I know Maria is a big fan of MathType, and wants people to learn to unlock the secrets of it that make it so powerful. I use MathType when I’m at school — I type all my worksheets and assessments up in Microsoft Word. (I type all my Multivariable Calculus problem sets out in LaTeX, however.) But when I was in high school (ahem, at… ummm… yeah, you got me… math camp), I first learned about LaTeX.
It has a slightly steep learning curve — definitely MUCH steeper than MathType — but I find that since I’ve been using it for so long, it has become really naturalized. And you know what? MathType can actually take in LaTeX (if you select that option in preferences). So I get the best of both worlds when I’m using Word.
So for the heck of it, I took Maria’s Equation challenge twice. Once, using Lyx (my LaTeX editor). Once, using Word. I was curious to see if I was faster with either of them. Of course I typed it as I normally would — using both the GUI and LaTeX.
Since Jing (which you must learn about, if you don’t know about it!) can only record for 5 minutes, I just typed as much as possible in that time frame. (If the videos won’t play full screen, just click here for LaTeX and here for Word.)Vodpod videos no longer available.