New Features in MathType 5 for Mac OS 9 and OS X
(Runs with Mac OS X Tiger!)
The new MathType 5 for Macintosh offers a wealth of new features, including:
MathType now comes with over 500 mathematical symbols and templates.
Fractions, radicals, sums, integrals, products, matrices, various types of
brackets and braces – you name it! You can also use any character from any font
installed on your system. MathType also includes our exclusive Euclid Math
Font Set, to give a document's text and mathematical notation a consistent,
industry-standard TeX/LaTeX Computer Modern look.
MathPage: From Word to the Web
MathType includes our new MathPage™ technology that
easily converts Microsoft Word documents to web pages, properly handling
mathematical symbols as well as MathType and Equation Editor equations,
viewable in any modern browser. If you've ever tried to save a web page using
Microsoft Word's Save As Web Page feature, you know that the results are often
less than desirable. With MathType, your entire Word document is transformed
into a web page, with equations as GIF images or MathML, automatically appearing
in your browser, with stunningly beautiful results.
MathType toolbar for Word
MathType installs this
toolbar into Microsoft Word 98, 2001, X and 2004, giving you the ability
to insert mathematical notation inline or centered, with chapter, section and
equation numbers, to renumber equations on the fly, to insert equation
references and to convert a Word document to a web page, all while working in
MathType also installs these commands into Word:
- Format Equations -- automatically change
spacing, font sizes and styles of all equations in a document, without having
to open equations individually.
- Convert Equations -- convert all equations in a document to TeX,
LaTeX and MathML. This command can also convert Equation Editor equations to
MathType equations, so you never have to go back to using Equation Editor
automatically export all equations into a folder as EPS, GIF or
If you are working with page layout or HTML-authoring software, this
command will save you time by not having to open and save individual files.
- Insert Numbers -- Insert chapter, section and equation
numbers on either the right or left-hand side of your equations. If you later
insert new equations into the middle of your document, the entire document is
- Format Equation Numbers -- Customize equation numbering formats by
choosing Roman or Arabic numerals, upper and lower case letters, and any type
of enclosure and separator for styles applied to chapter, section and equation
- Insert Equation References -- Double-clicking on an equation
reference moves the insertion point to the referenced equation. If you use
MathType to convert the document to a Web page, the references automatically
- Preference Files -- You can save MathType
settings (spacing, font styles and sizes) in Preference files and use those
Preference files any time you open MathType or a Word document.
Click here to see the
MathType Toolbar and Commands as they appear when installed into Microsoft Word.
MathType toolbar button for PowerPoint
MathType installs this button
into Microsoft PowerPoint 98, 2001,
X and 2004, giving you the ability to quickly insert equations into your
Customizable equation toolbar
- Holds hundreds of your most frequently used symbols, expressions, and
- Drag from your equation and drop onto the toolbar
- Associate a keyboard shortcut with any symbol, template, or expression
- Organize your expressions and symbols using named tabs (e.g. “Geometry”,
- Three viewing sizes to adjust for monitor size, resolution and user’s
here for a detailed look at
the new MathType toolbar.
Color all or parts of equations –- great for working with presentation
software (such as Microsoft PowerPoint), and web pages. MathType also handles CMYK, RGB and spot color for page layout software, such as QuarkXPress, Adobe
InDesign, PageMaker, etc.
Assign your own keyboard shortcuts to all MathType symbols, templates and
commands. Keyboard shortcuts consist of one or two keystrokes,
each with possible Command, Shift, Option and Control modifiers.
Built-in translators for TeX, LaTeX and MathML
MathType comes with translators that convert equations to several versions of
TeX and MathML:
- Plain TeX (as described in Donald Knuth's The TeX Book)
- AMS-TeX (Plain TeX with extensions from the American Mathematical Society)
- LaTeX (version 2.09 and later)
- AMS-LaTeX (LaTeX with AMS extensions)
- MathML 1.0
- MathML 2.0
There are no command languages to learn, no braces to balance, no keywords to
Read our white paper,
“Using MathType to Create TeX and MathML Equations” (PDF: 1.2 MB).
MathType creates smooth-looking GIF equations on either color or transparent
backgrounds. Mathematical notation created with MathType is much higher-quality
than the jagged-edged equations created by converting Microsoft Word documents
to HTML due to the application of anti-aliasing algorithms. Also, the GIF files
created by MathType result in much faster download times because of smaller file
sizes obtained by optimization of the GIF color palette. For example, this
MathType-produced GIF file is only 592 bytes:
EPS is often the format of choice for professional publishing with
QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, PageMaker and other page layout programs.
is the standard file format for line art for the Mac OS. MathType lets
you save equations in both these file formats.
Anyone using Microsoft Word can automatically export all equations into a
folder as GIF, EPS or PICT, using the Export Equations
command we install into Word.
