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Re: Newly Released Mathematica 5.1 Delivers Unmatched Performance for Handling Data

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  • Subject: [mg55861] Re: Newly Released Mathematica 5.1 Delivers Unmatched Performance for Handling Data
  • From: Gareth Russell <gjr2008 at>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 01:36:36 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Columbia University
  • References: <coeft6$rh4$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

A few years ago, in the 4.x era, Theo Gray gave a presentation at one 
of the Macintosh Expos where he showed Mathematica on OS X running with 
full anti-aliased text AND graphics (using a nice animation to demo the 
graphics). This, it was claimed, was because Mathematica was now using 
OS X's native Quartz engine.

Since then... nothing.

Shortly after v5 was released, I head that it would be in v6. We'll see...


On 2004-11-29 01:34:14 -0500, "Kevin J. McCann" <kjm at> said:

> Johshua,
> Thanks for the history lesson. I hope the WRI folks are paying 
> attention, but I suspect that the 5.0 comments will be dug up and 
> displayed when someone complains again about the same problem in 6.0, 
> 7.0, ...
> Kevin
> Joshua A. Solomon wrote:
>> On 24/11/04 8:02 am, in article co1f6q$slm$1 at, "Kevin J. McCann"
>> <kmccann at> wrote:
>>> rotated-text problem has been with us
>>> for at least two years.
>> Andrew Watson (see below, from Google Groups) and I had a good laugh over
>> this.
>> Subject: [mg55861] "At long last, Sir, have you no shame?"
>> Original FormatNewsgroups: comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica
>> Saying first that I am a fanatical Mathematica user, in awe of the product
>> and its developers, I nonetheless feel compelled to say that...
>> I am absolutely astonished that Mathematica 4.0 has *still* not fixed the
>> FrameLabel rotated text bug, which prevents vertical axis labels from
>> appearing properly when rendered on screen on the Mac. This bug causes
>> endless troubles for those of us who prepare figures for both printing and
>> live presentation. This bug has been present since time immemorial, but
>> elicits only sheepish chuckles from Wolfram developers when mentioned. What
>> gives? Is this really something that has stumped the greatest computational
>> minds of the end of the millenium? Is it really so low on the list of
>> priorities that it has persisted for 10 years? Have you no shame?
>> Andrew B. Watson
>> NASA Ames Research Center
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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