California's Design Science has released a powerful interactive equation editor for Windows that lets the user create mathematical notation for word processing, web pages, desktop publishing, presentations, elearning and TeX, LaTeX and MathML documents.
Available from UK-based Adept Scientific, MathType 6.8 works with more than 600 applications and websites including 64-bit Microsoft Office 2010. A major new feature is the ability to paste a table from a spreadsheet, document or web page straight into MathType as a matrix.
The program's features include the ability to enter maths by hand, point-and-click editing with automatic formatting and customisable keyboard shortcuts for virtually every symbol, template and command.
MathType has long been known as the professional version of the Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, used by millions of educators, scientists and engineers to create papers and presentations with textbook-quality equations.
According to scientific and technical publishers, more than 85 per cent of submitted manuscripts containing mathematical notation are Microsoft Word documents with MathType or Equation Editor equations.