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Evaluate a notebook in Wolfram CDF Player

POSTED BY: David Arnold
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Posted 9 years ago

I have both MMA 10.1 and CDF Player 10.1 installed side by side on the same Windows PC. They both work independently of each other.

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POSTED BY: Hans Milton

Wolfram Player is a separate software. Go to wolfram.com downloads and find a version for Mac. You can of course open cdfs in full version of Mathematica but since the environment matters I'm suggesting to test your files in target environment (CDF Player).

On Windows you can choose a default program for .cdf files (which sometimes does not work but it principal you can) so the quesiton is can you do this on Mac? If you don't have Mathematica it should automatically open in Player anyway and if you have then at the end you can use the File Menu in Player to open the file you want.

There are several limitations of cdf files which are described here e.g.:

http://www.wolfram.com/player-pro/how-player-pro-compares.html

http://www.wolfram.com/cdf/faq/

The most important one is lack of I/O in general for Free CDFs. Depends what do you need cdfs for.

Understanding CDF

and related threads:

http://mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/cdf-format

POSTED BY: Kuba Podkalicki

Actually, my CDF solution has been working very well for my users. I do use external packages but not custom style-sheets. With the Enterprise CDF you get general I/O which is very useful. I do use SaveDefinitions even though some people don't like it. I find it reliable if you start with a fresh Kernel.

Now I agree that there should be better documentation in how to get this working. For me, the "Developing Real-World CDF Applications" by Yu-Sung Chang in http://www.wolfram.com/training/special-event/wolfram-cdf-virtual-workshop-2012/ was very helpful in understanding how this is supposed to work.

In regards to the opening question, I have a second PC with CDF player installed and without Mathematica. This way I can test in an environment similar to that of my users.

POSTED BY: Gustavo Delfino

It's nice to learn, Gustavo, that CDF can be made to work. But it requires CDF-Enterprise and, as far as I understand, that is quite expensive so that only large companies and institutions would have it. Even though I bought the Professional version of Mathematica and Premier Service for many years I would not have it available. Nor a second computer at the moment. I did have my CDF files working at one time but WRI closed off the path that allowed them to work.

So, in my view, CDF is dead in the water for what might be considered its principal application - technical communication between scientists. Look at http://arxiv.org/ and show me examples of CDF files or even Mathematica notebooks.

I did watch the Yu-Sung Chang video, which is fairly daunting. I don't think he ever answered the question of how one would make one's own packages available to readers. If WRI provided more liberal usable CDF facilities, it would succeed - and then largely fade because everybody would buy Mathematica and communicate via notebooks.

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