Executing a Mac app (older one) from within Mathematica?
- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg24692] Executing a Mac app (older one) from within Mathematica?
- From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
- Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 01:19:16 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: Stanford University
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I have a home-brew Mac app from the 1991 era that I would like to drive from Mathematica -- that is, either have Mathematica open this app and start it executing, or have it already opened and then have Mathematica start it executing at a certain point in a Mathematica notebook, and also be able to sense when it's finished executing. (The app can read and write HD data files, which I can provide or capture from Mathematica.) The app is an oldie but goodie, originally programmed in Pascal, compiled for PPC, programmer (a grad student) is long gone. I doubt that it is Apple Events or AppleScript aware -- at least that was never part of the original planning for the program itself. I know Mathematica has something called MathLink, but before I start digging into the user manual from a cold start, could any kind Mathematica guru give me some general pointers as to whether what I want to do can be done, and in general how to set about doing it, and where to look for guidance? Thanks much, siegman at stanford.edu