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Re: A new FrontEnd

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  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 04:15:35 -0400 (EDT)
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On 03/09/2012 08:00, Mikhail Cherkasskii wrote:
> Hello, group.
> I had seen posts about FrontEnd interface. I agree with authors who say: FrontEnd in Mathematica 8 is archaic interface. And again I would like to say about this problem. Today we can see a lot of useful programs that have deal with text, graphics, numerical data and so on. For example look at another CAS system. There are a useful tools for graphics edit, for variables edit. MS Word is simple and powerful text editor with ribbon interface. OriginPro is power tool for graphics. Any modern internet browser has a tab interface. Why not?
> But Mathematica forces me use palettes. Yes, they can be useful, but in very limited cases. Summing up I would like to say: today we have a lot of examples and ideas, that can be use for create a new, real new FrontEnd interface.
Mathematica certainly doesn't force me to use palettes!

Let's take entering an integral as an example. I enter an integral by 
typing it in input form, e.g.


I then flip this into StandardForm using Ctrl-Shift-N.

Likewise, if I want to input a Greek letter, I would use something like 
\[Alpha] (which immediately collapses to the special character).

There are also ways to enter special characters using the ESC key.

I also customise my file, to add a variety of extra 
commands  that I use frequently. This includes a few special characters.

Palettes are really only useful to input rarely used items - or just to 
explore the range of Mathematica features available. There is always a 
better alternative if you are a frequent user of a particular feature.

David Bailey

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