Mathematica still ships with the AuthorTools add-on. Is there a palette for that?

(I seem to recall that there used to be.)

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe this Wolfram Community Post will help. $\endgroup$
    – Tim Laska
    Apr 16, 2020 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ Some leads: /Applications/Mathematica.app/Contents/AddOns/Applications/AuthorTools/Common.m has a function paletteNameToPath that refers to a directory {$AuthorToolsDirectory, "FrontEnd", "Palettes"}. This Palettes directory does not exist in /Applications/Mathematica.app/Contents/AddOns/Applications/AuthorTools/FrontEnd. Checked on v12.1 and v10.0 (Mac). $\endgroup$
    – Chris K
    Apr 16, 2020 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ @TimLaska: No, unfortunately that does not help. The docs show an Export Cells palette, but I find no such. There used to be a palette named, I think, OpenAuthorTools, but I cannot find such in the current 12.1 Mathematica. $\endgroup$
    – murray
    Apr 16, 2020 at 16:15
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    $\begingroup$ According to this MathGroup post, AuthorTools was considered legacy code even back in 2008 in v6. $\endgroup$
    – Chris K
    Apr 16, 2020 at 16:25

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Try this:

<< AuthorTools`

Mathematica graphics

Then clicking on some of the links open up palettes.

MakeProject, MakeIndex, MakeContents, NotebookDiff, NotebookRestore, Paginate, ExportCells, InsertValue, SetPrintingOptions

open for me (v12.1 Mac), the rest don't. I have no idea if they're actually functional though!

  • $\begingroup$ Works exactly that way for me, too. It would still be handier to have a single palette OpenAuthorTools. $\endgroup$
    – murray
    Apr 16, 2020 at 16:26
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    $\begingroup$ Note that the individual palettes are (on macOS) in folder /Applications/Mathematica.app/Contents/AddOns/Applications/AuthorTools/FrontEnd/TextResources and so can individually be added to the Palettes menu item using InstallPalette there. $\endgroup$
    – murray
    Apr 16, 2020 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ This is very helpful but more help is needed for the best way to use this. The documentation is obscure. I have some long documents which need the table of contents to have page numbers but cannot seem to make that work (12.3). $\endgroup$
    – NigelKg
    Jun 19, 2021 at 8:18
  • $\begingroup$ @NigelKg Sorry, I have no idea, just found that by poking around. You should open a new question on "how to use AuthorTools" to get more eyeballs on this! $\endgroup$
    – Chris K
    Jun 19, 2021 at 13:23

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