We’ve been doing a lot of user research the past few weeks at Coda. One thing we heard was that while it feels exciting to build a powerful doc, it can be significantly less exciting when your friends and colleagues can’t figure out how to use it with you.
We’ve been testing some tweaks to tables and are excited to share some updates that significantly improved table visuals and users’ understanding of how to interact with tables.
Easier to select, reorder and delete rows
Previously, your doc collaborators had to know that they needed to click on a row and move their cursor to the left to expose the drag handle, which allows for drag-and-drop sorting and deleting.
Now, the “handle” is exposed wherever you hover on the row so that it can be accessed more easily and intuitively with a single click.
Easier to expand rows
You might also notice that we’ve updated the look and feel of the Expand Row button.
Previously, it blended in with the rest of the table interface…
…but now it looks and feels more like a button!
Easier to add rows
We’ve also made it easier to add rows to collaborative tables. Previously, you had to know to either hit Enter a few times, press Control + click on a row or hover your cursor in juuuuuust the right place to add a rowーespecially if your table had grouping.
We’ve made the option to add a new row much clearer.
Tip! If you’re working with Coda pros who won’t need this more-visible prompt, and you’d like to consolidate space in your table, simply right click the Add Row button to toggle it off. To turn it back on, go to your Table Options > Table display and the “Show add row button” setting.
Improvements to table visuals
We didn’t just improve the interactions for tables! We’ve also improved the visual designs for how you select rows, columns and groups. Say goodbye to the old blue borders…
…and hello to a more minimal grey selector.
Just like it did for our early testers, we hope these design updates make it easier for your colleagues and collaborators to understand how to use tables and make your docs look more beautiful to work in!