Originally Posted by **spiritualfields**

Galactus,

After doing some internet research, it seems that Mathematica and Maple 10 are comparable in strength, with Mathcad being a sort of intermediate, falling between programs like Scientific Notebook and the high end programs. There's a reseller on Ebay selling download versions of Mathematica at a deep discount, so I decided to purchase it. I am probably at least a year away before doing anything that would require more power than what a TI-89 provides, but I couldn't pass up a commerical license at $599 (which normally goes for $1880). Maple 10 is even more expensive than Mathematica (by about a hundred dollars). Are you a hobbyist, or do you use it for work?