Options in the Save As dialog make it easy to save a sequence of equation
files having similar filenames (e.g. “eqn1”, “eqn2”, and so on). This is
especially handy when working with GIF files or EPS files.
International character and keyboard support
- Supports input of East Asian characters on Mac OS using standard input
- European character support.
- Displays your fonts in a character grid (similar to MS Word’s but better)
- Find the character you are looking for by searching for words in its
description (e.g. find all the characters whose description contains “angle”)
- See characters sorted by their Unicode value
Click here to see the Insert
Extensive Unicode-based character database
- Unicode (http://www.unicode.org) is a
character encoding standard that attempts to include all characters in use in
the world’s languages and in mathematics.
- Database includes character information on most popular math fonts.
- English descriptions of characters are displayed in the status bar and can
be searched to find needed characters.
- Use the Insert Symbol dialog to explore the fonts on your computer and
view character information.
Use drag & drop to quickly move or copy whole equations or parts of equations
from MathType into your documents or into the MathType toolbar.
When you type “sin”, “cos”, “lim”, etc., MathType understands you are typing
a function and will automatically change its font to “function style”. You can
also add your own functions to those that MathType recognizes.
Precise formatting ruler
You get a sophisticated word processor-like ruler for precise formatting.
Align columns at operators, decimal points; or set tab stops to make formatting
easier and to give your documents a more professional look. A vertical line is
displayed across the equation window while moving and placing tab-stops so that
you can more easily align equation elements.
Add/delete matrix and table rows & columns
To help you save time, you can now add or delete rows and
columns within existing matrices and tables by using the commands on the new
Earlier versions of MathType allowed you to undo only the very
last editing operation. MathType now lets you undo one step at a time, all the
way back to the way your equation was at the start of the editing session.
You can use the Reset Size command on the Size menu to remove
all changes made by the Smaller and Larger commands.
The wheel on a Mac
compatible mouse can be used to scroll the equation vertically within the
Alignment options for parentheses, brackets, etc.
You can choose from three vertical “fence” (bracket, brace, parentheses,
etc.) alignment options.
Click here to
see the new Fence Alignment dialog.
- New “nested” view to better see the structure of your equations
here to see an example);
- Zoom to 800% for even finer nudging;
- Empty slots and spaces are displayed in colors you select;
- Display is more precise (no more Redisplay command!);
- Adjustable toolbar size to avoid eye strain (click
here to see the three palette sizes).
- One step to change main equation font
- Base math symbols on old Symbol/MT Extra font combination or on MathType's
new Euclid fonts
- Operator spacing (% of normal)
- Non-operator spacing (% of normal)
- Character width adjustment
- Radical “check-mark” width adjustment
- Subscript and superscript horizontal gap
- Slash and diagonal fraction gap
- Horizontal gap between fence templates (parentheses, brackets, braces,
etc.) and their contents
- Stroke thickness for box lines, strike-throughs, radical signs, etc.
MathType's User Manual is filled with tips, techniques, tutorials and
examples to help you save time and create better looking equations. The online
help file provides detailed assistance for MathType's menu commands and dialogs.
Since MathType is used with so many different software programs, our
technical support department doubles as a compatibility lab. We can tell you all
the neat little shortcuts that will help you make MathType work smoothly with
most common applications. If you want, visit Tech Support
- Online version-checking uses the Internet to check for MathType upgrades
- Online product registration via your web browser, email, or print for fax
or surface mail
- Direct access to MathType’s Technical Support
area using commands on the Help menu
Runs on Mac OS 9 and OS X
MathType 5 is built for Mac OS X and also runs on OS 9.
Compatible with MathType for Windows
MathType 5 for Macintosh is fully compatible with MathType for
Windows and you can read and edit equations created with the Equation Editor in
Start telling all of your colleagues who are still using
Equation Editor that when they download the free MathType evaluation from
our web site they will get full MathType functionality for the 30-days, after which MathType becomes MathType Lite. From then on, your
colleagues will get all the functionality of Equation Editor but, in addition,
they will be able to open and work with any of your MathType equations.
MathType 5 for Macintosh has been thoroughly tested with Microsoft
Office 2004, Office v.X, Office 2001, and Office 98.
It also works with other popular word processors such as AppleWorks and
NisusWriter, page layout
programs such as QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign, graphing products such as
DeltaGraph, and many other products.
- Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X 10.1 or newer
- 20 MB free hard disk space
- 4 MB of RAM (12 MB if used with Microsoft Word)
- CD-ROM for installation (not required if product is downloaded via the
How to Upgrade
- Individual users of MathType 5.0 do not need to purchase MathType 5.1.
Please see our 5.1 upgrade page for more details.
- Individual users of MathType 3.7 and earlier can purchase the MathType 5.1 for Mac upgrade
at our online store (click on button below) or call
800-827-0685, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm, Pacific Time (GMT –8).
- To upgrade a site license, call 800-827-0685 for details.
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