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One way to place equations in Pages documents Apps
A number of people have (rightly) complained about the fact that Pages has no provisions for inserting equations. There is an easy way around this, and I fail to understand how Apple (who must own the required software by now) has failed to provide it.

The secret is to use the Equation Editor that came with AppleWorks, which is a standalone application (located in AppleWorks » AppleWorks Essentials » Equation Editor » Carbon » Equation Editor). It can also be used from within AppleWorks, via the Edit » Insert Equation menu item.

Create your equation in Equation Editor, and then select the equation (Command-A), copy it (Command-C) and paste it (Command-V) into Pages (or Keynote or Numbers or any other app that accepts graphical clipboard items). It looks perfect, even when resized at will.

The nice (and unexpected) surprise is that Pages actually saves the full information from the Equation Editor. To edit the equation again, you simply have to select it in Pages, copy it (Command-C), and then paste it (Command-V) into the Equation Editor (after opening a new window (Command-N) if one is not already open). The equation can then be edited, combined with others, etc., then copied back to Pages by using the same process as before.

It would be nice to have this automated, but I am willing to live with this (still someone should fix this).

[robg adds: The copied equation pastes as a vector image which will indeed scale perfectly to whatever size you need. This hint was updated on September 29th: The edit added the information about editing an existing Pages equation back in Equation Editor.]
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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: sigsgaard on Aug 22, '07 07:44:54AM

If you dont have AppleWorks, then Grapher in the Utilities folder might be useful.
Create the equation in Grapher, copy and paste into Pages.



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: klein on Aug 22, '07 08:00:52AM
Basicly the same hint but I do my equations in MathType and save them in one big MathType file. The equation editor bundled in Microsoft Office is a somewhat shortended version of MathType. From MathType I copy them to Pages (or any other app i need them in).

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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: tallest on Aug 22, '07 08:13:57AM

Or if you know LaTeX you could use something like Equation Service (I think there are other similar programs) which gives you a very pretty pdf that you can scale any way you want in your document.



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: lihtox on Aug 22, '07 08:14:16AM
Since everyone else is suggesting alternatives, consider the freeware program LaTeXiT

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/math_science/latexit.html

It requires you to know a little LaTeX (not that difficult) to formulate your equations, but it lets you save equations to use later, and it's free.

I've also noticed recently that if you paste a LaTeXiT equation into OmniOutliner, you can right-click on the equation and edit it. I don't know if this is a feature of LaTeXiT or of OmniOutliner; it doesn't seem to work in Keynote 3.0.2 or in TextEdit.


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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: MattHaffner on Aug 22, '07 09:30:37AM

LaTeXiT embeds the original LaTeX source code line in the PDF. So, even if the equation is no longer in it's history window you can use copy/paste or drag & drop to re-edit a PDF equation in LaTeXiT's window. The right-click feature is probably Outliner's option to edit the graphic in the program that created it.



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 22, '07 11:13:09AM
That is because both LaTeXiT and OmniOutliner are LinkBack savvy:

http://www.linkbackproject.org/

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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 22, '07 11:32:24AM
It is possible to edit the equation in Keynote if you use the plugin which adds LinkBack support to Keynote:

http://commons.ucalgary.ca/~king/projects/keynoteplugins/linkback/

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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: rhowell on Aug 22, '07 09:04:27AM

I highly recommend LaTeXiT as well, mostly because of one essential feature that no other equation-creators seem to have: it generates equations at any user-specified font size.

If you plan to create many equations and are placing them inline into a Pages document or stacking them in a Keynote document, resizing each with a mouse is painful and you'll never seem to get things to look professional. Setting the size at the source solves this problem.

Oh yeah, and LaTeXiT's history feature is excellent, too.



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: fguilleme on Aug 22, '07 01:04:16PM

You can also use grapher, a wonderful application part of macosx since the begining of it and buried in Application/Utility.
From it you can copy and paste in PDFD, TIFF and even in LaTeX and nice graphics of your favorite equations.



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: goldman58 on Aug 22, '07 03:14:25PM

I'll add my 2c for grapher, which produces scaleable images, has great built-ins that you can copy (parametric curves, bessel functions, fourier transforms etc are located under examples) and does not require the use of LaTex, which seems an extraordinarily un-MAC approach to computing. In fact, we are using it to produce a book chapter, and using Grapher equations is easier than using the build-in equation editor in Word. Let alone for use inside Pages. Just ctrl-click in the equation bar and export in lots of useful formats....



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Pages does not renumber equations; also, MathMagic
Authored by: billclinton on Aug 23, '07 01:00:33AM

Pages is essentially worthless for any work requiring more than a handful of equations and thus requiring automatic numbering and renumbering. Ditto for tables, figures, etc. It is simply an inappropriate tool for such uses.

It befuddles me over and over when word processors omit such a basic and easily-implemented (and easily-used) capability.

Maybe someone can tell me a workaround—I'd be glad to hear it.

On another note, MathMagic is currently the best GUI-based equation setter available for the Macintosh. Equation Editor and MathType have sucked for a long time in not giving high quality results; I haven't used them for a long time so tell me I'm wrong. Last I checked, Equation Editor crashed a lot.

And don't forget the venerable MathEQ (né Expressionist), a very early entry from the late 1980's which is still available and still puts out extremely high quality stuff. While you're on their web site, be sure to pick up the cream of the computer mathematics programs, Live Math (né Theorist).

TeX and LaTeX are of course the epitome in terms of typesetting quality (thanks, Prof. Knuth) but the mark-up language must be mastered first. As others have mentioned, some of the alternatives (including MathMagic) export LaTeX code, if you don't mind the extra steps.



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: Pedro Estarque on Aug 23, '07 08:27:39AM

AppleWorks is still kicking !!



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: donfarrar on Aug 23, '07 11:58:18AM

Doing a Get Info on AppleWork's Equation Editor, it shows up as a Classic application. Those Intel Macs will have a tough time with this ...



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: jksellors on Aug 24, '07 01:47:13AM

There are two Equation Editors. The one that is in the Carbon folder is Mac OS X version that should work on Intel Macs although I cannot test this.



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: donfarrar on Aug 24, '07 08:08:10AM

And so it is. I thank you for pointing that out. Never dawned on me to look any further ...



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One way to place equations in Pages documents
Authored by: ge_april on Sep 30, '07 04:38:11PM

To those who worry about the Intel Macs being unable to run the equation editor, I must point out that there is a carbon version of that editor, which also came with Appleworks. That works fine, and since it is not really a CPU intensive application, the performance reduction is not noticeable. Thank God for Rosetta!

The Equation editor also allows the user to specify the actual font sizes for all functions (EquationEditorMenu>Size>Define), so they do not have to be resized, it is just nice that they can be.

And I agree that word processors should handle (and number) equations in some user friendly way, but I am not holding my breath, and since I am getting on a bit, I'd rather do that by hand than learn to use some new powerful tool. You heard about old dogs and new tricks ;-!



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Georges



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