Which Mathematica product should I get?
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- Subject: [mg74504] Which Mathematica product should I get?
- From: "David Rees" <w3bdevilREMOVE at THISw3bdevil.com>
- Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 19:10:25 -0500 (EST)
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
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),
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
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