The new Math-o-mir v1.8 beta can be downloaded from http://www1.datafilehost.com/d/beeb6100
I decided to increase the version from 1.72 to 1.8 because major changes in keyboard handling are made. Specifically, the method to enter Greek symbols is fresh – to enter Greek symbols you now use double-letter strokes.
The motivation was following:
- typing epsilon and phi symbols was difficult because Alt+E and Alt+F is for menu access
- typing uppercase Greek letters was difficult because three-key combinations were needed – Alt+Shift+letter
- The Alt+number combination is used to generate integer exponents, so I wanted to generalize Alt key usage for the exponent entry
There are also disadvantages of the new method:
- usefulness of double-stroke accelerators to access toolbox items is now severely reduced.
- experienced users who already defined double-stroke accelerators may need to remove their definitions so that they can generate Greek symbols. Let me know if you think the new feature is a step back.
- typing pi letter is more difficult now (pinky finger double-stroke)
Okay, what is new in this version:
- As said, Greek symbols are generated by double-stroke (‘aa’ generates alpha).
- You can type exponents by holding down the Alt key. Useful for simple exponents.
- The double-quotation mark can now be used the same as the ^ key – to enter complex exponents. The double-quotation mark is easier to type on certain keyboards.
- As known from earlier beta, you can type indexes by holding down the Spacebar key. Useful for simple indexes.
- You can now use the hash (#) key or the grave accent (`) key to enter a simple fraction – that is, a fraction that only has a single element in the numerator. You type the numerator, hit the # (or `) and then you can type the denominator… Note that the non-equal symbol cannot be entered by the # key any more (sorry Lukas). To enter the non-equal symbol use the /= sequence or the \neq command.
- The first version of the Autocomplete functionality is implemented. As you type you may see that Math-o-mir marks some expressions in nearby equations with the orange color. If you hit the dot (.) key at that moment, the orange expression will be copied at your entry position. The Math-o-mir tries to guess expressions that you might want to copy.
- The new Ridiculously Complex Tutorial For Keyboard Usage is downloadable form http://www1.datafilehost.com/d/c2a05dd9
Ah, yes… hey Blink, you now have the 1:1 option or bitmaps. Sorry for the delay.
Finally, the question for French people – How do you guys type the math? Using the Shift key any time you need to type a number seems like a major distraction. Is there any trick you use?