Computable Document Format—Documents come alive with the power of computation

The Power behind CDF

CDF is built on the same technologies that are behind Mathematica—the world's leading computation platform—and Wolfram|Alpha—the world's first computational knowledge engine. Every CDF comes with the technology innovations that Wolfram has brought to the world for decades.

Automation by Design

Automation is the key to productive creation. CDF technology applies intelligent automation in every part of the system, from algorithm selection to plot layouts to user interface design. You get reliable, high-quality results without needing expertise—and even if you're an expert, you get results faster.


Free-Form Linguistic Input

At the core of CDF technology lies the Mathematica language, a powerful and versatile language for content creation. With free-form linguistic input, programming in the Mathematica language can be as easy as entering plain English. Type in your idea and let the system transform it—whether it is a simple plot or a complex image processing operation.

Built-in Knowledge: Algorithms

CDF technology builds in specialized algorithms for many scientific and technical areas, from financial engineering to computational biology, making CDFs on almost any topic easy to create. Specialist functionality is tightly integrated with the core of CDF, providing a smooth workflow for authors and delivering unprecedented computational power to readers.


Built-in Knowledge:
Computable Data

With CDF, you have full access to a vast collection of computable data across hundreds of fields, from economy to life science to geography. Real-time access to frequently updated and meticulously maintained computable data makes CDF documents as live and as accurate as possible.

Integrated Graphics & Visualization

CDF and its underlying Mathematica platform provide the world's most sophisticated graphics and visualization functionality by any measure. Interactive 3D graphics, complex scientific plots, expansive business charts, and automatic graph visualization—everything is fully built-in and ready to use.


Symbolic Documents

With CDF technology, everything is an expression, even whole documents. That allows them to be operated on programmatically. The symbolic basis of CDFs underlies many features, from cascading stylesheets to immediate deployment of CDFs as presentations, for print or the web, and as applications.

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