This is the first release that support the 'new' Mac M1 processor.
A number of problems had to be overcome to create this release. The main problem was that the Math engine 'Maxima' did not run on M1-processor with the rosetta emulator.
- First the compiler for SBCL that compiles Maxima had to be created for Maxima.
- Maxima for WordMat was running an older version of Maxima, because the deployment system for newer systems changed to Macports. Eventually I could use Macports to get a compiled version of Maxima for M1. The installer had to rewritten from scratch.
- WordMat does not run a standard version of Maxima, but included a lot of additional code. This code had to be updated to match the new Maxima version.
- The c-library to communicate between Maxima and Windows was easily compiled for M1, but I simply could not make it work with the new version of Maxima, after many, many attempts. Eventually a new method for communication was developed. The new method starts a new instance of Maxima for each calculation. This makes WordMat a bit slower, but not much as the M1-processor is pretty fast. Coming from a 2 year old computer you will not notice it.
The new method has a couple of advantages that should make WordMat more stable for Mac:
- A fresh version of Maxima for every calculation means previous calculation cannot interfere
- The new method has a default timeout of about 15s. If Maxima does not finish, the process will be killed. On previous versions this could halt Word.
Cool now i can finally do my math lmaoReplyDelete
Tried to download this version 1.23 for at Macbook Air with M1-chip running Monterrey OS. When installed it still says is version 1.22. When trying to do equations Wordmat crashed. Any idea of whats wrong?
I have the same problem. Have you figured out how to fix the problem?Delete
When will wordmat work for monetary MacBook software? Will it before christmas or at least before febuary?ReplyDelete
I have exams from jan. 6th.ReplyDelete
Do I have to downgrade my Intel Mac to be able to use WordMat?
Are there anyways I can get around downgrading while still using my own computer?
I have recently upgraded to Monterey unknowing of the update isn't compatible with WordMat for Mac IntelDelete