A Detailed Look:
 Overview of MathView™'s mathematical
capabilities.
Although MathView™ is not nearly as powerful mathematically as Maple or
Mathematica, it does have its strong points. Similar to both new
versions of Mathematica and Maple, MathView™ has function palettes which
result in a calculatortype and mouseoriented math application. Easier to
use because of its relative simplicity, MathView™ is a great
introduction to the math computer world. It is also very easy to put
notebooks up on the web using MathView™. We did not do too much
work on MathView™ this summer because we found the Internet plugin
to be unstable when used with certain system software platforms (Mac OS
8, UNIX, Windows98, Windows NT) and with Netscape Navigator/ Internet
Explorer 4.0.
 Web capabilities:
Putting MathView™ notebooks on the web is quite simple. MathView™
proved to be the most interactive of the
three programs that we looked at. However, the MathView™ plugin turned
out to be unstable with the
version of Netscape Navigator we were using. When we contacted Maple
Support,
they said that the MathView™ plugin was not supported by UNIX systems,
Mac OS 8 and
above and Netscape and Internet Explorer Versions 4.0 and above. It is only
supported by Mac OS 7.1.1 up to Mac OS 7.6 and Windows95
platforms. Hence, although using the MathView™ program on your
computer is
stable, using the MathView™ plugin is not. Since
MathView™'s interactivity on the web is based on the web browser that we
were using (we assumed that most people would be using Netscape Navigator
or Internet Explorer 4.0 and
above), we decided not to make more than three MathView™ notebooks
until we were sure that it would be safe to do so.
 Hopes for the future:
SPIMSOW hopes that new versions of MathView™ and the
MathView™ Internet plugin will be released soon. This will ensure
that the program is stable when used to publish math on the web. At this
time Waterloo Maple Inc. cannot project when these new versions will
be released. Since MathView™ is the only program out of the three that
has interactive capabilities, it may prove to be the most useful in web
publishing, especially with the web publishing of tutorials for school
children. This information should be looked at with the knowledge
that MathView™ is not anywhere as powerful mathematically as Maple or
Mathematica.
