I must agree with all the above. I LOVE Coda and I am migrating all my Excel and G-Sheets assets over as quickly as I can - and my clients are loving it too. Except those that use smartphones.
I’ve been designing mobile apps since long before iPhone and Android (remember XDA or Blackberry?)
And a key design principal for the smaller screen is “use scarce screen real-estate very carefully”.
The Coda mobile app wastes far too much space . I can only get 6 or 7 items on the screen with most layouts.
What’s needed are smaller fonts, smaller gaps between lines, less blank space padding and NOT defaulting to using space-wasteful CARD views by default.
I suggest that Codians be asked to close their laptops and switch off their super-sized high-res monitors for a few days a month and work exclusively on tablets and mobile phones. It’s a great way to get software engineers to ‘taste the soup’ and see the torture they are inflicting on poor mobile users! They will then raise lots of bugs and add tons of stories to the mobile backlog.
Almost none of my younger exec clients use laptops (not even macs) and expect EVERYTHING to work wonderfully on a smartphone! (So I have written my own app that opens their Coda docs inside a Webgl view set to emulate a desktop chrome browser, so they get a ‘desktop-like’ experience.)
As said above; your motto “docs that work like apps” is a great vision, but I find the product biased to the big-screen world and not the “everything is an app” world that is the real future for this concept.
I am delighted with everything that Coda has put into its product. And I understand (suspect) that the mobile use-case is not top-priority, there are hundreds of stories in the backlog ahead of all this.
But in my experience at the coal-face; the early adaptors, creative economy start-up wizards and alpha-geeks who will be the key drivers for tools like Coda , don’t want to be tied to desktops, laptops, macs and monitors. They want everything to be “on the cloud and in their palms”.