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Coda

Text and spreadsheet documents management solution

4.66/5 (62 reviews)

Coda overview

What is Coda?

Coda is a document management solution, which helps businesses create, edit, and view text documents and spreadsheets, streamlining processes related to product launches, project management, application development, and more. The platform comes with customizable templates, which lets organizations create personalized documents for meetings, brainstorming sessions, customer feedback, to-do lists, and market research.

Coda includes drag-and-drop capabilities, which assist managers with creating surveys or polls to improve workflows and approval processes. The solution offers a host of features such as document sharing, hidden sections, private folders, single sign-on (SSO), revision history, role-based access, and more. Besides, users can create custom workflows and automate notifications to receive email alerts about status updates, task completion, project modifications, and daily summaries.

Coda allows teams to add comments, take notes, and lock documents, facilitating secure collaboration across projects. Plus, it supports integration with a variety of third-party applications including Slack, Gmail, Jira, Shopify, GitHub, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Zapier.
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Pricing

Starting from
$10/month
Pricing options
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Markets

United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 other markets, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
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Coda user reviews

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Stan S.

Good now, only getting better

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-07-17
Review Source: Capterra

I've been using Coda since the closed beta, and I've been blown away by their vision for the future and the speed with which they're implementing new functions.

Pros
Other than Slack and e-mail, Coda is the main infratstructure for our organization. The flexibility and being able to set everything up and automate exactly to our liking is fantastic

Cons
It's a fairly new product, which means that there's (almost) constantly UI changes going on. Performance could be better too, and interdoc connection is missing.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Marie V.

The future of docs and collaboration

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-07-29
Review Source: Capterra

My experience with Coda has been exceptional. I feel empowered by their resources to create exciting docs that have transformed our workflows, and if I ever have questions I know that Coda Support or the Coda Community will be able to help.

Pros
Why I *love* Coda - First and foremost: tables and a writing surface in one doc. Never again do I have to link to a spreadsheet or paste long-form text into table so that all of my Google Suite info is cobbled into one doc. - Spans personal and professional work. I have transferred most of my professional work into Coda docs and (even more excitingly) moved all of my "life admin" work (moving checklists, auto repair history, wedding planning, etc) into Coda docs. Coda's flexible platform allows you to build docs that suit whatever work you're trying to accomplish. - Automations. In Coda you can set data and time-based triggers to alert you in email and Slack. These are game-changers when it comes to remembering an upcoming deadline, reminding a co-worker of an outstanding action item, or celebrating a data milestone. - Doc Gallery. The gallery is a collection of published docs that can be copied for your own use or be used for inspiration for creating new docs. If I'm ever stuck on how to make a doc (like distributed onboarding), I browse docs that other Coda creators have published for ideas on layouts, formatting, and formulas.

Cons
Challenges in using Coda - Onboarding. The power of Coda can be intimidating when onboarding – I would second-guess whether doc layouts were as good as they could possibly be, if my formulas were robust, if I should make a different sub-page or section for content, etc. Thankfully, Coda has a variety of resources like their Community of creators, the Help Center, a YouTube channel (shout out to [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN]!), and a fantastic support team. It took a couple weeks of watching videos and reading the Community page while transferring docs to Coda for me to feel like I really understood the platform, but now I feel like I really *get* all of the features and feel empowered when making docs. - Onboarding your team. Getting a team to adopt a new tool, especially something as foundational as docs/collaboration/documentation is hard. We had the full spectrum of people who were elated about using Coda to... not elated. I wanted to give everyone the experience of using a fully built out doc, so we transferred our weekly team meeting gdoc into Coda. In doing this everyone had a direct comparison between old (gdocs) and new (Coda docs), and we won over most people just with that doc. To keep up the momentum, I worked with teams and individuals to transfer over their docs to Coda, and I send out an email every week sharing a Coda feature (like emailing pages, automations, conditional formatting). Coda is the new default for our team after ~1-2 months of transition.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Giles B.

