*To*: mathgroup@smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg11870] Macintosh Mathematica Interface*From*: "D. Wright" <ichbin@u.washington.edu>*Date*: Fri, 3 Apr 1998 03:45:29 -0500*Organization*: University of Washington

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? Thanks, David