MathTools for InDesign

MathTools for InDesign

(In the following text MathTools refers to MathTools V2!)

MathTools adds integrated equation editing capabilities to the type composer of Adobe InDesign, InCopy and InDesign Server. Integration is seamless and tight: MathZones (=equations) are text and therefore instantly affected by InDesign's styling features. Math Styles are added and applied as needed to get the desired formatting for expressions like fractions.


  1. MathTools PRO: Add, edit, format MathZones(=equations) directly in Adobe InDesign; import and export MathZones along with various formats; adjust formatting, line breaking, fonts.
  2. MathTools Enterprise (EE): adds automation capabilities and support for Adobe InDesignServer to PRO.

For further details see the respective product pages below.


Technical Details:

MathTools is not an application that runs on its own. Instead, it comes as Plug-In for the Adobe InDesign product family and needs to be installed into the corresponding Plug-Ins folder (see Installation Guide). Note: Plug-Ins must always match the InDesign version. Therefore, matching MathTools builds are available for those InDesign versions it supports: see MathTools builds.

Compatibility Matrix

InDesign Version MathTools Version
CC 2017 V2
CC 2015 V2
CC 2014 V2
CS6 V2
CS5.5 / CS5


CS4 (mt.editor V1)


As MathTools is a Plug-In to the Adobe InDesign product family, it shares technical requirements and limitations of the matching versions of InDesign. Generally speaking, if InDesign works, it is most likely that MathTools for that very version of InDesign will work, too.

Important Note: MathTools may add MathZones and MathStyles to InDesign documents which - by design (of InDesign) - results in a Plug-In dependency. If InDesign requires MathTools in order to open a document, installing a free MathTools READER solves that issue and avoids loosing all MathStyles and equations. 

Key features (V2)

  • Equations are type composed by InDesign. No inline images!
  • Math Styles (user defined) determine appearance of expressions
  • Integrated MathML support
    • EPUB with MathML
    • HTML with MathML
    • XML + MathML
    • IDML + MathML
  • Imports equations from Word documents
  • Converts placed equation EPS
  • Enterprise Edition: adds scripting and InDesignServer support
  • Works with PDF, Fixed Layout EPUB, Folios.

Licensing Terms (V2)

  • Expires after either 1year or 3 months (depends on license bought)
  • Node-locked to a single installation of MathTools
  • Internet access required for initial activation and frequent activation status verification
  • Remote access prohibted

License Types (V2)

  • SEAT: only for installations into Adobe InDesign / InCopy
    • can't be combined with Virtualised Systems or Terminal Server kind of installations
    • concurrent use not allowed
  • SERVER: only for installations into Adobe InDesignServer
  • TERMINAL SERVER / VIRTUALIZATION: Floating License required ... this is in preparation, but not yet available

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Seemlessly integrated Equation Editor for Adobe InDesign product family. 

MathTools PRO is available for either Adobe InDesign/InCopy

  • CC (Creative Cloud), or,
  • CS6, or,
  • CS5.5, or,
  • CS5
from 99.00 € / unit(s) *

Enterprise Edition; adds automation support to MathTools PRO for InDesign product family in order to integrate with custom workflows.

from 299.00 € / unit(s) *

Processing fee to re-activate a single license activation on another installation.

Note that the re-activation requires to de-activate the license on the currently activated installation!


40.00 € / unit(s) *
* Prices before VAT, plus Shipping