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Re: Mathematica 7.0.1.0 and some General Comments

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  • Subject: [mg97294] Re: Mathematica 7.0.1.0 and some General Comments
  • From: "M.Roellig" <markus.roellig at googlemail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 05:35:15 -0500 (EST)
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> And yet, there have never been more ways for Mathematica to communicate
> its results with other software. It supports huge numbers of
> import/export formats, and programming interfaces such as J/Link.
>

Even though Mathematica supports a huge number of Import/Export file
formats,
I keep coming across implementations of Im/Export that are
unsatisfactory. This might
be bad luck onmy side, but Mathematica, in its 7th major version, is
still not able to
properly read in HDF4 files (from the many possible HDF4 contents only
one particular
format, namely SDS is supported), HDF5 (no compound data import
possible, and
maybe even broken ?), FITS used to be limited to one header block
(seems to be
working now in V7), and even PDF/PS export is always a challenge.
Other scientific
tools like IDL, _younameit_ are able to handle these formats
properly and as a
consequence are in common use (at least in astronomy/astrophysics.) If
WRI wants
Mathematica to get its foot into the scientific door, they should take
better care of
what their customer need - e.g. reading/writing their data
comfortably.

Sorry for my rant - I couldn't help it. Despite my excitement for
Mathematica I
am always frustrated the most when I waste my time on these
unneccesary bugs.

Markus Roellig




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