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Opportunities and Player Pro

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  • Subject: [mg104371] Opportunities and Player Pro
  • From: "E. Martin-Serrano" <eMartinSerrano at telefonica.net>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 02:58:18 -0500 (EST)

I wish to join the opinion already expressed here on that WRI should provide
the means to make available to people, in general, any products developed
with Mathematica,  allowing to manipulate all or most of the dynamic
graphics and other stuff in them. The lack of this free tool which would
make possible wide distribution of these materials severely restricts the
opportunities to use Mathematica for many purposes.



It is true that Mathematica Player Pro is already available, and that it is
the professional platform for running interactive Mathematica applications
and documents and for interacting with reports and documents. It is also
true that, Player Pro is an application delivery system and that it can
be used to deliver tools, and so on. But, in the end, all this is
restricted to a closed and, to certain extent, comparatively tiny community
of already Player Pro users.



But think about, say,  a book on some scientific and technical matter, meant
to be distributed in many countries, written in Spanish, English, Russian,
French, German, Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and others. Let us
suppose that it is an outstanding book targeted to a wide spectrum of
persons and institutions: including academics, professionals, and students;
plus people in general too.  And, let suppose that the authors are
considering including in the book, as an addendum, the sort of dynamic
graphics and some other computational material that Mathematica could
provide.



Taking apart the fact that some potential purchasers of the book would
actually be current Mathematica users; does anyone really think that it
makes any sense including Mathematica as an important tool for the project
and tied it to a preexistent and closed community of already Player Pro
users?



I would really like to be in a situation of defending the Mathematica way
since I believe it would be nearly the best one, both for readers (including
students) and lecturers; but I cannot. It seems that for projects like this
there is a long way to go yet.



E. Martin-Serrano



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