MathType

MathType 6.90

Text editor focused on math notations
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4.0  (134 votes)
6.90 (See all)
Write equations, formulae, and other calculations using the correct mathematical notations. Works with the the web version of Microsoft Office as well as Office 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.

This application is a comprehensive editor of math notations. No matter how complex an equation seems to be, MathType provides the right tools to create it; then you can use it with word processing files, web pages, as well as with TeX, LaTeX, and MathML documents.

I can't be sure whether the interface is easy or difficult to use. It's up to the user's knowledge in Maths. For an uninitiated, the appearance is dull and unattractive; but I can't imagine how this issue can be improved taking into account the barren domain of applicability. The program comes with an array of templates conveniently organized into math subfields. Here you find a series of specific formulas for algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics, as well as patters for different types of matrices. You have the ability to customize either the entire expression, or each element separately in terms of color, style, size, and fonts.

For quick access, some of the most common expressions in Mathematics are found in the toolbar by default. Yet, you are free to add new items onto the bar, remove the ones you consider unnecessary, or adjust the existing notations. In addition, you can either add symbols from the correspondent dialog to keep them at hand within bars, or enable shortkeys with the same purpose.

In conclusion, MathType is an application on which you can rely when dealing with math notations. It is a complex equation editor suitable for those who need to express in writing formulas specific to this science.

Ioana Dumitrescu
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Review summary

Pros

  • Supports drag-and-drop
  • Wide range of math symbols and commonly used math expressions
  • Comprehensive tool
  • Provides keyboard shortcuts

Cons

  • Dull interface
  • Rather difficult to use (particularly for novices)
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