Week in PSE

December 14, 2009

Mathtype to oomath problem – one possible solution

Filed under: Uncategorized — hdahlol @ 4:03 pm

OpenOffice.org Writer can convert Word files to ODF files. This works very well. However, if there are MathType equations in the Word document, it does not work. This has been a problem for many years, just google “Mathtype to oomath” to see what I mean.

One company has seen a potential profit in this and created a Mathtype-To-Equation software, which is an add-in to word that can convert MathType to Microsoft Equation 3.x (and to the new equation format in Word 2007, but that does not help us). The nice thing is that OpenOffice.org can convert Microsoft Equation objects.

The software is found at grindeq.com . It is not free, but comes with a trial version that allows 10 launches. I tried it on a fairly long and complicated document (15 pages, 70 equations) and it worked perfectly in OpenOffice.org Writer afterwards. Only too bad this costs money, as it should have been part of the MathType program itself (store in old format).

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