Slows down over time

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-07-17
Review Source: Capterra

Ok... but then it just slowed down and became unusable. We need to get critical company info out of heads and recorded fast. Loading up Coda was slow and they messed with the structure of docs too much to the point where we lost track of what went were. It was simple at first then it became docs, folders, sections, child sections. It feels like they're just bloating it with features now.

Pros
The flexibility to set things up how you want is great but that also comes with down sides after a while. The data table functionality works ok.

Cons
Speed and performance really suffers with time, to the point where it takes 10 seconds plus to open our main doc. Support tried to help but couldn't really do anything to improve it. It's also very easy to accidentally share your entire doc and make it public without realising. I wouldn't keep confidential information in there anymore because of that.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Robert S.

feature impact, ease of use and integration with existing business

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-07-17
Review Source: Capterra

Outstanding, see other reviews for further details.

Pros
Coda is a fantastic application which has incredibly transformative potential for those who are interested in exploring it. It is feature rich, with a constantly expanding portfolio of API options, built in capabilities and all important 3rd party integrations, this enables easy integration into existing business infrastructure and quickly demonstrates return on investment once things start to get set up. The way I see coda is like word/docs with the functionality of excel/sheets/airtable and the look of notion - take all that and put it on steroids by adding near limitless customisability and a fantastic customer support team who will help you to achieve things that you didn't even know possible - what you end up with is just a doc, the way docs should be

Cons
As coda is much younger than its competitors some of its features are still in development, for example the API only recently came out of beta (as of 17/07/20). There are some downsides to this which I'd like to imagine you can assume, however the diligent team release updates extremely regularly and listen intently to their customers, building a fantastic user-centric workspace experience with ever increasing features. The main thing which I didn't like about the software is that the tools in upper pricing tiers are too attractive, making me want to spend more than my budget on this kind of software - which I suppose is a good and bad thing.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Raul S.

Best app to create mini apps for remote teams

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-07-17
Review Source: Capterra

As a remote-first company, we at Getro.com, have been using Coda for over 3 and it's been an instrumental tool to help us scale and stay flexible operating our company.

Pros
I love Coda's flexibility. With my team we use it to define roadmaps and scope projects. Personally, I use it to take daily notes and I also run my own public blog with Coda.

Cons
It's important to be careful with large documents.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Coda pricing

Starting from
$10/month
Pricing options
Free
Free trial
Subscription
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Coda offers a free plan. Paid plans with annual/monthly subscriptions include:
Pro - $12/month per doc maker or $10/month per doc maker (billed annually)
Team - $36/month per doc maker or $30/month per doc maker (billed annually)
Enterprise – Details on request

Coda features

API
Alerts/Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Drag & Drop
Reporting/Analytics
Third Party Integrations
Workflow Management

Access Controls/Permissions (69 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (59 other apps)
Applications Management (50 other apps)
Change Management (45 other apps)
Custom Development (46 other apps)
Data Import/Export (54 other apps)
Deployment Management (45 other apps)
Graphical User Interface (49 other apps)
Mobile Development (46 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (52 other apps)
Search/Filter (50 other apps)
Software Development (55 other apps)
Web App Development (45 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Coda

