A new kind of spreadsheet
In Blockpad, formulas do the math, and you click equations to use the results, just like in a spreadsheet. What's new? A lot. Keep reading to find out.
Start a new document
After starting Blockpad, open a new document to start a file.
Live math in a word processor
Type the equals sign for formulas
To start an equation, type an equals sign in the document, then type your equation into the formula box that appears.
Reference other values
When typing in formulas, you can click to reference the results of other equations, like in a spreadsheet.
Double click an equation to edit it. The document recalculates right away.
- Click the equation and press spacebar.
- Click the equation and start typing for a re-write.
Name a value
Name values directly in the equation - type the name and an equals sign before the math starts. Use that name when referencing the result in other equations.
Use built-in functions
Blockpad comes with built-in functions that work like spreadsheet functions.
Most of the functions you find in conventional spreadsheets are there, including Sqrt(), Sin(), Average(), and Vlookup(). More on Vlookup() in the tables quick start.
Format text and equations
Use the toolbar for most formatting, like font size, bullet points, and value formatting.
Use the properties window to control those format options and more, like indents, line height, and page breaks.
Change the formula display
Use the Show Formula, Show Name, and Show Steps properties in the properties window to change what you see in a formula.