Introducing Cantor

October 20, 2009

This post comes a bit late, so some of you may already have heard the news: KDE Edu will ship a new application in 4.4: Cantor*.

Cantor is an application that lets you use your favorite mathematical applications from within a nice KDE-integrated Worksheet Interface, and offers assistant dialogs for commonly used functions like solving equations or integrating/differentiating a function. It currently has support for three Backends Sage, Maxima and R.

It is aimed to fill the gap, most free software math packages have, compared to proprietary systems: an intuitive to use graphical interface.

Some of it’s most important features are:

  • View of plotting results inside the worksheet or in a separate window
  • GetHotNewStuff integration to upload or download example worksheets
  • Typesetting of mathematical formulas using LaTeX
  • Backend aware syntax highlighting
  • Tab completion and integrated syntax help

This is how it looks:

Screenshot of Cantor

* It is named after mathematician Georg Cantor, the creator of Set Theory


About this blog

October 5, 2009


my name is Alexander Rieder, student at the Vienna University of Technology.

This Blog will be on my work inside KDE, and mostly on Cantor, a new Edu application in KDE 4.4 (Big announcement will follow)

So stay tuned