Efofex produces two types of products – graphics products (FX Draw, FX Graph, FX Stat and FX ChemStruct) and equation products (FX Equation and FX Chem). You use graphics and equations in quite different ways, so using our graphics products and equation products is quite different as well.

The biggest difference between and equation and a graphic is that an equation is really “fancy” text that needs to be treated as text. The most important difference is that equations need to be lined up with existing text.

Using Efofex graphics is very similar regardless of where you are trying to place them. **Using Efofex equations varies greatly depending on where they end up. **This is because what we can do with your equations greatly depends on the capabilities of the target.

Using FX Equation and FX Chem

When FX Equation was first written, the only target we supported was Word for Windows and FX Equation works very efficiently in this context. The introduction of Efofex Cloud versions of FX Equation and FX Chem do not change this. If you are using FX Equation in this context, just keep on doing what you have always done.

Using FX Equation and FX Chem in other contexts requires a change of mind-set because the products now have two quite different “modes”.

**Traditional**

Inserting FX Equation equations into a Word for Windows document. FX Equation is responsible for everything, including editing old equations. You insert an FX Equation using a toolbar button that is added to Word. You double-click an existing equation to edit it in FX Equation.

**Equation Generator**

This uses FX Equation’s highly efficient equation engine to generate an equation that can be pasted into another product as a native equation. For example, this means that you can paste an equation into OneNote on a Mac in such a way that OneNote thinks that you have used its own, inefficient equation editor. This is a one-way process. FX Equation generates the equation but you then use the native OneNote equation editor to make any required small edits.

You use FX Equation as an equation generator, you need to start FX Equation as a standalone program and tell FX Equation which output to “Target”.

There are lots of different outputs available and we will be adding more. We are currently working on the ability to output equations in a format that can be used in Google Docs (which is not that good at equations).

**Equations and Efofex Cloud**

Efofex cloud adds lots of functionality to our graphics programs and most demonstrations we have produced focuses on the new possibilities. Efofex cloud does not greatly increase the power of our equation programs but this does not mean that they are not extremely versatile! If you have only used FX Equation in its traditional usage mode, you are missing out on all of its power and speed.

**Speed**

This brings us to the final part of this article. FX Equation and FX Chem are all about speed and using them as equation generators lets you leverage that speed in many more contexts. If you have only ever thought about FX Equation as a little tool for Word for Windows, you are really missing out on a lot of its power!