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imageStarting today, the well-known research engine Wolfram Alpha will offer an enhanced version of its platform – Wolfram Alpha Pro. Subscription to the pro version is relatively cheap, standing at $2.99/month for students and $4.99/month for everyone else.

Wolfram Alpha launched back in 2009, and has since then been offering a vast knowledge base through which you can search by typing in a calculation, a question, an equation or even a website. Wolfram Alpha analyzes the query and presents a set of details, graphs, charts and images. With the pro version, utilizing this output will become much easier, and many new input methods will be added as well.

So what’s new about output and input? For pro users, most of Wolfram Alpha’s output will become exportable. This means charts, graphs, images, and even whole data sets. These can be exported into several different file types, and can even be integrated into web apps. Many charts and graphs can also be manipulated; this means you will be able to change variables, move things around, etc.

As for input, this will now include not only text, but also images, files, and even data sets. This means you can upload your own image as a query, and get results on that from Wolfram Alpha. If you still wish to type your query, you can use the expanded keyboard which includes lots of different special characters and symbols, much like the one you can see on Wolfram Alpha’s mobile apps.

The Pro version also personalizes the experience by adding the sign-in aspect; every Pro user will get an account, and will be able to access a full history of all Wolfram Alpha activities and mark things as favorites for later use. The new service is available worldwide, and offers a free trial period, if you’re curious to see what it’s all about.

Source: ZDNet

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  1. ghostah
    February 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I don't think this will last that much, considering wikipedia is bigger and free.

    • Yaara
      February 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

      I'm not sure Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha really answer the same needs. For example, I can't do anything with data sets on Wikipedia, and I can't find exact answers to exact queries. It also doesn't provide graphs and charts. The service provided by WA Pro, especially, is not something you can find on Wikipedia.

  2. Chris Hoffman
    February 9, 2012 at 4:46 am

    They've been charging $3 for the Android app, so this shouldn't be too surprising a move.