MathType is a mathematical formula editor that allows the creation of mathematical formulae for use in other documents such as word processors, desktop publishers, websites and presentations. It is widely used throughout the world and supports exporting to various formats, including MathML and TeX/LaTeX. It is professional proprietary software and costs quite a sum of money. Several good alternatives to MathType are available, some proprietary, others free and open source, offering similar functionality.
MathMagic incorporates a user interface similar to that of MathType but focuses more on providing specialized features for the publishing industry, offering high-quality printing and interface elements to improve productivity in professional publishing environments. This proprietary program supports Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms, and a version integrates with Google Docs. Specific versions are available for working with InDesign, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Word and similar word processors, and Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote presentation programs. Several free TrueType and OpenType mathematical symbol fonts are included.
MathCast is a free and open-source equation editor for Microsoft Windows-based systems. It features support for several word processors including Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org Writer, with sharp onscreen rendering as well as smooth rendering in printed output for high-quality professional printing. Output formats include BMP, PNG and EMF. At the core, it uses international standards-compliant XHTML, and XML-based MathML, and supports collaboration over LAN on the same equations, making it suitable for online learning.
Microsoft Equation Editor
Included in all versions of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Equation Editor has been around since the days of Word for Windows 2.0, and its feature set has changed little since. It is basically a trimmed-down version of MathType itself, developed by Design Science--the developers behind MathType. Its integration with Microsoft Office makes it a popular equation editing tool for most users who already have Microsoft Office installed, and its feature set--while limited in certain aspects--is quite sufficient for most individuals as well as many organizations not requiring high-resolution professional printing.
OpenOffice.org Math is a free component of the popular free and open-source OpenOffice.org office suite. It is similar to Microsoft Equation Editor and runs on a vast range of platforms. It is a simple editor for basic equation processing needs and lacks many professional features, but it is a good free choice for nonprofessional equation editing, especially for students and teachers. It also features PDF support.
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