Welcome to the World of the Computational Document
New Wolfram Service Opens Up Access to Interactive Mathematica Technology
October 15, 2007--With the release of
Mathematica 6, Wolfram Research reinvented the way we think about
technical computing, for the first time making it possible to
create sophisticated custom applications with just a few short
lines of code.
Now those revolutionary advances are being extended to
interactive publishing, with a new web service that makes it
possible to deploy dynamic Mathematica documents that run freely
on any compatible computer.
Where before, many interactive Mathematica notebook files
(.nb/.nbp) would only run in a fully licensed copy
of Mathematica 6, now anyone anywhere can take advantage of the
new technology that makes documents come alive, using the
free Mathematica Player runtime application.
Authoring with Mathematica and the new Publish for Player web
service couldn't be simpler: educators, researchers, and others
upload their Mathematica 6 notebooks to the Publish for Player
website and instantly get back Player-compatible files. That
means that people can now share dynamic content across classrooms
and workgroups and publish their work without any software
barriers. Mere documents become robust applications--virtually
free-standing and cross-platform--in seconds.
Interactive publishing with Mathematica means that homework,
quizzes, presentations, books, and research no longer have to be
static documents. Publish for Player makes it easy to include
point-and-click results, animated 3D models, real-time data from
the web, and more--all powered by the built-in Mathematica
"This is a new era for communicating ideas," said Conrad Wolfram,
director of strategic and international development at Wolfram
Research. "What Adobe Acrobat did for the electronic document,
we've now done for the dynamic."
"Mathematica Player will provide teachers and students a terrific
way to share materials with colleagues and friends who do not
have access to the full version of Mathematica," said Torrey
Pines High School teacher Abby Brown. "I am eager to use Player
notebooks to share my work with other teachers so they can start
using Mathematica immediately with their classes."
The free Mathematica Player software and more information about
the notebook conversion process are available online.
For hundreds of examples of Mathematica's dynamic capabilities,
visit The Wolfram Demonstrations Project.