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Re: question on player pro

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  • Subject: [mg87387] Re: [mg87350] question on player pro
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 05:55:30 -0400 (EDT)
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There is no compiling process...we're just dealing with regular notebooks here.  
Simply opening and evaluating the notebook (or using dynamic interfaces) in
Player Pro should work fine.  There are some limitations, but not many...we're 
really talking about a full Mathematica kernel.  A useful table is here...

As an executive summary for the kinds of things I suspect you might be 
interested in, I'd note most specifically, that Player Pro users can not...

* Type in notebooks, except in InputFields.
* Use GUIKit or .NET/Link (they're simply not included in Player Pro)
* Use any alternative front end to the kernel; for example, writing your own
J/Link interface to the kernel.
* Load plain-text packages, although .mx files and packages encoded with 
Encode[] are perfectly okay.

Note that Premier Service subscribers get three free Player Pro license, which 
you may use for your own experimentation or distribute to other users as you see 
fit.  More info about that here...

If you have any other questions, ask away.  I know from experience that the
Player Pro concept can generate a lot of questions, since there are a lot of
unusual ways people might want to use it which we may not have considered or
clearly outlined in our case studies... 

I'm not the best person to answer detailed licensing issues, but I'm happy to 
address any technical or conceptual issues.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Tue, 8 Apr 2008 05:38:15 -0400 (EDT), Nasser Abbasi wrote:
> I have a simple question on the new Mathematica player pro.
> If person X, who has Mathematica, makes a Mathematica notebook (.nb
> file), what are then the steps needed so that person Y can run the same
> notebook if Y do not have Mathematica?
> Does Y need to buy player pro to run X's notebook?
> Or is it that only X needs to buy player pro, and use it to 'convert' or
> 'compile' the notebook to a new file (what is the extension?) which I
> assume will contain the Mathematica kernel in it, and send that file to
> person Y. But then how will Y run it if they do not have player pro nor
> Mathematica? use the free player?
> What about any licensing issue in sending playerpro files to someone else
> to run?
> Thanks,
> Nasser

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