News from MacKichan Software

Fall 2004

A newsletter for users of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, Scientific Notebook, and MuPAD Pro.

In this issue:

Patch update 2606 now shipping

We have released a patch update for Version 5.0 of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook. The release includes important TrueTeX changes and improvements related to fixing problems with the conversion of graphics to PDF in PDFTeX. Learn more and download a free patch update.

The update for the German language version is also available exclusively through our German distributor, Additive GmbH.

An easier way to make BibTeX databases

Creating BibTeX bibliographies ensures that your bibliography formatting is perfect, but it requires that you first create or obtain a database of bibliographic information. This can be time-consuming.

You can minimize the task by downloading entries from Econlit using Econlit2BibTeX, which is a version of elit2bib for Windows compiled with Perl2Exe. See for more information.

Importing native LaTeX documents

We are working on a new tool to improve the importation of native LaTeX documents (those not created with one of our products) into Scientific WorkPlace or Scientific Word. Importation can be an issue if you are using homemade macros or if you are working with a co-author who doesn't use our products. We'd like to see any native LaTeX documents you might have that don't load into Scientific WorkPlace or Scientific Word as successfully as you think they should.

Please wrap and zip samples of the importation problems you have encountered, then send them to

Tips from our users: plotting dotted lines

If the dotted lines on your plots appear too solid, try plotting fewer points.

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

Upcoming conferences

Please visit our booth at these upcoming conferences:

Joint Mathematics Meetings* (Booths 127 and 129) Atlanta, GA January 5--8, 2005
Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA) 2005 Meetings (Booth 400) Philadelphia, PA January 7--9, 2005
American Physical Society March Meeting 2005 Los Angeles, CA March 21--25, 2005
2005 Joint Statistical Meetings (Booth 312) Minneapolis, MN August 7--11, 2005

*MacKichan Software, Inc. is a conference sponsor.

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