With the release of Version 6 of Scientific
WorkPlace®, Scientific Word®, and Scientific
Notebook®, the MacKichan Software products are now available for
Windows® and macOS® operating systems. Because Version 6 has entirely new
To our customers and distributors who have waited with great patience and loyalty for the release of Version 6, thank you. It has been a challenge to complete this major upgrade of our products with our small team. The support of our loyal customer base has been invaluable, and we are very grateful.
When you upgrade or buy a new Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, or Scientific Notebook Version 6 license, your serial number will work to activate the program, regardless of the platform your installation is on. Many customers use both a Windows® and Mac® machine. For how a fixed license can be used see Software Licenses.
Any user who buys a Version 6 serial number will be able to use it to activate any MacKichan Software product, from Version 4.1 to 6.0. Licenses for older versions containing the Maple® computer algebra system are no longer available.
Change for this release:
Changed to prevent saving a file opening caused an XML parsing fail. This prevents saving that overwrites the original file with the error message.
Fixed a problem where resize widgets stopped appearing for selected graphics.
Deleted the unused attribute xmlns:sw from html tag.
Updated various help file topics by removing duplicate graphics and updating certain graphics.
Fixed certain footnote/thanks problems introduced during the last round of updates to the shells.
Updated the shell American_Economic_Review--Similar to a TeX field that prints the endnotes (looks like this got lost long ago) and change some of the sample text.
Updated help to delete some obsolete text that talked about allowing adding graphics by reference.
Added "Add symbol to user palette" to context menu on symbol panels.
Changed to make it possible to rearrange symbols in the User palette using drag and drop. The same can be done with the keyboard, provided keys give access to the context menu, through the 'Move symbol to beginning of user palette' command on the context menu.
Changed to keep classic and modern css files in sync.
Fixed a problem where the document was not marked as needing to be saved when the document preamble and several other content areas were modified.
Fixed a problem where inserting a math name object in front of an existing math name object means no auto substitution.
Fixed an import problem that caused a crash.
Fixed a problem with the import filter where short captions to figures were not being imported correctly.
Changed to keep conversion to source from eliminating required spaces along with other space characters.
Added short caption to properties of imagecaption object.
Fixed a problem with the import filter to allow tables in the author field.
Fixed a problem where bracket objects were not being added to highlighted objects.
Fixed problems with selection being incorrect after converting text to math.
Fixed a problem where a multiline display generated the incorrect LaTeX environment.
Fixed a problem where single character accents were being exported to LaTeX instead of wide accents.
Fixed a problem where absolute values were not being evaluated.
Fixed a problem where text mode characters could not be inserted when in math mode.
Fixed a problem where a function with three parameters could not be defined.
Fixed a problem where polar plots were not being created.
Fixed a problem where 3D rectangular plots were not being created.
Updated the sample text in the shell Standard_LaTeX_Report to match other similar shells.
Updated the installer to work better with the TeX Live over the network installation.
There are some screencasts available on the use of Scientific WorkPlace which will be useful also for Scientific Word and Scientific Notebook. One is Scientific WorkPlace, version 6: The basics, which we recommend viewing first. It covers some basic techniques and tricks which will make Scientific WorkPlace much more convenient to use. Another screencast is not in its final form, but we have made it available anyway. It is New Features and covers a number of features that are new in Version 6. Again, this applies to all three of our products.
Version 6 changes how master/subdocuments are created. See Using subdocuments in Scientific Word and Scientific WorkPlace for a demonstration and explanation of the new scheme.
The recommended browser for Version 6 of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook is Firefox. Firefox replaces the functions of Scientific Viewer.
Our manuals are available to download in PDF format.
Older manuals available:
Customers are reporting problems using Version 5.5 after installing the Windows 10 Creator update. Indications of problems include Calligraphic and Blackboard Bold characters not appearing correctly in the edit window, and text not appearing in the TrueTeX Previewer.
The following steps can correct the problems.
Use File Explorer to navigate to the directory TCITeX\fonts\truetype below where SW is installed (c:\sw55 for Scientific Word or c:\swp55 for Scientific WorkPlace). Highlight all the .ttf files in the directory. Right click and select Install from the menu that appears. You may get a dialog that says a font is already installed; reply Yes to replace the existing font and turn on the check box to do this for all remaining items. Repeat the steps in the directory TCITeX\fonts\truetype\eurosym.