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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:

New Features in MathType 5:

Improved Features:



Hundreds of new symbol and templates

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.

  • Click here to see MathType's pull-down palettes in more detail

  • Click here to see the characters in MathType's fonts

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.

Powerful tools for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

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 Word.

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 again.
  • Export Equations -- automatically export all equations into a folder as EPS, GIF or PICT. 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 automatically renumbered.
  • 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 numbers.
  • 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 become hyperlinks.
  • 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 presentations.

Customizable equation toolbar

  • Holds hundreds of your most frequently used symbols, expressions, and equations
  • 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”, “Science”, etc.)
  • Three viewing sizes to adjust for monitor size, resolution and user’s preference

Click 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.

Customizable keyboard shortcuts

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 remember.

Read our white paper, “Using MathType to Create TeX and MathML Equations” (PDF: 1.2 MB).

Save equations as GIF images, EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) and PICT

GIF images

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:

     eqn.gif (592 bytes)


EPS is often the format of choice for professional publishing with QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, PageMaker and other page layout programs. PICT 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.

Automatic file numbering

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 methods.
  • European character support.

Insert Symbol dialog

  • 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 Symbol dialog.

Extensive Unicode-based character database

  • Unicode ( 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.

Drag & drop equation editing

Use drag & drop to quickly move or copy whole equations or parts of equations from MathType into your documents or into the MathType toolbar.

Customizable function recognition

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 Matrix menu.

Unlimited undo and redo

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.

Reset Size command

You can use the Reset Size command on the Size menu to remove all changes made by the Smaller and Larger commands.

Mouse wheel support 

The wheel on a Mac compatible mouse can be used to scroll the equation vertically within the editing window.

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.

Equation viewing features

  • New “nested” view to better see the structure of your equations (click 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).

Improved Define Styles dialog

  • One step to change main equation font
  • Base math symbols on old Symbol/MT Extra font combination or on MathType's new Euclid fonts

New spacing dimensions

  • 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.

User manual and online help

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.

Technical support

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 now.

Internet and web-savvy

  • 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 Microsoft Word.

MathType Lite and Equation Editor compatibility

NOTE: This section is deprecated. There is no more MathType Lite.

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.

Compatible with Microsoft Office and many other products 

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.

System requirements

  • 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 Internet)

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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