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Re: MathPlayer???

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  • Subject: [mg75643] Re: MathPlayer???
  • From: Urijah Kaplan <uak at>
  • Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 05:39:00 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Pennsylvania
  • References: <f1c51i$h9s$> <f1eq10$4ov$> <> <f1jqv3$3tm$>

Of course, I understand that. But the fact remains that it is also 
supposed to replace Mathreader as a static notebook reader, in which case 
it seems a bit overkill. It's now more unlikely for me to send someone a 
.nb file and tell them to download MathReader, particularly if I don't 
know if they have dial-up or not. At the very least more care should be 
expended to make the download smaller--just using 7-Zip (LZMA) compression 
would reduce the download by 40%! Perhaps there can be a "minimal" and 
"max" download where the min primarily reads .nb files and max reads .nbp 
files, and the "min" can dynamically download whatever files it needs to 
playback that particular .nbp program.

I realize I'm being an ungrateful wretch, since Mathplayer is far, far, 
more powerful than MathReader was; still...


Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> But you're not getting just a front end to read static notebooks. 
> You're getting a run-time system, too, for .nbp files.
> Urijah Kaplan wrote:
>>> It doesn't give me a warm feeling though that the Player installer evidently
>>> doesn't install an uninstaller nor does it give Windows enough information
>>> to register it in Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs.
>>> If my life and/or career depended on my ability to run Mathematica, I'd give
>>> it a day or two before installing Player on my 'A' machine.
>>> Fred Klingener
>> Also, for something that's supposed to replace MathReader from what I 
>> understand, the download is rather hefty. (79.9 MB) I managed to 
>> recompress it to 47.9 MB with 7-Zip, which would be a good start.

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