New Features in Version 4
MacKichan Software products are characterized by a rich interface,
beautiful output, natural entry of text and mathematics, and easy creation
of complex documents. Version 4 brings even more capabilities and features
to the workplace. The following list of features reflect changes and improvements
over Version 3.5.
- Configure the Symbol Cache toolbar and the expanded symbol panels.
Customize the Symbol Cache toolbar by removing the symbols you don't need
and adding any symbols you want from the expanded symbol panels. Customize
the symbol panels by removing the symbols that you don't use. Revert easily
to the original configuration of the cache and the panels. A brief, mouse-activated
tooltip gives the name of each toolbar button and panel symbol.
- Work more easily with new editing features. Use the new Editing
toolbar and the expanded Typeset toolbar to enter, edit, and produce your
documents even more easily. New buttons speed access to common text tags,
Tag Appearance settings, find and replace operations, spacing commands,
picture imports, User Setup defaults, and, for typesetting, front matter
and LaTeX document class and package options. Version 4 adds new commands
to the Tools menu and to the features available from the Tools menu to simplify
exporting documents; typesetting; and working with the Exam Builder, Style
Editor, and Document Manager. The program also has improved editing operations
for tables and matrices.
- Magnify your printed document. Set the zoom factor used when you
print without typesetting. The zoom factor used for printing is independent
of the zoom factor used in the document window, which simplifies the creation
of overhead transparencies for meetings and classroom use.
- Work faster with enhanced keyboard shortcuts. Use new keyboard
shortcuts for standard document operations. Version 4 adds shortcuts for
opening files (Ctrl+o), finding (Ctrl+q), replacing (Ctrl+w), printing without
LaTeX (Ctrl+p), deleting words (Ctrl+Backspace or Ctrl+Delete), and inserting
various horizontal spaces.
- Change the style more easily. Instead of working in an ASCII editor,
use the greatly expanded Tag Appearance dialog box to change the appearance
of your document when you display it on the screen or produce it without
typesetting. In Version 4 you can modify all style properties of all tags
available for the document shell, including default and front matter tags.
You can specify which properties are inherited from the surrounding text
and which use the style default values. You can also clone new tags. You
can control the number of heading levels displayed in the Navigate toolbar,
which significantly increases its usefulness as an online table of contents
for your document. The style modifications don't affect the typeset appearance
of your document.
- Use new typesetting documentation. Version 4 of Scientific
WorkPlace and Scientific Word includes
significant new documentation for typesetting. Typesetting
Documents in Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word provides information
about how to tailor document shells to achieve the typeset document appearance
- Examine sample documents created with Version 4 shells. View
images of sample documents for each shell in A Gallery
of Document Shells for Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word,
provided on the program CD. Use the documentation to choose document shells
- Omega/Lambda. Version 4 of Scientific
WorkPlace and Scientific Word, in combination with TrueTeX, now supports
international typesetting with the Lambda system. Use this powerful combination
to produce typeset documents in Japanese.
- Work with an updated version of TrueTeX and associated TeX tools.
With Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word,
use a significantly upgraded version of TrueTeX that supports the newest
versions of TeX, Omega, BibTeX, MakeIndex, and other TeX tools. Version
4 includes the latest version of LaTeX and AMS macros.
- Export your documents to HTML. Create an accurate HTML version
of your document using the new HTML output filter. The HTML filter provides
a way to make representations of mathematics available on various platforms
over the Internet and also in applications that can read HTML files. The
filter saves the screen format to a Cascading Style Sheet (.css) file and
exports mathematics as graphic images. You can customize HTML exports.
- Export mathematics as MathML. When you export HTML files, output
your mathematics as MathML as well as graphics. Note that not all HTML browsers
- Copy selections more accurately to other applications. Preserve
the appearance of information in your document when you use the enhanced
copy operation to copy selections to other applications. The copy operation
writes your selection to the clipboard using a filtered Unicode format as
well as the program's internal format used previously. The new format is
more easily recognized by other applications.
- Tailor graphics copied or exported from your document. In Version
4, you can set the defaults for the appearance of selected information
that you want to copy or export as graphics. Independent of the display
settings for your document, you can set export and copy defaults for the
View settings (including the zoom factor), the page and paragraph background,
and the appearance of gray boxes.
- Open .rtf documents with greater accuracy. Use the new rtf2latex2e
converter when you open .rtf documents. The new converter correctly converts
many more documents than the previous converter.
- Compute with MuPAD. Scientific
WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook are
provided with the MuPAD 2.5® computational engine.
- Use enhanced MuPAD capabilities. In Scientific
WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook, use MuPAD
2.5, which provides many new features.
- Work with enhanced computational tools. In Scientific
WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook, use the new Rewrite and Transforms
menus, several new Vector Calculus commands, new Solve options, and more
math names for computational capabilities.
- Use an improved Exam Builder. Use the new Exam toolbar to open
the Exam Builder and view .qiz files. In addition, save the Exam Builder
database in a format that can be opened in Microsoft Excel. Version 4
includes several new debugging aids. Network installations have been simplified.
Features introduced with Version 5