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Re: Re: MathPlayer???

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  • Subject: [mg75652] Re: [mg75643] Re: MathPlayer???
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 05:43:46 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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So just export the notebook to pdf and send that!  Except for not being 
able to open/close cell groups when reading the file in Acrobat (or 
other pdf reader), that should be just as good as Mathreader, no?

Urijah Kaplan wrote:
> 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...
>           --Urijah
> 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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