Re: Presentations Package Announcement
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- Subject: [mg84047] Re: Presentations Package Announcement
- From: sdw <nospam.warwick at jps.net>
- Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 03:13:50 -0500 (EST)
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point is, graphics and presentation construction capability had been
considered a core strength of Mathematica for as long as I can remember,
and yet functions that many of us would consider fundamental are only found as
add-ons with varying levels of support and extra cost. I believe
Wolfram should look more globally at what people are doing with
mathematical graphics and do a much better job of reducing the
requirements for folks to either a: reinvent the wheel or b: purchase
extra packages. If that means that they license Mr. Park's code and
integrate the functionality directly, perhaps that is a good solution.
for an example of extraordinary graphics, take a look at the following
I think we all know that capability and usability are two different
things. I often wonder how many hours people have to spend to get the
results they do when using Mathematica - what percentage coding, debugging, etc.
before getting meaningful results, especially in larger projects that
include text and graphics, along with developing the calculation strategies.
I wish that the measure wolfram used to include new functions was more
usability based - designed to reduce time to construct common tasks,
reduce keystrokes, etc. As a interesting measure, I wish that when
people posted to the demomstrations project that they also included an
honest indication of the time spent to develop / release their code.
for a system as diverse and complex as Mathematica, usability would seem to be
as big a shift in focus as was reliability and security was for
Microsoft a few years ago.
on another note, I am also deeply appreciative of the level on online
support wolfram gives to this newsgroup. The Mathematica organization is full
of very wise and gifted people.
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