be a serious contender for all the things Excel was never really meant to do (project tracking, todo lists, etc.)
No matter how clever, every other productivity tool felt too limiting in one way or another (and project management apps were overkill for me), but Coda feels just right. They have great demos on their site and there is good information at www.UsingCoda.comJess Jacobson has used this product for one month.
Very useful, possibly, for documentation. Great onboarding!Cons:
Still underdeveloped feature-wise. No data visualization!
Doesn't compare to Airtables in field types and formatting, and anyway both of them, without data visualization, still pale in comparison with Salesforce or Excel.Fabrizio Bianchi has used this product for one day.
It's everything you need inside one document! I can't wait for it to be available for all for collaborative workflows!Cons:
Some layout issues, like when card view is used, they populate vertically. Very inconvenient especially when compared to Trello. (Specifics)
While I haven't been exactly looking for a solution that Coda is trying to provide, I see this as a very effective tool in documentation. I definitely think this is a step up in project management tools, and it introduces the convenience factor that Google's family of products is lacking.
I've tried Notion as well but I find the table and formula approach that Coda has implemented to be much more flexible and useful. (That said, it's possible that they are trying to solve different problems.)Remington Chan has used this product for one week.
Hugely powerful and infinitely flexibleCons:
Docs could be improved
Coda is incredibly close to being the perfect project management tool for our small digital agency by not providing any tools, just tools to make tools. We're able to create tables and views that describe our processes rather than dictating them. I've been blown away by how quickly we were able to get from a blank page to a pretty comprehensive business management tool, tracking projects, individual tasks, invoices and contacts.
I'd like to be able share single views with clients - that's the one puzzle piece keeping us on Trello and the docs could be more comprehensive. That said, it's still early days and I challenge you not to be impressed by Coda. I'm hooked.Marc Heatley has used this product for one week.
Database like applications, accessible like a doc or Excel file. Lots of simple examples you can take and make into whatever you want.Cons:
Build API Connectors!
Love the team at Coda, who I was fortunate to get to play with when they were still in stealth as Krypton.
Coda will feel very much like something you know, but as you learn more about it you will find it a world apart.
What is it? A doc, a spreadsheet, a database, an application prototype tool,... a speeding train?
To each their own. I think it is a doc surface that can take mere mortals (non coders) like me from where we are, somewhere closer to what a coder can do. When I can find time to learn to code I will, until then Coda!
Just fooling around I have used it to create an agile workforce planning tool prototype that helped me align myself and stakeholders at a clientwhat they wanted without wasting a ton of time or money and a writing tool (book outline index card database) that helped me get my book proposal accepted by Wiley. I have TONS of ideas I want to explore on this tool. I’m so grateful for it.
I predict much success for this team when the rest of world figures out what they got here.Mike West has used this product for one year.
Coda is a great way to get my team of designers and engineers organized around our product specs, project timelines and bug bashes!Cons:
Coda includes robust table features that I haven't fully explored yet. But I love the ability to view my data in Gantt or card form!
With Coda, I can keep all of our retrospective notes and progress tracking organized. No one needs to wonder which document to look at, because everything is in one place!Ketki Duvvuru has used this product for one year.
The interface is clean, beautiful, and simple to use, which makes being productive fun.Cons:
It doesn't support iOS yet.
I am having so much fun with Coda. I am a senior in high school taking classes at community college, and Coda has helped me to organize my life. The interface is simple and so fun to use that I want to start making all of my documents in Coda. Then, if for any reason I want to turn that document into something interactive and alive, I have that option.
The first document I made in Coda was a to-do list to keep track of my school assignments and deadlines. In a few minutes, I created an app as powerful as any to-do list app you can find on the app store, and on top of that it was customized to my liking. I even made it so if the due date was approaching, the task would turn orange, and if the due date was that day, the task would turn red. All that with basically just a few clicks. And the best part is I can now add any features I want. For example, my next idea is automation. Taking the info from a weekly schedule, and automatically making that day's to dos into a new list.
I have had early access to Coda for just a week, but I have already created so much, and my imagination is the only limit. Now that it has been launched to the public, I can't wait to see what other people will create with it.Zoe Olson has used this product for one week.
Quick templates gallery, fast loading, tons of cool features, very powerful for the small team (can replace Jira, Excel & Confluence)Cons:
no charts and send shared url
I've been using Coda for quite some time. My QA team is constantly using it on daily basis to analyse constant changes in develop and creating test plans for regression cycles for RC builds. We've deprecated most of our Excel and Google spreadsheet documents. It's very powerful tool with lots of cool features. Card view and Gantt charts are very useful and well implemented.Tigran Saakyan has used this product for one year.
The good things from Google Docs and Dropbox PaperCons:
Too many things to manage in one place can be a reason for chaos. But I hope it's a matter of getting used to it.
Fortunate to check out Coda from when it was invite only Beta (Krypton).Matthew John has used this product for one year.
Flexibility and usabilityCons:
Got a 404 when I hit "Request access"
Seems to have some teething issues but excited to see where this goes!Ashwini Sriram has used this product for one day.
Love how Coda allows my team and I to be much more productiveCons:
Coda is constantly getting more sleek!
Coda helps my team at Uber be more productive than any other tool we've used (Asana, Trello, etc.)Nikhil Goel has used this product for one year.
I used it for 1 day and i like it)Eva Tompson has used this product for one day.
An interesting solution!Cons:
Not very clear design
I tested it a little. Great product, I liked it)Evdokiya Reskalenko has used this product for one day.
Incredibly broad set of features in an intuitive and friendly UICons:
No iOS support
Strong and innovative productivity tool from a strong and innovative team. Can’t wait to see where they take it from here!Nirav Tolia has used this product for one month.