Re: Presentations Package Announcement

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg84047] Re: Presentations Package Announcement*From*: sdw <nospam.warwick at jps.net>*Date*: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 03:13:50 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: Posted via Supernews, http://www.supernews.com*References*: <fj0ms8$ilm$1@smc.vnet.net> <29853547.1196765372088.JavaMail.root@m35> <200712051221.HAA15971@smc.vnet.net> <fj88v5$9rg$1@smc.vnet.net>

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 presentation: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/92 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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