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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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