Coda vs. SmartSuite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Coda
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Coda, from Coda Project headquartered in San Francisco, is a template-based document generation solution, supporting a variety of use cases presented by the vendor as ideal for smaller companies that might otherwise be relying on spreadsheets to maintain (for instance) product development, or inventory tracking. It is available free, with paid editions to support teams, automations, or for more advanced collaboration and workspace features, as well as more advanced security features.
$0
per month
SmartSuite
Score 6.3 out of 10
N/A
SmartSuite provides a collaborative Work Management platform that enables teams to plan, track and manage workflows - whether it be a project, an ongoing process or routine everyday tasks. SmartSuite helps coordinate people and work across all levels of an organization to ensure that team members have the information they need to accomplish the work that matters most. Team members can create a workflow, or choose from over 200 templates that can be tailored to their exact needs.
$10
per month per user
Pricing
CodaSmartSuite
Editions & Modules
Free
$0.00
per month
Pro
$10.00
per month per doc maker; unlimited editors (paid annually)
Team
$30.00
per month per doc maker; unlimited editors (paid annually)
Enterprise
Custom Pricing
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CodaSmartSuite
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsWith Coda, you only pay for Doc Makers. Often one person creates a doc, others edit it, and some simply observe from afar. Instead of charging for everyone, we only charge for the people who create docs. Interested in enterprise pricing? Visit coda.io/enterprise
More Pricing Information
Features
CodaSmartSuite
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Coda
-
Ratings
SmartSuite
5.0
19 Ratings
41% below category average
Task Management00 Ratings5.619 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings5.418 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings5.015 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings5.217 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings5.418 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings5.619 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings5.619 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings5.418 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings5.418 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings5.418 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings5.115 Ratings
Change request and Case Management00 Ratings5.217 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings5.216 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Coda
-
Ratings
SmartSuite
3.8
16 Ratings
65% below category average
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings5.015 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings5.015 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings4.210 Ratings
Best Alternatives
CodaSmartSuite
Small Businesses
Square 9 Softworks
Square 9 Softworks
Score 9.7 out of 10
FunctionFox
FunctionFox
Score 8.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
MSB Docs
MSB Docs
Score 9.7 out of 10
SAP Ruum
SAP Ruum
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Kofax Capture
Kofax Capture
Score 6.3 out of 10
Quickbase
Quickbase
Score 9.2 out of 10
All AlternativesView all alternativesView all alternatives
User Ratings
CodaSmartSuite
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(24 ratings)
5.6
(19 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.3
(1 ratings)
1.5
(2 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(2 ratings)
1.5
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.2
(1 ratings)
1.5
(2 ratings)
Configurability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
4.5
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CodaSmartSuite
Likelihood to Recommend
Coda
Coda is great to build a place for your users to go to and see information. It is easy to navigate through and the variety of content creation is great. However, it is not always easy to create what you want and there is a lot of playing around and learning. Coda also sometimes misses some functionality which is expected. For example, downloading a list of users that have access to the platform. Being able to send push notifications when a new page has been created etc. Overall it is a good tool to use just be prepared to invest time!
Read full review
SmartSuite
It is best suited to be a google alternative for a google drive due to its multiple functions. Can add action items, upload multiple types of files and assign people responsibilities and tasks. It combines resource platform abilities with project management functionality in order to unite all your needs in one area.
Read full review
Pros
Coda
  • Flexibility. It's easy to get started on a small scale, but add more complex organization strategies as needed.
  • Integrations. It's simple to ingest data from sources like Zapier for time-saving automations.
  • Useful components. View table data across different formats like cards or custom detail views.
Read full review
SmartSuite
  • SmartSuite is a good collaboration tool
  • The capabilities of the platform are immense
  • The customization features allow users to set up the report type and view it exactly as they want
  • The choice of the fields to be used in the records and reports is really wide
Read full review
Cons
Coda
  • It takes getting used to in terms of how the formulas per column is implemented, in contrast to how we build tables in Excel. For organization/team purchase, it would be worth considering having a training for the core team of users. Right now, we do a lot of self-learning.
