We haven’t announced this publicly but today we just turned on a new mobile experience for Coda so that we can start collecting feedback before we officially launch it.
The overall goal was to make it feel like by building a document, you just also built an app for your phone without any extra work. To do that we made some perhaps counterintuitive choices:
- We make an attempt at laying out your tabular data in a card that is optimized to maximize the use of the small screen. Please send us feedback on when this is or isn’t working for you. It is a pretty radical approach but the idea is that if you were designing a mobile app from scratch, you generally wouldn’t design the data to be displayed as a table. You would create some kind of card view.
- Your sections are now tabs. Tabs are great for easy access. We also let you customize which sections show up in the tab bar. Pro tip: we are working on providing a less hacky way to do this but right now if you include an emoji in a section title, the app will often display an icon that looks kind of like that emoji as the tab for that section (we have mapped a bunch of the most popular ones to icons).
- Swipe for buttons. Although we don’t support full editing yet, try swiping a row that has buttons on it. Yep, buttons do work! I’ve personally found this opens up so many possibilities for on-the-go use cases.
A few things noticeably missing (don’t worry, they’re coming!):
- An actual native app
- A bunch of little things, including polishing a bunch of areas
We decided to go ahead and push what we had since our previous mobile experience was hideous and we wanted to start getting feedback on the work we’ve done so far.
So, please: go to coda.io on your mobile phone and check out your favorite doc. With any luck, you will be surprised at how you accidentally created a mobile app. All feedback, good and bad, is welcomed and wanted as we continue to iterate toward the final version.
P.S. Would love to see screenshots of how your docs look on mobile so feel free to post here or send me a private message.