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Re: A new graphic user interface

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  • Subject: [mg111670] Re: A new graphic user interface
  • From: Helen Read <hpr at>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2010 05:16:13 -0400 (EDT)
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On 8/8/2010 7:20 AM, AES wrote:
> I've not made much use of the built-in palettes in Mathematica to date,
> but probably should do so.
> I have been making considerable use, however, of the "Inspectors" that
> have been showing up in various of Apple's newer apps and other
> third-party apps for Macs, and finding them very user-friendly.
> I suppose these Inspectors are in essence just tall, skinny, highly
> multi-function palettes; but their attractive features include:
> *  One single Inspector for the whole app offers direct access to a
> whole bunch of detailed "utility" functions (various formatting tasks,
> for example), all visible in one single tall skinny window which you can
> position wherever you like.
> * Open this Inspector with a single click on a single, obvious icon
> that's right there in the application's main Toolbar; dismiss it with a
> single click.
> *  Tall window allows you to scan down rapidly (preferably without
> scrolling) to see what task capabilities or utility functions are
> available; and maybe expand the one you want by clicking its triangle.
> Don't have to try to remember the name or location of the function you
> want.
> *  Tabs at top can let you quickly select broader categories of such
> functions.
> *  Tall skinny structure allows individual task to have a horizontal
> control bar and/or a text box input/
> It's just a generally handy, friendly user interface, with a built-in
> "teaching" capability for the user, as compared to multiple palettes or
> dialog boxes, that have to be searched out in multiple menus.

This sounds an awful lot like the Classroom Assistant Palette and the 
Basic Math Input Palette.

Helen Read
University of Vermont

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