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    Which Software to Make Math Materials?

    I am creating some math materials for students now and have some questions about the process. Ultimately, I'd like to make an entire workbooks for grades 9-12 and high school calculus.

    1. What software program do textbook companies use to create something mainstream like Stewart Calculus?
    2. What is the best program for putting graphs into MS Word? I've found Graph 4.3, which is OK, but not great.
    3. Currently, I know about LaTeX, MS Word, and Adobe InDesign for creating print materials. Any opinions on those? Or should I use a mix of them?

    Any other insights or tips would be great!

    Thanks!
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    Re: Which Software to Make Math Materials?

    Have you considered a live version, MathCad, for example?
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    Re: Which Software to Make Math Materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by TKHunny View Post
    Have you considered a live version, MathCad, for example?
    I am not familiar with the terms "live version" and "MathCad". :-)
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    Re: Which Software to Make Math Materials?

    Anybody else?

    Right now, I'm still stuck using MS Word and would like to use something more efficient!


    What program(s) should I use to make a high school math workbook?
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    Re: Which Software to Make Math Materials?

    I worked for a science publisher that used exclusively LaTeX. It may take some time to learn, and it may not always be easy to change the standard layout, but the output has professional quality.

    Gnuplot is one of the most powerful free graph-plotting programs, but I have not tried combining it with Word.
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    Re: Which Software to Make Math Materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by kablooey View Post
    I am creating some math materials for students now and have some questions about the process. Ultimately, I'd like to make an entire workbooks for grades 9-12 and high school calculus.
    1. What software program do textbook companies use to create something mainstream like Stewart Calculus?
    2. What is the best program for putting graphs into MS Word? I've found Graph 4.3, which is OK, but not great.
    3. Currently, I know about LaTeX, MS Word, and Adobe InDesign for creating print materials. Any opinions on those? Or should I use a mix of them?
    This is a word processor designed for scientific writing.
    The first edition of Stewart was written using it.
    Karl Smith say he used it to write fifty different textbooks.

    If you want to stay with WORD then add on MathType.
    Last edited by Plato; September 20th 2011 at 04:19 AM.
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