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What is the future of the current Wolfram Demonstrations?

Posted 3 years ago
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They no longer seem to launch in the browsers. I've spent quite a long time producing two of these and total work done on all the demonstrations by people is enormous. They were mainly produced as a service to the community. Are they just going to be left as a non function facility on the site? What's the master plan folks?

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It works in Internet Explorer, Edge, and the CDF Player. It certainly hasn't worked in Chrome for a while. I don't know the status for any other browsers.

It doesn't work in Safari or Firefox as running on my iMac. Together with Chrome thats about 80% of the browser usage.

I'm not happy about the more limited options either but does it not work with the CDF Reader? (which is required to be installed in any event)

The way it used to work was that I might mention to a student that there was a demo on the site - I'd say something like:

"Google Wolfram Demo Diffraction"

and they would (sometimes!) go home and do this -and it was all very easy. If they have to download and install something it's less likely that people will bother. Or am I missing something?

Many of the demos have animations showing some of the functionality (using Adobe Flash Player which I thought by decree would never be allowed on a Mac) but if one needed to run a CDF, then one needed to download the CDF Player. It's always been that way (as far as I know).

Yes but it all happened without user intervention. Now the message one gets is "file doesn't load" or something similar. Ie the cdf won't load into the browser.

Posted 3 years ago

Does the browser Plug-In really work with Edge, as indicated by Jim? On a PC with Windows 10, with CDF Player installed, this is the response I get in Edge when selecting one of the featured demonstrations:

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Firefox, on the same PC, opens the demo OK.

Sorry, Hans. I got it wrong. It does not open in Edge on Windows 10 but it does open in Internet Explorer on Windows 10.

Posted 3 years ago

yes I confirm it doesn't work in safari and firefox

Posted 3 years ago

Regarding the scope of supported browsers, this is from http://support.wolfram.com/kb/20057 :

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It seems we are now in a situation where Firefox, Safari and probably Opera also don't work.

The point is that Wolfram have benefited from adopting a publisher/ curator role for these contributions - for example giving guidance as to how they can be quoted as refereed publications. So now - in my opinion- it is up to them to provide and host cloud based versions. I don't think the authors are going to be too happy on a pay per click system when they are basically providing a public domain intellectual contribution. By cloud hosting the demos it seems to me Wolfram would boost the credibility of their new system.

I'm still hopeful that the Demonstrations will be thoroughly revamped into more native citizens of the cloud. I fully agree with your observation that having to install anything (even just a plug-in, I'd argue) immediately breaks the whole "go and google this Wolfram Demo" approach.

It's certainly the case that browser support for plugins is drying up, and as indicated in my 2015 Wolfram Technology Conference presentation on CDF, our plans for the Demonstration site do indeed involve a switchover to cloud support. This is a process that is in progress right now, but I can't say more about the timetable. There will be no shortage of announcements as we roll out our updated site, so please stay tuned!

Posted 3 years ago

Thanks, William! I was hopelessly looking what was wrong with my mac, safari or CDF-player settings. I indeed get this always when trying to open on iMac Safari. Now, I know to wait for the "cloud"!

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I don't find any problem using Safari on Mac OS X. From the Website http://demonstrations.wolfram.com, just find the Demonstration you want and click on it. If the free Wolfram CDF player is installed, the Demo is then fully functional.

It would be nice if the user had an option on the Website to automatically install the CDF player.

Posted 3 years ago

Hello,

The user is already pointed to the CDF Player download link, from the Demonstrations site. If the CDF Player (or MMA) is not already installed.

Repeating a screenshot from an earlier post on this topic:

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Posted 3 years ago

I reinstalled the CDF player and indeed, there is no problem any more as Mr. Binder pointed out. I recently upgraded to 10.4 and apparently you also have to upgrade the CDF-player?

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