News from MacKichan Software

Fall 2009/Winter 2010

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

In this issue:

Patch update 2960 for Version 5.5

We have released build 2960 of Version 5.5 of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook. Changes include an updated version of pdfLaTeX, updates to address Vista issues, and many updates to shells, help files, and typesetting specifications. A full list of changes is available on our web site in the article Patch update 2960 for Version 5.5. The update applies only to the English language version of the products.

One level of change tracking available using text tags

Build 2960 includes the new document PackageSample-ulem.tex in the directory SWSamples. This document demonstrates using the ulem package, including a method to tag parts of the document to indicate deleted or added text. Only one level of change tracking is available, also called legislative format since it is often used by governmental bodies to show proposed changes to legislative documents.

New shells added with the 2960 update

Over 25 new shells were added with the update to build 2960. Also, several shells were renamed and a few that used obsolete or no longer supported typesetting specifications were deleted. See Patch update 2960 for Version 5.5 for the detailed list. Below is a partial list of new shells.

SciFace Software and MuPAD Pro Acquired by The MathWorks

SciFace Software GmbH & Co. KG, the maker of MuPAD Pro, has been acquired by The MathWorks, the maker of MATLAB technical computing software. We're very excited about this development and will be working with MathWorks on future generations of MuPAD for our products. For more details, please visit this Frequently Asked Questions page on The MathWorks web site.

MacKichan Software opens new office

In August 2009 MacKichan Software opened a second office in New Mexico, in Santa Fe. Barry and Lynda MacKichan are currently working from this office and expect to hire a new technical writer there soon. Orders and fulfillment continue to be handled in the Poulsbo, Washington office, while technical support and development continue in Las Cruces, NM. Contact information for the Santa Fe office is:Mailing address: 1010 Marquez Place, Unit L, Santa Fe, NM 87505Telephones: 505-983-6887 or 505 983-6760Fax: 505-983-6865

Training workshops

If you are interested in a Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, or Scientific Notebook training workshop for your group, please contact one of the presenters listed in the conferences and workshops pages on our web site. The workshops are independently run by experts in the use of our software. Though the workshops are not affiliated with MacKichan Software, we highly recommend these presenters and consistently receive rave reviews from attendees of their workshops.

Upcoming conferences

Please visit us at these upcoming conferences:

Allied Social Science Associations Annual Meetings Atlanta, GA January 3 - 5, 2010
Joint Mathematics Meetings San Francisco, CA January 13 - 16, 2010
American Physical Society 2010 March Meeting Portland, OR March 15 - 17, 2010
MacKichan Software is a sponsor of this event
Joint Statistical Meetings 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia Aug. 1 - 4, 2010

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