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    Math Type for Linux?

    I'm on the verge of making the switch to Linux from Windows but have encountered a possible roadblock.

    I use LaTeX on Windows (MikTeX + TexnicCenter) and use MathType to symbolically produce equations. MathType allows one to highlight and right click the equation, then paste the converted to LaTeX equation into any document. In other words, I can symbolically type out equations and then paste the resulting LaTeX code into my LaTeX IDE of choice because MathType converts the symbols into LaTeX code automatically.

    I was wondering if there are any options in Ubuntu or Kubuntu that allows the symbolic creation of equations and then allows conversion into LaTeX.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Math Type for Linux?

    I think the OpenOffice Equation package may be what you are looking for. Check the repos for it.
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    Re: Math Type for Linux?

    Thanks for the help ...but repos?

    I know that OOWriter exports to LaTex but I'm not sure that this would be a good solution.

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    Re: Math Type for Linux?

    You need to check out LyX. Best writing tool I've come across. There is also a plugin for OOWriter which will allow you to type LaTeX equations and embed them into a document. Its not symbolic however. You have to type raw LaTeX. LyX does have a nice gui for entering equations.

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    Re: Math Type for Linux?

    He's not asking for a latex writer.

    He's asking for a software that converts symbolically typed math into latex code. Mathtype is a great software, and i use it too.

    I could not find any good replacements on ubuntu. and you wouldnt want to learn all the keyboard shortcuts all over again anw. the best solution i found was to install Wine (a program that lets u run simple windows programs on linux) and just install mathtype on wine. you get the exact same interface. everything is the same, besides the fact that you can't insert equations into MS word.

    to install wine, just

    sudo apt-get install wine

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    Re: Math Type for Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by akimatsu123 View Post
    everything is the same, besides the fact that you can't insert equations into MS word.
    Very bad indeed... And not only in word, but also in power poing as well...

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    Re: Math Type for Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by akimatsu123 View Post
    He's not asking for a latex writer.

    Hthe best solution i found was to install Wine (a program that lets u run simple windows programs on linux) and just install mathtype on wine.

    Follow on question - how do you create/edit a mathtype equation in open office writer in Ubuntu?


    Thanks

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    Re: Math Type for Linux?

    Am I understanding this correctly?

    Mathtype has some menus of symbols etc. and then you drag the ones you want with mouse to form a formula and then mathtype converts them to latex code and you copy that latex code and paste it in a latex document?

    This must be the the worst and slowest way of writing latex. The whole point of latex is to get rid of making formulas by hand and you make formulas by hand in order to use them in latex?

    What am I missing here?

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    Re: Math Type for Linux?

    You are correct - but I people I collaborate with don't use latex - math type is used by them and so I need to use a common platform.

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    Re: Math Type for Linux? Try TEXMACS

    "texmacs" might be an answer to your needs.

    I have installed texmacs on everything, even on windows. Texmacs
    is a very good tool for many purposes, but I have used it mostly
    as - indeed - replacement of MathType. The only extra step is
    that you need to save the equations by "exporting to latex",
    and as in using MathType, you need to edit or copy also a little
    set of macros.

    My students most often use "kile" and "texmacs" in parallel.
    "kile" provides a fast way to insert macros for equations,
    sections, chapters, even the codes of symbols, while
    "texmacs" is most useful when designing more
    complex mathematical structures.

    It takes a little practice to get accustomed to texmacs, it is
    a sort of "emacs", so it is not only GUI. For example, you can
    enter the subscript mode by typing underline, the same for superscripts.

    I have not yet upgraded, but a little search on the web shows
    that "texmacs" is easily installed on 8.04.

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