The new beta can be downloaded from here (…huh, un-check the ‘use download manager’ check box for a simpler download).

This time I also prepared this tremendously complex and difficult Math-o-mir tutorial for keyboard typing. The tutorial contains 18 lessons but you should not expect that you will understand more thant 4-5 of them. I myself can only understand 3 of them… If you have any idea how to improve the tutorial, I will be glad to hear.

What is new in the new beta? Few things only:

- some features are no longer supported – underline and rectangular framing of expressions. Now you can only choose between the intelligent framing or no framing.
- also, the “Simple Variable Mode” is no longer supported. The “Very Simple Variable Mode” is now renamed “Simple Variable Mode”. The “General Variable Mode” remains.
- Font sizes for presentation mode and edit mode are now equalized. Somewhat different rendering of the presentation mode equations might be expected.
- When you hit the ‘)’, ‘]’ or ‘}’ key, you will exit out of parentheses that are shaped equally to the key you pressed. That is, if you are in the middle of a { [ ( ) ] } structure, and you press the ‘}’ key, you will exit all the way – out of the { } parentheses.
- Several bugs are exterminated

Several questions remain:

- What other features are not needed and should be deleted? Some propositions are: the Presentation mode (LaTeX is better, confuses users), MathML support (LaTeX is better)…
- How to better solve three-key combinations (like typing the uppercase Greek symbols – Alt+Shift+letter)? One proposition is would be to type the lowercase Greek symbol twice (Alt+letter.letter)

[Edit: this article was edited on March 30 to include the newest link to the MoM 1.72 beta 4 setup file. There was a bug in the version from March 29 -> under some circumstances, when you used ‘)’ or ‘]’ or ‘}’ keys the keyboard entry mode finished. The bug is now corrected.]

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Somewhat related (somewhat not!) I read about “Kill Math.” Not the same approach as what you are searching for in a math typing tool, but interesting/informative none the less.

Article about Killing Math: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664508/apple-designer-creates-teaching-ui-that-kills-math-using-data-viz

Author’s Site: http://worrydream.com/KillMath/

Hi Blink, thanks for the links. I read the first one completely and the second one partially (but will return to it because it is interesting). In many points I agree with the author, but I am not sure I understand his tone. For centuries mathematicians were working on the exactly the same thing – how to represent math more clearly – and they came with the symbolic math that can be easily written on the paper. Now we have computers and sure it is time to move further with this same effort… But when I was reading the second article, I had a feeling that the author is accusing ‘old’ mathematicians for elitism and for hiding math behind complex symbolic. While, on my opinion, this symbolic math was the best they could do with the pen-and-paper.