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Re: Version 6.0.2

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  • Subject: [mg86117] Re: Version 6.0.2
  • From: David Bailey <dave at Remove_Thisdbailey.co.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2008 13:56:45 -0500 (EST)
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David Park wrote:
> My initial impression of Mathematica Version 6.0.2 is a disappointment.
> 
> 1) There is still no easy access to the list of  'standard packages' that 
> come with Mathematica. It quite difficult to find them. The 'Virtual Book' 
> that was posted on this group did have a list of these packages but the WRI 
> Virtual Book does not have them. (An indirect way to get links to standard 
> packages is to search *Package in the Documentation Center. But this gives a 
> lot of other stuff also.)
> 
> 2) The worse new feature is that the palettes that come with Mathematica 
> will no longer remember their position and condition. If they are not where 
> you like them then each time you start up Mathematica you will either have 
> to live with it or adjust them anew. With 6.0 and 6.0.1 I was able to change 
> the preferences for the ColorScheme palette so it would remember its 
> condition. I can no longer do this and none of the other palettes remember 
> thier state either. (One improved feature is that the SpecialCharacters 
> palette will now directly paste instead of select and then paste.) If you 
> like to control where the palettes are stay with 6.0.1,
> 
> 3) I was hoping that the Format/StyleSheet menu would put a check by the 
> current style sheet in use for a notebook but this still has not been fixed.
> 
> And aside from this we still don't have the ability to write Version 6 style 
> documentation.
> 
There is a subtle change in the way .csv files are imported at 6.02. It 
created a temporary show stopper for one of my clients.

Put the following into a .csv file:

"hope"
1
2

At 6.01 (and earlier versions of Mathematica) the string was read in as 
"hope". At 6.02 the quotes are included in the string - "\"hope\"".

I suspect this counts as a bug fix, since it is more consistent, but beware!

David Bailey
http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk




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