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SWP and SW Version 2.5 Features


  1. Introduction

  2. SW Features

    1. Basic Features

      1. Rich Interface

      2. Natural Entry of Text and Mathematics

      3. Mathematical Computations Inside your Document

      4. Easy Creation of Complex Documents

      5. Beautiful Printed Documents

    2. New Features

  3. The SW Approach



With Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word, you can create mathematics and text on the same screen and you can produce typeset-quality formulas, equations, and documents. And with Scientific WorkPlace either the Professional or the Student Edition, you can perform a wide range of mathematical computations while writing by using a fully integrated version of Maple, the symbolic computation system, or a link to your Mathematica software. Both Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word incorporate an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use scientific word processor.

Products from MacKichan Software, Inc. set the stage for your creativity with their straightforward approach to entering and working with mathematics and text. You use familiar mathematical notation, not special codes, to enter and display your mathematics. You enter mathematics in the same window in which you enter text, rather than in a special equation window. Mathematical operations implied in mathematical expressions or equations can be performed immediately with just a keystroke. A wide range of mathematical operations can be applied to equations, matrices, and expressions (even subexpressions) by simply pointing and clicking. And you determine the appearance of your document by choosing a print style instead of entering detailed formatting directions one by one. MacKichan Software, Inc. products use TeX typesetting software to produce documents with a consistent typeset-quality appearance that adheres to internationally accepted mathematical formatting standards. With Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word, you are free to concentrate on the content of your work, not the details of formatting and computing.

SW Features

The features that are new in Version 2.5 of SW add to those that characterized earlier versions of the software. They enhance your ability to create and edit your content, perform symbolic computations, and produce typeset-quality documents.

Basic Features

If you've used an earlier version of SW, you'll recognize these important features in Version 2.5.

Rich Interface

Natural Entry of Text and Mathematics

Mathematical Computations Inside your Document

Perform mathematical computations directly from the main window of Scientific WorkPlace:

Easy Creation of Complex Documents

Beautiful Printed Documents

New Features

The following features are new in Version 2.5 of SW. You can find more information about these features in Creating Documents with Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word, online Help, and the document readme.tex in the docs directory.

The SW Approach

Please read this section even if you don't read anything else!

The heart of the SW approach to document processing is the separation of content and appearance. The content of your work results from the creative process of forming ideas and putting them into words. The appearance of your work results from typesetting, the mechanical process of displaying the document on the printed page in the most readable format.

The SW approach, which is known as logical design, separates the creative process of writing from the mechanical process of typesetting. Logical design frees the writer to focus on creating the content instead of the format and results in greatly increased productivity. Logical design also leads to a more consistent and higher-quality document appearance, because choices of fonts, spacing, emphasis, and countless other aspects of format are applied automatically.

An alternative approach to word processing, called visual design, focuses on making the screen look as much like the printed page as possible. This approach has also been called WYSIWYG, for What You See Is What You Get.

We feel it's important for you to understand the difference between the two approaches because a logical system requires a very different interface from a visual system. If you are familiar with a WYSIWYG system, you may at first be surprised by some of the differences:

Our emphasis on logical structure does not ignore the fact that documents must still be printed in a readable, organized, and visually pleasing format. Any of the many predefined print styles gives your document a high-quality, typeset appearance in print. With the previewer, you can examine the typeset appearance of the document without actually printing it.

Separating the processes of creating and formatting a document combines the best of the online and print worlds. You do the work of creating a good document; SW does the work of creating a beautiful one.

Added 12/14/07

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