Research Unveils CalculationCenter
The New Midmarket Calculation Solution
March 6, 2001--Wolfram Research, Inc. today unveiled
new midmarket technical calculation
software. 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 InstantCalculatorsTM combine
to make it as easy as
hand calculation and spreadsheet methods, but with much broader
CalculationCenter draws on the proven, state-of-the-art technology
developing Mathematica®, Wolfram Research's
software. That means it's designed for long-term usability, with tested
accuracy and reliability and inherent compatibility with the notebook
document format already in use by nearly two million Mathematica
"CalculationCenter offers the world-renowned quality of
for the less technically demanding or more occasional user," says Conrad
Wolfram, Director of Strategic Development at Wolfram Research and one of
the creators of CalculationCenter.
Key to CalculationCenter's appeal is its ability to get users
calculating quickly--without even looking at a manual. "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
- InstantCalculators guide users through every step of their
calculations in plain English 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. Works whether input is data or functions.
- Traditional math input automatically interprets standard
mathematical notation, using heuristics to resolve ambiguous input.
- Input correction automatically suggests which function a user
meant to enter if CalculationCenter cannot match the input.
CalculationCenter has been designed to include the everyday
that engineers, scientists, and analysts need, with an emphasis on
practical calculations. "Nowadays, 'quality' software has to anticipate
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, a great interface to those features is more important. By
putting our effort into intuitive interface design, we've taken the effort
out of technical computing for our users."
Containing hundreds of functions--many working with symbolic as well as
numeric input and all with InstantCalculator
the only tool needed to easily produce superior-quality technical reports
that can be distributed via hard copy, email, or the web. Also
ideal for organizations, CalculationCenter enables users of varying
to share compatible documents and maintain the notebook document
presentation style consistent with other Wolfram Research products.
CalculationCenter is available for Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000 and Mac
OS platforms. The introductory price is US $295 (excluding applicable taxes
and shipping), making it highly competitive with other calculating
solutions. More information
available on our web site.