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Re: os/2

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  • Subject: [mg3148] Re: [mg3124] os/2
  • From: jpk at apex.mpe.FTA-Berlin.de (Jens-Peer Kuska)
  • Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 02:59:49 -0500
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

> I am wondering if anyone out there has experience using the os/2 version?
> One of the reasons I purchased the windows student version was to upgrade to
> the os/2 version.  

The OS/2 version is mutch better than the Windows version, if WRI add
a native OS/2 frontend I will be perfectly happy.

> 
> BTW, I really like mathmatica but it is not very powerful for report writing.

Mathematica is a Computer-Algebra and *not* a  text processor, it will look
strange if You report deals with physics and the reader is disturbed by
Mathematica commands like Plot[], DSolve.

> Is there any way to get "quality looking reports" like Mathcad using the front
> end notebook.

Yes, see below. 
> 
> 
> David P. Manter
> Mechanical Engineering student
> Unviersity of New Hampshire
> dpm at kepler.unh.edu
> 
> 
> 
I have a notebook to LaTeX2e converter that works for OS/2, Win95 and unix. 
For OS/2 there is a exelent TeX implementation by E. Mattes.
The converter can detect TeXForm[expr], expr // TeXForm and
TeXForm @ expr and will than type set the formula. With a command line
switch You can force that all Out-cells were converted to 
TeXForm (via MathLink), initialisation cells where than send
to Mma because it is expected that You have Format[expr,TeXForm]
statments in the initialisation.  

In text-like cell's You have to write proper LaTeX, including
formulas, tables and so You have the full power of TeX to write
Your reports.
It is clear that graphics ist extracted to PostScript. The program 
comes with a style file for LaTeX2e and You may change the style 
file for Your proposes. All what You need is a running TeX/LaTeX2e 
and a DVI to postscript converter, actual it is only tested with dvips. 

Mail me if You are using TeX and want to use the converter.
I think that TeX is the only way to do serious typesetting,
including formulas.

Jens

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