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 Dept. of Maths. & Stats.
 Swarthmore College
Webbased
Manipulations
 Maple is not interactive on the World Wide Web. You can view Maple V
notebooks and tutorials on the web without any special software, but you
cannot change anything in the web notebooks. In order to change
anything, you need to buy your own copy of Maple V. For more information
on Maple V and other Maple products go to the Waterloo Maple Inc.
WebSite. If you want to view any of the Maple notebooks that we
created, please click here.
 Mathematica Notebooks can be interactive on the web, but only if you
have your own copy of Mathematica 3.0 and are using it with your web
browser to
view these notebooks. For more information on Mathematica 3.0 and
related computer packages, please go to the Wolfram Research
Inc. WebSite. In order to view Mathematica Notebooks on the
web, you will need a helper application known as MathReader. MathReader 3.0
allows you to play with animated
Mathematica graphics only. To get a free copy of MathReader 3.0 please
go to our Mathematica SetUp page. To see
some of the Mathematica notebooks that we created, please click
here.
 MathView™ is the most interactive of these three programs. However,
we found MathView™ to be unstable on some platforms. To view and
interact with
MathView™ notebooks, you need the free MathView™ Internet
plugin, which can be downloaded from the LiveMath WebSite. The MathView™
Internet plugin allows you to manipulate MathView™ documents on
the web. To
get more information on how to get this plugin, please go to our
MathView™ set_up page. To see some
of our MathView™ notebooks, please click
here.

Download
capabilities:
 Mathematica 3.0 notebooks are
automatically saved on
your hard drive when you click on the links to them. The saved notebook
can be opened up with Mathematica 3.0 or MathReader. When using Mathematica
3.0 to view a notebook, the viewer can manipulate the notebook as much
as they wish. Remember, though, that MathReader will not allow you
to change anything in the notebook. It only allows you to view the
notebook.
 Maple V notebooks have to be
saved as text on your
hard drive. To open a Maple notebook and manipulate the mathematics,
you
must have a copy of Maple V on your computer. When you open the notebook
you saved, Maple will give you two options. You can open the document as
"text" or "Maple text." If you open the document as "Maple text," Maple
only writes the part of the notebook that was originally Maple input so
you get the Maple input of the notebook, but no actual text. If you open
the document as "text," Maple writes everything you saw on the web.
However, it is all in plain black text, including the Maple input and
output. So although there is a way for the user to save, open, and
manipulate a Maple Notebook, it is quite complicated. SPIMSOW found
that if a copy of the notebook was saved in "bin hex" format and put on a
web site, the notebook could easily be downloaded onto your computer and
opened using Maple. The notebook then appears in Maple just as it did
on the web. Both of these options require you to have Maple V on your
computer. Remember that you can view a Maple Notebook on the web
without any type of helper applications or plugins. Just click on the
notebook and it will appear in front of you.
 MathView™ notebooks can be saved
quite easily. However,
once they are on your hard drive, you can only OPEN them up if you have
the MathView™ application on your computer. To save MathView™
notebooks, click down on them with your mouse in your web browser window and
then click save on the contextual menu that pops up.
