Coda

It's a new day for docs.

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#2 Product of the MonthOctober 2017
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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.

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  • John Donhamceo tunein
    Pros: 

    Docs, sheets, apps, data ... it's all of them.

    Cons: 

    Insanely ambitious

    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.
  • Pros: 

    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.

Discussion

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Shishir MehrotraMaker@shishirmehrotra · Co-Founder and CEO, Coda
Thanks for the hunt, @johnolilly1. We've been waiting for a long time to welcome people into the Coda beta! I'm excited that day is here. We began this journey three years ago, and it all started with a simple observation: In a world full of packaged applications and productivity tools, why do we still rely on documents and spreadsheets so much? When I was at YouTube, we ran a thousand-person organization off a handful of spreadsheets. Some people found that scary, but I personally found it awesome. These docs let us build tools specific to our unique ways of doing things. But it's also a bit sad. These docs were invented for accountants and typists 40 years ago, and have hardly changed since. Despite all the new features, today’s documents and spreadsheets are structurally insufficient for our modern workplace. It made me and my cofounder Alex wonder: What would we build if we started from scratch? Today you can join our beta to see how we're tackling the challenge. Coda erases the boundaries between words and data. It's a place where everyone can work together, in their own way, off the same data. And it's built to grow with your creativity. I can’t wait to see what you Coda!
Joelle Alcaidinho@joelle_writes · ACI Researcher, misanthropic gadabout
@shishirmehrotra invite requested!
Tin Hang Liu@tin_hang_liu · Founder & CEO of OSVehicle
Erwin James Will@ejameswill · Software Dev
@shishirmehrotra I really want to try this out at work
Nicholas Sheriff@nicholassheriff · Founder, Sheriff Ventures
@shishirmehrotra Invite requested :D this looks awesome
Ben Lang@benln · Spoke
@johnolilly1 @shishirmehrotra Super excited for Coda, looks like an incredibly compelling product. Can't wait to try it out!
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
Also, not to be confused with Panic's Coda...
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
@chrismessina That was my thought too. How wise is it to launch a new product with the same name as an established one? Surely it'll lead to confusion for new users.
Erick Barron@erickbarron86 · Internet Marketer
@chrismessina @frassmith yes, it did for me - specially since both products lean towards developers.
Steve Luvender@steveluvender
@chrismessina That’s where my mind went. I’m a heavy Coda (text editor) user. This (new) Coda looks downright awesome, but the duplicate name is going to get a little confusing if I bring it into my workflow – which I might like to do because the features look great.
Zeke Gabrielse@ezekgabrielse · Founder of Keygen
@chrismessina agreed. I thought it was a new release for Panic's Coda. Not a good idea to use the same name.
J. Alexander Curtis@_jacurtis · Co-Founder, Yagi Telecom
@chrismessina I also thought this was a new version of Coda (the text editor), which feels due for a new update. I was confused when I saw it was a spreadsheet/not-spreadsheet program.
Hunter Walk@hunterwalk · Partner, Homebrew
Got a preview of Coda a few weeks back and it felt like the future. I will also attest that Shishir's YouTube spreadsheets were nuts so this is definitely a product invented from the team's personal pain points :)
Shishir MehrotraMaker@shishirmehrotra · Co-Founder and CEO, Coda
@hunterwalk You'll be happy to hear that all those spreadsheets have been converted to Coda docs :)
Dylan FieldHiring@zoink · CEO, Figma
Huge congrats Shishir and team!! Coda was one of the first teams to fully adopt Figma (before we even launched our beta!) so I've been lucky to get a front row seat to their development over time. It's an incredibly exciting product and the vision is incredible. Shishir is an expert at building platforms and this orientation manifests all across the product; if you spend the time to learn it, Coda is the sort of tool you can use to accomplish anything. We have tons of projects we are dying to use Coda for at Figma... super excited to dive in and get started!
Shishir MehrotraMaker@shishirmehrotra · Co-Founder and CEO, Coda
Thanks @zoink! As you mentioned, we were lucky enough to be included in the early Figma beta - similar stage to what Coda is at now - and it's been awesome to see the amazing things people can do with Figma here. Looking forward to seeing a similar level of creativity with Coda!
Tracy Chan@tracypchan · Spotify Product Director CrowdAlbum Fndr
I've been using Coda for the last few weeks to consolidate and track work across my teams at Spotify. We've been able to eliminate disparate spreadsheets (with a crazy amount of tabs), presentations, docs and dashboards and consolidate into one Coda doc. With Coda I've been able to link user needs, goals, metrics, people, teams, projects, features and milestones, all together. Given any one of these attributes you get an incredible amount of context all in line. As an example, if you look at a feature, you can see future/past milestones, the team that owns the feature, the underlying user needs it's addressing and the team goals it's driving toward (and higher level goals they're in support of). In the old ecosystem if you updated information in one place, you had to remember to update across the myriad of documents, and information was almost always out of date. In Coda, update once and it updates across the ecosystem. I've been more obsessed with Coda than I'd like to admit, which a testament a great product and I can't see how to see how the product gets better and better over time.
Shishir MehrotraMaker@shishirmehrotra · Co-Founder and CEO, Coda
@tracypchan Has been amazing watching the Spotify team run with Coda. You've been inspiring our team and stretching our imagination. Can't wait to see what's next. Big thanks!
Shishir MehrotraMaker@shishirmehrotra · Co-Founder and CEO, Coda
@tracypchan Oh and +1 to this: "I've been more obsessed with Coda than I'd like to admit".