MathType 6 is the newest version of a well known program that allows you to create math equations and more within Word, PowerPoint and several other applications. MathType itself is available in both Windows and Macintosh platforms, but MathType 6 is available only for Windows at the time of this writing.
MathType 6 has several improvements over the older versions of the program -- you can read a review of MathType 5 here
MathType is from Design Science, a company based in Long Beach, CA, United States. You can learn more about their products from their site.
My contacts at Design Science for this review were Bob Mathews and Julie Heifner - thank you, Bob and Julie.Back
MathType 6 improvements include:
Download and Installation
Download the installer from the their site, run the setup routine and follow the instructions.
When installed, the add-in creates an MathType tab in the Ribbon within Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: MathType tab in the Ribbon
Figure 2 shows a MathType toolbar within Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions.
Using MathType 6
Follow these steps to use MathType 6. This example uses Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, but the process is similar for users of older PowerPoint versions:
- Create a new, or open an existing presentation in PowerPoint. Within the MathType tab of the Ribbon, click on the Insert Equation button as shown in Figure 3.
- This will launch the MathType 6 interface as show in Figure 4.
- Choose a palette by clicking on the tabs visible. Then click in the work area to set an insertion point.
- Click any of the characters within the palettes, and they are placed
on the insertion point within the work area. Think of the work area as
a piece of paper -- and the palettes as a virtual typewriter keys.
For fractions contained within equations, you'll need to often change the insertion point, and click-select within the palette. Numbers can be directly input from your keyboard after setting the insertion point.
When done, choose File | Close and Return to (document name), as shown in Figure 5.
- Either way, this will apply the equation on PowerPoint slide (see Figure
Figure 3: Insert Equations
Figure 4: MathType 6 interface
The interface provides plenty of equation palettes based on different subjects such as Algebra, Geometry, Sets, Statistics, etc.
Figure 5: Update presentation
Figure 6: Inserted equation
Pricing and Support
MathType 6 costs $97.00. Upgrade pricing is $49. There's also a more cost-effective Academic version available.
Support options include e-mail assistance, on-phone support, online tutorials, and FAQs.Back
MathType has long been the best solution to input equations and similar content into Microsoft Office documents. This new version improves the integration and compatibility factors -- and provides a great new interface. There's tons of other improvements -- looks like MathType will continue being the best product in its category.Back