MarkTool Tutorial

MarkTool has been developed for the marking of electronic copies of student assignments. It can be used both by the lecturer/teacher to mark student assignments and by students to provide self- and peer-assessment. MarkTool works with assignments in PDF format and stores the marking annotations in XML files. These marked assignments also can be stored as normal PDF documents if you have installed MarkToolPDF.

These tutorials show you how to install and use MarkTool. Also, the tutorials are an ideal way of getting a first glimpse of MarkTool's large feature set. A MarkTool User Manual is also availble as a PDF document.

Please note that tutorials will open in new windows and require the Macromedia Flash Player.

Tutorial 1: Install MarkTool
To install MarkTool, you need to download the MarkTool installer file and then run it following the steps demonstrated in this tutorial. Please note that this installer will also install Ghostscript on your computer. Ghostscript is a set of software that will be used by MarkTool to display PDF documents.

Please note that you need to have the Administrator privilege to install MarkTool.

Tutorial 2: Set MarkTool Configuration
By setting up the MarkTool configuration properly, you can use MarkTool to mark assignments in a more efficient way.
  • By choosing to use the same marking schema for all assignments, you can mark a batch of assignments (for example, the assignment of a class) using the selected marking schema. Therefore you do not need to specify the marking schema for each individual assignment
  • If you have installed MarkToolPDF, you can choose to save the marked assignments in PDF format. MarkTool will automatically save the marked assignments as PDF documents that can be opened using standard PDF reader. You do not need to use MarkToolPDF to convert the marked assignment XML documents to PDF format.


  • Tutorial 3: Set Marking Schema
    In MarkTool, assignments are marked against predefined marking schema. A marking schema contains a max mark and a set of marking criteria. Each individual marking criterion identifies the requirement on a specific area of the assignment. You need to define the max mark, title, and detail description of the criterion. A marking criterion is also associated with a unique color that is used by MarkTool to visualize the criterion. You can link a set of frequently used comments with a marking criterion. Such frequently used comments will save your time in typing when marking assignments.

    This tutorial shows how to create a new marking schema and edit an existing marking schema.

    Tutorial 4: Mark Assignment
    Using MarkTool you can mark students' assignments (in the PDF format) by adding annotations to the assignments. You also can award numeric marks to students' assignments using MarkTool.

    Please note that you need to set the resolution of your monitor to 1280 * 1024 for this tutorial.

    Tutorial 5: Open Marked Assignment in MarkTool
    This tutorial shows how to open the marked assignment XML document using MarkTool.

    Please note that you need to set the resolution of your monitor to 1280 * 1024 for this tutorial.

    Tutorial 6: Open Marked Assignment in Acrobat Reader
    This tutorial shows how to open the marked assignment PDF document using Acrobat Reader (You need to have MarkToolPDF installed. Otherwise, MarkTool cannot save the marked assignments in the PDF format).

    Please note that you need to set the resolution of your monitor to 1280 * 1024 for this tutorial.

    Tutorial 7: Export Marking Results
    MarkTool is capable of extracting annotations from multiple marked assignment XML documents (for example, the marked assignments of the whole class) and exporting these annotation to a Microsoft Excel (.xls) file.