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Which Mathematica product should I get?
Hi, Currently being a Calculus student and my antique Ti-83 is really reaching the limits of where it can help me (no pun intended) so I'm looking for some high-end symbolic calculation software to help me through my course. Mathematica 5.2 looks attractive, I've installed the demo and it looks powerful enough, but I'm a little put off by the frontend's interface. Right now I'm using MathType to typeset my equations and I'm not keen on returning to LaTeX-type command-lines. I know Mathematica has "whiteboard-style" expression support but I haven't seen how far that support goes. Is it anywhere near as flexible as MathType? So if Mathematica is for me, which Mathematica product do I want? There's "Mathematica for Students 5.2", "Mathematica CalcCenter for Students 3", and "Calculus WIZ", each of them are similarly priced (£80, £70, and £50 respectivly) I hear Calculus WIZ can integrate with Mathematica (as well as being available as a seperate standalone product), is the extra £50 worth it? I'm confused about the differences (and virtues) of CalcCenter over Mathematica, the price difference is only £10 (and I'm not going to buy both). Can anyone clear this up? Finally, I've got a question about licensing and front-ends. I've been toying with the .NET/Link SDK, can you link to a Mathematica kernel running on another machine or via some kind of IPC? (i.e.can the Kernel run under a desktopless session (i.e. as a Windows Service or Daemon)?) I'm wanting to create an uberized version of the WITM proxy for Mathematica (since Wolfram still refuses to port Mathematica to the PocketPC/Windows Mobile platform), that's all. Regarding licensing, is it on a per-user or per-device scheme? I've got three computers I use regularly (my desktop workstation, my TabletPC, and my Terminal Server) and I don't want to have to shell out for Mathematica three times over. Thanks