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Re: Mathematica's (and others) ancient widget toolkit ... why?

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  • Subject: [mg51766] Re: Mathematica's (and others) ancient widget toolkit ... why?
  • From: AES/newspost <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 02:52:56 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <clst85$3o1$1@smc.vnet.net> <cm22v4$gk9$1@smc.vnet.net>
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In article <cm22v4$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 .


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