Re: Mathematica 8 docs online now!

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg113938] Re: Mathematica 8 docs online now!*From*: Peltio <peltio at twilight.zone>*Date*: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 07:07:55 -0500 (EST)*References*: <ibtp17$8mg$1@smc.vnet.net> <ic0aoh$6n2$1@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: peltioNOSP at Mgmail.com.invalid

Armand Tamzarian wrote on 17-Nov-10 : > On Nov 16, 10:13 pm, Oliver Ruebenkoenig <ruebe... at wolfram.com> wrote: >> Here is something you can try. >> Graphics -> New Graphics >> Open the drawing tools (Graphics->Drawing Tools) >> Select, for example the text insert. Write 1+1 into the Graphics, select >> it an use Evaluation -> Evaluate in Place. >> Maye it is useful to you, >> Oliver > > here's a video along those lines: > http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/screencasts/mathematicaasawhiteboard/ Thanks for your answers. I was aware of that, too (it was pointed out by some other NG member the last time I had my rant here :-) ). Still, (to me) this is just a workaround. Nobody would use a graphic cell to write text and place input if they were not forced to by the lack of alternative. What I feel the lack of is a _native_ way to arrange the flow in a two-dimensional layout. (With native I mean: a collection of consecutive cells in a notebook arranged on two or more columns; not a graphic cell containg the picture of a two-column layout). And it surprise me that in 2010 Mathematica is actually able to speak, read and understand plain English but still lacks a *basic* function that was already old hat in my 1995 word-processor. I understand that Mathematica is not a WP, but it seems to me that producing professional-looking technical documents is one of its stated goals. The fact that in 2010 the Front-end developers are still making users resort to these 'tricks' makes me wonder how difficult it must be to implement such a feature in the complex Mathematica front-end. As for why one would need a multiple column layout, I'll answer in my forthcoming post. Thanks for your help, anyway. Peltio