Project • Installation of UpTeX


  1. Requirements
  2. Installing MiKTeX    download MiKTeX
  3. Installing WinEdt    download WinEdt
  4. Installing UpTeX    download UpTeX Install
  5. UpTeX shortcut for WinEdt
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1. Requirements

To use UpTeX you need a working LaTeX environment. This installation of UpTeX is designed for MiKTeX and offers optional WinEdt (a convenient shell) support. If you are already using a different LaTeX system or want to do so, please contact us for information on using UpTeX with it.

The UpTeX Installer is as well install software as update software for UpTeX. To run it you need the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1 or higher. If you are using Windows (98, ME, NT, 2000, XP or higher) and have installed all updates you should already have it. Just execute UpTeX Install.exe to find out.

If you already have a local TEXMF tree, please note that we create a new pdftex.cfg file. If you have changed this file on your system and want to keep it, make a backup of this file and copy the changes to the new one. Keep in mind that this happens every time you select localtexmf tree when installing UpTeX.

2. Installing MiKTeX

Due to temporary incompatibilities we strongly recommend using this version of MiKTeX, not the most recent one. Just extract all files from the ZIP file, which has a size of 250 MB, to a temporary directory and run setup-2.4.1445[1].exe Select the total package set (size on disc 500 MB) for installation. Later during the installation process the setup software will recommend you to create a local TEXMF tree. That is where UpTeX will store the font data among other things.

3. Installing WinEdt

As an editor for your UpTeX documents you may want use the shareware WinEdt. You can download it here, installation instructions can be found on the same page.

4. Installing UpTeX

This is what you should see after successfully launching UpTeX Install:

UpTeX Install

The UpMath folder is where your UpTeX documents and UpTeX document folders can be stored.

The UpTeX folder is where the actual UpTeX precompiler and its configuration files are stored.

The TeX path is where TeX related files as font files are stored. You should have selected it during your MiKTeX installation (local TEXMF tree).

In the UpTeX install script field you can specify an user defined install script for UpTeX Install. You should use the default file.

When you have selected locations for the folders make sure your PC is connected to the internet and press the Install button. The software will now attempt to download about 300 KB of data. You can contact us if you get error messages over a longer period of time. After a successful Installation an according message is being displayed.

Now you should tell MiKTeX about the new files: start MiKTeX Options from the MiKTeX folder in the Start menu. You see a text saying "File name database - Refresh the file name database when you have installed new packages or font files." Click the button Refresh Now and confirm all changes by clicking OK when finished.

After complete installation you can open demo.utx from the UpMath folder and test your UpTeX installation.

5. UpTeX shortcut for WinEdt

For the WinEdt shell we provide a macro you can use to conveniently generate PDF files from UpTeX documents. Click on Options/Menu Setup and double click &Accessories in the Menu Items list on the left side of the window that just opened. Now scroll down the Menu Items until you see PDF Te&Xify. First select it and then copy it by right clicking it and selecting copy and paste. Now you have two PDF Te&Xify entries. To modify one of them for our purposes we rename it to PDF &UpTeXify. The Macro entry becomes Exe('C:\Programs\UpTeX\PDFUpTeXify.edt') where C:\Programs\UpTeX has to be replaced by the UpTeX folder you selected when installing UpTeX. Finally change the Shortcut to the one you would like to use to invoke UpTeX and empty the Requires file field. You can also create an icon for launching the macro if you like. Confirm all changes by clicking OK.

To add UTX to WinEdt's known file types click Options/Preferences. Click on Modes and add the line UtX|*.utx in the Modes and File Filters field. Confirm this by clicking OK.