More beautiful & presentable
The lack of an ever-present toolbar means that docs look more ready to share or present, with or without cover photos.
People may be more likely to share Coda docs with their team or publish them to make their ideas shine.
Cleaner & simpler
A majority of weekly active editors never use the toolbar at all, so hiding the toolbar would make Coda feel more lightweight for simple cases.
People may be more likely to use and promote Coda for simpler cases like jotting down notes or a project brief.
Highlight what’s unique
Go from having ~15 buttons at the top of the page to just 5, making key actions like Share and Explore more prominent.
Increase in users clicking Share and Explore, especially Gen 1 users coming into a doc where Explore is not open.
Closer at hand
Since the inline toolbar shows up right next to your selection, it saves time compared to taking your mouse all the way up.
Applying a format using the toolbar takes less time and mouse travel than before.
Available in more surfaces
Users can now see the inline toolbar in places they couldn’t before, including row modal, comments, and also planned new features.
Increase in users applying formatting in row modal & comments, and unblocking future capabilities.
Since the toolbar is not always visible, we can show a different set of items based on your selection e.g. folding for headings.
Increase in discoverability of features like folding (and other things in the future like creating a view of a table).