Using MathType 3.x with Macintosh OS X
The information in this document applies to:
MathType 3.x (Mac)
Macintosh OS X
Microsoft Office 2004 (Mac)
Microsoft Office X (Mac)
Customers would like to know if MathType 3.x will run under OS X and work with
their other software under OS X.
MathType 3.x runs in Macintosh OS X as a Classic application. You can copy or
cut equations from the MathType window and paste them into programs that support
embedded graphics. (Version 3.7 is designed for OS 7, 8, 9 and Classic mode of
OS X. It is integrated with Office 98 and 2001 only.)
AppleWorks supports EGO (Embed Graphical Object), the technology from Apple
for embedding graphics. EGO works between Classic applications and OS X
applications. MathType equations can be inserted into AppleWorks documents and
double-clicked on to edit them in MathType.
Microsoft Office applications use Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) a
Microsoft technology. Unfortunately, OLE does not work between Classic and OS X
MathType 5 for Macintosh, a new version that runs natively
under OS X (and also in OS 9), is now available, and supports Office X and 2004,
in addition to Office 98 and 2001. For further details on upgrading to this
exciting new version, click here.
This notice addresses the following specific topics:
1. Using MathType with AppleWorks
2. Using MathType with Microsoft Office X and 2004
3. Importing Microsoft Word for Windows Documents
Using MathType with AppleWorks
EGO works between Classic and OS X native applications. Most Macintosh owners
receive AppleWorks free with their computer. AppleWorks supports the insertion
of MathType equations using the Insert
Equation command in OS 8, 9, and OS X. Equations can subsequently be edited by double-clicking on them. Inserted
equations will baseline correctly relative to adjacent text.
Using MathType with Microsoft Office X & 2004 and other OLE
OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) does not work between Classic applications and OS X
applications. To enjoy the convenience provided by
OLE, we suggest either using MathType 3.x with Office 98 or 2001 under Classic OS
or upgrade to the new MathType
5 for Macintosh. You can also use Microsoft
Equation, the equation editor provided with Office X and 2004.
It is possible to run MathType 3.x in Classic mode, create an equation, cut or
copy it, and paste it into your Word X or 2004 document, but the equation will not
properly baseline: it will appear too high relative to surrounding text. You
cannot edit MathType 3.x equations in Office X or 2004 programs by double-clicking on them, but they can be edited
cutting or copying them and pasting them back into MathType, editing them, and then copying
and pasting them back into your Office X application. Display equations
which are inserted by themselves on a line, centered on the page, do not require baselining. While it is possible to manually baseline equations in Microsoft Word and
other programs, the process is quite tedious for more than a few equations. Customers who need baselined
equations and have Microsoft Office X or 2004 should use Microsoft Equation, the
equation editor included with Office X and 2004 which runs as a native OS X application.
The macros included in the MathType 3.x add-in for Word 98 and 2001 do not work
with Word X or 2004.
Importing Microsoft Word for Windows documents with
Office X or 2004 in Macintosh OS X
If you have received a Microsoft Word document containing MathType equations that was created under
Windows, the best solution is upgrade to the new
MathType 5 for Macintosh,
which supports Word 98, 2001, X and 2004, and allows for nearly seamless
cross-platform transfers of Word documents containing MathType 5 equations.
Alternately, you can open it with Microsoft Word 98 or 2001 and
update it as outlined in our notice about cross-platform
If you do not have Word 98 or 2001 or do not upgrade to MathType 5, it will be necessary to copy
or cut each equation from the Word document, paste it into MathType 3.x, then copy
or cut it to the clipboard and paste it back into Word X or 2004 to get it to appear
correctly. As noted in the preceding section, the equations will not baseline correctly, so
updating the document in an older version of Microsoft Word will yield much
better results in documents containing inline equations (equations that are embedded in
text, rather than on a line by themselves).