What operating system are you using?
On windows for example one can use the Alt+keycodes on the numeric keypad:
Have you got Microsoft Word on your Mac machine? If so then I suggest create your equation in it and then copy/paste it in PSE new document. That is how I do most of the time.
If you don't have Word then perhaps online equation editor might be available from which you can copy/paste into PSE.
Here are some for macs:
Something like Math Magic may be better suited for that purpose on macs:
Thanks for that suggestion! I tried that with MS Word, and it worked. Unfortunately, pasting the MS font into PSE changes the way the characters look--they become much less flowing and scriptlike, and more like stick figures. For my project, I need the characters to look they do in MS.
Thanks again. Too bad this is only for 10.6 and above--I have 10.5.8! I looked at other screen grab software and it was the same deal--nothing under 10.6.
Before I plunk down the money for 10.6, can you tell me exactly how Jing works? That's a beautiful equation there, but when I put my equations into PSE, I am going to need to maniputlate them--meaning rotate them, make them smaller and larger, etc. Will I be able to do that using a screen grab?
There are several ways to take screenshots using the software included on your mac:
You can try screenshots, but they may not be the best solution.
Yes you can manipulate the size or rotate like any other image. You won't be able to edit the equation itself unless you have the correct fonts for it in PSE.
Also, your Mac must have a screen grab software/utility and perhaps R. Kelly or Barbara can help you here. I don't use MAC but I suspect it must have something like what Windows has. Windows 7 has Snipping tools and also one can do print-screen to grab the image and then manipulate it in PSE or Photoshop or Fireworks.
But to change the size or to rotate the image, it is possible in PSE. Try with the image I have posted above and let us know if you were successful. The image I have posted can be saved on your machine and you can play with it to get hang of it.
If you have 10.5, look in your applications folder for omnigraffle. Also appleworks has an equations editor you could use.
All macs come with very efficient screen grab software. Just press command+shift+4 and drag over what you want to capture.
Depending on the age of your mac you may also have the deluxe calculator program in your applications folder. Investigate what's there. Old versions of OS X came with all sorts of useful utlitiles.
Yes, it worked beautifully! I was able to grab your equation as per Barbara's command + shift + 4 and put it into PSE. The font remained the same and I was able to manipulate to my heart's delight.
I believe you indicated that you created this equation in MS Word. I have Word, but I can't seem to find all of those beautiful mathematical symbols. I did find a few under Insert > Symbol, but have no idea I'd do the subscripts and superscripts.
All versions of word that will run in OS X have it. Here are microsoft's directions on how to use it word 2004/mac (google is your friend in these situations):
Thanks. I checked, but when I go into the Object Type box I do not see Microsoft Equation.
Now, it says I can get it from my Install disc. I do have the disk; but how do I go hunting for what I want?
Insert an equation
1. Click where you want to insert the equation.
2. On the Insert menu, click Object.
3. In the Object type box, click Microsoft Equation.
4. Click OK.
5. Build the equation by selecting symbols from the Equation toolbar and typing variables and numbers. From the top row of the Equation toolbar, you can choose from more than 150 mathematical symbols. From the bottom row, you can choose from a variety of templates or frameworks that contain symbols such as fractions, integrals, and summations.
For Help on creating an equation, click Equation Editor Help on the Equation Editor Help men6. When you are finished creating your equation, click Quit Equation Editor on the Equation Editor menu.
You can also confirm by looking in Applications:Microsoft Office 2004:Office to see if the app is listed there. If not you should be able to obtain it from the Office 2004 install disk.
As an alternative you can obtain the trial version of MathType which reverts to MathType Lite if you don't purchase within the 30-day trial period:
re: the screen shot from mytaxsite.co.uk:
That may be from Office 2003, but that's not from the included equation editor in Office 2003. That's the MathType toolbar, which is not included with Office 2003, or any other version of MS Office.