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.
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.