Questions specific to usage of Mathematica on the Mac OS X operating system.

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Mathematica performance on Mac

I recently got a trial version of both Mathematica 9 and MATLAB 13a for Windows. I was stunned by the performance difference in the Windows and the Mac version. It was a simple test in matrix ...
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EventLocator in NDSolve seemingly hogs memory in Windows, but not Mac

I have written a function (ftest in my code) which does the following: Takes a vector {x,vx,vy} as input Numerically solves (with high precision) a specific ...
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How can I get osx split screen to work

OSX on Mac now allows two apps to split the screen. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204948 Doesn't seem to work in Mathematica, even though the full-screen button displays an icon suggesting that it ...
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How to enable OpenCL for AMD Radeon HD 6490M?

I have a MacBook Pro Early 2011, I would enable the GPU (AMD Radeon HD 6490 256MB) for OpenCL, but it seems the OpenCL is enabled for CPU, not for GPU. Please advise how to enable it for calculation. ...
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Possible bug with ticks with superscripts, Labeled and Export to PDF

Here is the minimal working example that gives me problems with Mathematica 10.4 on OSX ...
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Mathematica 10.4.0 closes after 'Plot' command on Mac OS X

I have a Macbook air (2013) with OS X 10.8.5, and recently I installed Mathematica 10.4.0. The problem is, every time I try to plot something like Plot[x,{x,0,1}] ...
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MathLink with Xcode 7.3

I am trying to follow this tutorial to compile the example addtwo program. But I am stuck on how to include the files ...
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Cannot find BaseDirectory or UserBaseDirectory in Mac OS El Capitan

I am new to Mac OS, so this might be a silly question, but.... I just searched for $BaseDirectory and $UserBaseDirectory in my ...
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Why doesn't Mathematica show up in OS X Spotlight? [closed]

When I enter a string that matches part of the name of an application on Mac, the OS X Spotlight search feature will suggest apps for me to launch. This works for every app except Mathematica: ...
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What is the encoding used when exporting images as MOV with “VideoEncoding” -> “MPEG-4 Video”?

I have a few rasterised images generated in Mathematica, and I want to output them in a video file, ideally using H.264 encoding. I found the following command. ...
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Is it possible to make a standalone OS X app from manipulate?

I'm wondering if it's possible to make a standalone app from a manipulate box. I mean a small app that do exactly what the manipulate box is doing in Mathematica, but without Mathematica. In other ...
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Mathematica 10.3+ freezes on first evaluation after start-up (Mac)

When I launch Mathematica and write the first command and press Return+Shift, whatever the command is, it takes forever to evaluate — about two minutes. Immediately ...
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V 10.3.1 kernel crashes after an evaluation on Mac OS X El Capitan

I tried to solve a simple system of first order differential equations an then an algebraic system in Mathematica 10.3.1 on my MacBook Pro. I did't have a problem with Mathematica until today. Here's ...
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How do I set Mathematica to open a specific folder - When I type “Command + O” in OS X [closed]

When I type "Command + O", in Mac OSX 10, Mathematica automatically opens my directory: "Users/john" How can I change this setting to make it open "Users/john/Documents/Mathematica/GameOfLife" the ...
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Consistent crash printing from Mathematica 10.2.0 and 10.1.0 in OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Printing from either 10.2.0 or 10.1.0, or any other print related function (Print Preview, Save as PDF) crash my Mathematica instantly. I've tried all the usual stuff like reinstalling, deleting user ...
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How to load to Mathematica functions linking to MKL with LibraryLink on OSX

I'm trying to load library funcitons to Mathematica which are using MKL functions but I'm constatly getting LibraryFunction::libload on OSX (this works fine on ...
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Making a Button smaller in width

I can't seem to figure out how to make the width of a Button smaller. I tried change the first 26 below to a number like 10. But it doesn't seem to effect the ...
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Pasting external PDF vector graphics without losing ability to export them

Update: Problem persists in version 10.2 on Mac OS X 10.9.5 As in previous versions, Mathematica 9 on Mac OS X (10.7.5 here) still has a problem with pasted PDF ...
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Why does Mathematica use a different $PATH than terminal?

I am trying to run bash commands from within Mathematica. Funnily enough, Mathematica seems to use a different $PATH environment than the system environment. If I try ...
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German Umlaut: how to forward through Run to the say command on OS X?

My aim is to make Mathematica speak out German words with Umlauts. I found a hint how to make use of a help function mySpeak that will forward a string to the say command and set the corresponding ...
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How to use FontWeight options in Mathematica 10.x

Bug introduced in OSX v10.0.0 and persisting through v10.3.0 I‘m using stylesheets to create customized styles for course materials. That includes using fonts like Gill Sans, and Helvetica (Neue). ...
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Borked Find Window in OS X

I've been having this happen to me on a daily basis with the Find & Replace window on OS X: No text can be typed into the red regions, so all find & replace functionality is gone when this ...
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How to use MacPorts' gcc with CreateLibrary?

Short version: What's the simplest way to use MacPorts' gcc with CreateLibrary? Long version: CreateLibrary uses ...
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How to Speak in a foreign language?

