AfterMath Installation Guide
Last Updated: 4/30/19 by Neil Spinner
1Step-by-Step Software Installation Instructions
AfterMath installation media is included with all Pine Research potentiostats. The installation media contains the latest release of AfterMath
available at the time of purchase, the device drivers for communicating with the instrument, and the permissions files that implement the software license.
The installation media contains a file called “setup.exe”. Launch this executable file and follow the instructions on the screen. Screenshots of a typical installation are provided below.
Figure 1. Welcome to AfterMath Setup Wizard Dialog Box
Figure 2. AfterMath Installation License Agreement
Figure 3. AfterMath Installation Options
Figure 4. Selecting AfterMath Installation Folder and User Access
Figure 5. Confirm Installation of AfterMath
Figure 6. Installation Progress of AfterMath
Figure 7. Device Driver Installation Wizard
Figure 8. USB/Device Driver Installation Progress
Figure 9. USB/Device Driver Installation Completion
Figure 10. Windows Security Prompt to Install Device Software
Figure 11. Confirmation of Successful AfterMath Installation
2Permissions File Verification
On the installation media accompanying a Pine Research potentiostat, there are license files, or “permissions files”, which authorize a computer running AfterMath to control specific instruments (see Figure 12). If Aftermath is installed on the computer using the installation media shipped with a particular instrument, then these permissions files are automatically copied to the computer.
If AfterMath is downloaded directly from the internet and installed on a computer, then the permissions files may not be present on the computer. Users typically notice this condition when the AfterMath “Perform” button is disabled (gray shading – see Figure 13). To be sure the proper permissions files are on the computer, launch the AfterMath software. Separately, view the content on the installation media and locate the permissions files (ending in *.papx file extension). Next, drag and drop the permissions files from the installation media directly into the upper left section of the AfterMath window (see Figure 14). The AfterMath program will remember the permissions files even after the program is closed (i.e., this step only needs to be performed once). You may be prompted to accept changes by the AfterMath program.
NOTE: Contact Pine Research for assistance if you encounter any issues with software licensing or permissions files.
Figure 12. Permissions Files on Installation Media
Figure 13. Indications that the AfterMath License is not Active
Figure 14. Copying Permissions Files to AfterMath
3USB Cable Connection
Pine Research potentiostats connect to a computer using a USB cable supplied with the instrument (Type A male to Type B female USB cable). The USB port on the accompanying computer must be capable of USB 2.0 (or better) data transfer rates. See Figure 15 and Figure 16 for examples of a laptop connected to a Pine Research WaveDriver series
and WaveNow series
Figure 15. USB Cable Connection Between WaveDriver Potentiostat and Computer
Figure 16. USB Cable Connection Between WaveNow Potentiostat and Computer
Before proceeding with the Pine Research potentiostat, ensure the following installation steps have been completed:
- The potentiostat is situated in a secure, dry location with adequate space
- Electrical power is connected to the instrument
- AfterMath software is installed on the computer
- The instrument is connected to the computer via a USB cable