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Mathematica 3.0 and LaTeX document preparation

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  • Subject: [mg8025] Mathematica 3.0 and LaTeX document preparation
  • From: Mario Sancho Graca <mario_sancho.graca at>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 22:32:36 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

>From the TCI Software Research discussion list (SWP = Scientific

Samuel Lin wrote:

> Hi Everyone
> Does anyone know if SWP works perfectly with Mathematica 3.0 under
> Windows
> 95 environment? What if you want to use a Mathematica command which is
> not
> listed in the SWP Mathematica ICON? Is there any command table between
> and Mathematica 2.2.3 for instance?
> Samuel Lin
> lien at

I understand that Scientific WorkPlace has some MathLink functionality
that enables it to send input to Mathematica and receive its output, but
it does not provide the full Mathematica environment. It seems to me
that the best way of working with both products, at the present time, is
to typeset the final document in Scientific Word or Scientific WorkPlace
and to keep the calculations in a Mathematica notebook, exporting only
the final results. Mathematica 3.0 has a custom interface (front end)
which has completely changed from the previous version (Mathematica
2.2). It has powerful typesetting and new graphical elements like
pallettes, so that it makes the need for an auxiliary front end
redundant. Its document preparation capabilities are, however, still
under development and a special package is best. One of the best
features of LaTeX is the generation of structured documents. In the
future, automatic conversions of Mathematica notebooks to LaTeX files
will become easier.

Mario Sancho Graca

mario_sancho.graca at
M.S.Graca at

University of Warwick
Department of Engineering
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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