|There are many differences as well as similarities between these two. MathMagic was originally designed for the high-end desktop publishing market to meet their high quality printing and accurate adjustment needs. So it was first launched as a XTension for QuarkXPress® 3.3 on Macintosh.
And then standalone application versions of MathMagic, Personal Edition and Pro Editions, were released simultaneously for Macintosh, Mac OS X, Windows, and Java platform to meet various customers’ needs.
So, MathMagic is designed and optimized for the quality of work required by professional publishing, and adding features such as being able to re-edit equations on the spot, and applying fine adjustments.
MathMagic, however, like some other equation editing software, adopts a similiar user interface to MathType™ in some places. This is mainly because many mathematical notations and math symbols are commonly supported by these applications. This will also help any previous MathType™ or any other equation editor software users switch to MathMagic easily without much additional learning time.
MathType is also another good equation editor for general use. But it is not optimized for the high-end publishing as is MathMagic. For example, with MathMagic, you don’t need any annoying external processes to build mathematical equations in your QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign documents. Equations created with MathType can be converted into EPS format to be imported into a graphic box of QuarkXPress or InDesign. But the imported equations require you to switch back to MathType for modification everytime. Moreover, the EPS image can not be imported as an Inline graphic. The imported equation does not automatically align to the text base line either.
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