Welcome to Blockpad
Blockpad is a new kind of 'spreadsheet' that helps engineers do their work faster and more clearly. It's built to be flexible and easy to use.
These pages go deeper into the capabilities of Blockpad. For a shorter introduction, check out the quick start guide or the videos on the support page.
Click on the links to learn about the topics below, or start with Calculations and work your way through.
Calculations with math display
Math is done with spreadsheetlike formulas, but displayed in mathematical notation.
Math with units
Blockpad formulas incorporate units, complete with conversions and unit tracking.
Name values easily
In Blockpad, it's easy to assign names to values that you input or calculate. Then you can reference them from anywhere in the document.
Minispreadsheet tables
Blockpad tables are like minispreadsheets. You can put them in documents and reference values between the tables and documents.
The spreadsheet you know
In Blockpad, you can have a document with a full, normal spreadsheet.
Function library
Blockpad has a library of math, text, lookup, and engineering functions you can use in your calculations.
Create custom functions
It's easy to create your own functions in Blockpad you can do it in a normal formula.
Solve systems of equations
The solver section can solve systems of equations with intuitive, formula style input. Then you can reference the results in the document.
Live drawings in documents
You can insert a fully functioning Blockpad drawing into a document  with point snapping and formulas.
Matrix math
Blockpad formulas let you input matrices and do math with them. Matrices and spreadsheet arrays play nice together too.
Date and time arithmetic
Calculations with dates are easy in Blockpad  dates and times interact intuitively.
Array formulas
Array formulas are easy in Blockpad. You can go back and forth between matrices in formulas and arrays in spreadsheets.
Link spreadsheets, drawings, and documents
You can have formulas in spreadsheets, reports (word processors), and drawings, and you can reference values between them like with sheets in conventional spreadsheets.
Complex numbers
In Blockpad, complex number math is easy and intuitive  just type in i or j like you would write it by hand.
Table of Contents

 Start a new document
 Dynamic equations
 Unit tracking
 Value names
 Reference unnamed values
 Text values
 Other value types
 Referencing a value
 Value name rules
 Names used multiple times
 Renaming and autoupdated references
 Built in values
 Visual editor
 Math layout options
 Show steps and more
 Value formatting

 Text values
 Date and time arithmetic
 Logic and Boolean values
 Matrices and arrays
 Enter an array or matrix
 Array names
 Matrix calculations
 Itembyitem calculations
 Arrays  more than just numbers
 Array formulas in spreadsheets
 Array parentheses lookup
 Assign individual value names
 Advanced array functions
 Complex numbers
 Spreadsheet in a file
 Sort and filter
 Conditional formatting
 Blockpad specific features
 Open a CSV file
 Minispreadsheets in a document
 Reports in a file
 Header and footer
 Page layout properties
 Comments
 Document navigation
 Documentwide formatting
 Start a drawing
 Drawing objects
 Lines, points, and shapes
 Text labels
 Linear dimension labels
 Textboxes
 Images
 Selecting multiple objects
 Ordering objects
 Using the point snapping
 Points you can snap to
 Horizontal and vertical from points
 Parallel or perpendicular lines
 Point snap options
 Transformations  resizing and moving
 Format drawings
 Keyboard input and canvas scales
 Notebooks in a file
 Reference values from other top level frames
 Working in a notebook
 Notebook pages
 Top level frames
 Frames in Frames
 Value containers and location
 Frames and sections are containers
 Containers inside containers
 Dot notation to specify a value in a container
 Capture values
 What is a block?
 Block example
 Use the block results
 Block inputs
 View block as table
 Block instances and block definitions
 More examples
 Create a block
 When to make a block
 Make a block with Blockpad calculations
 Update a block definition
 Create a block using scripts
 Block tables
 Examples library
 Use library items in a document
 Use the long form library item name
 Assign a shortcut name to the library
 Include a library in a file
 Use a library number value
 Use a library function
 Use items in a library frame
 Use a library data table as function
 Use library blocks
 Core, builtin, and subscription libraries
 Create personal libraries
 Save items to your library
 Manage your library online
 Library subscriptions
 Console basics
 Read values from the console
 Overwrite values from the console
 Use read and write to manipulate values
 Assign units to numbers in a cell range
 Stemscript basics for scripts
 Macros
 Module functions