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Several months ago, we set for ourselves an ambitious goal: what would your doc look like if a someone purpose-built a native mobile app for it? And could we make that happen automatically, without you having to think about how?
Watch your doc become an app.
Here’s how your doc transforms on mobile:
1. Your sections become tabs
Sections are the navigation of your doc, and map to the most common and efficient way to navigate mobile apps: a tab bar. By default, you’ll have quick access to the first four sections of your doc, but user of doc can choose and arrange whatever sections they want to promote to tabs and make the ‘app’ their own.
2. Tables and buttons adjust to fit your screen
If you look at your Coda doc on desktop, you’re likely to find a few tables of structured data. If you look at apps on your phone you’ll find plenty of structured data, but rarely shown as a table. Instead, you’ll often see structured data represented as cards that fit well on the screen and scroll in a single direction.
We follow this common pattern to help you quickly find and scan information from your tables. Tables show with different card layouts based on their structure, all without you needing to do anything.
For now, there’s just a couple exceptions: if you have several numeric columns, you’ll see a table so you can read the column headers and know what each value represents; and if the display column is hidden, you’ll see a table as there’s not a clear choice for a card title. In all cases, just click the table icon if you want to see it in the full table layout.
Additionally, mobile cards commonly support swiping as a gesture to perform actions. Button columns in your tables transform in to swipe gestures on cards, enabling efficient access to quickly perform any task you choose.
3. Notifications you set up in your doc push to your phone
Notifications on your phone allow you stay on top of your work and move faster. Of course, you’ll know when someone shares a doc with you or mentions you in a comment. But Coda’s building blocks enable more - with people columns that can notify when someone’s added, buttons that can send notifications when clicked, and automations that can send notifications on any rule, you can create the perfect logic to send a notification exactly when you need. Everyone you choose will get an email, and those with the iPhone app will receive a push right away.
Mobile Web and More
We know that you work in a team, and want your Coda docs to be accessible to anyone you work with any time you send them a link, no install required. Our revamped mobile web experience enables anyone to fully participate in a doc, from any device, with an app-like experience.
We also know many Coda users value the quick access and convenience of a dedicated app, and we’re starting today with an iPhone app.
Android & iPad users, stay tuned! Many of us are Android users here and our experience on Android is quite good (sans app) since it’s very easy to pin Coda docs to your home screen so they feel “just like apps”. The main thing iOS users get is that Coda notifications show up as system notifications. We’re working on an Android app, but think you may love the experience you can get already.
We’ve heard from many of you that it’s most important to view and edit the content of Coda docs from your phone, more so than creating or expanding the structure of a doc. We’ve focused first on enabling full editing of any part of a doc that you’ve created using Coda’s building blocks on desktop.
We’ve also introduced a new set of starter templates on mobile that help you get started with many common scenarios straight from your phone, without needing to worry about setting up the tables or views first. So you can get started with a new project plan, to do list, or contact log straight from your phone.
Our hope is that the Coda mobile experience can do more than just transform your existing docs into convenient apps, and also open up new scenarios. What custom app will you build for your team, just by making a simple doc?
We’ve had fun creating new docs that leverage mobile push notifications, like the My Reminders and Time Tracker templates. Some of you have inspired us already, like @benblee whose Inventory Manager feels just like an app on the phone. One of our Coda employees @gilgoldshlager41 just created a Flashcard App that’s a great study aid from your phone.
What will you create? We’re excited to find out.