With the release of Version 6 of Scientific
WorkPlace®, Scientific Word®, and Scientific
Notebook®, the MacKichan Software products are now available for
Windows® and OS X® 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:
Many changes have been to the importing of graphics
Dragging and dropping of graphics files is enabled
Default size and frame properties now reliably come from the Preferences, both in the dialog and for drag and drop
Copying and pasting of graphics from other apps now supports more formats, including emf and wmf
A major cause of slowness when importing a TeX file using wmf and emf graphics was the multiple calls of Inkscape; the code now calls Inkscape just once to convert all wmf and emf graphics, saving the cost multiple launches of Inkscape
Changed the way aspect ratio is treated when resizing a graphic with the mouse. Moving the points on the side will not preserve the aspect ratio, and moving the corner points always will
Several changes to the online help system including: vary thickness of lines below headings to represent heading level; match case for menu items displayed by program; move graphic out of note environments; add hyperlinks from mini table of contents; add hyperlinks to previous section; adjust some graphics for better display; add table of contents level for items from the Menus topic; update certain graphics to show changed dialogs; change Doing Math display of menu selections to match Creating Documents; use xhtml codes for certain characters like open and close quotes to give proper display; use <texlogo> to display TeX, LaTeX, etc. when appropriate; make some edits to reflect online help and not printed book; add some hyperlinks; added training information
Fixed import problem where alignment points were not retained in certain multi-line equations
Fixed import problem for a TeX field inside a certain multi-line display environment
Made changes to match recent changes to Polyglossia. In Polyglossia, the user selects a language, such as `english' rather than a variant like `USenglish' or `UKenglish' so two fragments were created (in the XeTeX only folder) to specify these two variants
Allowed inserting brackets in text mode using the keyboard shortcut
Fixed a problem that caused a crash when some expressions were evaluated
Enabled using the Style dialog to change the LaTeX class
Fixed problems where function definitions were not being saved with the document
Fixed a problem where a graphics inside a math display would prevent importing the document
Fixed a problem with LaTeX generation for frames where the side margin was not properly set
Took out Advanced Edit in some dialogs since the functionality is available through the status line
Fixed an import problem with a matrix used for piecewise functions
Added a new shell to the Reports directory using the style from online help system
Fixed some cases where graphics failed to get translated to TeX correctly
Fixed a problem with flalign and flalign* environments
Worked around quirks of Inkscape on Windows
Use <br> in new image caption so that it shows up correctly on the screen in normal view
Fixed a problem with graphic border width so boxed graphics appear properly in preview
Fixed import problems with empty captions
Fixed a problem using multiple printindex commands and missing space after tableofcontents command
Fixed code that caused plots to pile up on top of each other in the PDF view
Corrected a problem a presumably rare case of a plot object not being initialized
Changed the data attribute in plots from a full path to a relative path
Fixed a problem in rewriting a negative fraction as a mixed number gave an incorrect result
Added ragged2e with the raggedrightboxes option to the default packages
Fixed an import problem for math name objects
Adjusted case for some menu items to use "TeX" instead of "Tex"
Fixed a problem where some expressions were parsed incorrectly before being plotted.
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.