mathStatica 2.5  Mac OS X

Before proceeding further ...
  • Mathematica 8 must be installed on your computer (not included).

  • mathStatica 2.5 is self-contained:
    - no other files are needed (except your new password file)

Existing users ...
  • If you have an earlier version of mathStatica installed on your computer:

    ......... you MUST delete it first .........

    See Step 1 below for instructions on how to find your mathStatica installation folder.

  • You will NOT need (and cannot re-use) the old password file ... mathStatica 2.5 comes with a new password file.


Getting ready

You should have recently downloaded the file:

After 'unzipping' (which should happen automatically), you will obtain a folder containing:

Step 1:  Drag both ...

  1. mathStatica.m      (file)
  2. mathStatica           (folder/directory)

into your:

HardDrive / Library / Mathematica / Applications/

folder on your computer’s hard drive.

Please read carefully.

Can I install anywhere else?

Yes. You can alternatively install into:


[ where  colinr  denotes your own account name ]

NB: Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
In Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion), Apple has made the  User Library  folder HIDDEN by default.

If you are upgrading from mathStatica 2.0, this is where your old copy of mathStatica is most likely located ... and you MUST remove it first!

To make your USER Library folder visible (if it is not already visible):

Step (i): Open the Terminal applicaton (located in HardDrive/Applications/Utilities).

Step (ii): Then run the command:

       chflags nohidden ~/Library

The USER Library will then be visible again under OS X 10.7 and 10.8. You will then be able to remove your old copy of mathStatica 2.0.

Only install into 1 location (not both).


Step 2:  Install your password file

A new password is needed for mathStatica 2.5. Your password file will arrive by email.

Drag your password file  pass.txt  into your  mathStatica/Password folder.
For a standard installation, this will be into:


That's it. Run Mathematica.

[ If Mathematica is already running, you will need to first quit Mathematica and then start it up again.
This is necessary in order for Mathematica to find the new mathStatica package, for the first time. ]

Your installation is now complete.

Loading mathStatica

Start up Mathematica 8.
Go to its Palettes Menu and select the mathStatica palette, to make sure it is visible ... like so:

To load mathStatica:  simply press the 'Start' button ...

( If you cannot see this mathStatica palette,
please close all other palettes — they may be obscuring your view. )

The Book palette should now appear:  ...

If you are new to mathStatica:
Click on the number 1 in the Book palette (this opens chapter 1 of the electronic book), and pop over to:
Section 1.3: Core Functions — Getting Started

To navigate: A single click on any heading opens up that section!

To see what's new in mathStatica 2.5:
Click on the:
mathStatica Palette HELP button

... and then select: Key New Features


Happy computing!

We do hope you enjoy using mathStatica 2.5

Installation problems? Please contact: