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I was wondering,

is it possible to allow for simple latex formatting on iMessage? At least for just greek letters, it shouldn't be too different from the emoticons support.

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  • It is very different from emoticon support. Emoticons are just letters (as greek letters). LaTeX needs an piece of code interpreting it and rendering the output.
    – Matteo
    Feb 9 '15 at 11:07
  • Of course, I see what you mean. This is why I was asking for SIMPLE latex support, meaning just single symbols.
    – Abramodj
    Feb 9 '15 at 11:17
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It is actually possible to send arbitrarily complex LaTeX formulae with the help of LaTeXiT. The trick is fairly simple:

  1. Enter the LaTeXiT preferences and, in the first tab, set the export format as PNG. I also suggest to set the Scale to 250%, but this is a matter of taste.
  2. Type a LaTeX formula in iMessage (not need to put the dollars)
  3. Highlight the text, go to the iMessage -> Services menu and choose any of the LaTeXiT services (for instance, the "Display" one)
  4. Ta-dah! After few seconds, your Tex code will be converted into a PNG image, ready to be sent through iMessage!

PS: In case you don't see the service in the menu, go to your system preference and activate it:

enter image description here

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    Cool! It would now be interesting to find a way to automatically convert to an image any time you write something enclosed in two dollar signs, although another (dirty) way is simply to call one of those services through a keyboard shortcut and/or a BetterTouchTool gesture
    – Brethil
    Feb 9 '15 at 18:41
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The Emoticons you are talking about are Emojis.

The emojis are part of the Unicode set. Apple provides a keyboard for this set of unicode characters.

What you need is a keyboard that provides the unicode characters you want. Maybe just adding a greek keyboard in the system settings could solve your problem.

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A dirty solution: use LaTeXiT (http://pierre.chachatelier.fr/latexit/latexit-home.php?lang=en), simply type whatever you need to write into iMessage there, then copy the result as an image and paste it into iMessage.

enter image description here

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  • Dirty but rather useful!
    – Abramodj
    Feb 9 '15 at 17:14
  • There should actually be a "service" (Appname Menu->Services->...) which should let you TeXify anything that you write, but I never figured out how this works, if you ever manage, let me know ;-) cl.ly/image/462t16273Y1r/…
    – Brethil
    Feb 9 '15 at 18:02
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    Actually I did! I will now post what I found :-)
    – Abramodj
    Feb 9 '15 at 18:23

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