Apple Picks Long Beach-based MathType for iBooks Author Software

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Apple has released iBooks Author software for creating ebooks for iPad tablets.

Design Science, a Long Beach-based software development company, has announced that Apple chose MathType as the equation editor for its new iBooks Author application for Mac. Authors are now able to create ebooks that include mathematical notation which can be read on iPad tablets.

“Obviously ebooks are the future for education and the future is now. We’re happy to have the opportunity to work with Apple, and that iBooks Author handles mathematics so well,” said Paul Topping, Design Science’s President & CEO. 

Within iBooks Author, an Insert MathType Equation command appears on the Insert menu if MathType is installed. Choosing this command inserts an equation into the document at the insertion point. This is similar to how MathType works with Apple’s iWork ’09 office suite. In order to make the math accessible to users with vision impairments, users can associate text to be spoken for each equation using Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader software.

MathType is used by millions of educators, scientists, engineers and publishing professionals to include textbook-quality, mathematical notation in all types of printed documents, presentations, on the web and now ebooks. MathType is US $57 for academic users, $97 for non-academic users; upgrades are US $37 for academic users, $49 for non-academic users. Anyone can download MathType from the Design Science website and try it free for 30 days.

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, Design Science develops software used by educators, scientists and publishing professionals, including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, MathFlow and MathPlayer, to communicate on the web and in print.

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