Are configuration & UI better in 4.2?
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- Subject: [mg36824] Are configuration & UI better in 4.2?
- From: fjolsvit <fjolsvit at netscape.net>
- Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 04:15:31 -0400 (EDT)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I have spent far more time attempting to get Mathematica configured than I
have using it. I've found the the product to be exceptionally difficult to
configure. My platform is SuSE Linux on Intel.
As an example, I spent several hours trying to figure out how to tell Mathematica to
understand the delete key in the way most contemporary systems understand
it. I wanted to avoid modifying system configuration files such as:
I expected to be able to change something in my own ~/.Mathematic directory,
but I could not figure out an obvious way to affect this modification. I
want to adjust the font size used in the widgets, but again, I see no
ovbious means of modifying these attributes. I suspect it can be
accomplished by modifying the ~/.Mathematica/4.1/FrontEnd/init.m. Perhaps
to an experienced Mathematica user, the syntax and semantics of this file are
obvious. They aren't to me.
I also find the overall look & feel of the interface to be archaic. I
understand that Mathematica 4.1 was written years ago, and much of the desktops for
Unix which exist today did not exist when it was written. I should be
receiving Mathematica 4.2 in a few days, so perhaps these concerns will prove
undounded. Something tells me that not a lot has changed in this respect.
What have others observed?
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