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Embedding equations with MathType

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Video: Embedding equations with MathType

New in iBooks Author 2 is the ability for you to use the MathType application to create equations and have them perfectly rendered in beautiful type directly in your iBook. To follow along with this movie, you'll need a copy of the MathType application, which you can download a free 30 day trial of from www.dessci.com. To use MathType to help you create your equations, you first need to tell iBooks Author that you want to use MathType 4 Equation editing.

Embedding equations with MathType

New in iBooks Author 2 is the ability for you to use the MathType application to create equations and have them perfectly rendered in beautiful type directly in your iBook. To follow along with this movie, you'll need a copy of the MathType application, which you can download a free 30 day trial of from www.dessci.com. To use MathType to help you create your equations, you first need to tell iBooks Author that you want to use MathType 4 Equation editing.

To do this, simply go up to the iBooks Author menu and go down to select Preferences. Then on the General tab, simply come down to where it says Equations and check the box for Insert and edit equations with MathType. Then, go ahead and close the Preferences. And now, you can find the location in your book where you want to insert your equation. Click inside the text to insert your cursor and then simply go up to the Insert menu and select Equation. You can also press Command+Option+E. This will automatically open up the MathType Equation editor for you.

Now, this is not a training title on how to use the MathType Equation editor but we'll step through a quick process of creating an equation and adding it into the document. With MathType, you're able to add an equation in one of two ways. Either to build it step by step, or to start with one of these predefined options. Let's go ahead and start with this option right here. Simply click on the functional group, and that entire functional group appears down here in the bottom. We can edit this by simply clicking anywhere inside of the item and then, typing in a number, such as a 2.

If we want to create our own functional group, we can simply click at the end of this text and then, press the + sign on your keyboard, and now let's add a similar function. To do this, we'll start by adding the fraction. We'll come up here to the second row and click on this button and then, select the Fraction item, which is the first item. You'll notice that we have two spaces available for us to begin creating our equation inside the numerator and the denominator. Let's start in numerator. We'll begin by entering the same information that we see over here.

-2b, to get the plus or minus, you simply come up here to the top to find that function, select the dropdown menu and click on the item that you want, in this case plus or minus. Next, we'll add a square root. The square root is located down here in the third row. Simply click on that, and you'll see once again, we have the space to be able to edit the information. Let's go ahead and change things up a bit and we'll make this 3b. Now, we need to make this to the power of 2.

We do that by coming up here and clicking on the Superscript button. We can then type in a 2 and then to get back down to the lower level of text, we'll simply click at the end of that line. Now, we can continue with the equation, -4ac. Next, we'll add the denominator. So, simply click down in the denominator field and then we'll add the 2a down there as well. Now, that our equation is setup the way that we want it, we can go ahead and add this directly into our iBook by simply closing the MathType window.

When we click the Close button, we'll get a dialog box that will ask us, if we want to save changes to this equation from iBooks Author. Simply go ahead and click the Yes button and you'll notice that your equation is added directly into your document. Now, the equation is a little hard to see, so go ahead and hit Return once to move our text down to the next line and then click one time on the equation. You'll notice that when we select the equation, the entire equation is selected as if it's an individual object. We can then change the font size by coming up here into our toolbar and selecting a new font size.

I'll go ahead and select 36; That makes the equation nice and clear and easy to read. Now, let's say you needed to make a change to this equation. All you need to do is simply double- click on the equation itself and the equation automatically re- opens inside of iBooks Author. Now, we can change a parameter such as instead of being -2b, we will make it -3b. Once again, we can close the MathType window or, asked if we want to save the equation, we'll say Yes, and the change is reflected back in our iBooks Author document.

There are many options available to you, and I encourage you to explore the MathType application.

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iBooks Author Essential Training

89 video lessons · 21571 viewers

Chris Mattia
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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 0s
  2. 53m 58s
    1. Installing iBooks Author
      1m 47s
    2. Installing iBooks on an iPad
      1m 9s
    3. Creating a new document
      3m 25s
    4. Understanding the interface
      4m 48s
    5. Creating a book cover
      9m 26s
    6. Adding an intro video
      1m 48s
    7. Creating chapters
      8m 2s
    8. Creating sections
      3m 52s
    9. Creating pages
      2m 15s
    10. Adding visual interest
      4m 54s
    11. Customizing the table of contents
      5m 44s
    12. Creating a glossary
      2m 57s
    13. Previewing your work on an iPad
      3m 51s
  3. 27m 22s
    1. Understanding templates
      3m 18s
    2. Creating a blank layout
      3m 42s
    3. Modifying existing layouts
      5m 13s
    4. Creating a custom layout
      3m 57s
    5. Defining placeholder media
      1m 1s
    6. Defining placeholder text
      50s
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 25s
    9. Sharing a custom template
      1m 55s
    10. Creating a portrait-only book
      2m 43s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Dragging and dropping plain text
      3m 16s
    2. Inserting text from Pages
      6m 51s
    3. Inserting text from Microsoft Word
      7m 11s
    4. Creating linked text boxes
      2m 7s
  5. 52m 13s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 6s
    3. Creating lists
      5m 29s
    4. Creating custom styles
      9m 34s
    5. Controlling tabs
      5m 54s
    6. More on text control
      12m 37s
    7. Embedding equations with LaTeX
      3m 53s
    8. Embedding equations with MathType
      4m 35s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Understanding objects
      7m 33s
    2. Adding objects
      2m 26s
    3. Manipulating objects on a page
      3m 24s
    4. Layering objects together
      1m 36s
    5. Changing an object's appearance
      7m 15s
    6. Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions
      5m 25s
    7. Adding accessibility text to objects
      1m 35s
  7. 21m 45s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 54s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 12s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 24s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 57s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
    2. Creating tables
      2m 9s
    3. Adding and importing data into tables
      3m 3s
    4. Formatting table cells and data
      8m 37s
    5. Performing calculations
      3m 57s
    6. Using conditional formatting
      2m 52s
    7. Sorting table data
      1m 15s
    8. Adding a custom table description
      1m 42s
  10. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding charts
      2m 30s
    2. Adding charts
      3m 59s
    3. Editing chart data
      3m 51s
    4. Formatting charts
      5m 24s
    5. Changing the chart type
      5m 48s
    6. Adding chart descriptions
      1m 1s
  11. 45m 53s
    1. Understanding widgets
      4m 18s
    2. Creating an image gallery
      5m 18s
    3. Adding a movie
      4m 4s
    4. Adding a Keynote presentation
      5m 32s
    5. Adding a 3D object
      4m 24s
    6. Adding an interactive image
      7m 54s
    7. Adding custom HTML
      7m 57s
    8. Creating a scrolling sidebar
      3m 45s
    9. Creating a popover effect
      2m 41s
  12. 17m 4s
    1. Understanding review questions
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a review section
      2m 27s
    3. Creating multiple-choice questions
      7m 16s
    4. Creating matching questions
      4m 55s
  13. 27m 1s
    1. Preflighting on an iPad
      6m 21s
    2. Exporting a book in iBooks format
      2m 26s
    3. Exporting a book as a PDF
      2m 33s
    4. Exporting a book as a text document
      1m 49s
    5. Emailing a book
      2m 24s
    6. Getting ready to publish to the iBookstore
      4m 44s
    7. Publishing to the iBookstore
      6m 44s
  14. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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