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[feature request] Calculations in Paper tables please

Super User

Please please please give us the ability to do simple calculations in Paper tables.

Then we can stop using google docs spreadsheets.

7 Comments
Murz
Level 6

Openoffice Writer and Libreoffice Writer have this ability in standard documents and this is very useful!

 

So very good to have, at least,  formulas for easy calculations in Dropbox: sum, count.

 

Popular example of table, that need sum formula:

| Bread  | 3 | $10 | $30 |
| Butter | 1 | $20 | $20 |
| Total  | 4 |  -  | $50 |

 

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey Folks - @lukeyo & @Murz!

 

Great suggestion! I'm passing this along to the Paper's dev team ASAP as a feature request - it would definitely be a useful addition to our current features grinning face with smiling eyes

 

If there's anything else you'd like to add to this, feel free to comment here or as you know, share your ideas here upside-down face

 

Thanks so much for helping us improve Paper and have a lovely day ahead guys! 

elliotwoods
Level 4

After using Paper Dropbox since the stat (and Hackpad previously) - I can say this is one of the most frequent features that I'd love to have. Ideally:

* Tables support formulae

* Formulae can cross-reference between tables

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey there @elliotwoods - thank you for using Paper and adding your feedback on this.

Have you by any chance heard about our integration with Airtable.com?   

I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for exactly; I sure hope this information helps to some extent though. 

elliotwoods
Level 4

Hi @Walter - yes we use Airtabe extensively here. I agree that it is worth suggesting to anybody who isn't aware of it.

I wish that Dropbox would hurry up and buy Airtable already!!

 

But note that it fails in these cases as an embeddable spreadsheet table:

1. It's messy to include (it's a fixed shape IFRAME with scrollbars)

2. It's not a general spreadsheet (columns can have formulae but cells can't) - This makes it especially bad for things like budget sketches

3. You can't edit the embed view (and currently it doesn't update automatically when somebody edits elsewhere)

4. It prints really badly (that's quite general in Airtable sadly unless you buy the top tier package and get blocks)

 

So although being able to embed them in Paper Dropbox is a fantastic addition, from my experience it resolves about 20% of the cases when you'd want to have a table with spreadsheet-like features inside Paper Dropbox.

 

I imagine inside Dropbox somebody's playing with a prototype of table-spreadsheet features right now, and is just trying to convince the rest of the team to go with it winking face

MaryBlue Level 2
Level 2

I currently track my work time on teamweek.com – would love to have a tool like this on paper! or is there something like this? 

elliotwoods
Level 4

@MaryBlue - the closest thing maybe is the Timeline feature (probably not what you're looking for).

https://blog.dropbox.com/topics/product/paper-timelines

Perhaps best to start a separate thread to discuss the particular feature that you're after (if indeed it is a separate feature than formulas in cells)?