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:
Fixed where pressing Backspace inside expanding brackets now puts in and deletes input boxes correctly.
Improved import of captions associated with graphics.
Fixed a problem where certain deletions in a superscript resulted in invalid-markup.
Fixed a problem where the Document Format dialog was not showing the selected TeX engine correctly.
Fixed a problem where negative exponents in an expression were not being sent to the computational engine.
Fixed a problem with cursor position when deleting numbers.
Fixed a problem where input boxes were being added when not needed.
Fixed a problem where exponents inside expanding brackets were not being sent to the computational engine.
Changed document markup to use <imagecaption> instead of <caption> to avoid a conflict with xhtml constructs.
Enabled captions above in tables.
Fixed an import problem that caused a dialog containing "The file resource://app/res/shells/-Standard_LaTeX/Standard_LaTeX_Article.sci cannot be found." to appear.
Avoided losing alignment points for certain multi-line displays.
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: