New Documents Design Hopes to Make Things Easier

A new documents design is upon us, and it is about bloody time. But let me backtrack for a second and catch you up.

We’ve come a long way when it comes to technology; heck, we’re building houses out of 3-D printers and watching live videos of friends from across the world! At this point, it seems like there’s nothing we cannot do when the right minds are put to the test.

And so, our constant evolving of technology begs the question: Why has the simple application of a document been stuck in the 90’s for so long? Luckily, two young men are finally giving the basic document and spreadsheet the love they deserve, after so many years of loyal dedication.1027launch_status

Documents Design Needed an Upgrade

It is true that there are oodles and oodles of business applications and programs to choose from, regardless of the tasks a company or individual is trying to perform. Want to share files with coworkers? Hundreds of program choices. You want to work on a project simultaneously with someone across the world? Yep, there’s something for that too.

But when it comes down to it, there are only a few programs that every company still relies on: The document, and the spreadsheet. They’re both very basic programs that we all rely on for a wide range of actions, but it seems they’ve remained the same while everyone else has been getting upgrades and updates. You know, those blank, white pages with some pretty basic direction and choice. Where is the love?!

Standing Up for the Little Guys

Fortunately for documents and spreadsheets, two graduates from MIT recognized the need for upgrades and started to get to work. Apparently, they’ve been working on this project for over three years now and are starting to get some ideal results.1027Alex_and_Shishir_Coda_Founders

The program is referred to as “Coda”, and it began with CEO ShiShir Mehrotra and co-founder Alex DeNeui. Together they’ve raised more than $60 million for the start-up company, with the goal to create brand-new document and spreadsheet interfaces from scratch.

Big names have taken part in the financing of the project, with the board of directors including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

The idea behind the project is to give the documents design a brand-new look, by offering the usability of documents, spreadsheets and other applications all in one place. It will still be a fairly simple design like the original document, but will integrate tools that are available across a variety of platforms.

The hope is that this document design will solve the problems that are present in various programs, all in one place. Instead of struggling to get one program to perform tasks that it isn’t built for, users can turn to Coda for a more flexible solution. Some of the primitives of the program will be familiar for users, so that using it right off the go will be easy. However, they’re changing the way the program is built from the ground up, so there will be some re-learning that is necessary.

At this point, Coda is still in the works. It is difficult to come up with new ways to work with old, existing programs that we’ve been using for decades and to challenge people to re-learn them. However, if the program is easy enough to learn, Coda may be just the documents design upgrade we’ve been unknowingly searching for.

What do you think about the idea of re-creating the design of documents? Comment below and tell us what you think! And speaking of upgrades, Netflix is increasing their prices to reflect their upgraded services. Do you think the prices are fair?

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