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Re: Buttons in CDFs Created for Homework Assignments

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  • From: David Reiss <dbreiss at>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 03:24:54 -0400 (EDT)
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CDFs can have different levels of digital signing.  The default one
that is available directly through one's Mathematica license has the
restriction that you have encountered -- the inability for the user to
save the CDF.  You should contact Wolfram to see about the costs (if
any) with a different level of digital signing that permits saving.  I
agree with you that this feature should be included in the default
(lowest) level of digital signing.


On Sep 15, 3:46 am, Gregory Lypny < at> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I'm using CDF as the format for a series of undergraduate multiple-choice=
 quizzes and graduate assignments that I am developing.  Both generate un=
ique homework exercises for each student by drawing random samples from rea=
l-world data sets.  I have already used them successfully in an intermedi=
ate undergraduate theory course in financial economics.  But something ca=
me up yesterday when I was putting the finishing touches on a prototype for=
 multiple-choice quizzes, and I suppose it should have occurred to me befor=
e I even started.  I included radio buttons for the answer choices to eac=
h question, knowing that free CDFs cannot export, but thinking that the ans=
wers chosen could be dynamically updated in a table, and students could the=
n use the table to enter their answers into a web form for submission.  N=
o problem with this as long as the quiz is completed all at once.  But st=
udents are not be able to come back to complete a quiz that they had starte=
d earlier because free CDFs cannot save the interface state and do not allo=
w importing (which, presumably, could be used to create a file to do the sa=
me thing).  All this being said, I was wondering if someone on the list m=
ight confirm, and perhaps suggest a workaround if one exists.  A volume l=
icense for Player Pro is not an option at my institution.
> I think CDFs are neat, but the inability to save states, severely limits =
their usefulness for homework, and I am now wondering whether I might just =
as well use Mathematica to create a workflow to generate a unique PDF for e=
ach student instead of a CDF.  Even if a student does not print a PDF, th=
ey can always annotate them, and in that way, save their work.
> I guess this is a shout-out to Wolfram to consider expanding the capabili=
ties of free CDFs for these purposes.
> Regards,
> Gregory

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