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Re: A new FrontEnd

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  • From: George Woodrow III <georgevw3 at>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 03:08:50 -0400 (EDT)
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If Wolfram ever releases Mathematica for the iPad -- it has been demoed extensively over the last year or so -- the entire front end will need a major re-think.

While it may take a while, the changes needed to run in a single-window environment will inevitably filter over into the desktop version. We see this with the transfer of functionality from iOS to OS X.

In the past, there were alternate front-ends available. Theoretically, anyone could make a new front-end using MathLink. For earlier versions of Mathematica, the front end did a lot less, so there were both commercial and 'free' alternatives.

I do not see anyone taking on the task of replacing the front-end. However, it may be possible to build a specialized front-end for a specific task. I have thought about this during bouts of frustration trying to get Mathematica to do something it is not well suited for, but never followed through.


On Sep 4, 2012, at 5:46 AM, psycho_dad <s.nesseris at> wrote:

> No thank you, I prefer Mathematica the way it is for many reasons:
> 1) New interfaces tend to have bugs and with Wolfram's history of dealing with bugs it might take a couple of versions to fix them all.
> 2) There might be incompatibility issues with older code. I routinely use code I wrote back in 2005 and it still works.
> 3) The FrontEnd in Mathematica 8 is *not* archaic but it's just perfect for what's supposed to be, ie a notebook interface.
> 4) If something ain't broke, don't fix it!
> However, now that I think about it, I would indeed like tabs instead of separate windows for my notebooks.
> Cheers

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