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Re: Opportunities and Player Pro

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  • Subject: [mg104402] Re: Opportunities and Player Pro
  • From: Jon McLoone <jonm at wolfram.co.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 02:20:09 -0500 (EST)
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On Oct 29, 7:59 am, "E. Martin-Serrano"
<eMartinSerr... at telefonica.net> wrote:
> 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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This would be a good application of the free Mathematica Player.
Player is not just for powering http://demonstrations.wolfram.com

If the material is supplementary to the book (IE freely available),
then it could be converted freely for use on Player at
http://www.wolfram.com/solutions/interactivedeployment/publish/

If the content is to be sold, then you would need to talk to Wolfram
Research about a special license to use it commercially. But this
could be a one time as part of publishing, and not something that the
end user need know or care about. For the end user, it would just be
part of the book.

Apart from this licensing difference, the differences between
Mathematica Player and Mathematica Player Pro would probably not
matter to the project you describe. They are listed at
http://www.wolfram.com/solutions/interactivedeployment/compare.html

Jon McLoone


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