New in 8.0: Dynamic Interactivity

Mathematica 8 introduces interactive content delivered by Wolfram|Alpha directly into your documents. Additionally, Mathematica 8 extends the existing set of interface controls and introduces paradigms for running dynamic computations that are not linked directly to the output of those computations.

Free-Form Input

( at beginning of input) use free-form linguistics to generate Wolfram System output

( at beginning of input) generate full Wolfram|Alpha output

() enter free-form linguistics for conversion to inline Wolfram System input

Interface Controls Enhancements

MouseAppearance context-sensitive mouse cursor appearance

Overlay visually overlay expressions

InputField (modified) create scrolling input fields, mask input fields, and add ghost contents

FieldMasked  ▪  FieldHint  ▪  FieldHintStyle  ▪  ContentPadding

New Dynamic Operators

DynamicWrapper display an object that dynamically updates an expression but does not display that expression

DynamicEvaluationTimeout control the timeout behavior of Dynamic

FrontEndDynamicExpression  ▪  NotebookDynamicExpression  ▪  CellDynamicExpression