The information in this document applies to:
|MathType (Win & Mac)
Microsoft Equation (Win & Mac)
Adobe Acrobat (Win & Mac)|
Adobe InDesign (Win & Mac)
Microsoft Word (Win & Mac)
Microsoft PowerPoint (Win & Mac)
PageMaker (Win & Mac)
QuarkXPress (Win & Mac)
Many customers want to transfer documents containing MathType equations to
another platform, but find that their equations are not correctly converted.
Typical problems include inappropriate characters are substituted, characters
are missing, equations cannot be edited, equations appear as empty boxes, or equations
If you are converting a document between Windows and Macintosh and also
between two different applications, you should
read this notice and our notice which discusses Converting
Documents between Applications.
If you are experiencing problems sharing documents with someone
who is using the same program on the same platform, please see our notice
addressing Sharing Documents Containing MathType Equations.
macOS uses the PICT/PDF graphic file format. Windows uses the Windows Metafile Format (WMF).
macOS does not support the WMF
format and Windows does not support the PICT format. MathType for Macintosh, by
default, creates PICTs. MathType for Windows, by default, creates WMFs. When you
transfer a document containing embedded WMFs or PICTs to a different platform, many
applications will attempt to convert the equations to the graphic file format
supported by the operating system when opening the document. For complex graphics which include characters
from fonts, such as MathType equations, the conversion is rarely completely successful.
This notice addresses the following issues:
1. Updating Equations which use Object Linking and
2. Microsoft Word Users
3. Documents containing GIFs
If equations were embedded into a document by using Object Linking and
Embedding (OLE), i.e., by using a toolbar button in a Microsoft Word or
PowerPoint, using an
"Insert Equation", "Insert Object", or "Insert OLE Object" command, or, via
cut-and-paste, the equations are PICTs or WMFs. If the equations were created in
MathType, saved as individual files, and inserted or placed into a document, they may be
WMFs, PICTs, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), or Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
files and did not use OLE.
It is necessary to use MathType to convert WMFs or PICTs on the receiving
platform in order for them to appear correctly.
If you are using an application other that Microsoft Word, it will be
necessary to double-click each equation to open it in Microsoft
Equation or MathType, choose Save or Update from the File, and close the window.
You can use MathType to update MathType equations or Equation Editor
equations, but they will be converted to MathType equations. Microsoft Equation
cannot edit equations created by other equation editors.
We include an add-in for Microsoft Word with MathType which adds a commands to
Word for converting all the equations in a document in a single step.
If you are using any of the following MathType/Word combinations you should
run the Convert Equations command in the MathType menu of Word when opening a
Windows document on Macintosh and vice-versa. This will convert/refresh all the
equations to the proper metafile format on that platform.
- MathType 5.x for Windows with Word 2002 (XP) or 2003
- MathType 6.x for Windows with Word 2002 (XP), 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, or
- MathType 6.x for Macintosh with Word 2011
If you are using MathType 6.x for Macintosh with Word 2008, there will be
no command for Convert Equations. Thus you must open and
resave each equation individually.
If the equations have been saved separately as GIFs, or the document has been
converted to HTML, which has the same effect, they should not need to be
updated, as the Graphics Interchange Format is supported on both
platforms. There is a substantial loss
of formatting using HTML translators, so you should understand the
inherent disadvantages before converting your documents to HTML.