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How to call an external program from Mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg106389] How to call an external program from Mathematica?
  • From: Alexei Boulbitch <Alexei.Boulbitch at>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 05:31:09 -0500 (EST)

Dear Community,

could you please give a hint of how to call an external program from 
Mathematica slide show presentation.

I have situations with say, movies that are too heavy to insert them 
directly into the Mathematica notebook. However, I need to demonstrate 
them within a presentation. In another situation I needed to start in 
the middle of a presentation a PowerPoint file and show its part.

To do this I tried Hyperlink, but Mathematica opens the file in question 
(as if it would be a Mathematica file) instead of launching it.

It would be very nice, if one may make a button or alike in the notebook 
just to rapidly launch the needed movie when necessary.

Thank you in advance, Alexei

Alexei Boulbitch, Dr., habil.
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