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CalculationCenter 2 Available in Fully Native Japanese Edition

Volume 8, Issue 3
The first update to CalculationCenter, Wolfram Research's new midmarket technical calculation software, is now available in a fully localized Japanese edition, with the English edition due to be released next month.

Combining algebraic operations with numerics, graphics, and a technical word processor, CalculationCenter provides an affordable, easy-to-use environment for engineers, scientists, and business analysts to do their everyday work and puts an end to the compromise between quality and simplicity. An innovative point-and-click interface concept, smart plotting, and unique InstantCalculators combine to make it as easy as hand calculation and spreadsheet methods, but with much broader functionality.

Initially released in March 2001, CalculationCenter has been highly rated by Macworld, Desktop Engineering, and PC Plus, among others, and was well received by users. Drawing on the proven, state-of-the-art technology used in developing Mathematica, Wolfram Research's world-leading technical software, "CalculationCenter offers the quality, accuracy, and reliability of Mathematica, but for the less technically demanding or more occasional user," says Conrad Wolfram, Director of Strategic Development at Wolfram Research and one of the product's creators.

Key to CalculationCenter's appeal is its ability to get users calculating quickly. "One of our goals was for the average user to be up and running--doing real calculations--in as little as 10 minutes," adds Wolfram. Several unique features make this possible:

  • InstantCalculators guide users through every step of their calculations in plain terms and remain in the document for repeated use and future reference.

  • Smart plotting selects not only the range of a plot but also the plot type and works whether the input is data or functions. Inequality plotting is new in Version 2.0.

  • Traditional math input automatically interprets standard mathematical notation, using heuristics to resolve ambiguous input.

  • Improved input and error-correction technology in Version 2.0 automatically suggests, if CalculationCenter cannot match the input, which function a user meant to enter.

CalculationCenter is designed to include the everyday capabilities that users need, with an emphasis on practical calculations. "With CalculationCenter we anticipated users' time constraints as well as their computing needs," states Jon McLoone of Wolfram Research, CalculationCenter's key developer. "CalculationCenter has a great feature-set. But for practical calculations, the interface is more important. By putting our effort into intuitive interface design, we've taken the effort out of technical computing for our users."

CalculationCenter 2 has been enhanced with added features such as broad new statistics capabilities and support for the latest math-on-the-web standards. Further quality enhancements, including speed improvements and new import and export formats, have also been implemented. For native speakers, CalculationCenter 2 Japanese Edition offers a fully localized Japanese user interface--including menus, dialog boxes, and error and warning messages--and full translations of the accompanying online and print documentation. These features make it easy for Japanese users to work and create entire documents in the language with which they are most comfortable.

Containing hundreds of functions, many of them working with symbolic as well as numeric input and all with InstantCalculator support, CalculationCenter is the only tool needed to easily produce superior-quality technical reports that can be distributed by hard copy, via email, or on the web. Also ideal for organizations, CalculationCenter enables users of varying needs to share compatible documents and maintain the notebook document presentation style consistent with other Wolfram Research products.

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