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1.3 Palettes and Buttons

Scientific Astronomer takes full advantage of palettes in Mathematica Version 3 and 4.

To make a palette of common functions visible from within the front end via the File RightTriangle Palettes menu when running Mathematica Version 3, you should copy the palette notebook Astronomer/FrontEnd/Palettes/Astronomer.nb to $TopDirectory/Configuration/FrontEnd/Palettes/Astronomer.nb. This palette is also available in the Help Browser. Once you have placed the notebook in this directory, an Astronomer palette will be available. You can access it like any of the standard palettes that come with Mathematica.

To bring up the Astronomer palette, open the File menu, move to Palettes, then choose Astronomer.

The main Astronomer palette contains a simplified function-usage listing. When you click a triangle on the left of the palette, a list of functions in the selected category is opened.

A short note is printed at the bottom of the palette to describe the purpose of the function that the mouse pointer is currently over. Click the options field to bring up a palette of options for the function. On-line help can be obtained by clicking the blue question mark on the right-hand side of each function.

If you type the name of an object in your current notebook, highlight it with the mouse, and then click a function in the Astronomer palette, the function wraps around the object. To save typing an object you can choose it from the basic objects palette. Alternatively, you can click the function, then choose an object.

The main Astronomer palette has buttons to launch additional palettes of astronomical objects.

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