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:
Changed various dialogs to improve resizing and persisting; resized certain dialogs to avoid needing scroll bars.
Improved save to web to include all graphics and avoid showing contents of TeX fields.
Corrected problem that prevented toolbar customization.
Removed Themes from Toolbar menu. Select theme using Preferences.
Removed Help button from Hyperlink dialog since it was not helpful.
Fixed a problem that caused invalid-markup.
Changed text in Breaks dialog from "Discard at line end" to "Discard at page end" when using custom vertical space.
Changed position of Footnote from first to last in the list of note types in the Note dialog. Footnote is available directly from the Insert menu so shouldn't be the default selection for the Note dialog.
Added a level of depth to the Entering and Editing Mathematical Objects section in the Working with Mathematics chapter of the online help.
Added xcolor and xspace to the list of available packages in the Options and Packages dialog.
Fixed a problem where the cases environment was not imported.
Fixed a problem where a table inside a margin note was not imported.
Removed unneeded font size attribute from some sample text in the Standard_LaTeX_Report shell document.
Fixed a problem where \bordermatrix used in a .tex file was not imported.
Allowed footnotes and other notes to have different preferences for raggedleft and raggedright.
Added solution to the list of known theorem-like objects.
Fixed a problem with an expression that caused a crash when it was evaluated.
Added black box to the screen display at the end of the proof environment.
Improved performance when deleting using the Backspace key.
Changed the increment of some controls in the default graphics sizes. Changed so increment would be .1 instead of 1.
Fixed where a4paperpaper instead of a4paper wass added to \usepackage line for geometry after changing paper size via Document Format dialog.
Fixed a problem where --SW-- would appear after switching to source view and then back to normal view caused by a thinspace in math mode.
Updated shells to remove <address> tag (just use Shift+Enter to add a line break to an <author> tag) and use correct current notation for <thanks>.
Fixed typos in the graphics properties dialog (changed "Expession" to "Expression" and "Orientatin" to "Orientation").
Fixed a problem that prevented the Animation settings button from activating in the graphics user settings dialog.
Updated shell documents to remove <address> tags (use Shift+Enter inside <author> tag to add address lines in the front matter).
Updated shell documents to use current correct form of the <thanks> tag in the front matter.
Updated shell documents to use numbering="none" as the attribute for <msidisplay> for unnumbered displays instead of numbering="eqns". The latter is no longer used and the cursor could not be placed in a display with that attribute.
Fixed an import problem where the tikzpicture environment (used by the tikz package) is now placed inside a TeX field.
Updated the copyright to say "Copyright 2015-2018 by MacKichan Software, Inc."
Removed the multimedia package from the beamer shell. It is not needed and caused a compile problem after a bad beamer update from CTAN.
Updated document export of %EndExpansion to be on a line by itself.
Updated the shell documents to replace obsolete <QTP type="Body Math"> with <bodyMath> tags.
Updated the shell documents to delete spurious <br> tags.
Updated various help system graphics to use current screen captures.
Changed export of ⨸ from \circleddivide to \odiv. The macro \circleddivide doesn't exist anyplace, but \odiv is defined by the stix package.
Added mappings for about 900 symbols that are Unicode characters defined by the stix package.
Added a new symbol panel tab for new stix characters. NOTE: With some 900 characters on the new symbol panel it can be awkward to use the panel directly. Drag the symbols you want to use to the User panel for easier access to the probably much smaller group of symbols that you will end up using.
Fixed a problem that prevented plotting expressions containing a comma.
Added textcomp (part of LaTeX base) and stix packages to list of available packages for every known class in the Options and Packages dialog.
Fixed problems with the index entry dialog.
Fixed a problem where the special appearance value from an index entry would appear in the body of the document.
Fixed a problem where parameters to assume were being treated as variables.
Changed export of \text macro to not add \; (thin space) before and after when generating LaTeX.
Removed set and book from the section/environment tags drop down list of divisions since they are not used by typesetting specifications.
Updated shell documents to remove spurious spaces at the end of paragraphs.
Fixed a problem where a backspace at the beginning of a paragraph following an empty list causes crash.
Changed the default save interval from 10 to 30 seconds (try to avoid race condition that has been reported where keyboard entry becomes slow).
Updated shell documents to use a correct sample table with caption.
Fixed a document import problem for certain figure environments and \includegraphics statements.
Deleted .addr. automatic substitution since address tag is no longer used, and added .date. automatic substitution as it was missing.
Revised Activate dialog to put serial number at top (and avoid possible problem where computer id can be deleted by a random keystroke).
Fixed problems caused by backspacing in lists.
Added some background colors to the Normal view for elements not commonly used, and not easily distinguished from other elements: verbatim, shortQuote, longQuotation, flushleft, and flushright (used same colors for last two as in 5.5).
Fix a problem where you could not backspace from the beginning of on empty paragraph to delete text in the previous paragraph.
Updated the fragments to use the <bodyText> tag.
Updated a command file to suppress the message: '""' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. This happened if preferences on a Windows installation was set to open a PDF using the default viewer program.
Fixed display problem with some graphics.
Fixed a problem where the cursor was lost when switching between text and math.
Various edits to the help system to improve grammar, formatting, and accuracy.
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.