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Re: Sidebar Tools

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  • Subject: [mg100399] Re: [mg100336] Sidebar Tools
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 06:48:17 -0400 (EDT)

Something's wrong with the Sidebar configuration: After I extract the
Sidebar subdirectory of the Sidebar main directory to Applications and
then extract the SidebarAutoload subdirectory to the Autoload
directory, I now get each Sidebar menu entry appearing twice:

  - in the Help menu, the three entries Sidebar, Inform, TOC
  - in the Edit menu, Copy to Stack
  - in Evaluation menu, Kernel Quit Command

This is with Mathematica 7.0.1.

The extracted Sidebar directories are in $UserBaseDirectory, as
instructed in Installation.nb.  However, $UserBaseDirectory has the
same value as $BaseDirectory.  (This is on a single-user Windows
system, where I utterly refuse to store user-specific Mathematica
files under C:\Documents and Settings, since the latter is on the same
partition as the OS (a madness that only Bill Gates can explain).

How can this be fixed?

(From time to time I've seen similar issues with StyleSheets,
Palettes, and even the legacy HelpBrower, where duplicate entries
would appear.  The bug with StyleSheets and Palettes seems to have
been fixed as of Mathematica 6.x or 7.x, but the corresponding bug
with the legacy HelpBrowser persists.)

> I have updated the package Sidebar`.
> It includes several interactive tools to control, to navigate, and to
> trace notebook changes.
> Main properties of Sidebar` palettes include:
> - Navigation between the arbitrary selected places in the notebooks
> - Automatic preserving of the notebook modified cells
> - Notebook clearing, backuping etc.
> - Generation of the active table of contents (TOC)
> - Work with the group of choosen sections/subsections of the notebook
> (selection, evaluation, hiding, revealing)
> - Clipboard stack
> - Symbol information window
> - Tracing graphics coordinates and the evaluation time
> - Easy access to special notebooks (ToDo, Memo, Code)
> - Few more functions, like comparing of two cells of the notebook,
> locking/unlocking etc
> It works OK for me but it is still experimental.
> Please be careful when you start to use it!
> The package link
> Sincerely,
> Yuri Kandrashkin

  Murray Eisenberg                       Internet:  murray at
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  University of Massachusetts                       413-549-1020 (H)
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