|Initial release||June 23, 1987|
7.0 / September 23, 2019
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Available in||English, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese|
MathType is a software application created by Design Science that allows the creation of mathematical notation for inclusion in desktop and web applications.
MathType is a graphical editor for mathematical equations, allowing entry with the mouse or keyboard in a full graphical WYSIWYG environment. This contrasts to document markup languages such as LaTeX where equations are entered as markup in a text editor and then processed into a typeset document as a separate step.
MathType also supports the math markup languages TeX, LaTeX and MathML. LaTeX can be entered directly into MathType,[nb 1] and MathType equations in Microsoft Word can be converted to and from LaTeX. MathType supports copying to and pasting from any of these markup languages.
By default, MathType equations are typeset in Times New Roman, with Symbol used for symbols and Greek. Equations may also be typeset in Euclid, a modern font like Computer Modern used in TeX, and this is included with the software. Roman characters (i.e. variable names and functions) may be typeset in any font that contains those characters, but Greek and symbols will still use Times or Euclid.
Support for other applications
On Windows, MathType supports object linking and embedding (OLE), which is the standard Windows mechanism for including information from one application in another. In particular office suites such as Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org for Windows allow MathType equations to be embedded in this way. Equations embedded using OLE are displayed and printed as graphics in the host application, and can be edited later, in which case the host document is updated automatically. In addition, a Microsoft Word add-in is included, which adds features including equation numbering and formatting displayed equations (as opposed to inline equations), which are features that MathType does not add to other applications.
On Macs, there is no analogous standard to OLE so support is not universal. Microsoft Office for Mac supports OLE, so MathType equations may be used there as usual. MathType has support for Apple iWork '09, so equations may be embedded and updated seamlessly in that product too. In applications where no other possibility is available, such as OpenOffice.org for Mac, Design Science recommends exporting equations as images and embedding those images into documents. As on Windows there is a plugin for Microsoft Word for Mac (except for Word 2008), which adds equation formatting features such as equation numbering, which are features that MathType does not add to other applications. AppleWorks included a special version of MathType for built-in equation editing.
For Web applications such as Gmail and Google Docs, MathType supports copying to (and pasting from) HTML
<img> tags (created by translating the equation's LaTeX into Google Chart API). There is a list of web application presets in the Copy Preferences dialog, so for example choosing "Google Docs" would copy as an HTML
<img> tag, whereas choosing "Wikipedia" would copy as LaTeX wrapped in a
<math> wiki tag.
Since the initial introduction in 1987, Design Science has released new versions of MathType, the latest in 2019.
- Design Science: MathType - Equation Editor
- Design Science: MathType full feature list - Type TeX in Word
- Design Science: Mathtype - Math Handwriting Recognition
- Design Science: MathType - Full Feature List - OLE
- Design Science: What's the story with MathType and Microsoft Office 2008?
- "AppleWorks 6: Getting Started" (PDF). p. 2.
- This feature is disabled by default, but can be enabled in Workspace Preferences.
- Foster, K.R. (December 2001). "Mathtype 5 with mathML for the WWW". IEEE Spectrum. 38 (12): 64. doi:10.1109/MSPEC.2001.969610.