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Features

A worksheet to decide whether Coda or Notion is the best fit for you and your team.
These are the
15
top feature areas that makers consider when evaluating tools like Notion and Coda. Select how important each is to you and see our recommendations. This is my take on the rankings, and the underlying data is from my experience and the experiences users have shared with me from using both tools.

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Feature Name
Description
Importance to you
1
Writing (text)
How it feels to write a brief, take notes, spin out a memo, or your draft the next big feature idea?
00
8
2
Structured Content
What can I do to make my content - words, images, tables, charts - communicate well and look great?
00
6
3
Organization
How easy is it to catalogue, order, find, and share my team's work?
00
6
4
Spreadsheet
Can the tool collect, hold, reference, calculate, and order data to help me manage and glean insights from it?
00
8
5
Database
Does the tool connect tables together and allow extraction and summaries in useful ways?
00
6
6
Formulas
Am I able to calculate what I need to without manually counting and can I do things with this data?
00
5
7
Integrations
Does this tool plug in to your existing workflows and/or able to create new ones? From native integrations, generic connectors like Zapier, and APIs.
00
4
8
Interface (UI / UX)
Does it feel good to use the tool - interaction, speed, look and feel? Am I comfortable sharing with my parents as much as my team and clients?
00
5
9
Collaboration
Do I feel like my team can co-create and communicate effectively in this tool? Includes live editing, comments, workflow management, centralization of data.
00
7
10
Automation
How much work can I not do? Templates to save time in creating, buttons for actions, triggers for running things on their own.
00
3
11
Pricing
Does the service match the value in which we get?
00
4
12
Access
Can I access the tool easily? Logins, platforms, apps.
00
4
13
Security
Do I trust the business with my data? Uptime. Certifications.
00
2
14
Support
Can I get help when I need it? Do they understand me and my problems?
00
4
15
Community
Who else is making on this platform and how are we connected and inspired to make the best things?
00
4
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Recommendation

Because
@Writing (text)
and
@Spreadsheet
are the two most important things to you, along with how you ranked the other features and how the different products stacked up, we're recommending that you use
Coda


Reference: How the choosing works

If you'd like to take a look, here's a detailed view in how each tool fares in the different feature categories, which powers the recommendation 👇

Feature Overview
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Feature Name
Description
Coda Rank
Coda Why
Notion Rank
Notion Why
Importance to you
Coda Weight
Notion Weight
1
Writing (text)
How it feels to write a brief, take notes, spin out a memo, or your draft the next big feature idea?
It's a doc!
Blocks over writing.
00
8
16
32
2
Structured Content
What can I do to make my content - words, images, tables, charts - communicate well and look great?
Calendar, card view, gantt, charts, outlines, hero image.
00
6
18
30
3
Organization
How easy is it to catalogue, order, find, and share my team's work?
Folders, docs, sections, folders.
Everything is a page, even rows!
00
6
24
30
4
Spreadsheet
Can the tool collect, hold, reference, calculate, and order data to help me manage and glean insights from it?
Formulas, both like Excel and like object orientated languages
Light formulas.
00
8
32
24
5
Database
Does the tool connect tables together and allow extraction and summaries in useful ways?
A full query language with relationships and connecting data points.
Easy to set up relationships.
00
6
24
18
6
Formulas
Am I able to calculate what I need to without manually counting and can I do things with this data?
Write formulas in tables, in the canvas, query and calculate, pull in from other sources like Packs.
Basic Excel-like formulas such as SUM and IF.
00
5
25
15
7
Integrations
Does this tool plug in to your existing workflows and/or able to create new ones? From native integrations, generic connectors like Zapier, and APIs.
Packs connect to tools like Gmail, Slack, Calendar, Jira, Greenhouse, Intercom. API. Zapier.
Zapier.
00
4
16
12
8
Interface (UI / UX)
Does it feel good to use the tool - interaction, speed, look and feel? Am I comfortable sharing with my parents as much as my team and clients?
Good writing editor and table interaction.
Lovely interactions and movement through the app. Dark mode is nice on the eyes.
00
5
20
25
9
Collaboration
Do I feel like my team can co-create and communicate effectively in this tool? Includes live editing, comments, workflow management, centralization of data.
Live editing and cursors. Light comments.
Good comments, can’t see other folks working.
00
7
28
28
10
Automation
How much work can I not do? Templates to save time in creating, buttons for actions, triggers for running things on their own.
Packs, Buttons, APIs, run IF / Then sequences on actions or time-bases.
Templates to save you time.
00
3
15
6
11
Pricing
Does the service match the value in which we get?
Only paying for Doc Makers
Per user
00
4
20
16
12
Access
Can I access the tool easily? Logins, platforms, apps.
All browsers, all apps
All browsers, all apps
00
4
16
16
13
Security
Do I trust the business with my data? Uptime. Certifications.
SOC II, SSO, Enterprise grade security.
Exposed entry points, google auth.
00
2
10
6
14
Support
Can I get help when I need it? Do they understand me and my problems?
Chat support, dedicated account manager on Enterprise
Email support.
00
4
20
16
15
Community
Who else is making on this platform and how are we connected and inspired to make the best things?
Crowdcast, discuss
Crowdcast, reddit, meetups.
00
4
16
16
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4.13
Average
3.73
Average
300
Sum
290
Sum

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