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I can run CDFs fine, and can export Notebooks as CDFs. But the File -> New menu does not contain a FreeCDF option, just the Package and Text File options. What am I missing? M9.0.1.0 on Mac OS X Mavericks.

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Well, OK, but the CDF documentation ("Create CDF" in MMA docs) clearly shows an option to create a new CDF, in a screenshot. I guess you are right, though, but how can the docs be so wrong? –  rogerl Apr 8 at 19:19
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@Kuba Sure. Look at reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/howto/…. –  rogerl Apr 8 at 19:27
    
@Kuba glad I'm not the only one. –  rogerl Apr 8 at 19:35
    
I think the CDF option was there in version 8 but it seems to have been removed in v9. –  Simon Woods Apr 8 at 19:57
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The CDF option was there in v8. –  bobthechemist Apr 9 at 17:24

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The File / New / FreeCDF menu option was introduced in version 8 but was withdrawn in version 9. The v9 documentation appears to be out of date.

The new workflow is as follows:

  • create a regular notebook

  • use the new File / CDF Preview / CDF Player or File / CDF Preview / Player Pro menu options to view and test the notebook as a CDF

  • once satisfied with the functionality of the notebook, save the notebook using either File / CDF Export or File / Save As... / Save As Type / CDF

The provisional version 10 documentation appears to have been partially updated. It does not mention the CDF Preview option, and there are still some lingering pages that discuss the non-existent FreeCDF option.

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