# [OS X TeX] Translating LaTeX to Quark or InDesign

David R. Derbes loki at uchicago.edu
Sat Jun 30 08:23:32 EDT 2007

First off, thanks to everyone who replied. I still haven't figured out
what to do, but there are a couple of tools (MathType being one) that
allegedly will convert LaTeX to Word with equations, and I can give
these a try before spending a dime. We'll see.

Next, can Stephen or another knowledgeable person tell me how well
InDesign works with LaTeX? My wife, a fabric artist, wants us to
invest in Adobe's Creative Suite (I can get a lot of stuff for
the educational price of \$399, so this looks like something we will
do shortly), and it includes InDesign.

If I give the typesetter an InDesign file with equations, I think
he can live with that. (He seems to be moving slowly to InDesign
from Quark.) I really don't want to use Word (shudder).

Best wishes, all, and thanks again.

David Derbes

On Sat, 30 Jun 2007, Stephen Moye wrote:

> On Jun 29, 2007, at 8:51 PM, Wendy McKay wrote:
>
>> On Fri, 29 Jun 2007, David R. Derbes wrote:
>>
>>> It's a long story but I have retyped an old book (with quite a lot of
>>> math in it) so that a friend may republish it. As it happens, the
>>> friend's typesetter uses mostly Quard Xpress,
>>
>> Is this of any use?
>> http://www.extensionsworld.com/index-directory-quark-software-
>> quarkxpress-xtension-335.html
>>
>> MathSetter brings high quality TeX mathematical typesetting capabilities to
>> QuarkXPress. Equations are typed into a QuarkXPress document using TeX's
>> markup languange:
>
> No, that is really not a possibility. Mathsetter, a Bluesky Research product
> based on the Textures TeX engine, works only with XPress version 4, which, in
> turn, runs only on Mac OS **9**. That really isn't an option these days.
> Bluesky hasn't even gotten Textures for OS X out the door in a final-release
> form, in spite of years of effort.
>
>
>
> On Jun 30, 2007, at 3:34 AM, Axel E. Retif wrote:
>>
>> Indeed ---we have used it. MathSetter uses a TeX engine for formulas;
>> literally TeX ---you have to type {1 \over 2}, not \frac{1}{2}.
>> Unfortunately, MathSetter works only with Quark 3 or 4. Hard to find now.
>
> Well, you can use LaTeX with Mathsetter and type \frac{1}{2}, but you need to
> have a LaTeX format file available to Mathsetter. That was how "Notices of
> the American Mathematical Society" was produced until we recently moved it to
> InDesign and TeXShop (hip hip hooray!).
>
> The RTF-to-TeX converters are often more trouble than they are worth: the
> cleanup of their output is often on a par with the amount of effort needed to
> re-key the original, particularly if there is a lot of math.
>
>
> Stephen Moye
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