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Patch update 2960 for Version 5.5

Version 5.5 - Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, & Scientific Notebook

We have released build 2960 of Version 5.5 of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook. The update applies only to the English language version of the products.

You can download a patch update file for build 2960 if you currently have installed

  • Build 2890, Build 2953, or Build 2953B of Version 5.5

The patch update for build 2960 includes changes in the program that have occurred since the original release of Version 5.5 (build 2890).

Please read all the instructions before you begin the update.

Step One. Check the version of SWP/SW/SNB you're using.

  1. Start your copy of the program.

  2. From the Help menu, choose About and note the version and build numbers.

    • If you currently have build 2890 or 2953 of Version 5.5, you can use this patch update.

    • If you have an earlier version, you must purchase an upgrade to Version 5.5.

Step Two. Download and install the patch update.

If you prefer, you can download the build 2960 full self-extracting installation file.

If you have sufficient disk space, you may want to make a copy of your current program directory before you apply the patch update. If the update should fail for some reason, you may need to reinstall from the original program CD or download the full self-extracting installation file. In most cases, the patch update preserves user preferences, such as new automatic substitutions and toolbar configurations.

To download and install the patch update:

  1. Choose the appropriate file from the table following these instructions and download it to your local hard drive.

  2. When the download is complete, close your current version of SWP, SW, or SNB.

  3. Run the downloaded program and follow the screen prompts.

  4. Start the program.

  5. From the Help menu, choose About, and check that the build number is 2960.

    If the build number is not 2960, follow the instructions below for downloading and installing the full version of the release.

If you have Download patch update
Scientific WorkPlace
V5.5 build 2890 or 2953 swp55tob2960.exe -- 33.0 MB
Scientific Word
V5.5 build 2890 or 2953 sw55tob2960.exe -- 30.3 MB
Scientific Notebook
V5.5 build 2890 or 2953 sn55tob2960.exe -- 4.9 MB

To download and install the full version of this release:

  1. Uninstall the program:

    1. From the Windows Start menu, choose Control Panel.

    2. Choose Add/Remove Programs.

    3. Select the program name.

    4. Choose Change/Remove.

    5. From the Welcome dialog, choose Remove and then choose Next.

    6. If the ReadOnly File Detected dialog displays, check Don't display this message again and choose Yes.

    7. Follow the screen prompts for the remainder of the uninstall process.

    8. Restart your computer.

  2. Choose the appropriate file from the following table and download it to your local hard drive.

    Product Download full install file
    Scientific WorkPlace swp-pro550.exe -- 95.1 MB
    Scientific Word sciword550.exe -- 73.9 MB
    Scientific Notebook scinoteb550.exe -- 43.1 MB
    Scientific Viewer sviewer550.exe -- 13.4 MB

  3. Run the downloaded program and follow the screen prompts to install the program.

    If you use the same directory from which you uninstalled the program in step 1, you can skip the registration process.

  4. Restart your computer.

  5. Start the program.

  6. From the Help menu, choose About, and check that the build number is 2960.

  7. From the Help menu, choose System Features. and check that all functions are listed as available.

Changes included in build 2960

  • Change to HTML export: LaTeX adds brackets around citations, so do it when exporting to HTML. Also, export the note in a citation. There would normally be a comma and space before the note, but there isn't a way to do add the comma conditionally, so just append the note when present.

  • Various corrections and additions to the help files (more than 250 files updated).

  • Add several macros to the ones that need a \protect in certain circumstances, including ones that were missing when saving for Portable LaTeX.

  • Add editor to the list of AMS typesetting specifications.

  • Computational engine: Fix to take the eigenvector of a matrix larger than 3x3, and a separate fix to increase the maximum matrix print size.

  • Animation settings: Fix which prevented animation settings in plots from working on a per-item basis (i.e., you could set start and end time and stuff for the overall "scene", but the settings for individual plot "items" were discarded).

  • Quiz sect1-1: Fix an incorrect answer (wrong sign was selected).

  • Quiz Hecht-1: Fix some questions after problems were noticed.

  • New shells added:

    • AGUTeX Article

    • American Economic Review (Similar)

    • Biometrics

    • Econometrica (Similar)

    • Elsevier Article

    • International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics

    • Joint Statistical Meetings Article

    • Journal of Economic Literature (Similar)

    • Journal of Economic Perspectives (Similar)

    • Journal of Political Economy

    • Quarterly Journal of Economics (Similar)

    • SPIE Proceedings (Note: this shell previously used article as the typesetting specification, spie is now the typesetting specification.)

