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

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Removing unwanted appearance of underlying mesh

Let us first define two positive definite matrices: M1 = {{2, -6}, {4, 8}}; M2 = {{2, 3}, {4, 8}}; then set two points ...
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Kernel inexplicably hangs if I define a pure function without suppressing output

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 session and define two functions ...
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How do I “start a reference system”?

When I attempt to insert a citation or specify a database to use as a bibliography, I get a message that I need to "start" the "reference system" "manually": I have no idea what a references 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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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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Can one affect the appearance of components of a control?

I'd like to control the appearance of the components of a TabView[] control. Such a control appears constructed of Buttons, ...
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MathLink linking error after OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) upgrade

After macosx 10.9 mavericks upgrade i have a compilation problem, you can see below. Even the examples given in ...
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CUDALink not working on Mac OS X

On my MacBook Pro, I have a CUDA enabled video card, yet Mathematica does not seem to recognize this. For example, following the CUDALink Setup, I get ...
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How to force native styling of controls?

While preparing a dynamic module, I discovered a weird behaviour of Mathematica's controls when you rotate them: ...
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Does Mathematica on Mac OS use virtualization for certain functions?

I'm evaluating this code in Mathematica 8.0.0 on Mac OS X 10.6.8: ...
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Launch a specific notebook automatically when Mathematica starts

I run Mathematica on an iMac running OS X 10.6.8. I have set the OS's "Launch Items" to include Mathematica so that the application opens when the computer boots. Now I want to go further and ...
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Drag & drop path info into front end?

On OSX at least, it's possible to quickly retrieve a folder/file path by dragging & dropping the folder/file into the terminal, eg: Is it possible to program Mathematica's front end enable ...
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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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How do you get high resolution plots in applications using the Mathematica MathService?

This is for Mac users only using MathService (MathService it seems, given that it was created back in 2004, is a power pc code and requires Rosetta to run on Intel). If I type a plot command in ...
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Access wi-fi raw data

I would like to know if anyone has any idea of how to access live wi-fi raw data from my computer (in monitor and promicuous mode). I would like to develop a code to get the MAC address of every ...
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Where does Mathematica install command line tools on OS X Lion?

I've read the documentation and tutorials on using Mathematica and the kernel from the command line, and all of these materials suggest that I ought to be able to simply type either ...
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Why does Mathematica stop when run in the background in command line mode?

If I try to start a Mathematica script in the background from the command line, like this: math -script someFile.m & then the process gets automatically ...
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Exporting twice crashes Mathematica on Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity

I'm trying to work out if it's a Mathematica, Ubuntu or setup specific bug. I've asked some colleagues to try it on other Linuxes. This also crashes on OS X with Mathematica 8.0 and fails with 9.0, ...
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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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Problem with SerialIO package and Lego NXT

I'm following a guide from The Mathematica Journal that describes how to use Mathematica with the Lego Mindstorms NXT but have some trouble getting started and got stuck with the SerialIO package. I ...
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Limiting the use of discrete graphics card on Mac

Apple's laptop running Mac OS have a pretty nice feature to make the battery last longer: the dynamically switch between the low-power integrated graphics card and the higher-performance dedicated ...
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Creating a Tooltip that knows what platform is currently being used

I have Mathematica 8 on my PC. I also have a new Mac with CDF-player, but not Mathematica. I want a Tooltip that shows one thing if running on a PC, and something ...
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How to import a “.numbers” spreadsheet?

Does Mathematica support importing a ".numbers" spreadsheet file (from the "Numbers" '09 (ver. 2.3 554) spreadsheet program in Apple's OS X iWork office suite)? A ".numbers" file is actually a zip ...
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Using transparency in ContourPlot makes mesh visible [duplicate]

I am trying to use a ColorFunction with Opacity in ContourPlot. Here's my code: ...
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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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Is Mathematica 8 compatible with Mac OS X 10.9?

Does anyone know if Mathematica 8 works with OS X 10.9?
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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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Any way to prevent Mac firewall from asking to allow connections all the time?

Whenever I start Mathematica 8 on my Mac the built-in Mac OS firewall asks if I want to allow JLink to accept incoming connections. Then, during running, I'll get the same question about ...
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Add blank line before end of file with export

I have a list of points (e.g. {1.2,0.4}) which I export to a file using ...
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Precision of rendered Rectangles in stiff-scale graphics

The attchd graphics called chromograms represent a set of discrete-state, continuous-time - ie, discrete-event signals, generated with Mathematica 9 on OSX with a Cinema display. • Top 2 rows are ...
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Using the OSX Cocoa-APIs from Mathematica via Link-Technology

I'd like to access Cocoa-API's (Foundation, AppKit) from Mathematica and have researched the following ways: CocoaLink: A deprecated Package by Rob Schlofield from 2009, which is still available on ...
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How to fix MIDI playback on OS X?

Sometimes sounds specified using SoundNote (i.e. things played using MIDI) don't play properly on OS X. Some notes are missing and some are stuck. At least this ...
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How to use FontWeight options in Mathematica 10.x

I‘m using stylesheets to create customized styles for course materials. That includes using fonts like Gill Sans, and Helvetica (Neue). Up to MMA version 9, it worked. When switching to version 10, ...
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SetterBar divider style in Manipulate on a Mac

MMA 9.0.1 MacOSX "Mavericks". This issue is apparently mac specific. The issue of this post is illustrated here, for example. In a SetterBar control straight out ...
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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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Why does OS X need permission to allow JLink connections each time it starts?

I understand that JLink loads each time Mathematica launches or each time a kernel starts, and that this can require permission from the firewall, if it is enabled but OS X provides settings the ...
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How to create an executable notebook in Mac OS X

All, I am looking for help to create a notebook to be executed via terminal in MAC OSX. The notebook uses the front end. This is what I have so far ...
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Transparency rendering problems in Mathematica 10 (Mac)

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 (first 9, then 10): ...
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Mathematica 8 and window names for modified files

I do not know if this is particular to Mac OS, but with version 8, the window name of a notebook no longer changes (with an appended *) when it is modified, as it used to do with version 7 (as well as ...
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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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Mathematica 9, Mavericks, Java

I've been trying to get a clear story regarding the interaction of these three components before upgrading my system from Lion to Mavericks --- I can't afford a Mathematica disaster. What I think is ...
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Pasting external PDF vector graphics without losing ability to export them

As in previous versions, Mathematica 9 on Mac OS X (10.7.5 here) still has a problem with pasted PDF graphics that were copied from external applications such as ...
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How do I run scripts on networked computers directly from Mathematica?

The answer to an earlier question, Computers running Wolfram Lightweight Grid Manager won't fall asleep, left me with a new problem. To review, I have a computing environment comprised of: 27" ...
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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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Mesh and ParametricPlot [duplicate]

Is this a bug, or something going over my head? When using the following code, nothing "special" happens: ...
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Can't run 2 CDF documents at a time on a Windows computer

I've rolled out a few CDF's to end users. See earlier posts: suppress message and which player platform. Now, an end user reports that they can't open more than one CDF document at a time. The ...
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MathLink compile errors

Don't you just love it when your computer is working fine, you work with some good examples, everything is wonderful and your relationship with your computer is the best? I do. But what happens when ...
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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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Exported PDF figure looks different in Apple's Preview than in Adobe PDF Reader

I'm trying to export figures into pdf, and the results looks good in Preview, but very bad in Adobe pdf reader. I'm using Mathematica version 8 on Mac 10.8.5. The Preview version is 6.0.1 (765.6) and ...