LaTeXiT and Pages; fixing misaligned equations

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This follow-up post shows how to fix the placement of inline LaTeX equations placed in Pages.app by the LaTeXiT.app application on Mac OS X. This issue was highlighted in a comment by reader Fabien. By default, the image that has the latex equation will be embedded in the document slightly too high (as shown in the comparison below). That is to say that the baseline of the equation doesn’t match the baseline of the rest of the text.

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Details of how you can solve this within Pages.app after the jump.
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LATEXiT + Pages

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As we saw in a previous post, LATEXiT can be used to place professionally typesetted equations in Apple’s Keynote. In fact, LATEXiT has an even better integration with Apple’s Pages word processing application. Continue reading for a demonstration of what you can do with LATEXiT and Pages…

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Keynote Secrets: Pt 2, LATEX+Keynote

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As promised, here is the second installment of our Keynote Secrets post from a few days ago! This post will deal with Keynotes ability to work natively with PDF files.

PDF Handling in Keynote

The second feature of Keynote is its ability to accept PDF documents when placed on a slide (PowerPoint first converts the PDF to an image file resulting in a major loss in quality). This is particularly useful if you have LATEX installed when combined with a freeware program called LATEXiT. As illustrated on the LATEXiT homepage, you can quickly typeset equations and then drag-and-drop them in PDF form on a slide. Part of the beauty of this is that the resulting equation can be scaled to huge proportions, rotated and have shadow applied from within Keynote and still maintain excellent image quality. The image below of a Keynote slide illustrates this (click for a larger version).

Keynote Screenshot
Furthermore, if you have a PDF document from which you wish to display a particular part, you can open the PDF in Preview.app and use the copy selection tool and paste into Keynote. Again, the beauty here is that you can scale the PDF snippet and zoom in on the interesting parts without losing image quality!

Keep a look out for our next LATEX (on OSX) related post, we shall expand upon the use of the freeware application LATEXiT and the other Apple iWork application, Pages…