Equations (WAS: good replacement for open office)

Andrew Gould andrewlylegould at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 10:34:02 PDT 2007

On 10/5/07, Frank Jahnke <jahnke at sonatabio.com> wrote:
> > Since you seem to use the equation feature quite intensively, maybe
> > you have any clue on making the equation editor perform better.
> Sorry I can't really be of much help with OO.o equations.
> What I do personally is a kludge, but it works well enough.  For
> documents that I create for read-only use, I use groff and friends.  For
> those that require collaboration, I use Wordperfect to create the
> equations (it has an equation mode like troff's eqn), export them into
> Word format, and then read them into Word.  The equation mode in Word is
> crippled, and you need to purchase MathType (I think that is the name)
> to make it usable.
> The same goes for references, BTW: you really need to purchase an add-on
> to make Word usable.  In troff I just use refer together with Refbase.
> I've just not had much luck with OO.o's equation mode.  If often crashes
> Word, and since all the people I collaborate with use Word, well, I use
> Word rather than try to teach them troff (or TeX).  While they are all
> top-flight scientists and engineers at major US research Universities,
> their computer literacy is surprisingly low.
> I've given up on trying to find a BSD or Linux program that is good
> enough for this purpose -- none really are.  So I just use Word in a VM
> and am done with it.

Have you tried LyX?

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