    • Greek Article

    • Greek Article - XeTeX

    • Japanese Article - XeTeX

    • Korean Article - XeTeX

    • Russian Article

    • Russian Article - XeTeX

    • Simplified Chinese Article - XeTeX

    • Traditional Chinese Article - XeTeX

    • Article - Extended Font Sizes

    • Book - Extended Font Sizes

    • Proceedings - Extended Font Sizes

    • Book - Extended Font Sizes

    • Report - TU Wien Report (Note: this shell previously used report as the typesetting specification, refrep is now the typesetting specification.)

    • Jonathan Lewin VCC Style

    • Cornell University

    • University of Massachusetts Amherst Dissertation

    • Yale University Doctoral Dissertation added

  • Shells renamed:

    • AIP (Similar) - was Similar to AIP

    • AIP (Similar) - Modified - was Similar to AIP - Modified

    • Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (Similar) - was Similar to Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

    • MAA Monthly before 1992 (Similar) - was Similar to MAA Monthly before 1992

    • North-Holland Journals (Similar) - was Similar to North-Holland Journals

    • Sequential Analysis Journal (Similar) - was Similar to Sequential Analysis Journal

    • TU Wien Article - was TU Wien Article (new)

    • World Scientific Book 9.00x6.00 - was World Scientific Book 9.00x6-00

    • SW Exam 1 - 8.5x11 Page - was SW Exam #1 - 8.5x11 Page

    • SW Exam 1 - 8.5x14 Page - was SW Exam #1 - 8.5x14 Page

    • SW Exam 2 - was SW Exam #2

    • SW Exam 3 - was SW Exam #3

    • Book - SW Book 1 - was Book - SW Book #1

    • Book - SW Book 2 - was Book - SW Book #2

    • Book - SW Book 3 - was Book - SW Book #3

    • Book - SW Book 4 - was Book - SW Book #4

    • Book - SW Book 5 - was Book - SW Book #5

    • Book - SW Book 6 - was Book - SW Book #6

    • Fax - SW Fax 1 - was Fax - SW Fax #1

    • Fax - SW Fax 2 - was Fax - SW Fax #2

    • Fax - SW Fax 3 - was Fax - SW Fax #3

    • Letter - SW Letter 1 - was SW Letter #1

    • Letter - SW Letter 2 - was SW Letter #2

    • Letter - SW Letter 3 - was SW Letter #3

    • Letter - SW Letter 4 - was SW Letter #4

    • Letter - SW Letter 5 - was SW Letter #5

    • Letter - SW Letter 6 - was SW Letter #6

    • Memo - SW Memo 1 - was Memo - SW Memo#1

    • Memo - SW Memo 2 - was Memo - SW Memo#2

    • Memo - SW Memo 3 - was Memo - SW Memo#3

    • Memo - SW Memo 4 - was Memo - SW Memo#4

    • Memo - SW Memo 5 - was Memo - SW Memo#5

    • Press Release - SW Press Release 1 - was Press Release - SW Press Release #1

    • Press Release - SW Press Release 2 - was Press Release - SW Press Release #2

    • Report - SW Report 1 - was Report - SW Report #1

    • Report - SW Report 2 - was Report - SW Report #2

    • Report - SW Report 3 - was Report - SW Report #3

    • Report - SW Report 4 - was Report - SW Report #4

    • Report - SW Report 5 - was Report - SW Report #5

    • Resume - SW Resume 1 - was Resume - SW Resume #1

    • Resume - SW Resume 2 - was Resume - SW Resume #2

    • Help Document Version 3.5 and 4 - was Help Document Ver 35 and 4

    • Book 1 - was Book #1

    • Exam 1 - was Exam #1

    • Fax 1 - was Fax #1

    • Letter 1 - was Letter #1

    • Letter 2 - was Letter #2

    • Letter 3 - was Letter #3

    • Letter 4 - was Letter #4

    • Memo 1 - was Memo #1

    • Report 1 - was Report #1

    • Resume 1 - was Resume #1

    • Slides - Jim's Landscape 2 - was Slides - Jim's Landscape #2

    • Thesis 1 - was Thesis #1

    • New Mexico State University (Similar) - was Similar to New Mexico State University

    • North Dakota State University (Similar) - was Similar to North Dakota State University

    • University of Miami (Similar) - was Similar to University of Miami

    • University of Utah (Similar) - was Similar to University of Utah

  • Shells removed:

    • Academic Press Journals

    • Academic Press Journals - Modified

    • SPIE Proceedings

    • SPIE Proceedings - Modified

    • TU Wien

    • Russian or Greek Article

    • Memo - SW Memo Special for Inventions

    • Report - TU Wien Report (new)

  • Nearly every shell updated to include typesetting specification information corresponding to information in the Shell Gallery. Various shell changed as hyperlink targets needed updating and/or as requested by customers.

  • Many screen style files (.cst files) modified for consistency. Added text tags for the attributes available with the ulem package.

  • Updated PackageSample-beamer.tex and PackageSample-subfig.tex and added PackageSample-ulem.tex in the SWSamples directory. The PackageSample-ulem.tex documents shows how a single level of change tracking can be done, sometimes known as legislative format.

  • Various changes to the BibTeX bibliography styles, mostly updates available from CTAN or other locations.

  • color.cfg changed to use the same driver as graphics.cfg to avoid a conflict when the color package was used at the same time as the graphicx package.

  • Separate texmf.cnf file added for use by Omega/Lambda to avoid a conflict with the texmf.cnf used by the updated version of pdftex/pdflatex.

  • The font map files,, and were combined with the single font map file TCITeX\fonts\map\pdftex\ used by the updated version of pdftex/pdflatex.

  • Package updates from CTAN

    • fancyheadings now from fancyhdr package (old fancyheadings files removed), algorithmic, apacite, beamer, bezos, newapa, caption, cite, curves, elsarticle, elsevier, extsizes, fancyvrb, fancychap, gatech-thesis, geometry, hyperref, IEEEtran, lineno, memoir, minitoc, url, ragged2e, natbib, ncctools packages, nomencl, pgf, pict2e, refman, rotating, showlabels, siam, spie, titlesec, uwthesis, xcolor, xtab, pdftex.def (part of the graphics package)

  • New packages from CTAN

    • ifxetex, oberdiek packages, hypernat, ntheorem

  • Style Editor file updates

    • sebase.cls (fix extra blank page in two column styles), fsbook.sty, laval.sty, secalcul.sty, selbk.sty, semem1.sty, SESlideJimsLandscape, srw.sty, swugbk.sty

  • Other typesetting specification updates:

    • sw20bams.sty, sw20dft1.sty, sw20df2.sty, sw20fra.sty, sw20gilb.sty, sw20ndsu.sty, sw20nmsu.sty, sw20stde.sty, sw55jep.sty (added), laa.sty, sw55aer.sty (added), sw55jel.sty (added), sw55jpe.sty (added), agutex (added), asaproc (added), biometrics (added), cornell (added), ectaart (added), espcrc1.sty, espcrc2.sty, ieice.cls, review.sty, nuthesis.cls, pittedt, sciencemag, llncs.cls, uga.sty, umthesis, unmthesis, wspc packages, yale

  • TrueTeX Previewer updated from Version 4.5P to 4.5U.

  • Batch file to directly run pdflatex (runpdflatex_ml.bat) corrected.

  • Various changes, updates, and additions to the interface files used by SW to interact with typesetting specification settings. The changes are in the files classes.opt, classes.pkg, and packgs.opt in the Typeset directory.

  • Changed the default PDF viewer program from Acrobat 5.0 (acrobat.exe) to Acrobat Reader 9.0 (acrord32.exe).

  • When saving for PDF or Portable LaTeX, use \centering instead of \begin{center} and \end{center} for floating graphics (to match what \FRAME does).

  • Add default entries for TeX Live 2007, especially to run XeTeX after a default install of TeX Live 2007.

  • Prevent a crash if a required space is included in a computation.

  • Changes to 2multibyte program used to save Unicode documents: remove some of the newlines added by the Portable LaTeX file type; fix missing last line of document (usually "\end{document}".

  • Change grader program to try to make it easier to spot mismatched mupad files.

  • Update characters in symbol panels: Fix U-breve and u-breve and tweak U-ring; make diamond more square and fill in star in Binary Operations section; exchange propto and varpropto and clean up esseqgtr gtreqless lesseqqgtr and gtreqqless in Binary Relations section; fix leadsto and clean up dashrightarrow and dashleftarrow in Arrows section; clean up O grave in Latin-1 section; fix c acute and E breve in Latin Extended-A section; reverse propto and varpropto (to more closely match the screen/typeset versions) in Binary Relations symbol section; clean up succnapprox in Negated Relations section.

  • Make the height of the popups the same as that for the fragment popup.

  • Change install to add registry keys to avoid the Failed to update registry message when using Vista.

  • Change to accomodate the Times New Roman ligature font issue that is specific to Vista.

  • Update pdftex/pdflatex to version 1.40.

  • Display a message box during the install to try to suppress delay after choosing Next at the final dialog before files are copied.

Differences available only on the CD

  • is no longer on the program CD.

