MatDeck Document

To start working in MatDeck you have to create a new document. To do so go to the File tab, press New and the document will appear.

To change the document size and orientation, go to Layout tab→Page icon option.

MatDeck document options dialog

The document work area behaves as a regular Word processing program. As you can see, you can insert lines of text and do all sorts of formatting.

For example, this sentence is a line of text.

You can insert symbols within text lines. To do so, go to the Symbols tab and press a symbol of your choice. Let’s first insert three letters from the Greek alphabet, α, β, γ.

You should know that one of the most important objects in MatDeck is the canvas. To insert it in your document, go to the Place tab, press the Canvas icon and select a place under the last line of text in your document to place it. You can see an example of an empty canvas under this line.

Insert symbols

Canvas is the main placeholder for other objects: formulas, text boxes, images, bookmarks, comments, tables, 2d graphs, 3d graphs, vectors and data objects.

When you start typing in your canvas, a Math object will create itself automatically. In the Math object, you can perform all calculations, create variables and insert functions.

If you press the Enter key while the cursor is in the Math object, a new math object will appear under the current line. If you want to back the cursor up to the previous math object (line before the current line) use the ← arrow key.

Math objects

You can also insert a Math object from the Place tab→Math icon.

By default, canvas borders are set to be shown. If you want to turn the border off, go to Layout tab→Canvas Properties→Border tab→Show border options.

Set canvas borders dialog

This is a global setting for all canvases.

If you want to change border settings only for the current canvas, use the right mouse button menu and hit the Properties option. A Canvas Properties window (refer to the picture above) will open but this option refers only to the current canvas.