Scientific Notebook Version 5.5 is ideal for reports, homework, and exams. With Scientific Notebook, creating attractive documents that contain text, mathematics, and graphics is seamless and easy.
Version 5.5 includes RTF export, enabling you to share your work with colleagues or friends who do not have Scientific Notebook.
Quick, Clean, and Easy
The software is simple to use, yet powerful enough to facilitate teaching, communicating, learning, and exploring mathematics in the classroom. It is based on an easy-to-use word processor that completely integrates writing mathematics in natural notation.
Entering text and mathematics in Scientific Notebook is so straightforward there is practically no learning curve. Formatting is fast, simple, and consistent, since it is done with tags that define the document structure and appearance.
The software comes with reference manuals and an extensive online help system for creating documents and doing mathematics. If you need additional help, MacKichan Software provides reliable, prompt, free technical support.
The Power of Computer Algebra
Scientific Notebook is supplied with the built in computer algebra engine
MuPAD? 3.1. You can solve equations right in your documents with our easy-to-use interface.
You don’t have to master complex syntax to be able to evaluate, simplify, solve, or
plot mathematical expressions. Full computer algebra capabilities are available. You
can compute symbolically or numerically, integrate, differentiate, and solve
algebraic and differential equations. With menu commands, you can compute with
over 150 units of physical measure. You can import data from graphing calculators.
In addition, you can use the Exam Builder provided with Scientific Notebook to
construct exams algorithmically and to generate, grade, and record quizzes on a
web server.
Animate, Rotate, Zoom, and Fly
With Scientific Notebook Version 5.5, you can create 2-D and 3-D plots in many
styles and coordinate systems, and enhance the plots with background color, grid
lines, and plot labels in specified locations and orientations. And with MuPAD’s
VCAM you can animate these kinds of plots: 2D plots in polar coordinates, 2D and
3D plots in rectangular coordinates, 2D and 3D implicit plots, 2D and 3D vector fields,
3D tube plots, 3D plots in cylindrical coordinates, and 3D plots in spherical
coordinates and vector fields.
View all your plots in the VCAM window with playback toolbar controls. Use your
mouse to start, stop, re-run, and loop animations. Define an animation
variable t for your plot and specify the animation start and end times and the rate
of frames per second. With OpenGL 3D graphics, you can rotate, move, zoom in and
out, and fly through 3D plots.
Work with "Live" Mathematics Over the World Wide Web
If you have Internet access, you can open the file at any URL address from inside
the software. With Scientific Notebook, you can send mathematical documents
containing text, equations, and plots over the Internet. Scientific Viewer, our free
web browser, makes the exchange of technical documents a breeze.
The software supports hypertext links, so you can facilitate navigation for your
readers through a series of related documents. Readers can view and print
documents using Scientific Viewer. With the external lookup feature, you can access
or run external programs, such as a search engine or other application, directly
from your Scientific Notebook document
Features in Version 5.5
Support for creating PDF files now combines with support for Beamer so that you can create typeset PDF presentations from your Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word documents. Beamer support provides dynamic transitions and many predefined slide styles to help you create professional-looking presentations, handouts, and transparencies that contain text, mathematics, graphics, and even animations.
Version 5.5 adds the following features to the compatibility, typesetting, and computation capabilities of Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook:
Compute and plot with MuPAD. In SWP and SNB, compute and create plots right in your document with the MuPAD 3.1.1 computer algebra engine.
Animate 2D and 3D plots. With newly-implemented renderers, create animated 2D plots in polar coordinates, animated 2D and 3D plots in rectangular coordinates, animated 2D and 3D implicit plots, and animated 3D tube plots and plots in cylindrical and spherical coordinates and vector fields. Define an Animation Variable t for the plot and specify the animation start and end times and the rate of frames per second.
Improved plotting capability. Create 2D inequality plots and work with improved approximate integral plots, including additional approximation methods, color, and animation.
Manipulate and inspect 3D plots. Rotate, move, zoom in and out, and fly through 3D plots.
Explore plots and animations with the VCAM window. View plots in read-only or read-write documents using the MuPAD VCAM window with playback toolbar controls. Use your mouse to start, stop, re-run, and loop animations; change the animation speed; rotate; and zoom—all from the VCAM toolbar.
Enhance 2D and 3D plots. Now you can enhance your SWP and SNB plots with text labels that move with the plot when you rotate or zoom. You can specify the location of the label within the plot both horizontally and vertically, and you can set the orientation of the plot precisely. You can add grid lines and specify background colors, including translucent surface colors for 3D plots.
Create 3D implicit plots. Plot equations involving three variables.
Use completely revised instructions. The new edition of Doing Mathematics with Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook explains how to use the built-in computer algebra system to do mathematics and create plots without dealing directly with the syntax of the computer algebra system.
