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Re: Baffled by notebook history

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  • Subject: [mg121983] Re: Baffled by notebook history
  • From: David Reiss <dbreiss at>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 05:32:08 -0400 (EDT)
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The notebook History feature can get quite bogged down when there are
many cells in a notebook.  It is really only somewhat useful.  This is
mainly because it is processing the entire notebook history via a

There was a NotebookDiff function in the AuthorTools package.  The
AuthorTools package is still shipped in Mathematica, but it is rather
old and is not exposed by default.

However execute


and you will get access to the NotenookDiff funciton.  To see all the
functions in AuthorTools you can now execute


Of course, since AuthorTooks is quite old, various things in it may
not work as well (or at all) in M8 as they did in M5.

Hope this helps,


 Oct 7, 5:03 am, Ralph Dratman <ralph.drat... at> wrote:
> Despite several attempts of various kinds, I have not  been successful
> in using the Notebook History feature. Usually I can't even get the
> drag handles to do much dragging. They seem to be stuck at least half
> the time. I am using Mac OS.
> The Wolfram documentation that I've found is unilluminating to my (no
> doubt inadequate) mental apparatus.
> While I would not expect a tutorial to be given on the subject via
> email, I'm hoping someone can refer me to more information.
> Alternatively, the actual capabilities I need are simple: is there a
> viable diff process between two notebooks, either within Mathematica
> or via the OS?
> Thank you.
> Ralph

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