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MathEQ is a mathematical/scientific typesetting program. MathEQ generates typeset quality equations and expressions quickly and easily for a wide variety of disciplines. Just use the easy graphical palette to help you input expressions and edit equations. Create expressions for insertion into word processing/layout programs, or embed into HTML for sharing with the world via the World Wide Web, using the free LiveMath Plug-In for Netscape/Explorer. Highly customizable, including exporting to TeX and other formats.

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Bill Clinton Member IconReview+44
Bill Clinton

MathEQ (formerly known as Expressionist) is the best-of-breed mathematical typesetter, providing ease of use with exceptionally good output. I have used it for many years and have also tried (extensively) the others as they have appeared, including (especially) the free program that is commonly shipped with Word and other word processors.

For those reviewers who tout LaTeX, you should know that they are techies who love messing around with computers as opposed to getting their main work done. LaTeX is a mark-up language that does not let you even see how your program will look without going through a separate rendering stage; in the meantime, you are looking at gobbledygook expressions. With all respect to to Donald Knuth whose TeX is the basis for LaTeX, please--join the twentieth (that is, 20th) century. If you really want to use TeX or LaTeX, GraphEQ will politely export in that format. But in the meantime, you get to set your equations using common GUI techniques.

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Version 4.0.8

Wow, touchy! Really, latex is only hard when you're trying to customise document formats beyond what's supported "out of the box": for simply inserting equations into another application (eg as editable pdf's via linkback and latexit) it's at least as easy as driving the hideous GUI that's part of MathEQ.

Still, if you can't tell the difference between the output from Microsoft Word's Equation Editor (which MathEQ resembles to a frightening degree: maybe they have common parentage?) and an equation typeset in latex then I wish you luck... If you can, and appreciate the extra quality of the output, then the "techy" barrier to using latex will look trivial.


A very important feature of TeX is the ability to have macros which are effectively reusable defined elements [of your equations]. If you have a great many equations which repeat elements from one to the next, this is a tremendous time-saver.

Suppose in addition, you find it necessary to change your notation to improve clarity. With TeX you change one macro and the rest follows. No graphical equation setter can do that. If you have many equations the scope for error [not to mention the amount of work] is huge in a graphical interface.

Bottom line is that graphical systems are OK for occasional equations and where the best typesetting is not required, but for anything more complex or professional, TeX is a must.

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Mark Everitt

I agree. LaTeX is free and easy to learn. It is also the de jure typesetting format for most scientific publications, and has been for quite a while now. LaTeXiT is a neat little utility for turning LaTeX equations into drag-and-drop pdf images.

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Version 4.0.7
Signore Rossi Member IconComment-2
Signore Rossi

Try a free and versatile solution like LaTeXiT first! Or begin to write whole reports with LaTeX. It's not difficult at all! Especially when it comes to reports containing a lot of mathematics...
Just an advice from a satisfied TeX user...

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Version 4.0.7
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License Demo
Date 30 Oct 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $69.00
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