tl;dr: We’ve been working on redesigning the doc header & toolbar in Coda and want to give the community an early chance to try it. Just head to the Labs section of your Account Settings to enable or disable this beta and use this form to share feedback.
Redesigned doc header
Over the years, we have worked on making Coda feel simpler and a key principle as part of that has been “more of your work, less of ours.”
To push that goal even further, we’re testing a redesigned doc header to make docs look more presentable and welcoming for collaborators. As one example, your cover photos now expand edge to edge. In our own testing, this small change has made a big difference in how it feels to use Coda every day.
Over the last year, we have introduced a number of new ways to insert and format content in Coda including slash commands and the Explore panel. In looking at our data, we noticed that the vast majority of people editing in Coda rarely use the toolbar, even though it is always at the top of the screen.
We have been working on a contextual toolbar that shows up only when you need it, and is right next to your selection. This also makes it easier to format text in comments and row detail.
The toolbar now appears any time you select some text, and disappears when you deselect. For tables, it shows up only if you select more than one cell, row, or column. If you need to use the toolbar at any other time, just press the Command key once (Ctrl on Windows) .
We believe this change sets the right direction for modern writing surfaces overall, and it opens the door for some of the bigger investments we have coming up. However, we realize it takes a bit of adjustment coming from the previous model, which is why we want to give our valued community early access to the feature.
You can enable or disable this beta from the Labs section found at the bottom of the page on your Account Settings, as shown below:
Note that this setting is on a user-by-user basis, so if you opt in and a colleague does not, you may see slightly different experiences in Coda as a result.
We are still improving and refining the details of this feature, and would appreciate if you can use this form to share your feedback. Some questions we’re interested in:
- Does the toolbar appear at the right times? Does it ever appear when you don’t need it, or are there times you wished it would appear when it didn’t?
- Is there anything you like or dislike about the header changes? We want to make sure the header works for any cover photo and doc name you choose.
We can’t wait to hear what you all think, and appreciate your help making this feature the best it can be.