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Macintosh Mathematica Interface

For many years I used Mathematica only on XWindows machines and I always
interacted directly with the kernal (no notebook).  Graphics output was
rendered by a (presumably eps) intrepreter in an XWindow that would pop
up for each graphic.  I really liked this interface.

Now I use Mathematica 3.0 on my Mac and the only way I can get graphic
output is to use the ridiculously bloated notebook interface.  I am a
firm believer in the philosophy that text editing should be left to
Emacs, typesetting to TeX, and mathematics to Mathematica.  I find the
notebook interface an annoying example of the Microsoft philosophy:
"our  application should do EVERYTHING", as well as being slow.  Just
imagine all the quirks and key commands you have to keep straight when
every compiler, every email client, every typesetting engine, and now
every mathematics program has its own WISIWYG editor.  Ugh!

So... how to I get back my beloved XWindows-style behavior on my Mac? 
Has anyone managed to set this up?  It seems to me not in principle
impossible, since the graphics rendering on Mathematica for the Mac is
already not being done by the notebook application directly, but by the
psrender application running in the background.  Any ideas?


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