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Hey I was wondering if anybody had any tools that are downloadable for writing math or physics equations on a regular word document? Mabey something like latex writing? I use wordperfect office x3 by the way.
Because not everyone has a LaTeX viewer, and some people I know either don't want one or don't know how to get one. Outside of using Microsoft's equation editor (which looks BAD but less so in 2007) I use a program called Latex2rtf to convert sometimes ( http://latex2rtf.sourceforge.net/ ). It works ok with simple equations, but if you have a complicated one with many different text sizes/exponents it may turn out strange. I should note finally that there is an artifacting issue when viewing equations made in Office 2007 on an older version - even after saving in 2003 format.Why not simply use latex for all your document needs?
I guess when I said that I had in mind that if you are co-authoring a document (or something) that that other author may not know/want to know how to use LaTeX and thus will not be able to directly edit the document. Of course they are text files, but one has to have software to convert them to a viewable format from the working file. I speak from experience in this case.What do you mean by a LaTeX viewer? You can edit a tex file in any text editor, and then compile it to pdf.
Actually, MathType is a professional math typesetting program. The version that comes with WordPerfect and MS Office 2003 (and earlier) are watered down versions. The full version of MathType can be used to embed equations in any program, including MS Works or Wordpad, via OLE.MathType is for M S Word. What if you use a M S Works wordprocessor or WordPad? Maybe any other Math typesetting program which will work well for them?
Yes, you are right, there are also some latex wysiwym editer, which is corss-platform, please take a look at here http://wiki.lyx.org/uploads/LyX/Screencasts/Equation_Editor.htmActually, MathType is a professional math typesetting program. The version that comes with WordPerfect and MS Office 2003 (and earlier) are watered down versions. The full version of MathType can be used to embed equations in any program, including MS Works or Wordpad, via OLE.
It is not a free program however. There are many free GNU alternatives; but like most GNU programs, they tend to lack either features, ease of use, or both. LaTeX is a powerful typesetting language for mathematics, and you can certainly find many LaTeX or MathML editors for free; however, they tend to be quite a bit more difficult to use.