Mac, Mathematica, and AuthorTools: Another suffix gotcha
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- Subject: [mg69927] Mac, Mathematica, and AuthorTools: Another suffix gotcha
- From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
- Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 06:05:52 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: Stanford University
Mac OS X lets you save files without adding the file-type suffixes and view desktop or folder contents (directories) without seeing them. If you save a Mathematica notebook without the .nb suffix, you can dbl-click on the file name or icon and it will open properly in Mathematica. But if you then open the AuthorTools palette and try to use it to make a Table of Contents of that notebook, it will not work properly: it either returns an unhelpful message in the Messages window and a TOC with a bunch of weird stuff in it, or does nothing at all. Adding the .nb suffix fixes everything. In my experience, anyway. General lesson: If you're using software that does some kind of automated content-sensitive processing of another document, either within the range of that application or outside, and you run into trouble, having a missing suffix on the target document may be the source of the trouble.