MathType Cool Chemistry palette and more

Nov 1, 2007 by

Okay, the rep said he wasn’t postive that this actually comes standard with MathType 6, but on his machine, there was a Chemistry tab with some cool chemistry stuff.

Maybe Bob can enlighten us about whether this is a standard feature or not, and if not, how a chem teacher might get the nice “chemistry tab”?

Also I learned how to make a labeled number line using MathType and a simple graphing grid (using a matrix with dashed and solid lines between the rows and columns of the grid) and either I will post them later… or perhaps it might be on the MathType website?
The person standing next to me listening to the demo said “OMG, this is SOOO much easier than using LaTex.” (and it’s true… why anyone uses LaTex is beyond me) BUT, just in case you are a die-hard LaTex usere … MathType 6 really does take LaTex commands and instantly convert them to typset mathematics … I saw it with my own eyes!

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2 Comments

  1. Bob Mathews

    Actually the rep knew the Chemistry tab isn’t standard, he just didn’t get his message across very well. 😉

    The Chemistry tab is something I created in order to demonstrate those capabilities of MathType. To “create” your own tab, double-click on the name of the tab and change the name to whatever you want. Drag off the old buttons by holding down the Alt key, click and drag the button to the ruler. Then create whatever you want in the MathType workspace and drag it up to your new tab.

    The Chemistry tab uses 2 fonts that aren’t on most computers. They’re freely available though, so you should be able to find them on the internet. The 2 fonts are RefSpecialty (for the single, double, and triple bonds) and Goudy Stout (for the free electrons).

  2. Bob Mathews

    I’m glad the new LaTeX feature is so popular. This is but one reason we’re very proud of the MathType 6 release.

    With regard to the grids & number lines, we have an “Application Note” on our website that shows how to do this. You can read this AppNote, and others, here: http://www.dessci.com/appnotes.

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