InDesign doesn't have it's own equation editor. You can:
- use the pictures you are already getting from Word and manually adjust the baseline or
- use a plug-in like [Math+Magic] - The ultimate Equation Editor for Adobe InDesign on the planet!
1 person found this helpful
Sorry I'm a little late to this thread.
I've recently had to format physics and chemistry books and share the OP's pain. Several authors using different versions of Word, sometimes the equations came in, other times they did not (i.e. not just "corrupted", but did not import at all - only a blank space - not even an image placeholder - where the equation was). I'd concluded that the equation import would be unsuccessful with content created with the latest version from Word for Mac 2016. However, if the docx was saved back to .doc and then imported, the equations came in, albeit as images.
There are three plug-in solutions that I'm aware of:
- MathType (http://www.dessci.com/en/products/MathType_Mac/) but I've found that if the content came from the 2016 version of Word for Mac, then it doesn't work. They are working on a fix for this, I'm still waiting.
- Another is MathMagic: http://www.mathmagic.com/product/pro.html - this is better for handling incoming equations and editing them once they are placed into ID
- And lastly is MathTools: http://movemen.com/downloads - but this one is more for setting equations directly from ID rather than handling imported content from Word.
But to me this raises a separate question – can Adobe please update how InDesign imports Word files so that it can accept the revised way equations are imported? And yes, I've submitted this question to the wishform page before anyone asks.
edit - grammar