I was sent an interesting Mac application recently called MathMagic, which is called the “Ultimate Equation Editor” by its creators, and so far it seemed to live up to that to me. I will put the disclaimer out there that, at the time of this review, the company that makes MathMagic is an advertiser on MacMania; however, I would not allow any app to be advertised that was not reputable and did not serve the purpose that it was intended to do.
It seems that the chief purpose of MathMagic is to be able to use advanced mathematical calculations and to utilize therein symbols that would not be available to the end user without the software who wants to do such types of calculations.
When I first opened MathMagic, it seemed that the interface was somewhat reminiscent of the Adobe Creative Suite, in that it had multiple palettes of tools from which one could choose for the equation editing and calculations. Of course, some of this was Greek to me since I am by no means a mathematician by any stretch of the imagination. However, I did see the use in many of these features for somebody who works in a field where it is needed, and I could see applications for various different occupations. This is extended by the fact that they have versions of MathMagic available for both Mac and Windows, as well as MathMagic plugins for applications like Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.
There really is not terribly much to say about MathMagic, since, although it has a myriad of features, it is a relatively simple concept: to have a one-stop shop to create good-looking mathematical equations that look professional and that can be used in such fields as teaching, engineering, accounting, and many more. MathMagic (the Personal edition) retails for $69 U.S., and their academic edition is $49 U.S. They have a variety of other editions available depending on the needs of the purchaser, but it is extremely powerful and intuitive for the price that is being paid for it, and it can be purchased at their store. I think that you will find it well worth the money if you are in a field with a use for MathMagic.Review of MathMagic