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Re: Mathematica's (and others) ancient widget toolkit ... why?
In article <cm22v4$gk9$1 at smc.vnet.net>, "symbio" <atazad02 at hotmail.com> wrote: > I second that! I feel your pain, Mathematica really could do a lot better > in terms of graphics and controlling, rendering, rotating and movie-making > too. For example, the only way you can export animation graphics now is by > saving into a GIF file which is totally 1980's and antique! Huh? I Export graphics into multiple formats all the time, and routinely use "Save Selection" to save a bunch of selected graphics from an animation directly into a QuickTime movie. Works like a charm. [Except, for those who may do this for the first time, you _must_ have the magnification of your display window set to 100% to get the QuickTime movie to correctly match the size of the saved graphics.] > It seems the environment was designed to fit the Unix base because everything > is output in Postscripts format, but today there is probably at least as > many PC Windows based users as Unix/Linux, IF NOT MORE!!! Mathematica should > really pay attention to this important market segment, and there is ROOM for > an INCREDIBLE amount of improvement right now!!! One of the great beauties of Mathematica is that it is truly multi-platform: it works on nearly every major platform, and provides access to a very large number of standard formats -- in contrast to Microsoft which does everything it can to suppress and discourage the use of any standard formats that it doesn't own and fully control. For example, why don't you ask Microsoft why PowerPoint on PC Windows can't (or rather, won't) handle PostScript graphics? -- one of the best, most solid, and most widely used graphics formats known to the world of computing .