| TechNote #116:
Last modified: 6/10/05
Using MathType with Apple Pages for Macintosh
The information in this document applies to:
MathType 6.x (Macintosh)
MathType 5.x (Macintosh)
Apple Pages 08 (Macintosh)
Pages 2.0 (Macintosh)
Apple's iWork is an integrated software package made up of Apple Keynote presentation software and Apple Pages word processor. In this document
we are focusing on Pages compatibility with MathType for Macintosh. The first
portion of this document explains inserting equations into Pages, while the
second portion briefly explains importing and exporting equations to and from
There is no "Insert" option that allows one to initiate a MathType window.
The equation object must be created then brought into Pages by one of the
methods described below. Likewise, one can not double-click an equation object
to edit it in MathType.
Methods available for adding MathType equation objects to the Pages documents
- Copy / Paste from a MathType window
- Drag-n-drop directly from a MathType window
- Insert >Choose and navigate to a saved MathType file
- Drag-n-drop of a saved MathType file
The first two methods provide very good quality rendering of the equations.
For the third and fourth methods, rendering quality depends on the format chosen
when the MathType file is saved.
- EPS/None - Excellent visual quality - Image is transparent
- EPS/PICT - Excellent visual quality - Image is transparent
- Macintosh PICT - Excellent visual quality - Image is transparent
- GIF - Poor, pixilated visual quality - Image is not transparent
Inspectors are separate tools included in Pages that can be used to manage different effects on
either the document or an inserted object. The following Inspectors have direct
handling capabilities of the equation object as described below;
- Wrap Inspector:
- "Fixed on page" option causes all text to wrap around the equation
- "Moves with Text" allows for in-line placement of equation object
- Graphic Inspector:
- Can apply a stroke to create a box around the equation object
- Can apply a drop shadow behind the equation object
- Can apply a "reflection" below the equation object
- Metrics Inspector:
- Can manipulate object size and positioning on the page using
the left and bottom page edges as references for x and y axis
- Can rotate or flip the equation object
Importing and Exporting
- Pages imports Appleworks, Microsoft Word and WordML documents. This process
works well for actual MathType equations, retaining their PICT quality from
Microsoft Word for Mac documents.
- Imported data preserves the baselining of equations.
- Microsoft Word documents with equation numbers and references are not
supported. When the document is imported, all equation numbers and equation
number references will be omitted.
- Pages exports documents to Microsoft Word and retains all formatting,
but objects are simply pictures.
- Pages also exports to HTML and PDF documents which are acceptable, but HTML is
as good as MathPage/Microsoft Word.