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MathMagic Personal Edition is an equation editor. It helps you to create and edit complex mathematical expressions using a point-and-click user interface as well as keyboard shortcuts. Use the equations with other software by drag-and-drop, copy-and-paste, and export-and-import. Now, it also serves you as a WYSIWYG MathML editor.

What's New

Version 8.82:
  • Fixed: Define Spacing dialog not displayed in the recent build.
  • Fixed: Reading MathML improved.
  • Fixed: Oval frame had an unexpected line randomly when saved in EPS.

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Stickman67 Member IconReview+162
Stickman67
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As a teacher of English and history who somehow seems to end up teaching a maths class (Australian, so not "math", but not big deal), I find MathMagic a lifesaver. Equations in MS Word are not awful in my experience, but MM is the next step up. It's flexible and very powerful, and I have always managed to come up with the expressions or equations I've needed when writing information sheets, or setting class work or assessment tasks. Not the cheapest, but when you consider the cost of the fonts alone if you bought similar separately it suddenly seems to represent pretty good value indeed. Highly recommended.

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Version 8.0
J Lester Member IconReview+1
J Lester
+1

Very nice math equation editor overall.
No installer. Drag and drop install type app but their fonts should be installed separately so there is one more step.
Does not come with the latest Mac OS X features such as QuickLook, Spotlight, Lion's auto save, .... but not a big deal.
Does not run after the free trial period, while MathType still works in a simplified version.

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Version 7.53
John83 Member IconReview+16
John83
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This must be the best equation editor for the rest of us.
Actually too much feature. Though I can still remember some TeX expressions for some commonly used symbols, I feel more comfortable with this kind of UI assisted equation editor when I need a few equations from time to time. Good thing is that I can just drag equations(mostly worked well but some equations needed some retouching) from wiki web pages on to math magic window. This saved me a lot of time. Text-to-speech for equation is an interesting try. Needs more work for this TTS - their math reading syntax is not like natural math notation, variables are read by char. Their default fonts are not my type but it lets me use my own fonts.
Applying color was easy - equations look nice in Keynote.
Overall, great app. Definitely worth a try, if you do not have a LaTeX package already installed.

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Version 7.2.1
Utrunn Member IconComment+115
Utrunn
+1

One word: LaTeX. Free to install. Free to use. Comes with a great equation editor.

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Version 7.2.1
pcharles Member IconComment+115
pcharles
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Needs a major overhaul to give it better integration with todays word processors. The problem is that while doc files treat all pasted images as objects that can be manipulated like text, the docx files treat them as images. This makes it difficult to have inline equations and you end up with them on their own separate space. This is not a huge problem if you stick with Doc.

Would be nice to have some editing capabilities. You simply cannot reopen a pasted image and edit it. Mathtype has its fare share of problems, but the integration with iWork and Office are compelling.

Where this shines is with PowerPoint because the dweebs are Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, decided to make the file formats of pasted objects different in the Windows and Mac versions, so embedded equations are not compatible. This program uses simple pasted images, so you do not get those problems. You can do the same with Mathtype if you save as an image an import, but its a few more clicks.

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Version 6.94
Luismurbina Member IconReview+4
Luismurbina
+4

Extremely poor value, mainly because it does not deliver what it promises:

this application is not really MS Word compatible - if you drag and drop to an (open) MS Word document, it appears to import your equation. However, if you save and re-open the same document in MS Word in windows, some equations might be missing! (approx 50%) in my case.

Export options are to PICT, PDF or TEX/LaTEX. The use of these formats is not widespread, and it makes it difficult to insert in a standard word document which might or might not be opened in Windows. So an intermediate step is necessary to convert to something else (e.g. jpg).

Finally, if you are looking at this application because it is on offer elsewhere, BEWARE!... they tend to limit your upgrade package to only 2-3 months after your purchase date.

I was a student when I got this (just graduated) and as I am writing my proposal for a Doctoral thesis, I cannot update this application.

It will be a looooong time before this company gets another penny out of me.

On a side note the interface is awful, and some of the mathematical symbols are hard to find via the button menu (i.e. looking for a particular type of mathematical notation is not that intuitive).

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Version 6.8
Life On Mac
+0

> Export options are to PICT, PDF or TEX/LaTEX. The use of these formats is not
> widespread, and it makes it difficult to insert in a standard word document which
> might or might not be opened in Windows. So an intermediate step is necessary to
> convert to something else (e.g. jpg).

MathMagic does support other formats as well: JPEG, GIF, MathML, Google Docs, and others. Please double check.


> Finally, if you are looking at this application because it is on offer elsewhere,
> BEWARE!... they tend to limit your upgrade package to only 2-3 months after
> your purchase date.
> I was a student when I got this (just graduated) and as I am writing my proposal
> for a Doctoral thesis, I cannot update this application.

You can use your version continuously.
If you'd like to get free upgrades continuously, there is a 2-year free upgrade option for additional money. Or, you can purchase an upgrade later when you need new features.


> It will be a looooong time before this company gets another penny out of me.
>
> On a side note the interface is awful, and some of the mathematical symbols are
> hard to find via the button menu (i.e. looking for a particular type of mathematical
> notation is not that intuitive).

It's a kind of personal preference but where can you find a better UI than this?

John Mckeown
+0

PDF is widespread. Safer than MS Word if you want to make sure the reader sees page layout you intended.

Bill Clinton Member IconComment+44
Bill Clinton
+0

The baseline adjustment for inline PICTs pasted into Mellel is now better but still not perfect. I sure wish I understood what the issues are with this as it seems like everything is in place to get this completely fixed.

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Version 5.74
hotfreaks Member IconComment+38
hotfreaks
+1

I dont know what some of these reviews are going on about. This program looks and behaves like it was made 10 years ago. Indeed, the developers could not even be bothered to port the app to the Intel platform. If they were giving this away, that would be one thing, but to charge for such a passé application is laughable.

Why can't someone (anyone) make a decent equation editor??

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Version 5.73
Bill Clinton Member IconReview+44
Bill Clinton
+2

MathMagic is an excellent program for setting equations, with an easy-to-use interface and _tons_ of settings to tweak if you want; however, the defaults are just right for almost all work. The quality of the output is top-notch and way better than the ever-ugly MathType and its cheap little brother that comes for free with some word processors such as Microsoft Word. The developers of MathMagic are very responsive and find little ways to keep improving their program, even though it doesn' tneed it. I'm thankful that we have developers that (a) are passionate about making beautifully set equations and (b) know how to make a proper Mac program (really unusual in the developer community when a Mac product has a Windows counterpart).

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Version 5.6.2
mrfizx Member IconComment+3
mrfizx
+2

As a physics teacher using equations in almost every presentation, test, worksheet, etc., I can say that this program definitely beats learning/using LaTeX or even using Word's Equation Editor then copying and pasting. It's updated regularly, and the developers take suggestions and implement them quickly. It's easily customizable and you can save all of your equations for later (and easy) use.

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Version 5.33
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ttlcntrlprint
Version 8.61
user icon+16
John83
Version 7.2.1
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Downloads 46,101
Version Downloads 227
License Demo
Date 09 Jun 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $69.00
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