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‘Snip’ Converts Math Screenshots Into LaTeX

A new math tool called “Snip” is creating a buzz on Twitter. Thousands of netizens are sharing the tool, which is being heralded as a “life changer” for scientific writing.

A new math tool called “Snip” is creating a buzz on Twitter. Thousands of netizens are sharing the tool, which is being heralded as a “life changer” for scientific writing. Researchers and students can spend hours typing mathematical equations in the technical and scientific documentation typesetting system LaTeX — a task that Snip can now complete in seconds.

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Snip is a free tool developed by San Francisco startup Mathpix. Available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu system, Snip allows users to convert simple screenshots of mathematical formula into LaTeX codes. Users can choose their preferred LaTeX code format and perform additional editing.

Step 1. Enter keyboard shortcut.

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Step 2. Capture the desired inputs within the screenshot box.

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Step 3. Choose a desired format of LaTeX and apply edit.

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Step 4. Paste the LaTeX into any compatible editor.

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In addition, Snip can recognize and incorporate handwriting in its translation process.

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Founded in 2017, Mathpix aims to accelerate the pace of technological progress. The company’s current efforts include leveraging powerful math OCR technology in digital mathematics to save time on tasks such as typing calculations on mobile phones or computers. Mathpix has also developed an API (MathpixOCR) that enables developers to integrate OCR capabilities into their own applications to extract text and math from images.

The Snip tool is at: https://mathpix.com/


Author: Victor Lu | Editor: Michael Sarazen

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  5. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!**
    What many don’t know is that Mathpix latest version works also in Microsoft Word with MathType Word plugin tool installed. (not necessarily to have installed Mathtype but it gives the best results).

    Just take the snip from the pdf, press the MathML button to copy it to the clipboard and then go to your word document and paste it! (CNTRL-V). (WHEN ASKED BY WORD, SELECT THE MathType entry).

    That’s All.
    p.s. Sometimes for some very complex equations the MathML input in word does not work when you try to past it inside the word document. If this is the case, when Word asks you with a dialog box to choose between MathType conversion and OMML, choose OMML.

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