We love big formulas — but we won’t lie. They can get gnarly very quickly, especially when you’re building and experimenting with an ever-growing formula list (Missy Elliot said it best here). So what’s a maker to do? Especially as we certainly won’t be slowing down the feature parade.
If you caught Maria and Steve’s webinar on custom templates yesterday, you may have picked up on our hint towards an enhanced formula building experiencing. I’m excited to confirm that the rumors are true: starting today, you’ll find a larger and richer formula builder throughout the Coda-verse.
- Is bigger always better? When it comes to parsing through complicated formulas and navigating the parentheses maze, we think yes! The formula builder is now expandable so you can more easily work on longer formulas. No more scrolling to find the end of your formula. It’s all laid out in its color-coded glory.
- Presto, clean finish! The builder now supports common keyboard interactions such as Enter and Tab. Or, automatically indent your formula with a press of a button. Precise, elegant indents every time, with no need to argue tabs or spaces.
Resources galore. Our formula list is now more prominently featured, just where you need it. Also available on canvas via
A sneak peek that isn’t a spoiler alert? Sign us up! This is perhaps my favorite addition to our enhanced formula builder. Now, you can ensure you’re referencing the right table, column, row, etc. A cleaner, clearer way for your doc to grow.
- Preview as you build . Now, when you reference an object in your formula, you can know what it looks like and where it’s from. You’ll automatically see a preview of the reference — whether it’s a table, another formula, or a control — so you can be confident every step of the way.
- Enjoy the origin story . Each doc is a saga, a record of how your ideas have grown into cross-functional projects and real results. Now you can trace each object back to where it came from, whether it’s a nested page or a base table from day one. Each preview also comes with a link to that object’s origin story so you can double check (or just reminisce about the past).
We set out to make a doc as powerful as an app. Formulas have and always will be a part of that dream. We hope that these new changes can help you access our constantly growing library of formulas in a bigger, brighter way.
Looking for inspiration? Check out coda.io/formulas to see what formulas are waiting for you!