Productivity apps have improved our work life. From note-taking apps to to-do apps, there are plenty of apps. Coda and Notion are two of those names, and the article covers Coda vs. Notion to find the best program. So, let’s get into it.
What are both?
Both Coda and Notion are project management programs with note-taking as their primary purpose. You can use both for task management, habit tracking, and everything in between.
Both are block-based editors where you add blocks to build pages. Those blocks have many features, including commenting, mentioning other users, adding other blocks, etc.
Coda is a freemium web-based tool to organize notes, keep track of project activities, and manage your workflow. Coda’s workspace consists of documents, and each document represents a specific project.
The tasks and sub-tasks are scheduled into pages and nested pages inside documents. Coda lets us organize our tasks and notes using different layouts inside pages, such as a table, board, timeline, etc.
Notion is a cross-platform tool for taking notes. Like Coda, it can be used for multiple purposes. Notion is more than Coda because it has more features.
Coda vs. Notion: Platforms
Notion is offered on more platforms, as it is available on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS devices. It also has a web clipper extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers. You can save an entire web page into your pages using this extension.
Coda can be accessed on web browsers on desktop computers. The Android and iOS apps are available from the stores.
The page editor and note-taking tools are almost identical in both. Both allow us to access all note-taking tools by typing the forward slash “/” and mention people and pages by typing “@” in the page editor.
For example, typing “/heading” will display all heading blocks in the drop-down from where you can select large, medium, or small headings.
But Coda also provides easy access to tools. The main interface has an “Insert” button in the upper right corner, which opens up a menu containing all the note-taking tools.
From this menu, we can drag and drop tools on the page. Here is the list of some popular Coda options:
- Bullet and numbered list
- Collapsible list
- Large, medium, and small heading
- Thick, dashed, dotted, wavy, paragraph, and simple line separator
- Block and pull quote
- Code block
- Media (local files and online media)
- Buttons (add rows, copy pages, notify users, push buttons, refresh tables, etc.)
- Controls (select, sliders, progress, scale, date, toggle, reaction, etc.)
Notion, along with text editing, has Markdown language power. Markdown editing is a way of formatting text and inserting blocks using keyboard symbols.
For example, enclosing text between ** will make it bold, and typing > followed by space will create a list block. Here is a list of the popular Notion tools:
- Embed a sub-page
- To-do list
- Small, medium, and large headings
- Lists with bullets, toggles, and numbers
- Link to an existing page
- Breadcrumbs Mention the person and the page
- Include a date or a reminder
- Inline equation
- Creating a board
- The gallery, timeline, and list view
- Add a new or existing database
- Add images, audio, video, web bookmarks, code, and files
- Embed various integration services
- Change the text and background color
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Both offer simple to complex templates. Notion has both free and paid templates. In total, about 750 templates are free on Notion’s templates page.
Coda has about 140 templates available. One template we don’t find in Notion is the Deep focus timer which lets you create timers, including the Pomodoro timer, to focus on your work.
Coda offers integration with many more apps than Notion. We found 254 third-party apps that can be connected with Coda.
About 40 apps are paid, while the rest are free. Along with those, Zapier supports Coda to automate your workflow.
In comparison, Notion offers integration with 30 apps. Notion also supports Zapier to connect other apps and automate your tasks.
Furthermore, its API is also offered in the free plan for developers to create their own integrations. Some of the supported third-party apps are:
- Google Drive
Yes, both support collaborating on notes. In Coda, you can invite others via email and provide view, comment, or edit access.
Besides this, the app lets us create and share embed links with customized height and width.
Notion contrarily allows inviting members through email with the view, comment, edit content, edit content, and database, or full access.
It also supports indexing pages to search engines for users to search for your notes in search engines like Google and Bing.
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Coda free supports collaboration with unlimited users, but you are limited to 1000 rows and 50 objects per document. It has three paid plans.
The Pro plan costs $12 per month in the monthly package or $10 per month in the annual package. The plan allows you to create unlimited-size documents and see the 30-day version history.
You also get support from the Coda expert community and the ability to customize your Coda branding.
A Team plan is perfect for more robust collaboration. It costs $36 per month or $30 per month (yearly) per creator.
Other than all, you get the following additional options:
- Version history
- Unlimited automation
- Document locking to prevent unauthorized changes
- Personal document folder
- 23 premium apps integration
The free version of Notion is enough for basic project management and note-taking requirements. There is no limit on blocks and pages.
Collaboration and sharing are also supported in the free version, but you are limited to 5 private guests and a max 5MB file upload size. Notion also offers three paid plans.
The Personal Pro plan costs $4 per month (billed yearly) or $5 per month. The plan allows unlimited private guests in the workspace and unlimited file upload size.
You can also restore pages’ versions for up to 30 days.
The Team plan costs $8 per month (billed annually) or $10 in the monthly package.
This plan is suitable for large teams as it offers a collaborative workspace and access to the admin tools. You can also customize the access permissions for team members.
Coda vs. Notion: Links
With many similarities, it’s hard to focus on one. Overall, Notion is more potent than Coda, but Coda also has all the popular project management tools.
If you want to get things done, go with Coda, and if you want to get things done and have access to some extra features, Notion is your choice. Either way, you will not be disappointed.