Announcements from MacKichan Software

Information on Obtaining a Temporary License

27 July 2012. The MacKichan Software license server is out of commission. We are working to restore the server as soon as possible.

If you need to activate your product immediately, you can obtain a temporary license by following the steps below:

  1. Click the link below that matches your product and version.
  2. Save this file to the Licenses directory. This will be located in the folder your product was installed in.

These temporary license files will expire 09 Aug 2012.

SWP 5.5
SW 5.5
SNB 5.5

SWP 5.0
SW 5.0
SNB 5.0

SWP 4.1
SW 4.1
SNB 4.1

Once our normal registration process is back online, you can resubmit your registration in the normal manner to receive your permanent or 30-day license file.

If you prefer to obtain a permanent license during this time, please contact us during our normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8a to 5p Pacific Time. We are available to take your registration information by phone or . We will manually generate all requested license files and send them out by email at the end of the day. In order to generate your license file, we will need your serial number, computer ID, name, and email address.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have this issue resolved soon.

An Important Message About Version 6

May 2012. I would like to apologize to our customers for the delay in releasing Version 6 of our products. Our estimates for how long the project would take were too optimistic. In spite of this, version 6 does exist, and we are making real progress in reducing the bugs. We will release version 6. Absolutely. But we will not release it until it matches our standards for quality. Anybody who has bought any of our version 5.5 products after November 1, 2010, is entitled to a free copy of the corresponding version 6 product when it is released. We appreciate your loyalty, patience, and business. We think when version 6 is released, you will agree that it has been worth the wait.

Barry MacKichan
President, MacKichan Software, Inc.

George Pearson Reaches Silver Anniversary Milestone

June 2011. Initially hired in May 1986, George Pearson celebrates his 25th year with our company and the Scientific WorkPlace line of products. George also holds the distinction of being the first technical support staff hired by the company and the longest continuous employee. Back in 1986, the company was called TCI Software Research and the product we developed and sold was called T3. Since then, George has facilitated 11 upgrades and participated in the creation of Scientific Word, Scientific WorkPlace, and Scientific Notebook. As George points out, he's not the only person who has been with our products for 25 years, he is still working with some of our original customers. Also, after their short absence, he is again working with two of the original owners. Congratulations, George, here's hoping the next 25 are as good as the last!

Using SWP, SW, SNB with Windows Vista or Windows 7

Many versions of SWP, SW, and SNB run under Windows Vista and Windows 7. Read details.

Beamer presentations in Version 5.x

Create beautiful, typeset PDF presentations using the Beamer Package with Version 5.5 of Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word.

The Beamer support is included with build 2960. If you have an earlier build of Version 5.5 you can apply the patch update. See Patch update 2960 for Version 5.5.

Find the perfect document shell

Find the document shell that meets your needs quickly and easily. Now you can view samples of the documents produced by each document shell available in Version 5.5 of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook. And you can easily obtain new and modified shells: download a self-extracting file that automatically installs the shell components in your program directory.

Past Announcements from MacKichan Software

MacKichan Software, Inc. 19689 7th Avenue NE, Suite 183 #238 Poulsbo, WA 98370
Phone: 360-394-6033 Toll-free: 877-724-9673 Fax: 360-394-6039

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