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Matlab notebook m-book.dot template

Postby GigaWhat » Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:28 pm

Is there a way to use the matlab notebook template m-book.dot with OpenOffice? This is a work template that comes with matlab when you use it and allows you to execute matlab commands directly from the notebook, great for when you want to save your code and work on your paper all in the same file. Usually when I create a new document in word from this template a new drop down menu called "notebook" appears in the title bar, and it also automatically starts up matlab. I turned on macros and opened the template in open office but nothing happened.
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Re: Matlab notebook m-book.dot template

Postby acknak » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:20 pm

Sorry, no.

OOo and MS Office are completely different under the hood. OOo doesn't even support the same syntax as MS' BASIC (VBA)--yet. But, once it does, things like this still won't "just work" because they usually depend on the internal details of MS Office, and those details are completely different in OOo.

You can ask Matlab to support OOo by creating a similar template, but don't be disappointed if you get a less-than-enthusiastic response.
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Re: Matlab notebook m-book.dot template

Postby GigaWhat » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:25 pm

Thanks acknak;
I wrote Mathworks and was surprised to actually get a response in the same day!

We have had some level of demand for more general support of OpenOffice and currently our Development Team is considering implementing this support in a future version of MATLAB.


So, it probably won't happen any time soon, but maybe some day :)
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Re: Matlab notebook m-book.dot template

Postby acknak » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:26 am

Excellent! I'd say that's a very encouraging response. Kudos for going ahead and asking them--at least that shows there is interest in using OOo.

Too often, the reply is something along the lines of "Just use (MS) Office--everybody else does. "
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Re: Matlab notebook m-book.dot template

Postby P Minix » Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:45 pm

Phrasing a reply like: " I would rather spend my limited software budget on your products, which are critical to my job, then on Microsoft's which are ancillary" ... feels good - but usually doesn't get a response. We are heavy MatLab users and I will ping them as well.
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Re: Matlab notebook m-book.dot template

Postby acknak » Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:49 pm

Good insight. Thanks for following up with them.
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Re: Matlab notebook m-book.dot template

Postby P Minix » Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:19 pm

Same thing with LabView and their Report Generator that integrates into Word.
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