So iBooks Author got an equation building tool... why hasn't iWork got on?

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  1. MasterHowl, Oct 27, 2012
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    MasterHowl macrumors 65816

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    Title says it all really.

    The equation builder looks pretty good on iBooks Author. Surely it wouldn't have been a massive job for them to include it in their iWork suite too?

    Very frustrating. Once again, I find myself having to resort to Microsoft Office to do university work.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Office is more feature rich for many tasks and I'd say that's probably a better option many ways.

    I don't think apple is too interested in iWork at the moment
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    This is simply not true. MathType, the parent of Equation Editor, is explicitly Pages-compatible. It is a free download. If you chose not to pay the license fee within the 30-day trial period, it reverts to the free MathType Lite version. Unlike its Equation Editor progeny, a single version of MathType Lite can be used with a number of Mac applications including Office and iWork.
     
  4. MasterHowl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh wow! Didn't know this existed :) I'l try it out tomorrow when I get my mac back tomorrow (MagSafe charger just broke in two :mad: )
     
  5. Saladinos macrumors 68000

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    MathType is simply awful. It's a slightly expanded version of the Windows Office '97 equation editor.

    It doesn't hold a candle to the system in modern Windows MS Office. It isn't integrated - it's a separate application that controls a little area of the document. Whenever you want to change your equation, you double-click and get sent to some new window with an enormous toolbar with every symbol in mathematics. The equations aren't readable in QuickLook or on iOS versions of iWork, and I believe they also get rasterised when exporting to Office filetypes.

    Oh, and that's beside the fact that it's a separate purchase. This sort of thing should be built in. Equations are a little specialised, but they're absolutely necessary for anybody studying any sort of science, mathematics, business or economics.

    Office 97 editor:

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    MathType 6.7 (yes, it still looks like this. Current version is 6.8):

    [​IMG]

    iWork needs an equation builder built-in. Mathtype is pretty obviously nowhere close to the experience of Word's equation editor. Haven't tried the iBooks one yet.
     

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