On May 17, 2013, at 4:35 AM, Fred Simons <email@example.com> wrote:
> Mathematica 9 is very unstable. For me it is the poorest version that I > have used since the frontend was added. In many of my notebooks, I > cannot use simple commands like selecting a name and pressing shift-F1 > for going to the help, or ctrl( for converting a selection to a > mathematica formula. The result is that I get the message Mathematica 9 > stopped working.
That's odd! In 9.0.1 under OS X, fn F1 does bring up the ref page on a function if the cursor is immediately after the name or if the name is selected.
And if in a Text cell I type, say a+b, select it, and press Ctrl(, then it does become a math formula.
> Last Tuesday I gave a course on interactivity in Mathematica. > Mathematica 9 was running on 7 platforms. On at least 5 of them > Mathematica had to be restarted during the course because of it started > showing incorrect output. When things like this happen, I cannot > recommend Mathematica to a potential new user.
I think we would all like to know just what sort of input was giving such problems, and on exactly which OS platforms.
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