Notebooks in Your Pocket—Wolfram Player for iOS Is Now Shipping

October 4, 2017 — John Fultz, Director of User Interface Technology

Ten months ago, I announced the beginning of our open beta program for Wolfram Player for iOS. The beta is over, and we are now shipping Wolfram Player in the App Store. Wolfram Player for iOSjoins Wolfram CDF Player on Windows, Mac and Linux as a free platform for sharing your notebook content with the world.

Wolfram Player

Wolfram Player is the first native computational notebook experience ever on iOS. You can now take your notebooks with you and play them offline. Wolfram Player supports notebooks running interfaces backed by Version 11.1 of the Wolfram Language—an 11.2 release will come shortly. Wolfram Player includes the same kernel that you would find in any desktop or cloud release of the Wolfram Language.

Installing and running Wolfram Player on your iPhone or iPad is free. Once installed, you’ll be able to view any notebook or Computable Document Format (CDF) file, including ones with dynamic content. If you have notebooks in Dropbox, Files or any other file-sharing service on iOS, it’s very easy to open them via whatever means the sharing app uses to export files to other apps. Opening a notebook from an email attachment or a webpage is as simple as tapping the file link and choosing to open it in Player. Wolfram Player also has full support of sideloading and AirDrop.

I’m particularly keen on the interface for supporting our cloud products, including the Wolfram Cloud and Wolfram Enterprise Private Cloud. Once you log into a cloud product from Wolfram Player, your account shows up as a server, which can be browsed just like your local file system. We used this feature a lot as we were developing Wolfram Player, and the cloud integration with the mobile and desktop platforms makes it super easy to create, access and view files in a centralized way.

Wolfram Cloud Player login

If you have a Wolfram Cloud subscription, make sure you log into it from the app. This enables functionality in the app, including the ability to interact with Manipulate results and other interfaces. Otherwise, you can enable interactivity through an in-app purchase.

Almost 30 years ago, we introduced the notebook paradigm to the world. We’ve seen the notebook shift in form over time with the inclusion of modern typesetting and user interfaces. Notebooks came to the cloud, and now they can live in your pocket. One might have thought that 30 years would exhaust the possibilities, but in many ways, I feel like we’re just getting started.

Wolfram Notebooks timeline