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Re: Macintosh CONFLICT: Mathematica + Instant Palm Desktop

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  • Subject: [mg25663] Re: [mg25627] Macintosh CONFLICT: Mathematica + Instant Palm Desktop
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 02:52:32 -0400 (EDT)
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At 02:04 AM 10/16/2000, Viorel Negoita wrote:

>I'm running a Mac G3 (OS 9.0.4), with Mathematica and Palm Desktop
>2.6 (which includes the "Instant Palm Desktop" extension version 2.6).
>Every time (well, almost every time) I quit Mathematica, the Finder quits
>also (actually I have to open ANY menu in the menu bar for the Finder to
>crash). So I have to disable the palm extension. Anyone having similar
>problems? is there a fix? I was thinking of going back to Palm Desktop 2.5
>and updating only the hotsync stuff needed  for OS 9.0.4, but before I do
>that I would like to check to see if anyone has any other idea.
>BTW: otherwise the system is rock stable. Here is the complete specs:
>Blue G3/350 MHz/192 MB/Mac OS 9.0.4 with Maxtor HD (1,0) 30 GB 7200 RPM
>and Quantum HD (0,1) 5400 RPM and DVD Rom Drive (Matshita) (0,0).
>The numbers in paranthesis mean (ATA bus, master/slave).

Palm has confirmed with us that the problem is theirs, but it's not clear 
when it's going to be fixed.  The problem, I believe, is that their 
extension for modifying the menu bar breaks after Mathematica modifies the 
standard Help menu provided to it by the System (this allows certain 
system-level help facilities to continue to be available in Mathematica 
while still providing access to the Mathematica online documentation in an 
intuitive way).

This isn't the only problem I've seen with the PalmOS software on Macintosh 
(among other things, my wife has found that having HotSync running in the 
background makes her PowerBook G3 lock up when she tries to wake it from 
sleep mode), and I share your frustration.  Unfortunately, we're not aware 
of a way to work around the problem in Mathematica and still provide all of 
the functionality which we normally provide.


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

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