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Re: New Wolfram Tutorial Collection documentation is ready
In article <gth5mv$f56$1 at smc.vnet.net>, "David Annetts" <davidannetts at aapt.net.au> wrote: > [F]inding that these PDF's are basically the same as what we already > have takes some of the gloss of things. > > Dave. Dave, some of the major advantages of having the same identical material in PDF format rather than in Mathematica notebook format include (for me, anyway): 1) Most important for me, I can set up the PDF documentation so that it *automatically* opens in a large Acrobat window, in a size and format and magnification that I like (probably occupying my full screen), while the Mathematica notebook, palettes, and whatever else I'm using to work on that notebook are set up in their own totally independent full-screen arrangement -- and I can then *instantaneously* jump back and forth between these two optimized screen displays, leaving each totally unchanged, with a single keystroke. 2) One can do a *search* (search for text strings) through a *full* PDF document, thus finding and bringing up much useful info and connections between related topics, that may or may not be indexed or included in the TOC. Can't do this with the Mathematica online documentation because it's paged, and many cells or sections may start out closed. 3) Acrobat has *many* helpful navigation tools (arrow icons to jump to page, jump back to where you were, jump to next or previous page, jump to start or end, the "paw" to scroll, instant single-click magnification, single click to hide all headers and get more screen area, etc) that make onscreen reading of PDF documents *much* easier than onscreen reading of Mathematica notebooks. If Wolfram has unfortunately generated some kind of messed-up PDF where text strings can't be readily copied or searched for, as reported in some other posts, and this hampers some of the above advantages, that would be really unfortunate.