Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chemistry Set For Word

Ooooh.. now this could be utterly useful. Microsoft has released a free add-on to Word that can chemical formulas and chemical images into Word documents.

The software maker said on Wednesday that it is releasing an add-on for the word processor that makes it easier to include labels, formulas, and chemical images into documents. Chem4Word, as the add-on is known, was introduced on Wednesday at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society.

This isn't useful only in Chemistry. It should be useful for people in material science/condensed matter, as well as many others. I will have to check this out and see how easy it is to use. Now, it would be a lot more useful if it can also convert it to the appropriate HTML code...


1 comment:

Valandil said...

There is a LaTeX package that does exactly this. It's called mhchem and is actually really simple to use.

You just start an equation the way you usually do (either inline with $some math$ or with \mbox{some math}) or with an equation environment (if, for instance, you want to write chemical equations). Then, you call the font ce with the appropriate command and voilĂ ! You've got chemical symbols.

Plus, LaTeX2HTML will render it just as good in HTML.