Mathematica 8: first impressions

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg113856] Mathematica 8: first impressions*From*: R Martinez <rm.tech at mac.com>*Date*: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 05:04:21 -0500 (EST)

All, Just started using Mathematica 8. My initial impression is that this is a fantastic upgrade. The free-form input is amazingly useful. The notebook interface preserves the familiar look, but the font rendering makes it appear cleaner. The input-selection feature is very useful, as is the seamless integration with Wolfram/Alpha. I also like the splash screen, which in addition to the announcements displays a list of recent files that one can use to open any of those files. This eliminates the need to use the File menu to open a file. The splash screen is actually useful! Imagine that. More later. Ra=FAl Mart=EDnez