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Gui Input Tools for Math [UKMC09]

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Mathematics Content Workshop at Open uni 2009.

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Gui Input Tools for Math [UKMC09]

  1. 1. GUI input tools for Mathematics Gregory Tappero greg@edoboard.com UK Mathematical Content Workshop Milton Keynes 9 September 2009 http://groups.google.com/group/uk-math-content-2009/files/ 1
  2. 2. GUI is nice to end users Using emacs to edit LaTeX code then run command lines to compile and output a pdf may be fun, but only to a particular type of people. GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 2
  3. 3. Their Purpose From: To: A portable, standardised, digital format that we can share integrate and reuse. GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 3
  4. 4. Tools Survey: What's around ? ● MathType ● Formulator ● MathTran ● Publicon (Wolfram Research) ● Wiris ● Math Magic ● Edoboard ● Detexify ● Sitmo ● Math Input Panel (Windows 7) ● Word 2007 GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 4
  5. 5. MathType http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 5
  6. 6. MathType Pros Cons Point-and-click editing Desktop client. (WYSIWYG). Non Free (100$ for v6.5). TeX/LaTeX/MathML compatible. Feature Rich. Interoperable with many apps. http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 6
  7. 7. MathTran http://www.mathtran.org GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 7
  8. 8. MathTran Pros Cons Uses a variant of TeX. No visual shortcuts to input equations. Realtime output rendering. Web based. TeX knowledge required. Free & Open Source. FAB (formula autobuild) editing. http://www.mathtran.org GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 8
  9. 9. Edoboard http://edoboard.com GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 9
  10. 10. Edoboard Pros Cons Uses Mathtran as Flash Based. a Web Service (TeX). - Slow on Linux. - Takes some time to Load. Fit for simple Maths. Live collaboration. Wont be free for ever. Hybrid editing WYSIWYG and FAB (formula autobuild). http://edoboard.com GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 10
  11. 11. Wiris http://www.wiris.com/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 11
  12. 12. Wiris Pros Cons Web & Desktop Client. No LaTeX support yet. Supports MathML and Non free. OpenMath. Java Based. Hybrid editing. Feature Rich: Solver and Grapher. Cross-platform. http://www.wiris.com/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 12
  13. 13. Sitmo http://www.sitmo.com/latex/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 13
  14. 14. Sitmo Pros Cons LaTeX compatible. LaTeX knowledge required. Realtime output rendering. Web based (HTML/Js). Free. Hybrid Editing. http://www.sitmo.com/latex/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 14
  15. 15. Detexify http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 15
  16. 16. Detexify Pros Cons IPhone and Android Apps. Only works for one character at a time. Super Simple (Handwriten). Free. You need a recent browser supporting HTML5. Web based (HTML/Js). http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 16
  17. 17. Math Input Panel (Windows 7) http://bit.ly/3Uf6dT GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 17
  18. 18. Math Input Panel (Windows 7) Pros Cons Can recognise a whole Pen tablet usage is equation. advised. Natural handling Windows 7 only. (Handwriten). Export as MathML. http://bit.ly/3Uf6dT GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 18
  19. 19. Word 2007 GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 19
  20. 20. Word 2007 Pros Cons MathML compatible. Windows only. Point-and-click editing Non Free. (WYSIWYG). No official LaTeX support. Feature Rich. Desktop Client. Microsoft Office Integration. Microsoft Office GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 20
  21. 21. Math Magic http://www.mathmagic.com/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 21
  22. 22. Math Magic Pros Cons LaTeX/MathML/MathType Desktop client,Win & Mac. compatible, and more. Non free - Regular version Heavily customizable via 300£ p.a. templates. Feature rich and powerful. Point-and-click editing. http://www.mathmagic.com/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 22
  23. 23. Formulator http://bit.ly/1PeGRA GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 23
  24. 24. Formulator Pros Cons MathML compatible. Desktop client. Free. Windows only. Simple. Point-and-click editing http://bit.ly/1PeGRA GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 24
  25. 25. Publicon - Wolfram Research http://www.wolfram.com/products/publicon/index.html GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 25
  26. 26. Publicon - Wolfram Research Pros Cons Math and chemistry Non free 100£ p.a. typesetting. Windows and Mac. *-TeX /MathML plus BioMed Desktop client. XML. Highly specialised for Science. Point-and-click editing. http://cnx.org/ GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 26
  27. 27. What should i use ? For Moodle (LMS) MathType Wiris GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 28
  28. 28. What should i use ? Web Based Equation Editor Wiris Sitmo Mathtran GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 30
  29. 29. What should i use ? Desktop apps with Advance Features Publicon MathType Math Magic ~Word GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 31
  30. 30. What should i use ? Live Math Tutoring Edoboard GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 32
  31. 31. What should i use ? HandWriting Recognition Detexify Math Input Panel GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 33
  32. 32. What should i use ? Free Simple Desktop Equation Editor Formulator GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 34
  33. 33. GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 29
  34. 34. Mathtrans: http://www.mathtran.org Formulator: http://bit.ly/1PeGRA Edoboard: http://www.edoboard.com Publicon: http://www.wolfram.com/products/publicon/index.html MathMagic: http://www.mathmagic.com/ What do you use ? MathType: http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/ Math Input Panel: http://bit.ly/3Uf6dT Word 2007: http://bit.ly/SGqoE Detexify: http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html Sitmo: http://www.sitmo.com/latex/ Wiris: http://www.wiris.com GUI input tools UKMCW 2009 35

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