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Maxima Portable

Application: Maxima
Category: Education
Description: Maxima is a computer algebra system. It can do numerical and symbolic mathematics. This is packaged with wxMaxima, creating a convenient GUI interface to Maxima proper. This PortableApp is based on the Maxima version 5.17.1.


Download Maxima Portable 5.17.1.0
[25MB download / 130MB installed]
(MD5: e3c47223b34b0064e11182da8085971b)

Release Notes:

5.17.1.0 (2009-02-20): Initial release

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Your link to the Maxima

Your link to the Maxima program is broken above. Use this one:

http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

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Link works

The provided link works, and I'm looking forward to trying this! I've used this before and was very happy with its features!

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The stated usage value of

The stated usage value of 130MB is wrong. It is closer to 86 here.
You could further reduce it by removing Spanish and Portuguese files in:
Maxima\info
Maxima\share\maxima\5.17.1\doc\chm

plus remove

Maxima\uninst
and some of the readme.txt

Anyway, great job. Up to now, I was using the winpenpack Maxima I will play a bit with your before migrating to portableapps.

Arnaud

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If you ask an accountant what 2+2 is ...

I tried to state the largest value. When I installed it on my USB drive the total file space was about 90MB, but the space on the disk was 130 ish (lots of small files using partial blocks of the FAT filesystem). Figured the users of the application just want to know how much of their drive is used up.

Thanks for the other suggestions!

Warren MacEvoy

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Still looking

I understand your 130. Still looking and playing around.

You can save a bit more space by removing Install.win32 and the 'uninst' directory from the wxMaxima directory.

But most of the space can be saved by compressing the executables using the portable AppCompactor with its default settings. Make sure you first make a backup of the 'MaximaPortable\App\Maxima\lib\maxima' directory and put it back in there as the maxima.exe does not like being compressed. I guess it is already compressed.

Arnaud

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wxMaxima uses the registry

I also found that wxMaxima (not Maxima but the UI) stores its settings in the registry. This is not currently dealt with by the launcher.
Not sure how to do it but there must be examples around. If I have time, I will have a look.

Arnaud

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Trying to recompile wxMaxima

There are two ways, as far as I can tell, to fix the registry problem. First, some other portable apps save and restore the registry (Putty, for example), and that should be ok. I am most troubled by the firewall warnings, since it gives the impression that something malicious is going on (which isn't, but it's reasonable for people to be paranoid ;o). It looks like the only way to fix this is to recompile wxMaxima with a small code change. I'm getting seg-faults with my ubuntu-cross compiler try, and having trouble building a visual studio version (it likes to configure under unixes only, as far as I can tell).

Once I can fix this, it's actually looks pretty easy to switch the registry to an .ini style configuration instead. If you know someone who knows how to compile wxWidgets as a static library and link against them in wxMaxima....

I have not heard any other concerns, so, once this is out of testing, how does one go about making something an "official" portable app?

Warren MacEvoy

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Good to see progress

Glad to see things are progressing.
Unfortunately, I can't help there.

Arnaud

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wxMaxima and Maxima have been updated.

Will this be updated when able?

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Please c'mon this software is

Please c'mon this software is superb

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Can try that from now

Based on the original post and using the PAL, I came up with this. Not sure what to do with it.

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If you'd like to take over

If you'd like to take over the maintenance of this app, contact the original author and work it out.

BTW: The version you released is already out of date. Maxima v5.21 was released on SourceForge today. Smile

http://sourceforge.net/projects/maxima/files/

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New version 5.21

Updated to version 5.21.

However I would prefer someone else to take this over. I am expecting a little baby in July and have a few projects (not portableapps related)I want to finish before then. I may not be able to devote the time it deserves to this application.

I don't think taking this over would be hard so I would be pleased if someone volunteered. If no one does by the end of the week, I will, but don't expect quick turn around for new releases or bug fixes.

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Eh, why not.

I'll take a look at it when I have time (perhaps Thursday night or Friday). You're already using the PA.c Launcher, right?

Of course, if anyone else wants to take it over I'll give them precedence.

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Yes this is now using the

Yes this is now using the PAL. There shouldn't be much work to do, just a bit of tidying.
There is an issue with registry settings on some computers but I believe it is a PAL issue not for here, so you shouldn't have to worry about this.

Thanks for helping

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Take it over

You should be fine to take over Maxima Portable; the author has shown no activity for over a year and there have been (multiple I believe?) new releases in the mean time. Create a new thread for it (and remove the ^ from the AppID?).

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The ^ is part of his hosting,

The ^ is part of his hosting, the installer itself doesn't have one in it. (I've been confused by this with wxDev-C++ too.)

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The ^ can't be removed. It's

The ^ can't be removed. It's used to preface each underscore in file/directory names on Skydrive. However, the file you download will be named correctly.

Here's an extreme testcase I uploaded to my Skydrive.

http://cid-ba28d2f944e38003.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Trail^_Cams/u^_n^_d^_e^_r^_s^_c^_o^_r^_e---t^_e^_s^_t.jpg

http://cid-ba28d2f944e38003.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Trail%5E_Cams/u%...

BTW: %5E = ^

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Erk

How horrible.

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Yes, please.

Do take this over. PA.c needs an app like this.

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Again...

I can't download this other than using the following link...
http://cid-d56915913146d660.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/PortableApps/Max...

I'm using FireFox !

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Working Here

Using Firefox as well.
I am using skydrive which is not available from time to time. Please try again later.

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What's the difference between

What's the difference between maxima and wxmaxima ? Is there any gui version supported by universities ?

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wxmaxima is a gui

maxima is the actual math application, wxmaxima is just a gui on top of it. This portableMaxima is actually, wxMaxima running maxima.

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Quick update.

Just for the anxious, I hope to have this out over the weekend. I've got most things working, just one or two things need fixing and it should be good to go.

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Thanks

Thanks in advance for your work

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