MathType 6.9

An equation editor that enables mathematical notation on a PC or Mac

  • Category:

    Mathematics

  • Version:

    6.9

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version
  • Vote:
    7.1 (187)
MathType 6.9
MathType 6.8

Enter equations into the program to get solutions or formats that can be entered into spreadsheets and other files.

The program is easy to use with menus that feature instructions as well as hints and tips for formatting equations. However, there are a lot of details that you need to get through in order to complete the equations. The numbers, letters, and symbols on the screen are somewhat overwhelming at first, but once you understand how to create equations, they aren't as striking. All of the tools that you need are located at the top of the screen so that you have the remainder of the screen as a blank slate to calculate and format equations.

The program is accessible with many types of systems, which is a benefit so that you aren't limited as to what kind of system you have to install on your device. Load times are fast, but saving could be improved. You'll also spend a bit of time in transferring information to spreadsheets and other files. Shorter equations often transfer faster than those that are lengthy. When you enter the equation or create the equation, you can change the information to get a different answer or see how the answer will change based on the different information that you enter. You can also move around parts of the same equation. There are tabs with features for quick access that are parts of equations that are used the most. You can customize some of the tabs to include the information that you use the most with the equations that you create. You can also change the font that is used as well as the colors of the letters, numbers, and symbols so that each equation is easier to see.

Pros

  • Customization options
  • Calculates quickly
  • Change components of equations

Cons

  • Slow to transfer
  • Few saving options
  • Appears overwhelming at first

Anyone who needs to input equations or mathematical data into a text or spreadsheet file should consider using MathType. This is a great program that allows users to easily write, edit and manipulate equations in a variety of formats. MathType is designed for PC and Mac, and it works well with Microsoft Office and Mac’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote. With compatibility in mind, MathType is a powerful piece of software that can stretch across a variety of platforms.

Pros

  • Unlike many equation editors, MathType is easy to use. There are several different toolbars and ribbons that can be used to help make equation editing a simple task.
  • MathType contains symbols for all levels of math. MathType has the tools needed to edit any equation from basic arithmetic to upper-level college courses. It even has special toolbars for algebra, calculus, statistics, trigonometry, geometry and discrete math.
  • MathType contains a full list of Greek symbols and variables for upper-level equations.
  • MathType contains several different styling options so that the user can switch from entering math to text easily.
  • The software works with more than 700 applications and websites.
  • MathType is full of keyboard shortcuts. This makes it easy to quickly make changes or formatting adjustments to enter in the best-looking equation.
  • MathType allows copying and pasting between programs. A MathType function entered into Microsoft Word can easily be copied and pasted into Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • MathType has been made to integrate with Microsoft Office. Within Office, there are several MathType ribbons available, making it easy to insert or edit equations.
  • The software allows the user to change the color or font of equations in order to add a specified look or emphasis.
  • For computers with handwriting recognition, MathType has the ability to read, interpret and convert handwriting into neat, typed equations.

Cons

  • For someone new to using MathType, it may take a little bit to get used to the menus and toolbars. However, this is an issue that will most likely be alleviated once the user has spent a small amount of time learning to use the software.
  • Switching back and forth from Math to Text in the Style menu takes some getting used to. For instance, the user cannot use the spacebar while in the Math setting. This could be frustrating to beginners.
  • Sometimes MathType equations are posted as pictures in certain types of files. This does not occur all the time, but it does happen occasionally..
  • Sometimes files with a lot of MathType equations take longer to open. Again, this is a rare occurrence, but it can happen.

Ultimately, MathType is a very useful tool for editing and creating equations and expressions. Whether teaching a class, presenting to a group, writing a paper or a variety of other activities, MathType is a program that can help anyone insert professional looking mathematical equations and expressions into their work.

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