Incredible Organization & Automation for Power Users
March 01, 2021

Incredible Organization & Automation for Power Users

Matt Woods | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Coda

We're using Coda across our entire organization to sidestep the mess caused by dozens (and hundreds) of disconnected Google docs.
On my team, it helps us keep all our plans for upcoming product, design, and marketing work in one place. It's brilliant as a source of truth because we can create a table with key project information once and re-use across multiple filtered views depending on our needs.
  • 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.
  • Less time wasted copying-and-pasting to prepare for recurring meetings.
  • More time focusing on high-impact ideas because they're cleanly organized in an end-to-end system.
  • Team members can find the most important documents quickly on their own. Less asking "where did that link go, again?"
  • Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), Airtable and Notion
For general use cases, Google Docs or Airtable are often a better starting place. But if things get complex or you're constantly pairing the two together, consider graduating to Coda to save yourself long-term headaches.

Notion is great for personal use, but the powerful automation and collaboration features in Coda make it a better fit for teams in my experience so far.

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When Coda Works Well
  • Using Airtable, but struggling to add the right context + automation? Coda's document/database hybrid with smart automation could save you tons of time.
  • Hitting the limits of your latest Google Sheet? Coda brings a fuller set of features that unlock collaboration and can help you filter down the complexity in some cases.
  • Setting up a no-code internal tool for your team? Coda excels at most use cases like this. Automate idea collection, voting, etc.

When Coda Doesn't Work Great
  • Collaborating with users outside your team? You probably want Google Docs instead.
  • Want a simple, no-fuss spreadsheet or doc? Coda's extra features might just get in the way.