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Re: Re: Re: Technical Publishing Made Easy with New Wolfram Publicon Software

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  • Subject: [mg50754] Re: [mg50734] Re: [mg50695] Re: Technical Publishing Made Easy with New Wolfram Publicon Software
  • From: DrBob <drbob at>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 03:56:02 -0400 (EDT)
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Am I correct in thinking, in the case of Mathematica vs. Publicon notebooks under Windows, that one program calls the other? That is, there's a "stub" program associated with ".nb" files and it decides, based on the file's content or format, whether to open Mathematica or Publicon?

It sounds to me as if that's what Referee is really doing.


On Sat, 18 Sep 2004 05:48:51 -0400 (EDT), Murray Eisenberg <murray at> wrote:

> You may want to take a look at the utility Referee, from MediaComm
> Software (  It's a $15 tool that allows
> you to juggle several programs associated with the same extension on files.
> Steve Luttrell wrote:
>> I had wondered about that possible solution myself. However, it's a bit
>> disconcerting that the same icon is used for both document types.
>> Interestingly, on my PC the Publicon installation has made all my
>> Mathematica/Publicons icons display as the Mathematica version 4 icons (i.e.
>> the old purple icon rather than the current orange icon). Why they set it up
>> this way I don't know. I have tried to override it without success.
>>  Steve Luttrell
>> "StupendousMan" <Stup at> wrote in message
>> news:ci9aun$i30$1 at
>>> Well, since the same company authored the two programs, it's easy enough
>>> to have the program examine the notebook and decide whether to handle
>>> it or pass it off to the other.  All this can be done quite quickly and
>>> long before the user sees anything.
>>> Rick
>>> Steve Luttrell wrote:
>>>> I wondered about that as well. I don't know how it is done in Windows.
>>>> Steve Luttrell
>>>> "Murray Eisenberg" <murray at> wrote in message
>>>> news:cghfq0$je1$1 at
>>>>> I confirmed that.  But on a Windows machine, how do Publicon and
>>>>> Mathematica possibly accomplish that trick?  I thought the extension
>>>>> alone (.nb) determined what program opened a file whose type is
>>>>> registered in Windows.
>>>>> Steve Luttrell wrote:
>>>>>> ... it seems that a notebook created using Publicon knows
>>>>>> that it originated there, so that double-clicking on it (in Windows)
>>>> fires
>>>>>> up Publicon rather than Mathematica (and vice versa for a notebook
>>>> created
>>>>>> in Mathematica).
>>>>> --
>>>>> Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
>>>>> Mathematics & Statistics Dept.
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>>>>> University of Massachusetts                413 545-2859 (W)
>>>>> 710 North Pleasant Street            fax   413 545-1801
>>>>> Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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