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Overview

What is Coda?

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)…

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Users have found Coda to be a versatile and flexible tool that has helped them in various aspects of their work. One key use case is …
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Coda Reviews

8 out of 10
April 19, 2022
We were using Coda in my previous workplace to collaborate within immediate as well as cross-functional teams and use one platform for …
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Coda Rocks!

9 out of 10
April 15, 2022
Incentivized
Coda is allowing our quickly growing company to consolidate and track OKRs across many different departments and functions. We often have …
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Great tool to use

7 out of 10
March 03, 2021
Incentivized
We use Coda as a tool to update our internal users on an ongoing project. The project affects many people across different departments and …
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Pricing

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Free

$0.00

Cloud
per month

Pro

$10.00

Cloud
per month per doc maker; unlimited editors (paid annually)

Team

$30.00

Cloud
per month per doc maker; unlimited editors (paid annually)

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttp://coda.io/pricing

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Product Demos

Coda Beginners Guide: Creating Coda Docs [30-Minute Demo]

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Product Details

What is Coda?

Coda is a doc that brings words, data, and teams together. It starts with a blinking cursor on a blank page and can grow as big as a team's ambition. Coda comes with a set of building blocksーlike pages for infinite depth, tables that talk to each other, and buttons that take action inside or outside the docーwhich users can combine to make a doc as powerful as an app. The vendor says people have made Coda docs that do everything from launch products, to scale small businesses, to help them study for tests.

Coda Features

  • Supported: Pages: Every Coda doc starts with a page. And can grow into as many pages as desired, so users cannot outgrow the doc, no matter how big a team or idea.
  • Supported: Tables & Views: A table in Coda can be as simple as a list or as deep as a database. And it can have customizable, connected views, so everyone can work off the same data, in their own preferred way.
  • Supported: Controls: Controls—like buttons, select lists, and sliders—to make a doc feel more like an app for teams.
  • Supported: Packs: Packs connect Coda doc to apps in use—communication tools, coding tools, and design tools.
  • Supported: Formulas: Formulas can live anywhere in Codaーon the page or in a control or table. These are like the connective tissue between building blocks in Coda.
  • Supported: Automations: Automation is the building block that puts repetitive yet important tasks on autopilot.
  • Supported: Templates: Popular compositions of building blocks are offered as templates and made them available inside the doc.
  • Supported: Forms: Collect inputs and data and synthesize using Coda's building blocks to view and filter data

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.

Coda Videos

Meet Coda
Learn how Figma's Yuhki Yamashita uses Coda to ship product
Watch Coda CEO & Co-Founder Shishir Mehrotra transform Stripe COO Claire Hughes Johnson's fabled offsite doc into an interactive Coda doc

Coda Competitors

Coda Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Notion, Quip, and Dropbox Paper are common alternatives for Coda.

The most common users of Coda are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Community Insights

TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Users have found Coda to be a versatile and flexible tool that has helped them in various aspects of their work. One key use case is project management, where Coda has been used to track progress, deadlines, and manage tasks. Customers have also utilized Coda for managing their installation base and generating reports. In addition, the software has been used to create and send customer marketing emails. Another valuable use case is point-of-care usage, where users can easily access and manage relevant information. Coda has also been effective for post-event analysis, enabling users to analyze and evaluate event outcomes. Overall, Coda serves as a centralized platform for teams to collaborate, manage data, and streamline workflows across different departments and industries.

Automation Features: Reviewers have praised the automation features of Coda, with multiple users stating that it has helped streamline their processes. The ability to automate row creations and actions has been particularly appreciated, making tasks more efficient and saving valuable time.

Flexibility and Customization: Many reviewers have highlighted the flexibility of Coda, noting that it allows them to build virtually anything and migrate data from Excel. This feature has been extremely useful in simplifying information access for teams, keeping information current and easily accessible.

User-Friendly Interface: Users have consistently praised the user-friendly interface of Coda, finding it powerful and flexible for document building. The intuitive nature of the interface, along with the use of Coda formulas and Packs, has made it easy for users to create complex documents with ease.

  1. Limited API access: Several users have expressed frustration over the limited access to APIs in Coda, stating that it hampers their ability to integrate the software with other tools and platforms effectively.

  2. Steep learning curve: Some reviewers have found that Coda has a steep learning curve, requiring significant time and effort to fully grasp its capabilities and features. They feel that this can be a barrier for new users or those looking for a quick and easy solution.

  3. Occasional performance issues: A few customers have reported experiencing occasional performance issues with Coda, such as slow loading times or laggy behavior. While not consistently encountered by all users, these disruptions can impact productivity and user experience negatively.

Attribute Ratings

Reviews

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April 19, 2022

Coda Reviews

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Very intuitive to use
  • Highly flexible- you dont need to think of formats
  • Very agile and collaborative
  • Integrations with internal tools are not great. You cannot read/write info to other tools of your choice easily.
  • Managing scale can get clumsy.
  • Onboarding/ initial learning curve is cumbersome for many users.
December 08, 2021

Coda Is One in/for All!

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Document creation.
  • Storing documents in a neat and organized manner.
  • Integration with Gmail and Slack.
  • Design can be improved. Sometimes it looks so 80s (font especially).
  • It's not very intuitive.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Overviews of any kind--think of lists you want to keep in Excel, but then easier and better.
  • Links between tables (references, look-ups).
  • Extensive filtering capabilities.
  • Conditional formatting.
  • Publishing/sharing information with a wider user group.
  • Creating multiple different views based on the same primary table.
  • It would be great if the row height of text fields could be capped to an x-number of lines. Now, you can select to use wrap/unwrap; however, headings and hard returns can still make the rows too high.
  • The formulas in Coda are very powerful yet can turn somewhat confusing, too. The good thing is that there are many YouTube videos available with instructions. Still, it may take certain users quite some time to get a good grasp on the formulas.
  • The speed of loading the pages has improved and should be improved further.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Aesthetics - We have used many other programs, but Coda by far looks the best.
  • Ease of use - it is fun to build Coda documents!
  • Support - the customer support has been phenomenal.
  • Gantt - working on making improvements, but still need more.
  • Freezing Columns - would like to freeze so can see the far left column while side scrolling.
  • Infrastructure training.
March 03, 2021

Great tool to use

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • You have a variety of contect you can create
  • There are predefined templates that you can use
  • You can invite people via email domain
  • The features sometimes are not as intuitive and it can take hours to do something as you envision it
  • Often what looks great on a laptop looks bad on a mobile
  • Feature updates or improvements deployed by coda can change how your content looks and you may not be aware for a while until you stumble across it
Matt Woods | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • 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.
  • Doesn't map 1:1 to spreadsheets. You can't use Coda to replace Google Sheets / Excel 100% of the time. Its database-like structure is an advantage for some use cases, but a limiting factor for others.
  • Formulas aren't intuitive. You can unlock seriously powerful workflows with the formulas provided, but they're far less intuitive than something like Google Sheets / Excel. This often leads to buggy or incorrectly set up documents too.
  • Difficult to manage complexity. You can put lots of data in one tool. But this can easily become cluttered, confusing, and sometimes redundant if a clear organization strategy isn't applied for larger documents.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Organizing information.
  • Sorting and filtering in multiple views.
  • Importing issues from Jira.
  • UI responsiveness with large amounts of data
  • UI design: It's good but could be even better.
  • Flexibility in customizing look & feel of components/tables.
Pearl Cheah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Automation is fantastic. Automating row creations and actions has helped streamline a lot of our processes without sacrificing too much time and effort, making overall transition easier for most of the users.
  • Flexibility. We can virtually build almost anything and migrate things from our Excel.
  • Simplifies information access for the team, keeping information current and accessible.
  • App-like feel in mobile. This is one of the winning points when we took up Coda.
  • In the past 1 year of using Coda, I have observed large leaps of development and new feature release. This gives confidence to me as a new user that this product is here to stay and tries its best to stay relevant.
  • 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.
Camille Hidalgo Nussbaum, CSM® | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Ease of creating databases and automations.
  • User-friendly interface.
  • Powerful and flexible doc building through the use of Coda formulas and Packs.
  • Providing support to their customers.
  • Constantly providing improvements and rolling out new functionality.
  • "Barrier of entry" is a little high for those who do not have any database experience.
  • More out-of-the-box integrations with other applications would be nice.
  • Performance for very heavy loaded/traffic documents could be improved.
  • Scalability for enterprise level customers and doc loads could be improved.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • One source of truth: It's incredibly easy to keep everything organized and easy to find.
  • Being able to show different views of the same information throughout your doc makes it really easy to customize the information.
  • In general, I love the "coding" aspect of it, and being able to do advanced functions has helped us create some really interesting automation and streamline our process.
  • The biggest improvement would be allowing individual adjustments to cells in tables and not just the entire column.
  • The charts could be improved; I find that they aren't great at putting the information in a logical order (ascending, descending).
  • Templating would be really nice to create something that can easily be duplicated cross doc or within a doc.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • Creating a solid and unified database of information.
  • Lots of capabilities over filtering out data and show them.
  • Responsive support team that really tries hard to help you out.
  • Better customization on calendar layout.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • I really enjoy having the option to expand and contract titles and subtitles in order to have a wider view of the information and expand the specific subject needed.
  • Being an online tool accessible to many users.
  • Intuitive to find information through similar key words, not necessarily exact.
  • Speed when showing the contents, somethings it can lag.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
  • My favorite feature is the ability to create views of tables and roll ups.
  • Coda is completely customizable and easy to share
  • Replaces having multiple google docs, sheets, etc.
  • Some of the features are not intuitive such as copy and paste
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