mathStatica 2.7  Mac OS X

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

  • mathStatica 2.7 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.


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:

... / Mathematica / Applications /

folder on your computer’s hard drive.

Please read carefully.

How do I find my .../ Mathematica / Applications / folder?

Easy. Evaluate the following input in Mathematica on your computer, and it will show you the correct path on your computer:

ToFileName[{$UserBaseDirectory, "Applications"}]

This will return a path like:


where colinr will be replaced with your user name.

Hey - I can't find that path !?!!?

If you cannot find that path on your computer, it may be because Mac OS X is hiding your personal Library folder from you. There are two main ways to get around that:

Method 1
Evaluate in Mathematica:

SystemOpen[ToFileName[{$UserBaseDirectory, "Applications"}]]

... and you have arrived at your destination.

Method 2
Tell Mac OS X to make your personal Library folder visible. To do this, go to your user directory in the Finder e.g.

Macintosh HD / Users / colinr /

Then, in the Finder, go to the View Menu and select "Show View Options"

A palette will appear.

Activate the option: "Show Library". Then, navigate your way to:


Can I install anywhere else?

Yes. You can alternatively install into:

ToFileName[{$BaseDirectory, "Applications"}]

However, some new Mathematica users may not have this install option available to them. Please do not try to force it, if this is not available on your computer.

Only install into 1 location (not both).


Step 2:  Install your password file

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 .
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:  ...

The first time you start mathStatica, the following message may appear:
If that happens, click "ENABLE DYNAMICS"... and you are ready to go.

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 2.7:
Click on the:
mathStatica Palette HELP button

... and then select: Key New Features


Happy computing!

We do hope you enjoy using mathStatica 2.7

Installation problems? Please contact: