With the release of Version 6 of Scientific
WorkPlace®, Scientific Word®, and Scientific
Notebook®, the MacKichan Software products are now available for
Windows® and macOS® 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:
Set increment for plot sizing to .1 (match what had previously been done for graphics sizes).
Added some text to the help system about the sidebars and update the graphics.
Changed help system text to use macOS instead of OS X as the name of the Macintosh operating system.
Fixed some broken links in the help table of contents.
Changed typeset options for REVTeX4-1 to show titlepage option is now the default.
Fixed operation of View, Sidebars, View sidebar on left and View, Sidebars, View sidebar on right.
Fixed a help topic where subsections were incorrectly tagged as sections.
Updated text and graphics in help system to include symbol toolbar buttons that were missing.
Updated help text to add "Return to prior section" links (otherwise only toc could be used to go up a level).
Updated help text to add text to describe clicking on a tag in the Status bar to select the text marked by that tag.
Updated help file graphics so all toolbar icons are active.
Fixed a problem where "exp t" was not being plotted correctly.
Updated lists of available fonts in Document format dialog: added Times to math fonts and alphabetized other lists.
Implemented preferences for matrix defaults.
Implemented bracketed matrices.
Fixed a problem where filled circles was always used when creating point plots.
Allowed using semicolon along with comma to separate function parameters.
Updated preferences text when generating TeX on automatic save to help improve intent and also update corresponding help system graphic.
Fixed a problem where an incorrect factor was returned when a fraction was part of the expression.
Fixed a problem where the erf function was not being used correctly for plotting.
Fixed an XML parsing error when importing \hbox inside a cases environment.
Updated help text to clarify adding captions to graphics.
Updated help text to remove references to a Compute menu item that does not exist.
Updated help text when creating a point plot.
Fixed a problem where an error dialog would appear when trying to select properties of imagecaption.
Made changes to cache the licensing information to avoid a problem where license information was lost before the program was exited.
Changed dialogs so using Enter with Okay active does not insert doubled objects into the main window. Solved for Windows, but Macintosh solution still needed.
Removed unnecessary "http://" from URLs, and changed the URL for MathJax when saving for web.
Fixed problem displaying result of a certain 'solve exact'.
Added mathtools as a package that is always declared, since it is required for most of the matrix forms.
Fixed issues when using hyperlinks.
Removed references to Osaka font.
Fixed a problem that removed the first space in the "Link text" field when revising a hyperlink.
Changed newline object to create \newline instead of \\ in the generated LaTeX.
Updated About dialog to show current employees.
Added shell and support files for REVTeX4-2.
Deleted some unneeded breaks in welcome documents to avoid unwanted empty paragraphs when invisibles on.
Fixed problems where backspacing after entering a certain subscript or deleting a prime in a superscript would cause an invalid-markup.
Fixed a problem where deleting a superscript to a superscript would do the deletion, but change the superscript to be on the main line.
Fixed a problem where the cursor would disappear when backspacing through subscripts and superscripts.
Added FALSE as a possible outcome to definitess test.
Fixed a problem with Arabic environment in setting direction for ltr languages.
Added an error message for the wrong number of arguments for assume.
Changed to have assume and additionally to have only a single argument where two arguments were required.
Updated a couple of menu items where "Scientific Workplace" was used instead of "Scientific WorkPlace".
Updated help system to remove some text regarding ASCII import that had already been removed from the print version.
Fixed a problem where null was returned when using Compute, Simplex, Dual for certain matrices.
Updated watermark.frg so it requests two LaTeX passes.
Updated REVTeX4-1 and REVTeX4-2 shell documents to use \footnote instead of \thanks, as needed by the typesetting specification.
Updated REVTeX4-1 and REVTeX4-2 shell documents to add definitions for \@acolr and \@acoll to avoid a compile error caused by a conflict with the tabulary package that can be added automatically to a document.
Fixed a problem when using Tag, Advanced to change font didn't change line spacing caused by location of braces in the generated TeX.
Changed behavior of text tags to allow containing msibr objects and front matter tags; this reduces the fragmenting of text tags.
Changed generated LaTeX to force use of fontspec package whenever xelatex or lualatex is used.
Fixed a problem where undoing a removeEnvironment can delete text.
Fixed a problem where a text tag (for example, bold) could not be applied to cross references and certain other typeset objects.
Fixed a problem where new definitions could be lost if document closed before automatic save was done.
Fixed a problem where the approximate symbol returned by a computation was preventing subsequent computations from being made on the same line.
Fixed a problem where results for approximate integrals were not being shown.
Fixed a problem where the Compute, Vector calculus, Set basis variables dialog was not available.
Apple has launched macOS® 11.0 Big Sur and previously 10.15 Catalina. They do not run 32-bit programs and therefore do not run the current versions of the MacKichan Software programs. We strongly recommend against updating to Catalina at this time.
We are currently working to modify the programs so that they will run on Big Sur and Catalina. We will send out an announcement when they are usable with Big Sur and Catalina.
We know this may cause problems for many of you; please accept our apologies.
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.