Take a look to MathMagic too! … and there's no consensus: MathType is not really the best solution. It's a solution but not only.
[I'm not MrMathMagic, don't work for this company but make books pages for a while ...]
MathMagic is good BUT MathType is more MSWord compatible (at least in my exp, maybe Obi-wan Kenobi can tell us more here) but in MT you just convert, format and export all the .doc equations and they are ready to place in InDesign
advices to Math Type
1: no overprinting in math type. you have to manually fake the overprint in the MT color menu
2: always save equations in PDF format (EPS suddenly switches glyphs) and not try to edit in Illustrator or Acrobat.
3: save your Equation Preferences (.eqp) to quickly format all the eqs in the doc.
4: try the author to install MathType too. (there is a full install free for 30 days)
Hi Fede Gianni,
You say MathType is better, not I. What about equations written with the new free MS Equation Editor?
Always interesting and informative to make an overview of such an exciting topic!
… As I can see, you work under Windows/PC. Not Mac/OSX. What about your importation process Word to inDesign? What about TeX, LaTeX or FrameMaker conversions to InDesign? What about your equations correction process? What about the insertion within a paragraph and the baseline management? What about the font styles changes? …
To be continued! …
Yes, Master, I do work in mac (already printed 10 advanced math books) the screenshot i've posted is an answer to the same question you have, attached for me by the Design Science Support Team (another thing to remark, they always helped fast and precise).
The importing process is the same as images, once the EQs are converted i have to import them one by one.
the correction is by: reveal in finder --> drag to mathtype icon in dock --> correct --> save --> back to indesign --> update --> check scale 100% --> adjust if neccesary
LaTeX and TeX are auto-converted in MT, never faced a FrameMaker until now.
Fonts are well managed in MT by a kind of Paragraph Styles called Equation Preferences, you can set the sizes and spaces for every aspect of a Equation. As they are treated as images by InDy all the font work is made inside MT, you can manage several styles in a book with ease.
Baseline adjustment is a hard one, i have to make several character styles to align EQs or Fractions depending on the height of the image
the bad thing about the MT, as you can see, is the image treating of the eq, and the lack of overprint. i've tested MathMagic too, when i started with the Math Book projects (7 years ago) and the reason to go with MT was integration with MSWord, i also remember testing mt.importer and mt.editor veeery good InDy plugins parterened by adobe, but expensive (almost 600 eur.)
Now please, Master, Obi-wan Kenobi enlighten us with the benefits of MM as i am ready to switch to the Force Side if is that good as you claim.
As you work with MathType under Windows, if you don't know it, take a look to MT-Script [e.g., MT-Script demo video - YouTube], a very clever plugin written by Vladislav Mikizil. It truly help you to fix most of the problems you meet. I've bought a licence a long time ago and take time to test it.
About what you say:
Import, correct and enhance each equation one by one make no sense! Sorry to say that! You can do differently!
About Latex, Tex and FrameMaker, I talk about files, not equation format.
MathMagic automatically treats the baseline and its color management is perfect.
In my case, what I can only say is that I've no problem. I mean, all that is a problem for you is not a problem for me. This is not just a matter of equation editor, it is mostly a matter of process.
Vladislav has fully understood this and it is for this reason that his plugin is so amazing and why I like it, even if I don't use it in my process!
Thanks for this discussion!
[ PS : inutile de m'appeler "Master", Obi-wan suffira ! ]