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Re: Player Pro Limitations

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  • Subject: [mg101843] Re: Player Pro Limitations
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 07:14:25 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <Doi8m.5868$>

Andrew J Fortune wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have started using Player Pro. I am a hobbyist, and was led to believe 
> that this was an inexpensive alternative to the full Mathematica (PS I 
> can't purchase Home Edition, as I live in Australia).
> After hours of playing with this product, I still have many unanswered 
> questions. They are as follows, and I would be glad if someone could 
> enlighten me on these:
> (1) Is there any documentation, "getting started" guides or tutorials 
> that are SPECIFIC to Player Pro ?? Unfortunately, the only help option 
> from the Help menu dumps you straight into the full Mathematica 
> documentation. This is unhelpful.
> (2) The comparison table for Mathematica vs Player Pro vs Player states 
> that, amongst other things, in Player Pro you have the following 
> capabilities that are not available in Player (i) Dynamic capabilities 
> other than from Manipulates; (ii) Keyboard entry to text fields; and 
> (iii) Dynamic document creation. Can someone provide me with examples of 
> these, as blowed if I can find them ??
> (3) If you can't create and edit notebooks in Player Pro, then why is 
> there an Evaluate menu ? .... Furthermore, why is there a "Replace" 
> option on the Find dialog ? (PS I tried using these, and they seemed to 
> be totally crippled).
> (4) As a hobbyist, I am not interested in export and deployment of 
> Mathematica applications and notebooks. Seems to me that if you take 
> away these features away from Player Pro, you end up with something very 
> closely resembling the free Player. Is that a fair comment ? (....if it 
> is, then I am pretty p*ssed off, as it means that I have been misled).
> (5) Is it also a fair comment to say that Player Pro doesn't allow you 
> anything in the way of mathematical creativity, i.e. its someone else's 
> creation that you plug in to Player Pro, and then export/deploy ?
> Thanks one and all for your help. Hope I can get some mileage out of 
> this product.
> regards,
> Andrew Fortune,
> Melbourne,
> Australia

I am afraid you have been badly mislead. PlayerPro is meant as a 
platform on which to run code developed on a full Mathematica - it 
essentially enables developers to sell or give code to others, rather as 
they can if they write C or Java code.

It might be worth contacting Wolfram Australia to see if there is some 
way to purchase the home edition.

David Bailey

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