[Athen] Anyone testing out EquatIO?

Nast, Joseph Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu
Thu Apr 12 12:47:31 PDT 2018

Thanks Shelley! That helps a lot. Appreciate it!


From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Shelley Haven
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Anyone testing out EquatIO?

Hi, Joseph!

I’ve used EquatIO with some students since back when it was g(Math), prior to being acquired by TextHelp. The video you reference is about a year old, and the current version of the product incorporates various new features — take a look at TextHelp’s EquatIO webpage:


For example, EquatIO now has both Mac and Windows versions for insertion of equations and formulae into Word, including use of both math and chemistry prediction. The Chrome extension now works with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings. Also, the latest version of EquatIO incorporates Desmos Graphing Calculator and a web-based collaborative application called EquatIO Mathspace. Math created with the product can also be read aloud with Read&Write.

On a side note, I understand that TextHelp has moved to an 8-week development cycle for their Read&Write and EquatIO products, meaning that the development team reviews customer inputs for new and improved features, then makes decisions and provides regular updates every 8 weeks (often minor, occasionally major).

Hope this helps,

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant

On Apr 12, 2018, at 7:26 AM, Nast, Joseph <Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu<mailto:Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu>> wrote:

The demo video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1mLUgF-gFs showcases features that look promising for a number of reasons, including:

- Predictive math & formulae creation
- Math-to-speech (via R&W plugin)
- Math-to-LaTex editor
- Handwriting-to-math recognition
- Speech-to-Math creation

The above features alone would easily place it on my short list of “Essential AT”. HOWEVER, EquatIO is, in many ways, still being developed. John McGowan mentions in the video a number of features (e.g. chemistry formulae content, improved “math only” speech recognition) that TextHelp plans to roll out in the near future, but isn’t in the current version.

Furthermore, as a Chrome plugin, EquatIO seems to be limited to integration with Google Sheets\Docs. It remains to be seen how a student might use it with something like MyMathLab. I’m also curious how accessible EquatIO might be to a keyboard-only user.

If anyone has done any testing or had a chance to get this into the hands of students, I’d love to know what feedback\first impressions you might have.


Joseph M. Nast, ATAC
Assistive Technology Specialist
Lone Star College Cy Fair, Disability Services
Office Phone: (281) 290-3207
Website URL: http://www.lonestar.edu/19287.htm

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