I’m Ayuba, the product manager working on the evolution of content sharing in Coda, and as part of our Coda 4.0 announcement, we’re introducing sync pages — formerly known as Coda full-page embeds. Sync pages let you have the content you need, everywhere at once, by allowing you add a page—and all it’s sub-pages—into multiple docs.
I wanted to take this opportunity to give an update on how this launch relates to our previously shared plan for sub-doc sharing, diving deeper into what you can expect to come.
One of our top requested features is the ability to share pages and subpages of a Coda doc without access to the whole doc. This scenario comes in handy when a manager needs to share a 1-on-1 page with a specific team member from their manager hub, a contractor needs to share a specific client’s invoice from their projects hub, or a writer is seeking feedback on a blog post from their drafts doc. More generally, sharing a page comes in handy when you need to share anything sensitive or that’s audience specific.
Though Cross-doc tables—now with two-way sync—are useful here, they aren’t always sufficient in every scenario—sometimes you want to share a whole page, not just a table on it.
Given how connected and interactive Coda pages can be, this turns out to be a tricky challenge. We’ve been taking this challenge head on at Coda and have staged our development into four steps, with today’s Coda sync pages update being step two of four.
Four steps to enable sharing a page, aka sub-doc sharing.
For step three, we plan to improve sync page access control, so you can add a sync page to a doc without viewers having access to the whole source doc. Instead, they will only see and have access to the page you added, with no shortcuts like we’ve seen in other tools. As we mentioned before, this will meet our maker’s expectations on the data boundaries of what people can or can’t access, building with enterprise grade security in mind — it can’t just look secure.
Completing step three unlocks step four, where you’ll be able to easily right-click to share a page—no other doc involved.
Each step we take is crucial, as it builds on the previous one, allowing you reuse your content across multiple Coda docs, while avoiding issues with content being duplicated or copy-and-pasted or out-of-date.
Finally, many thanks to you all for your incredibly valuable feedback. We continue to use it to inform our plans—and it’s one of many highlights of the community for me personally.
We’ll share updates on the sub-doc sharing roadmap as we have them—stay tuned!