With MathType you can insert equations into iBooks Author by using the Insert Equation command. Editing an equation is easy -- just double-click.
iBooks Author is a Mac app that allows you to create ebooks for the iPad or for Mac OS X Mavericks. Inserting equations into iBooks Author is very convenient because of its integration with MathType.
With MathType and iBooks Author you can:
- Add an equation to iBooks Author. iBooks Author makes it very easy to insert MathType equations with a keyboard shortcut or the Insert MathType Equation command. How-to
- Edit equations in iBooks Author. It's as easy as a double-click. How-to
- Copy content with equations from Apple Pages. If you're working with Pages or if a colleague sends you a document, this will save you time because you won't have to re-type the equations. (Note the special considerations for this process.) How-to
Add an equation to iBooks Author
- Menu command. In iBooks Author's Insert menu, you'll notice an Equation command. The first time you choose this command, you're presented with a dialog asking you to choose whether you want to insert and edit equations with MathType or with iBooks Author. Once you make a choice, you're not limited to that choice; you can switch at any time in the Preferences dialog. Choosing this command will open MathType, allowing you to create a new equation. Once the equation is complete, close the window and the equation will appear in the document.
- Edit Equation dialog. If you chose the preference to "Use iBooks Author" to insert and edit equations, when you choose the Insert Equation command, an Edit Equation dialog will pop up. To use this dialog, you can type or paste LaTeX, or paste MathML into its editing pane. You may want to do this if you're copying equations from a website, especially websites that use LaTeX, MathML, or MathJax to represent math.
- Copy & paste or drag & drop. We don't recommend using either of these methods to paste a MathType equation directly into iBooks Author. Such equations will not be aligned with the text of your book, but will be "floating", requiring you to drag them into position.
- Keyboard shortcut. If you have already set up a keyboard shortcut for MathType in Pages, Keynote, or Numbers, it should also work in iBooks Author. If you need to set up a new keyboard shortcut, follow these instructions:
- From the Apple menu choose System Preferences to open your System Preferences application.
- Click "Keyboard."
- Click "Keyboard shortcuts."
- At the bottom of the window, click the plus (+) sign to add a new keyboard shortcut.
- Leave the "Application" list set to "All Applications".
- Note this does not literally add a shortcut to insert a MathType equation in "all applications installed on your Mac".
- If iBooks Author doesn't appear in the list,
- Click "Other" at the bottom of the list to bring up the Open dialog showing the contents of your Applications folder.
- Navigate to iBooks Author, select it and click Add.
- In the space provided for Menu Title type "MathType Equation".
- In the space provided for Keyboard Shortcut, type your desired key combination, such as Command+E.
- Once done, click the Add button.
- Close System Preferences.
- Copying equations to Apple Pages. In iBooks Author 2.0, you cannot copy an equation directly from the iBooks document to paste into another app (you can paste to another place within the document or into a different iBooks Author document). If you need to copy an equation from iBooks Author to paste into Pages, we recommend this process:
- Double-click the equation to open it.
- If your iBooks Author equation preferences specify MathType, the equation will open in MathType; if your preferences specify iBooks Author, the equation will open in the Edit Equation dialog. Either way, copy the contents of the window (either the MathType editing window or the Edit Equation dialog).
- In Pages' Insert menu, choose the MathType Equation command. When MathType opens, paste the equation into MathType. Format as desired, and close MathType. The equation should now be in-place in your Pages document.
- Following this procedure will result in a properly-aligned equation in Pages that you can edit like any other equation you insert into Pages.
Edit equations in iBooks Author
When you need to edit an equation in an iBooks Author document, if you've inserted the equation as above, just double-click it and it will open in the MathType window (provided the iBooks Author Preferences are set to edit equations in MathType as described above). Make changes to the equation, then close the MathType window to update the equation in the document. Note: If you've used drag & drop to place the equation into the book, you should still be able to double-click to edit it, but the resulting equation will still be "floating".
Copy content with equations from Apple Pages
If you're using Pages 4.3, you can select a block of text and equations in your Pages document, then copy it and paste it into iBooks Author. The equations will still be properly aligned with the text, and if you double-click an equation you'll be able to edit it in MathType. You cannot edit such equations in iBA's equation editing window. This process will not work with Pages 5.2. If you would like to see this process improved so that it works with Pages 5.2, please let Apple know via the feedback link below.
Note: If you use the Insert Chapter from Pages or Word document command in iBooks, rather than copy & paste the text as above, you can insert a full Pages document (not a portion of it, as above), IF (and only if!) you're using Pages 4.3. You cannot follow this process if you're using Pages 5.2, because the equations will not appear. This will insert the document as a chapter, a section, or other document element in iBooks Author. Depending on the template you're using in iBooks Author, you may have to double-click every equation and change its formatting to match the iBook text. The easiest way to get from Pages to iBooks Author is to follow the copy & paste process described above. We do not recommend using Microsoft Word documents for this process -- even copy & paste from Word will produce unsatisfactory results.
Giving feedback to Apple
While Apple must be applauded for supporting MathType in iBooks, there are still missing features that would be helpful to many MathType users: equation numbering and better compatibility with Microsoft Office, for example, as well as better compatibility with their own product, Pages 5.2. Apple has provided a feedback mechanism for reporting issues and requesting enhancements. We encourage you to take advantage of this. While Design Science works with Apple on making MathType work well with iBooks Author, Apple prefers to hear from its customers and bases its development priorities on what its customers say, not on advice they get from other companies.
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