copy pasting Mathematical equations from PDF

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  1. riz78612 macrumors regular

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    Can someone please give me simple instructions on how to copy paste Mathematical equestions from PDF on a Macbook pro.

    I can copy and paste the document but the equations square root signs come out all over the place on text file or on email/hotmail.

    It would be much appreciated for another solution.
     
  2. idea_hamster macrumors 65816

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    What are you pasting into? A word processing doc? A presentation slide? The absolute best combination for presentation of math that I've found is

    1. Keynote (deals with pdf transparency far better than PPT)

    plus

    2. LaTeXiT

    If you can use LaTeXiT to make your equation (see here, but go to slide 20 and lots of other places) then you can drop that into KeyNote and it will look absolutely beautiful!

    Also, I wouldn't expect to have a good outcome trying to email an equation in plain text -- the formatting is not going to survive. Better to just send the pdf as an attachment, no?
     
  3. riz78612 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks

    Thanks ill try that...soon..and let you know.
     
  4. riz78612 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I dont have keynote.

    I pasted into Textfile as i dont have word.

    I only want parts of the PDF, thats the reason im trying to copy paste.
     
  5. greytmom macrumors 68040

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  6. idea_hamster macrumors 65816

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    OK -- here's the thing: It's not clear what you're trying to do. Is this to be emailed? Printed?

    Clearly you have a PDF file that includes an equation that you would like to use in another file.

    If that second file is just a text file (Textfile = Textedit file?) then the best that you can do for square root is to insert the symbol into the line and type the figure after it.

    Textedit and other text files don't really produce the kind of composite character content that you're looking for. That's likely why the person used a PDF in the first place.
     

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