  • Inability to email charts or image without these objects being hosted on a third party. The community has been great in providing workarounds but it would be much more convenient to be able to have such ability natively.
  • APAC Support. I'm based in Malaysia, due to timezone differences, even with a livechat implemented, the support for each step and conversation takes up to 24 hours per response. Having some hours covered in our timezone would greatly improve customer support experience.
Read full review
SmartSuite
  • A little better home screen, which is already in the works!
  • Better experience in the my work panel, which is also in the works already!
Read full review
Likelihood to Renew
Coda
Coda is definitely something that has been proven to drive positive impact in our organization. We have many divisions that can benefit from this that we have yet to explore. It would definitely be worth renewing.
Read full review
SmartSuite
I have a great expereance
Read full review
Usability
Coda
Coda can seem either really useful or really useless. The extremes of both ends is driven by what our own understanding of what we want to implement. If we lack this understanding, it will be easy to misunderstand Coda's usability especially in the wrong context.
Read full review
SmartSuite
This is beta software without support. Nobody works at this company.
Read full review
Reliability and Availability
Coda
So far in the past year, we haven't had situations that Coda has gone down for us which is great.
Read full review
SmartSuite
No answers on this topic
Performance
Coda
We haven't done any integrations - the initial part of our experience we found that for docs with complex formulas, the page tends to load slowly but in recent months, Coda has improved and optimized the loading times in general and we generally don't find any problems in terms of speed anymore.
Read full review
SmartSuite
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Coda
Mainly due to timezone differences. I think Coda's support in general is well implemented and executed. They know their stuff and are helpful. But since I'm not in the same timezone, solution rates are slower for me, and that's not something I prefer. I work in customer service, too, and more often than not, time is important. Shortening the solution time would be a much greater experience.
Read full review
SmartSuite
They have a great tutorial and a lot of hits during the work process
Read full review
Implementation Rating
Coda
I'm relatively inexperienced but this experience is meaningful. It would have been nice to have some guidance from Coda so that we understood more on Coda's purpose and potential.
Read full review
SmartSuite
That's easy. Just try
Read full review
Alternatives Considered
Coda
While all of the products listed have great features and platforms, there was always one thing missing from them that I would need to get from another application. Coda was the first one we used that really combined some of the best parts of those products and allowed us to use it in one place. I also appreciate the flexibility of creating your own framework and workflow, unlike in other tools where you have to follow how they capture data and organize projects.
Read full review
SmartSuite
For our team, SmartSuite contains all features that we need. Before we use Asana, Trello and tried to use Airtable. But all of these management systems did not satisfy us. Then we started using SmartSuite, got to know all the possibilities and decided to switch to it
Read full review
Scalability
Coda
I think scalability is definitely good here since it's based on number of doc makers. Implementation into each dept becomes simpler. That being said, due to the nature of our work, we find it easier that we have a "super user" and then a team of other doc makers. This would make the doc creation and management more efficient.
Read full review
SmartSuite
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Coda
  • Increased insight for all stakeholders involved--both in terms of overview and details
  • Better grip on issues and escalations--reduced friction, confusion, and higher clarity on status, next actions, and ownership.
  • Reduced time required by those who need to maintain all information. Record (a detail) once and use multiple times.
Read full review
SmartSuite
  • We have to spend less time on checking where the project is at
  • We can have less PM's in the business
  • Our clients are happier thus leading to more business
Read full review
ScreenShots

Coda Screenshots

Screenshot of One unified surface means ideas aren’t limited to a file type. A project doesn’t have to be split across tabs of documents, spreadsheets, and apps.Screenshot of Packs are a version of integrations or plug-ins. They connect the  doc to the apps in use every day, so as to pull live data in or push updates out automatically.Screenshot of Drag-and-drop templates provide a quick-start shortcut to commonly used templates like Upvote/Downvote, To-Do List, and Team Sentiment Tracker.Screenshot of Slice, dice, and chop data using Views. A View is a mirror of data that can be tailored to unique needs, all while staying connected to the source.Screenshot of When accessing the doc from a mobile device, it should feel like an app. Doc pages become tabs, buttons become swipe actions and doc notifications become push notifications.Screenshot of The Doc Gallery contains docs self-published by the Coda community. These published docs have a webpage-like interface and have varying levels of interactivity like view, play or edit. Find and share tools, templates, tiny apps, interactive handbooks, and anything else that can be built in Coda.

SmartSuite Screenshots

Screenshot of Screenshot of Screenshot of Screenshot of Screenshot of Screenshot of