  • Pictures in Extras\MacKichan Software, Inc. removed.

  • FLEXlm utilities in Licensing directory on CD updated from Version to

  • The manuals directory on the CD contains updated versions of: CreatingDocs-55.pdf, ShellGallery-55.pdf, Typesetting-55.pdf

Changes included in build 2953

This patch update contains the following additions and changes, which have occurred in the program since the release of Version 5.5 (build 2890). Some descriptions use technical and internal terms and may not completely describe the change. Note that not all changes apply to all products; for example, changes to the Style Editor do not apply to SNB and changes to computational capabilities do not apply to SW. The list is presented in no particular order.

  • Added a FillStyle attribute to approximate integral plots.

  • Improved support for approximate integral plots, including support for additional approximation methods, color, and animation.

  • Added command line modes (/ops or /opsl logfile) to the Document Manager so that it will only wrap snapshot and VCAM files. These can be useful to when trying to manage snapshots and VCAM files.

  • Added support for grid lines in plots.

  • Added support for plot background color.

  • Added support for two colors in conformal plots.

  • Added support for 2D inequality plots.

  • Added support for translucent surface colors in 3D plots.

  • Added support for contour style surface mesh in 3D plots.

  • Added the external lookup feature that provides the ability to call an external program, such as a search engine, encyclopaedia, or other application, using the current selection as a parameter. User-configurable lookup commands appear on the Tools and Context menus. The interface to modify or add lookups is available via the Tools/External Lookup command.

  • Added documentation of the new plot features and external lookup feature.

  • Added a registry setting to control when snapshots are used for rendering. In particular, made the default to NOT use snapshots for rendering in when previewing or printing from the File menu (without typesetting). This is more essential with the addition of transparent surfaces in plots, as the transparency is lost in the snapshot.

  • Added a warning when opening a writable document in Viewer mode.

  • Updated the MuPAD library including,, and

  • Updated the LaTeX packages fncychap and nomencl from CTAN.

  • Added .cst support for underline tags in the package ulem.sty.

  • For all .cst files, changed all old-style color values to the new style (that is, from R0,G0,B0 to R:0 G:0 B:0).

  • In many shells, fixed a problem with Body Math tag.

  • Added shells for the Journal of Economic Theory. Journal of Financial Economics.

  • Fixed a bug in 2multibyte that added unwanted space after a command.

  • Fixed an Exam Builder bug in the handling of Greek letters.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented .jpg graphics from rendering in the TeX previewer.

  • Fixed a bug in which the leadin justification was saved incorrectly in a .cst file.

  • Fixed a problem with equation array labelling that occurred when backspacing to delete a row.

  • Fixed a crash that could occur in searching for index entries.

  • Fixed a crash in the output filter that occurred when a TCIMacro statement follows an index entry.

  • Fixed a crash which could occur during the Compute/Define operation.

  • Fixed various plot problems, including

    • A bug in which the animation parameter setting was lost.

    • A bug in which plots disappeared when a window was resized.

    • A bug in which the view range of log plots was not sticky.

    • A problem with certain defined functions that would plot only "f(x)" and not "f". (Note: In Version 5.0 they behaved exactly the opposite way.)

    • Various failures in the rendering and disappearance of plots.

    • Problems entering negative values for plot label orientation.

    • A failure to recognize certain parametric plots as parametric.

    • Fixed a bug in which plots disappeared when a window was resized.

  • Fixed a bug in which the animation parameter setting was lost.

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when modifying graphic sets from the Typeset/General Settings dialog.

  • Fixed various bugs in import/export filters:

    • Fixed a bug in the portable filter in the handling of ~in a link.

    • Fixed a bug in the HTML export operation that occurred when a graphic has an underscore in a key.

    • Fixed bugs in the input filter in which a blank line between consecutive \end{environments} failed; in which the input filter failed if an HTML field contained %; and n the handling of multibyte characters in tables, matrices, and arrays.

    • Fixed another problem with multibyte characters in the handling of \tag.

    • Fixed a bug in the input filter and program internals in which \\* was mishandled in equarrays.

    • Fixed a bug in the Import Non-SWP/SW LaTeX filter in which $ .. $$..$ failed.

  • Fixed several installation bugs that

    • Prevented the installation of pretex.exe in SW.

    • Copied the ptdata to the quizzes directory in SNB.

    • Corrected the case of some directories in the installation program.

  • Fixed a bug in the registration program in which white space in the serial number caused a failure, and changed the registration program so that new licensing information is prepended instead of appended to an existing license file.

  • Added a warning when a timed license has less then 7 days remaining.

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