This is documentation for Mathematica 8, which was
based on an earlier version of the Wolfram Language.
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New in 8.0: Notebooks & Documents
Mathematica 8 introduces numerous new usability features, including a whole new paradigm for entering input using free-form linguistics that no longer require even understanding Mathematica syntax. Additional user interface enhancements run across the spectrum, including major updates to the find dialog, the entire printing system, and even the basic cell insertion pointer.
choose how to enter input (Mathematica language, free-form, text, etc.)
( at beginning of input) — use free-form linguistics to generate Mathematica output
( at beginning of input) — generate full Wolfram|Alpha output
(Ctrl+) — enter free-form linguistics for conversion to inline Mathematica input
Computable Document Format (CDF) Files
File New FreeCDF create a new .cdf file
File Save As... added support for saving .cdf files
"CDF" added Import and Export of Computable Document Format (.cdf) files
Automatic Evaluation of Notebooks
NotebookEvaluate evaluate the cells in a specified notebook
Improved Interactive Graphics Editing
Graphics Drawing Tools (modified) — draw and edit graphics interactively
Improved Find and Replace
Edit Find (modified) — highlight results in a notebook, view find and replace history
New and Improved Printing
File Print (modified) — print preview for Windows and Linux, improved paging control and line breaking
Improved Headers and Footers
New Citation Management
Insert Citation integration with EndNote
Citation Management a tutorial on managing citations in Mathematica
New in Stylesheets
Format Stylesheet Stylesheet Chooser (modified)
New in Spoken Output
Speak (modified) — speak any expression, including math and diagrams
SpokenString (modified) — spoken representation of an expression