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MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran.

What's New

Version 8.3 R2014a:


  • Pop-up Command History for recalling, viewing, filtering, and searching recently used commands in the Command Window
  • Merge option in MATLAB Comparison Tool for resolving differences between text files
  • Saving workspace variables and their values to a MATLAB script
Language and Programming


  • OS X 10.6.4 or later
  • Java 1.6 or later

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Nontroppo Member IconReview+515

Well us Mac users have finally got clipboard vector graphics support in this release (nevertheless it is years after Windows supported this)!!!

But they have made a huge regression in that 2013b is now not compatible with the retina MBP HiDPI mode, the whole UI and fonts are blurry, apparently this is because they stopped using Apple's Java and now bundle their own JRE -- what a mess!!!

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Version 8.2 R2013b

...And this is still broken in 2014a -- according to Matlab support the latest version of Java fixes this, and you can force ML to use the installed Java rather than its own bundled Java, but there is another bug with misplaced cursor position that is even worse depending on which monospaced font you use. Amazingly poor for such expensive software...

Iliketrash Member IconComment+206

MATLAB is a crappy language designed for crappy programmers.

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Version 8.2 R2013b

What a crappy comment !

Mmueck Member IconComment+180

The version released today is actually R2012b, not R2012a.

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Version 8.0
J_michael_pinc Member IconReview+0

I found that for the average student, a very useful (and free) alternative is SciLab. It's feature rich, it's language is almost identical to MatLab, it's toolboxes are open source as is the program itself and it has a fairly robust community supporting it.

I haven't used it professionally, but I would suspect it measures up quite nicely to MatLab in that respect as well, and it has enough similarities that making a transition to MatLab would be quick and painless.

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Version 2.1

Octave is another similar, free alternative

melager Member IconReview+0

good program, but way too expensive for students ...

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Version 2.1
Karenbindash Member IconReview+16

The basic price of MATLAB is not unreasonable for a professional product, though some items which should in my opinion be included, are only available with the addition of toolboxes, which can cost more than the basic MATLAB. There is even a toolbox for curve fitting.

A professional user could easily need to spend $15,000 to get all the toolboxes they need. Often one toolbox requires several others to be installed too. The price rockets up.

The symbolic toolbox for MATLAB, adds symbolic capabilities, but it is clear this was not developed initially for MATLAB, but was sold as another product, and the company than acquired by Mathworks. It does not feel very nicely integrated into MATLAB, and although I have access to it, I soon gave up and use Mathematica when I want symbolic maths, as Mathematica is much stronger at symbolics.

For numerical work, this is an industry standard and well worth learning to use well. But there are alternatives someone should consider

1) Octave is a free Clone. It is not 100% MATLAB compatible, but is quite close. However, from a students point of view, I'd rather learn MATLAB as that's what employers want.

But if money is tight, Octave is a very viable alternative.

2) Sage - open source, and free, but too buggy. I would not trust any result from Sage.

3) Mathematica - more expensive, but more complete, but not as easy to use as MATLAB. There is a "home edition" of this too, which is excellent value for money if you want it for hobby use.

4) Maple - Like Mathematica, this is better at symbolics than MATLAB with the symbolic maths toolbox. But I feel Mathematica is better than Maple, so I don't really consider Maple worth bothering with.

5) R - for statistics this can't be beaten, and is free too.

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Version 7.11
Clauclau Member IconComment+105

Can you believe it, you've already finished C, think you can do Matlab?

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Version 7.9
An.onymous Member IconComment+143

The "Free demo" is only for registered users.

Other people have to fill a detailed request. Then they are told that "A MathWorks representative will contact you to discuss your needs and provide access to trial software."

I know what I need : a free demo not a discussant about my needs !

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Version 7.8
Xplicit Member IconReview+807

On this webiste under price (start page, price column) it says free, but the download link directs to Mathworks' website where they state that it's only a 15-day trial for free. And when you try to look up the price there's a login required. What the ...? I just wanted to know how much it is. Download of the trial also requires a login.

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Version 7.8
taoeffect Member IconReview+66

This software isn't for people looking for a shiny Cocoa-application. It's for people looking for a top-of-the-line mathematical and computational tool. I've yet to come across any software that can compare with Matlab in this regard, it's amazing.

Its language is very easy to work with, well designed. People with limited programming experience should be able to pick it up easily.

The built-in documentation is top class as well. I've compared it with Mathematica's documentation, and it blows it away. It's easy to search, comprehensive, and the examples work.

Matlab makes it painfully easy to manipulate and visualize data, and run various experiments. Its full capabilities are rarely tapped, as it can even integrate with various other languages. If you're looking for a product that makes it easy to do hard things, look no further.

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Version 7.8
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Downloads 76,207
Version Downloads 5,635
License Demo
Date 07 Mar 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $2,100.00