A previous question changed the pronunciation by changing the spelling of words or by externally changing the default system voice. This is useful for speaking in foreign languages too, but I don't ...
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Front end crash on Export in 10.2 on OS X

Bug introduced in 10.2.0 and fixed in 10.3.0 Appears to be specific to OS X Mathematica 10.2 is reliably crashing for me when trying to export a pdf that has text with ligatures. For example: ...
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Front end crash on Export in 10.2 on OS X macbook air 6,2

When trying to create a PDF (export, print-save as, save image as) fronted crashes. With both OS X Mavericks and El Capitan My machine is: Model: MacBookAir6,2, BootROM MBA61.0099.B19, 2 processors, ...
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Strange behavior of autocomplete for ColorData [closed]

I'm seeing very weird behavior when autocompleting: Not sure if this is a bug. Is it? (I have OSX v10.2)
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Kernel inexplicably hangs if I define a pure function without suppressing output

Bug introduced in 9.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 Save any unsaved work before trying as it may crash Mathematica and other programs by filling up the memory! In v9.0.1.0 on OSX 10.8.5, if I start a new ...
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Transparency rendering problems in Mathematica 10 (Mac)

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 For some weird reason, they apparently changed the styling of contours in ContourPlot for 10.0. Here is a comparison of the results for V9 and V10 ...
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How can I improve Mathematica's resolution on a macbook retina display?

Mathematica 9.0 looks a bit fuzzy on the retina screen, how can I increase the resolution? Here another screenshot showing a direct comparison between the browser and Mathematica
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After editing a file Mathematica 10 interprets […]^2 as […(])^2

Bug introduced in 10.0 and persisting through 10.2 or later This is a very weird bug and I don't really know how to reproduce it, so I'll just copy-paste the whole code ...
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Avoiding an unresponsive user interface in OS X

I have found that despite Mathematica's numerous updates, each of which have added much functionality, one fundamental issue remains unaddressed: The unresponsiveness of the UI when I make a mistake ...
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Button labels in different platforms

if someone has Mathematica on a mac or a Linux system, could you please evaluate this code: ...
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Some unexpected behaviour with StyleKeyMapping

Start with a fresh front end & kernel. The expected behaviour with an Input cell should be like this: Input 1and delete ...
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Background color does not display in InputField unless Appearance option is also specified

I get the same behavior for v10.1.0, v.10.0.2 and v.9 with OS X (10.9.5) : No background color is displayed in InputField if I just set properly the option. For ...
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Animate jerky after closing and opening section cell

[ Edit: 31 March 2015: I have just upgraded to Mathematica 10.1.0.0 and the problem (bug) is no longer present.] Mathematica 10.0.1.0 Mac OS X 10.10.2 x86 MacBook Pro late 2013 Consider the ...
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Why do PopupMenus render inconsistently on Macs?

This has been bugging me for years but because it doesn't effect performance I've never got around to asking. The problem below occurs for me in V8, 9, 10 with OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10. I've tested ...
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InstallR on OS X with external R installation on 10.0.1.0

I had no problem to follow the instructions given at InstallR on OS X with external R installation to get an external R working with Mathematica 10.0.0.0. However when Mathematica was updated to ...
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Why does Mathematica Spawn Additional Dock Icons on OS X?

I've been running a calculation in parallel that requires a rasterize, and doing this requires one to wrap the rasterization with a UsingFrontEnd command (as is ...
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strange behavior when calling external linux command

My platform is Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1. When calling several external linux commands as the following: ...
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Mathematica 10 and Mac [closed]

This might be a the wrong place to post the question, but I am sure that there would be few places where I would find people who would know more about how mathematica works. I am looking to buy a new ...
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Mathematica script - Using front end

I'm running Mathematica on OS X and I want to create an Automator action that converts spreadsheet files. I have written this script: ...
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Is Mathematica 10 compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

When I try to launch Mathematica 10 on my iMac with OS X 10.10, I get the message: To open 'Mathematica' you need to install the legacy Java SE runtime. However, a Mac version is not available ...
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CurrentImage[] “unable to connect to camera”?

I have a new Macbook Pro (Retina), running Mavericks. For some reason I cannot access the camera in Mathematica using CurrentImage[] or ImageCapture[]. The result is: ...
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InstallR on OS X with external R installation

How do I InstallR on OS X to use my already installed and configured R? Simply using ...
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Compatibility of Mathematica 10 and Endnote 7 on OS X

Given the new updates, are EndNote 7 and Mathematica 10 compatible when running on OS X?
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Default starting location of “Save as…” dialog in OS X [duplicate]

In the answer to this previous question, user Szabolcs says On OS X (I'm using 10.9 and Mathematica 9) the file chooser dialogue will remember the last location you used. So if you Save/Open ...
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Color ramp banding in PDFKit when exporting Raster image Inset to PDF

Here I produce a Raster image with large uniformly colored rectangles and put it in an Inset: ...
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Problem setting up C compiler on a Mac

This is a follow up to this question. I am using Mma 10 on a MacBook-Pro with OS-X Mavericks. After reading the documentation under CCompilerDriver/tutorial/SpecificCompilers I did the following: ...