Announcements from MacKichan Software

Announcing Version 6

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 Mozilla-based architecture, many features that were present in earlier versions of the programs have been enhanced. This new architecture makes it easy to save or export your documents in multiple formats, giving you more flexibility in your workplace. The program window has been updated, and document production has been streamlined. MuPad 5® is the computer algebra system embedded in Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook 6.

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.

The products are available for purchase on the MacKichan Store or 30-day trial versions can be downloaded here.

Buying a Version 6 License

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.

Version 6.1.0 of MacKichan Software products have been released

Change for this release:

The most recent update will be available for download at the Trial Version Download page and the Updates for Version 6 page.

Notice: Version 6 is not compatible for use with macOS® 11.0 Big Sur or 10.15 Catalina.

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.

---Barry MacKichan

Screencasts of Version 6 of our products available

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.

Firefox browser recommended for Version 6

The recommended browser for Version 6 of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook is Firefox. Firefox replaces the functions of Scientific Viewer.

MacKichan Software Manuals Are Available to Download

Our manuals are available to download in PDF format.

This includes:

Older manuals available:

Notice: Customers report problems after with Version 5.5 after the Windows 10 Creator update

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.

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