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MathTools 2 installation

Associated Product: MathTools 2.0

Last change: Mar 22, 2015

Quick Steps to get MathTools ready to use:

Checkout below details, if any of these steps fail or you end up with an "Invalid License"...

MathTools Installation requires the following individual steps which are walked through in more detail below

  1. Download MathTools
  2. MathTools Plug-In Installation
  3. STIX-General Font Installation (optional)
  4. Licensing

Step 1: Getting your MathTools installation package

You either received download links by email after placing an order in our online shop or by downloading it from our download area. In either case, the installation package is a ZIP archive named matching the following pattern:

MathTools-2 x x [build number]-[InDesign version]-[platform].zip

with the following possible settings for the parameters

  • [build number]: number between 100 and 999
  • [InDesign version]: CS6, CC, CC 2014, ...
  • [platform]: MAC, WIN32, WIN64

MathTools folder structure This installation package contains a root folder named movemen and a few sub-folders that will come into play during the actual installation steps. You should not rename or move around or even delete any folder in this package.

Note for MAC packages: extracting the package to a file system (or share) that does not support MacOS X resource forks will damage the files. Typically this happens when burning CDs, using FAT formatted devices or network shares.

Step 2: Installing MathTools Plug-Ins

MathTools is made available as a set of Plug-Ins for the Adobe InDesign product family and needs to be installed into the Plug-Ins folder of the related product (Adobe InDesign, InCopy and InDesign Server). The Plug-Ins folder is located inside the product installation folder.

To install MathTools, extract the entire package into the related product's Plug-Ins folder. You should end up with a folder structure outlined in the following screenshot:

MathTools installation in InDesign's Plug-Ins folder

Step 3: Installing STIX-General fonts(optional)

MathTools is currently relying on this font family in its default configuration to provide multi-segment braces, brackets, arrows, etc.

Latest Apple and Microsoft operating systems come with the free STIX General fonts already installed; these include MacOS X.9 (and newer) and Windows 8 (and newer).

If you do have STIX General fonts already installed, you can skip this step.

Otherwise you need to install them right now using the package found in the fonts sub-folder of movemen (see screenshot above):

Note: if you fail to install STIX General fonts, MathTools will likely be crashing when scrolling the MathStyles Panel, for example.

Step 4: Installing the MergeMath Extension

The MergeMath Extension is used for post-processing Adobe InDesign's native HTML and EPUB exports.

If you do not need to export HTML+MathML or EPUB+MathML, there's no need to install this extension.

To install the extension, launch the Adobe Extension Manager related to the product you installed the plug-ins to. So, if you installed MathTools for InDesign CC or CC 2014, you'll need to launch the latest Adobe Extension Manager CC.

Steps using the Adobe Extension Manager CC to install MTMergeMath extension:

Step 5: Licensing

MathTools requires an activated license to unlock its functionality. Without such license it will operate in READER mode.

To request a license file you need to

  1. purchase a MathTools license from our online shop and get a order number
  2. follow the installation steps above
  3. launch InDesign (or InCopy)
  4. perform Math > Licensing > Create License Report
  5. send license report to together with the order number from the purchase
  6. await reply by email with the license file placed into an archive
  7. install the license - extract the license file into the lic folder inside movemen
  8. activate MathTools by (re-)launching InDesign (or InCopy)

For the product activation, internet access is required. If activation fails, you'll find "Invalid License" as second last entry in the Math menu. In this case, create a new license report as described above and send a new license request mentioning that activation failed. You might need to follow steps outlined in the document MathTools V2 Activation Issues.pdf, found in the docs folder in movemen.

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