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Take a screenshot of math and paste the LaTeX into your editor


Mathpix have developed an app (Snip) that automates the tedious aspects of typing documents containing math, and they also provide an API (MathpixOCR) for developers to integrate OCR capabilities into their own application.

Take a screenshot of math and paste the LaTeX into your editor, all with a single keyboard shortcut.

This also works for hand drawn equations


Embeding LaTeX and MathML in Jupyter Notebooks


I've been using Jupyter notebooks for a little while but I only just recently found out that you can embed LaTeX or MathML into a notebook!

This notebook is just a series of examples of what can be done. You can embed equations inline or have them on a separate line in a markdown text cell. Or in a code cell by importing Math or invoking latex.


Add mathematical equations to your document in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote


I previously mentioned that there is LaTeX and MathML support in Pages and iBooks Author. This has now been extended to Numbers and keynote.

Add mathematical equations to your document in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

You can include mathematical expressions and equations in your Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document when you use LaTeX commands or MathML elements.



LaTeX and MathML support in Pages and iBooks Author


The latest version of Pages (version 6.1) and iBooks Author (version 2.0) include support for LaTeX and MathML, this is an interesting addition that will be of interest for many scientists

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents.

I've had a quick look at it here.

There is a listing of software reviews here.


Chemistry related LaTeX packages


LaTeX is used for the markup and publication of scientific documents, it is particularly popular in mathematics, physics, computer science. I know some chemists use it so I thought I'd mention this resource of Chemistry LaTeX packages. It includes packages for most of the major Chemistry journals.


LaTex chemistry templates updated


I've been involved in collaborations to write a couple of papers recently and when I mentioned the trials and tribulations of editing and version control when you have multiple authors someone suggested I look at Overleaf. If you are a LaTex user this looks like a very useful option, there are certainly templates for a number of chemistry journals and based on the description on the website it looks like a pretty impressive way for collaborative writing. It looks like they also support iOS.

There is a free option which would certainly be sufficient to try it out.

A reader has highlighted Authorea a web-based collaborative scientific writing tool. Authorea lets you write in LaTeX, Markdown, HTML, Javascript, and more. Different coauthors, different formats, same document. It uses Git, a robust versioning control system to keep track of document changes. A recent article written using Authorea had 200 authors form around the globe.