For scientific writing I am used to write formulas in LaTeX typesetting them by keyboard.

A colleague showed me how this can be done way faster: He just draws the formula with a stylus in a program named "math input panel" and the formula will instantly get translated to LaTeX-code he then pasted.

math input panel

Unfortunately the math input panel is only available for windows. What's the open source alternative to GNU/Linux?

  • Would you settle for non open source but free for single user in Linux? And not handwritten but picked formula/math symbol from a list or a by clicking a button?
    – Sonamor
    Oct 15, 2018 at 12:42
  • No, I definitely want it to be open source since I often read and sometimes change the code.
    – quiliup
    Oct 15, 2018 at 20:10
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    I also don't want a formula picker. It simply is slower compared to typing them directly in LaTeX.
    – quiliup
    Oct 15, 2018 at 20:11

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From TeX.SX it looks like JMathNotes (state of the art in 2004) does what you want. The TEX.SX question also has some other recommendations.

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