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March 01, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 5)

MyScript MathPad

  • Good tutorial, good text recognition
  • Can’t resize writing area
Platform: iPad/iPhone  
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)

Scientists whose notes regularly include math equations will rejoice at the convenience of the MyScript MathPad app, a simple app that converts hand-written equations into digital text. The app includes a tutorial that illustrates how to write, edit, and export equations and also gives a complete list of characters, symbols, and units of measurement that are recognized by the app. To edit equations, users can quickly erase portions of text using scratch-out and strike-through gestures. Final equations can be exported as an image or as a LaTeX or MathML string for added flexibility and integration with other programs. Although users may be frustrated by the inability to use pinch-and-zoom mechanics on the screen to resize the writing area, the app is simple to use and the text recognition is quite good.

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