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Re: GraphEdit.m & JavaGraphics.m

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  • Subject: [mg58623] Re: GraphEdit.m & JavaGraphics.m
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 16:51:43 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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[Note that version 5.2 is not an official release and so any
 comments about it should be considered preliminary - moderator]

The reason I asked about GraphEdit.m and JavaGraphics.m is that they do
not appear among the files in the new Mathematica version 5.2.  And in
5.2 I did not find any function SetGraphics or ResetGraphics.  Nor could
I find any documentation about this change.

(In fact, the "What's New in Version 5.2"" is annoyingly vague, with not
a single hyperlink on the list of performance improvements and a last,
vague item "And many more enhancements & innovations".)

Jean-Marc Gulliet wrote:
> Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> What are the packages GraphEdit.m and JavaGraphics.m  that I find in 
>> the directory
>> ToFileName[{$InstallationDirectory,"SystemFiles","Graphics","Packages"}]
>> of Mathematica 5.1?
>> Are they part of the Mathematica 5.1 distribution?  Or from some 3rd 
>> party Add-on?
> Hi Murray,
> Both _GraphEdit.m_ and _JavaGraphics.m_ packages are part of Mathematica 
> standard installation.
> _GraphEdit.m_ is said to "render graphics with V5 front end," and 
> contains two functions: *SetGraphics* and *ResetGraphics*. The usage 
> massages read, respectively:
> "SetGraphics[type] sets the type of graphics cells generated by graphics
> commands.  \"type\" may be \"SymbolicGraphics\", \"PostScript\", or 
> \"Compare\"", and
> "ResetGraphics[] restores the display function used before the GraphEdit
> package was loaded."
> According to the *ReadMe.txt* file located in the packages directory: 
> "This directory contains files called by version-specific init.m files. 
> Most of them set up the correct mode for display of graphics on 
> different machines. [...] JavaGraphics.m         : send graphics to Java 
> window."
> Best regards,
> /J.M.

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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