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One of the best parts about Coda is that it can replace a wide variety of other products you may already use. If you ask our customers what they compare Coda to, they will generally describe it in one of 3 categories:
Documents: We get compared to most writing surfaces, from Word and
@Google Docs
to
@Quip
and
@Notion
.
Tables: Folks bring tables from Excel and
@Google Sheets
as well as databases like
@Airtable
in their docs.
Apps: People are making equivalents of actual packaged apps in Coda, for managing customers, recruits, inventory, and project tasks like
@Asana
or
@Smartsheet
.

Coda can exist in all of those categories because it's a new kind of doc, built to be flexible and adaptable for your work. Read on for specific comparisons.
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Google Docs
Document
Have you ever tried to email your weekly sync notes right from your Google Doc without copy/pasting into GMail? With Coda you can send the notes with a click of a button!

Instead of one giant Googe Doc for your meeting notes that runs 40+ pages, clients move to Coda's multiple pages and collapsable content to keep things organized. And include your action items table directly in there as well, rather than in a separate tool.

Whether you're writing product briefs, drafting memos, or taking meeting notes, we've made it easy to get all of your information into Coda. Besides copy and paste, you can as sections in a Coda doc with a click of a button.
Project Briefs
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Quip
Document
Quip is a new form of document like Coda. They are focused on chat and workspace collaboration, especially connecting to the rest of the Salesforce ecosystem (acquired 2012).
You can insert stand-alone things like calendars and tables, but the data sits there and can't be changed for different audiences. Copy and paste your Quip docs into Coda and everything (except for custom objects like calendars) will come over nicely.
Project Briefs
Meetings
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Notion
Document
Both tools are in the similar space of a writing surface where you can track and visualize data, though Notion starts as a wiki whereas Coda begins as a doc. Our clients have found docs to be more familiar with their teams, especially as they grow.
Makers often hit limits when building internal tools in Notion, so they move to Coda for a rich formula language and building blocks like buttons, charts, and Packs (integrations) that can really grow a doc into an app.
Copy your words and tables from Notion into Coda and find the logical points to make new docs.
Team knowledgebase
Onboarding
Tasks
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Google Sheets
Table
For all those Sheets that aren't your company's P&L of financial model, Coda is an interactive way for teams to work with the same data while creating different views for each: projects, OKRs, customer databases, or offsite travel schedules.

Our Product Managers and Marketing Team meet to review one view of critical launch data every Monday, then spend their weeks operating in unique views that best meet their teams needs while syncing with each other every step of the way.

Copy and paste or download to a . Now you can set column types, create views, and make it more friendly to users.
Roadmap
OKRs
Projects
Candidate Tracker
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Airtable
Table
Coda's tables act like databases similar to Airtable, and they are more flexible (richer formulas, etc), and have true built in integrations (Packs not Blocks). Because Coda is a doc, you can cover a much wider set of use cases (not just the OKRs, but the notes that go with them) and can structure your docs to match your flow.

If you were taking notes or trying to write within an Airtable base, this is a good opportunity to copy and paste those from the cells into a Coda section for easier writing going forward. A guide for into Coda
OKRs
Inventory tracker
CRM
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Smartsheet
Table
Most of Smartsheet's sheets can come over to Coda with copy and paste or download to a . If you want a Gantt chart for project planning or roadmaps, then you can of the imported base table and .
Roadmap
OKRs
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Trello
App
It's possible to rebuild Trello in almost its entirety, using the Coda card view. You can and they will come into Coda with the Kanban board as the main view, but like all Coda views / tables, you can change how this is displayed. PMs can visualize this as a Gantt chart, management a list of blocked tasks.
Tasks
Projects
8
Asana
App
You'll be able to to a CSV and then import them into Coda. They'll come in as a table, which means you get to create some of the same views like a task list, kanban board, or gantt chart.

In Coda, create different sections for teams and individuals, meeting notes, and project briefs.
Tasks
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