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Sage 5.5 + OS Mountain Lion + Chrome or Firefox or Safari -> interactive 3d plotting fail

asked 2013-01-08 15:55:34 +0100

araichev gravatar image

updated 2015-01-13 22:38:02 +0100

FrédéricC gravatar image

Hi all, i'm running Sage 5.5 with Apple OS Mountain Lion. Running a Sage notebook on Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, i can't get Jmol to make my 3d plots interactive. When i click the 'make interactive' button, i get a 'missing plug-in' error link which refers me to this Java page to download Java 7. Do i really need Java 7 to make 3d plots interactive? I ask, because the java download page has this warning:

If you download Java 7, you will not be able to run Java content in Chrome and will need to use a 
64-bit browser (such as Safari or Firefox) to run Java content within a browser. Additionally, 
installing Java 7 will disable the ability to use Apple Java 6 on your system.

By the way, i did not have this problem with Sage 5.4 and Apple OS Lion.

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answered 2013-01-08 22:00:40 +0100

I think that in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, or possibly in some release of OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple stopped distributing Java, so you do have to download and install it separately. Also, Sage's default way of displaying 3d plots (interactive plots, that is) requires Java.

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answered 2013-09-05 13:43:33 +0100

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It's actually somewhat more complicated than this, though John is basically right and probably exactly right in many cases. I just ran into something similar, and found that JavaTester has a great explanation. The upshot is that this Apple page may have instructions that help certain Sage users, especially on Lion or Mountain Lion.

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