Adding Math Equations in Pages

You can now use LaTeX and MathML to add math equations to your Pages documents. This creates a separate element that exists inside of the flow of text. You can copy and paste equations from other math apps, or type the code to create the equations on your own. This also works in Numbers and Keynote.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Adding Math Equations in Pages”

    Mr. Luigi
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary, There is an iOS app called MathPad that allows you to handwrite just about any combination of math symbols you can think of. It then renders it as a professional looking image AND generates the LaTeX and MathML notation. Seems like that would be a perfect companion to this new functionality in Pages.

    MyScript MathPad – Handwriting LaTeX generator by MyScript
    https://appsto.re/us/Vh6oO.i

    3 years ago

    Luigi: That developer is one I have recommended before. But that is an iOS app. Any recommendations for a Mac App that does LaTeX or MathML?

    Ted
    3 years ago

    Gary, you said that this will work in Keynote, but in my Keynote 6.6.2 under Insert, “MathType Equation” is grayed out. Any idea? Thanks

    3 years ago

    Ted: You are right. It doesn’t seem to work in Keynote. In fact, the “MathType Equation” is something different. I is a pre-existing function that requires that specific app.
    However — I found that if you create am Equation in Pages, copy it, and paste it into Keynote it will work! But it is just a static element, you can’t edit it.

    Mr. Luigi
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary, Once MathPad converts to LaTex or MathML you can tap on export where you get many options. One option is “Import with Pages.” Since Pages on iOS is synced to Pages on Mac, you can easily migrate your code from iDevice to Macs this way. However, I use the clipboard manager “CloudClip.” Tap on export. Tap on Copy. B/c CloudClip syncs the clipboards on my iDevices and my Macs, my code is now available for pasting on my Mac into Pages. Granted, you need an iDevice and Mac to do this.

    3 years ago

    Luigi: My guess is that older functionality is just giving you a high-end image of the formula, not an editable version like the new function does.

    Mr. Luigi
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary, I just gave things a test run. I created some very robust expressions using MathPad. That took seconds b/c I could use my finger to draw things. I then exported the LaTeX code to the clipboard (on CloudClip). B/c that syncs to my Mac, I could easily copy and paste the LaTeX code into a Pages document on my Mac. The resulting image is editable! Although this requires a partner iDevice, IMO it’s well worth it as drawing the expressions is so fast and easy. I teach physics so this is HUGE!

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