Key features of Coda

  • A running list of action items and their respective status
  • A timeline for taking a project live that outlines what features should be operational at the go-live date
  • Ability to work collectively on a project while communicating and sharing information within the system in real time
  • Access the software remotely via mobile devices
  • Add labels/tags to tasks
  • Alerts/notifications within the system
  • Allow users to access multiple services after entering their login credentials once
  • Allows for integration with other systems/databases
  • Arrange activities and tasks based on their relative importance
  • Assemble applications and processes by dragging over and arranging pre-built components
  • Break tasks down into individual components. Assign users/dates to subtasks.
  • Collect, upload, store, and share all documents in a centralized location making it easier for everyone involved to access information
  • Communicate with and outreach to followers/customers/clients in multiple ways
  • Coordinates and illustrates a project's benchmarks and dependencies
  • Create tasks and assign completion dates and/or times
  • Create, design, and visually represent processes within the software
  • Create, manage, and share multiple calendars
  • Create, save, and re-purpose formatting
  • Create, save, and re-purpose formatting for emails, forms, and other campaign elements
  • Custom forms to streamline repetitious aspects of a document
  • Define project scope/deliverables, timeline, and resources/budget, along with outlining critical path, dependencies, and constraints
  • Edit text as needed
  • Encourages users to organize, discuss, improve, and evaluate insights or alternative thinking
  • Forecast of the expenses necessary for project completion
  • Forecast, plan, log, report and analyze project spending
  • Gauge satisfaction and receive information for improvement and success
  • Group collaboration to solve ideas in a productive and concentrated manner.
  • Identify and respond to unexpected problems or failures (ie. "negative events")
  • Identifying desired outcomes and important milestones and creating a plan on how to achieve them
  • Import tasks from .csv or other task/PM solution
  • Improve business process by accessing more features and applications by combining third party integrations
  • Informational updates that are delivered to users as soon as an event occurs
  • Leave comments and notes on documents that are visible to others
  • Level of completion within a task
  • Log and record hours worked and costs spent to assist in billing and invoicing
  • Manage the accounting and financial aspects of multiple operations and departments or ongoing projects from a single location
  • Measure time to completion or hours worked
  • Measurement and reporting of task milestones
  • Monitor task progress and planned accomplishments to better manage project status
  • Monitor the position or progress of tasks or projects from start to finish
  • Move/edit a task using drag-and-drop or picking a status from a drop-down or move multiple tasks at once via "Bulk edit"
  • Notices sent to individuals when a task, deadline, appointment, or activity is approaching
  • Organize and schedule tasks and set project goals
  • Organizing a group of people to accomplish a task
  • Plan and coordinate all the resources, costs and time needed to execute assignments
  • Preview and make real-time changes in the web content
  • Reporting on changes over time to the state of a request, a process, or an object
  • Reports/dashboards that provide a visual way for managers to understand the status of a task/project, costs, or other key information
  • Set a task to repeat
  • Set predecessor and dependent tasks, their duration and any lag/float between them
  • Share and present designs
  • Store and find contact information such as names, addresses, and social media accounts
  • Store documents in a centralized location for easy access
  • Streamline and manage the process of granting permission to the correct parties throughout task progression
  • System notifications about the need to bump priority level of ticket
  • Track revisions and updates to collateral, and navigate between versions of the same documentation
  • Turn emails into tasks using project-specific email address
  • UI looks like a physical to do list
  • UI looks like a spreadsheet
  • UI looks like task board
  • View and track pertinent metrics
  • Visualization tool to organize and optimize work/tasks
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Benefits

Key Features
- Automations: With time- or action-based rules, you can put small, important tasks on autopilot—like sending daily updates.
- Packs are our version of integrations or plug-ins. They connect your doc to the apps you use every day, so you can pull live data in or push updates out automatically.
- Cross-doc connects information between docs. Sync tables or parts of tables across docs for a never-stale source of truth.
- Revision history: access prior versions of your doc
- Explore and share docs: Our Doc Gallery contains docs self-published by our 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 you can build in Coda.
- Drag-and-drop templates give you a quick-start shortcut to commonly used templates like Upvote/Downvote, To-Do List, and Team Sentiment Tracker.
- Table Views. With Coda, you can slice, dice, and chop your data however you'd like using Views. A View is a mirror of your data that can be tailored to your unique needs, all while staying connected to the source
- Mobile-friendly and app-like. When you access your doc from your mobile device, you’ll feel like you built an app. Doc pages become tabs, buttons become swipe actions and doc notifications become push notifications (if you want them to).

Collaboration
- Real-time collaboration: See changes from other editors in real-time and who's in your doc right now.
- Doc sharing: Share docs directly, by link, or via a folder and choose who can edit, comment or view.
- Hidden pages: Simplify a doc for your team by hiding supporting pages and archiving old content.
- Locking: prevent editors from making accidental changes by locking pages or a whole doc. With advanced locking, restrict who can unlock, add pages and configure settings in a doc.

Workspace features
- Unlimited folders: Organize docs across different folders in your workspace.
- Private folders: Require an invite to see and access private folders in your workspace.