A customer recently wrote in and asked about the best macOS equation editing tools. In earlier times our answer was often to look at Math Magic or MathType, but those tools have faltered in recent years. I know some of our customers use LaTeX editors to insert equations in Nisus Writer documents, but I'm not sure what apps are popular and reliable.
Does anyone have any recommendations or tips? Thanks for any help!
Equation editors on the Mac?
Re: Equation editors on the Mac?
I use and recommend Latexit.
It is open source, frequently updated, can export vectorial images (PDF) and support Linkback (you can double click an equation in NWP document and the equation opens in Latexit for editing. The modified equation is automatically substituted to the old one in the NWP doc).
It is open source, frequently updated, can export vectorial images (PDF) and support Linkback (you can double click an equation in NWP document and the equation opens in Latexit for editing. The modified equation is automatically substituted to the old one in the NWP doc).
Re: Equation editors on the Mac?
I created an equation with LaTeXiT and inserted it into NWP as an image in PNG format. When I doubleclick on the image, it doesn't open LaTeXiT to edit the equation.
What is my mistake?
Thank you for your answers
What is my mistake?
Thank you for your answers
Re: Equation editors on the Mac?
I just tried inserting an equation in PNG format and I can reopen it in Latexit doubleclicking on the equation in NWP.
The behaviour shown on your system doesn't seem normal but I'm not sure what's going on.
Note: after you modify the equation in Latexit and press the "Latexit" button to render the equation, it is automatically copied back to NWP but the format changes from PNG to PDF.
Have you tried using the PDF format? Do you have any specific reasons to prefer PNG?
The PDF format is also much nicer being a vectorial format.
The behaviour shown on your system doesn't seem normal but I'm not sure what's going on.
Note: after you modify the equation in Latexit and press the "Latexit" button to render the equation, it is automatically copied back to NWP but the format changes from PNG to PDF.
Have you tried using the PDF format? Do you have any specific reasons to prefer PNG?
The PDF format is also much nicer being a vectorial format.
Re: Equation editors on the Mac?
Maybe I know what's happening.
Did you insert the equation image dragging from Latexit to NWP?
I just made a test and when I drag the equation I can replicate the issue you described in your post (the equation is not reopened in Latexit when doubleclicked).
Please, try copying the equation to the clipboard in Latexit (using the contextual menu, rightclicking on the rendered equation) and then paste it in NWP.
Doubleclicking should work as expected.
Did you insert the equation image dragging from Latexit to NWP?
I just made a test and when I drag the equation I can replicate the issue you described in your post (the equation is not reopened in Latexit when doubleclicked).
Please, try copying the equation to the clipboard in Latexit (using the contextual menu, rightclicking on the rendered equation) and then paste it in NWP.
Doubleclicking should work as expected.
Re: Equation editors on the Mac?
Thank you for your answer johseb.
Indeed, it only works if we do a Copy / Paste. It is only in this case that the Linkback is activated in LaTeXiT. It can then be opened by double clicking on the equation in NWP.
Indeed, it only works if we do a Copy / Paste. It is only in this case that the Linkback is activated in LaTeXiT. It can then be opened by double clicking on the equation in NWP.

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Re: Equation editors on the Mac?
Thank you, that's a great point!
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