I was excited for Coda, looking at syncing values across documents and tables for a self-updating system, but after a full day of trying to get Coda to do…ANYTHING, I’m disenchanted with its awful incapability. I’m perfectly willing to concede I’m stupid and nascent, but I haven’t even lucked into making a single function work. Literally everything is a dead-end with this garbage system. Create a calendar? Don’t expect to be able to add any items. Import from Google Calendar? Ditto. Following a Lookups tutorial? None of the references you need will load, and get ready to import an entire row as a link instead of pulling the data you actually want to display. I could link to a doc or table in Google sheets if I wanted a static link. What I need is cross-page data displayed.
It’s appalling how deep this deprecation has rotted into the UX. Every single tutorial or template I’ve found is broken in some way. Yes, I read and watched all the documentation. Most of it’s built around a UI that no longer resembles what’s there. Even something as simple as a link to an in-house calendar template is broken, and when you look it up of your own accord, the CTA for the Sync button is missing, leaving you to work out for yourself what to do next and how. I’ve just lost six hours I could have spent doing the job I’m paid for.
I think I’d rather use Monday. At least I know Monday won’t be able to do what I want it to do, instead of chasing after documentation that eventually reveals it, and I won’t have to build most of it myself to reach that state of non-functionality.
No need to reply, I’m not coming back. Enjoy your app, if you can make it work.