News from MacKichan Software

Spring 2003

Our newsletters provide announcements, ideas, technical information, and other items of interest for users of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, Scientific Notebook, and MuPAD Pro.

In this issue:

Latest patch update for Version 4.1

We have released build 2363 of Version 4.1 of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook. The patch update represents all changes in the Version 4.0 release since the release of build 2312. You can download a free patch update file for build 2363 if you currently have installed either

You must reregister after installing the patch update from Version 4.0 to 4.1.

If you're currently using Version 3.5 or earlier, you can visit our online store to upgrade your software. We recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of your favorite MacKichan Software product.

New MuPAD computational engine

We are now shipping Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook with a kernel for the new MuPAD 2.5 computer algebra system. This is an upgrade from the MuPAD 2.0 kernel included in earlier builds. The products will no longer contain the Maple V5.1 kernel. This change does not affect Scientific Word.

mathPAD Online

MathPAD, the magazine of the MuPAD Research Group, is now available online. MathPAD Online is intended as both an online edition of MathPAD magazine and a repository of MuPAD-related materials, including tutorials, sample lessons, and programs that draw mathematical surfaces and curves. On the site, university professors, teachers, students, and all other MuPAD users can find new and relevant research, pertinent reviews, graphics, and timely news.

New MuPAD Pro book available from our store

We are pleased to offer MuPAD Pro Computing Essentials by Miroslav Majewski in our online store. Intended for teachers of mathematics and their students, MuPAD Pro Computing Essentials presents basic information about doing mathematics with MuPAD Pro. It includes basic instructions useful in various areas of mathematics that are facilitated by MuPAD Pro. Chapters 1--7 focus on the basics of using MuPAD Pro: syntax, programming control structures, procedures, libraries, and graphics. Chapters 8--13 focus on applications in geometry, algebra, logic, set theory, calculus, and linear algebra. Each chapter includes examples and programming exercises. Read more.

Join our Beta Test program

We are currently looking for a limited number of people to join our beta test program. To qualify as a beta tester, you must own a current version of our product (Version 4.0 or above). You must be willing to work with experimental software, to use the beta software actively during the test period, and to report your experiences regularly. Also, you must sign and abide by our nondisclosure agreement. To be considered for our beta test program, send an email expressing your interest to Include information about the areas in which you currently work with our software, the kinds of documents you create, and the program features you use most often.

Publishing with Scientific WorkPlace

Author Patrick J. Morandi has designed Field and Galois Theory as both a textbook for a graduate level course on Galois theory or field theory and a reference for researchers who need to know field theory. Written in Scientific WorkPlace, the book is aimed at students who have familiarity with the basic concepts of group, ring, vector space theory, including the Sylow theorems, factorization in polynomial rings, and theorems about bases of vector spaces. This book has a large number of examples and exercises and complete proofs given for the stated results.

Learn more about publications developed with our products on our website. And if you've written a book using one of our products, please let us know.

Tips from our users: Fragments make your work go faster

It's easy to forget about helpful tools if you don't often use them. Recently, we reminded a user about using fragments to enter an expression repeatedly instead of entering the expression character by character each time he needed it.

A fragment is a bit of information saved in a separate file for later recall. Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook come with many predefined fragments, but you can also create your own. Fragments can contain text and mathematics, can carry tags, and can extend beyond a single paragraph. Fragments that you save while working in one document are available to all documents from the Fragments toolbar or from the Import Fragments command on the file menu. Need more information? See the online Help or Creating Documents with Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word.

Do you have a tip to share? Send us email.

New technical support topics

We've added to the technical information on our website with answers to questions asked frequently by our users. Be sure to read this new information:

Upcoming conferences

We will exhibit our products at these conferences in the coming months. If you're planning to attend, please drop by our booth.

National Educational Computing Conference Seattle, WA June 30 - July 2, 2003
Joint Statistical Meetings San Francisco, CA  August 3--6, 2003
International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics Chicago, IL October 30 - November 2, 2003
AMATYC - The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Salt Lake City, UT  November 13 - 16, 2003

Remember our new address

Here's how to reach us at our new offices:

Address: 19689 7th Avenue NE, Suite 183 #238
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Phone number: 1-360-394-6033
Toll-free phone: 1-877-SCI-WORD (1-877-724-9673)
Fax number: 1-360-394-6039
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