Mathematica for Mac OS X Featured in Jobs's Keynote at Macworld
January 8, 2002--Mathematica for Mac OS X was one of the exciting
new products featured during the opening keynote address at the
Conference and Expo held in San Francisco, California.
Wolfram Research cofounder and Mathematica front-end developer
Theodore Gray gave a live demonstration of some of the product's capabilities,
describing it as a fully native, no-compromise version of Mathematica for
the Mac OS X platform. Since its release last fall, Mathematica for
Mac OS X
has received an overwhelmingly positive response from both users and the
media. "Combine the power of OS X with the power of Mathematica
and you have a combination that cannot be beat....'I'm inspired by
Mathematica, and I don't inspire easily,'" said a recent MacNETv2 review.
"Everything looks better in OS X," quipped Gray on Monday as he began by
showing off Mathematica's remarkable typographical capabilities with an
integral demonstration. He then proceeded to show several animations,
developed by Michael Trott, that
he had rendered in the last week, running them in the background on his
PowerBook while doing his regular work. "There's no way I'd have tried
this on any other OS," Gray said in a testament to the incredible memory
management and stability of the Mac OS X platform, "as these animations
need to run for days without failing."
A side-by-side comparison of animations--one generated on a conventional
graphics system, the other on Mac OS X--demonstrated the "world-class
anti-aliasing" and quality of the Quartz rendering engine used by Mac OS
X. The Mac OS X animation was much smoother. The Quartz rendering technology
will be available in future versions of Mathematica for Mac OS X.
"Mathematica is to the world of technical computing what the word
to the world of writing," said Gray. It doesn't tell you what
to think today--it is an open box, an invitation to explore, just like the
Macintosh. "And we've been waiting a long time for an operating system
like OS X to really let Mathematica shine," he concluded.
The Macworld web rebroadcast
can be downloaded. You can also
find previous press releases about Mathematica for Mac OS X on the
Research and Apple web sites.