Latex support

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02 Dec, 2010 01:22 PM

It would be really neat to see latex support in Mental Case in the way Anki supports it (thus, if the user has TexLive or the MacTex distribution installed, writing in [tex][/tex] tags will typeset as latex when you create the card).

I believe this would open up a whole new world for Mental Case for use with math, physics, etc. As it now is slightly tedious to create image files of math equations and pull these into Mental Case.

To not cause confusion and to keep things simple, the option to add latex code to a card could be invisible or greyed out if no MacTex/TexLive is detected on the user's system.

Is this a possibility in the future?

This + cards that are never done (just really long time intervals after some time) is what's keeping me from fully migrating to Mental Case. I know the latter has been discussed and will be in Mental Case 2 if I'm not mistaken!:-)


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 02 Dec, 2010 01:34 PM

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    Indeed, future schedules will be infinitely long.
    Latex is possible. It is a reasonably niche group of users. I'm still inclined to think it may be better to simply create formulas in an external editor. a) the editor will be better than anything we can do, and b) the resulting image will work everywhere. Does Anki support latex on the iPhone? I suspect that that may be difficult.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Kind regards,

  2. 2 Posted by Joachim on 02 Dec, 2010 01:47 PM

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    Thanks for the amazingly quick response!

    My current workflow to get latex into Mental Case is using the little application called LatexIt! which creates an image of your latex code, that you can simply drag out or copy in your desired format. I guess a way Mental Case could implement this is to create an image file when you make a card with latex code, and then the processed image, and not the code itself, would be synced to the iPhone version.

    I think Anki iPhone does support latex created on the desktop version (in a similar manner to what I described above). But I haven't tried it myself, so I can't comment on how well it is implemented...

    I'm loving the always fast and informative responses from the developer! It really makes a lot of a difference (compared to some applications that should not be named...)!

    All the best,

  3. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 02 Dec, 2010 02:31 PM.

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