Collaborate more easily. Now you can import the contents of files created directly in LaTeX or LaTeX2e into SWP or SW using a special non-SWP/SW LaTeX filter, even if you can’t open the files directly. The filter can read many macro definitions not created with the program.
Extend typesetting capabilities with new LaTeX packages. Take advantage of the many new packages in Version 5.5 to enable specific LaTeX behaviors and extend the program’s typesetting capabilities.
Get troubleshooting help. A new, expanded edition of Typesetting Documents in Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word provides more typesetting tips and tricks, new information about LaTeX packages that have been added to the program, and a brand new chapter on troubleshooting problems that can arise.
Launch external applications from within SWP, SW, SNB, or the Viewer. Use the new user-configurable External Lookup feature to search for definitions in a dictionary, find synonyms in a thesaurus, invoke a search engine or encyclopedia, or launch other applications on your system or network or on the Internet.
Compatibility
You can interact with colleagues more easily and distribute your documents in different formats when you take advantage of new and enhanced export filters in Version 5.
Export your documents as RTF files. You can export your SWP, SW, and SNB documents as Rich Text Format (RTF) files, so that interactions with colleagues in non-TeX environments are simplified. The RTF export preserves the formatting you see in the document window. Any mathematics in your document can be represented with MathType 3 (Equation Editor) or MathType 5 objects. The resulting RTF file can be viewed in Microsoft Word even if an Equation Editor is not part of the Word installation. If the Microsoft Word installation includes the appropriate Equation Editor, any MathType 3 or MathType 5 mathematical objects in the RTF file can be edited. The file can also be displayed in outline mode.
Read MathType mathematics in RTF files. In Version 5, you can open and read the MathType equations in RTF files when you import the RTF files in SWP, SW, or SNB. The equations are converted to LaTeX.
Create more accurate HTML files. When you export your SWP, SW, or SNB documents to HTML, the program places any graphics generated during the process in a subdirectory. This version successfully exports fixed-width tables to HTML and saves the screen format to a Cascading Style Sheet (.css file). With HTML exports, you can make your mathematics available on various platforms over the Internet and in applications that can read HTML files.
Export mathematics as MathML. When you export HTML files, you can output your mathematics as MathML or graphics. Note that not all HTML browsers support MathML.
Typesetting
Version 5 provides new typesetting capabilities and many new document shells, some intended for international use.
Create typeset PDF files. Now you can share your work across platforms in PDF format by typesetting your SWP and SW documents with pdfLaTeX. No extra software is necessary to generate PDF files. The program automatically embeds fonts and graphics in the PDF file.
Use pdfTeX to process files that contain graphics. Until now, using pdfTeX with most graphics file formats has been tedious or impossible. Before typesetting your document with pdfLaTeX, Version 5 of SWP and SW converts any graphics in the document to formats that can be processed by pdfLaTeX before typesetting.
Preserve LaTeX cross-references in PDF files. If you add the hyperref package to your document, any cross-references in your SWP or SW document are converted to hypertext links when you typeset with pdfLaTeX. The package extends hypertext capabilities with hypertext targets and references. Additionally, pdfLaTeX fully links the table of contents in the resulting PDF file and includes in the file hierarchical markers and thumbnail pictures of all the pages in the document.
Use LaTeX PostScript packages. If you create PDF files from your SWP and SW documents, you can take advantage of LaTeX packages, such as the rotating package.
Use expanded typesetting documentation. A new edition of Typesetting Documents in Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word provides more typesetting tips and information about more LaTeX packages. Learn how to tailor typesetting specifications from inside the program to achieve the typeset document appearance you need.
Examine an expanded gallery of shells. View images of sample documents for each shell provided with the program in A Gallery of Document Shells for Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Word, provided on the program CD as a PDF file. Use the documentation to choose document shells appropriately.
Choose shells tailored for international documents. Version 5 includes shells for documents created in non-English languages, including German, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian. SWP and SW, in combination with TrueTeX, support international typesetting with the Lambda system.
Computation
Complex computational capability makes SWP and SNB indispensable tools.
Compute with MuPAD. In SWP and SNB, compute right in your document with the MuPAD computer algebra engine.
Use enhanced MuPAD capabilities. The new MuPAD 3.1.1 kernel is an upgrade from the MuPAD kernel included in earlier versions. Features include improved 2D and 3D plotting, expanded ODE capabilities, an expanded Rewrite submenu, and an improved Simplify operation.
Compute with MathType mathematics in RTF files. If you open an RTF file containing MathType equations, the program converts the equations to LaTeX. In SWP and SNB, you can compute with the mathematics just like any other mathematics in SWP and SW documents.
Use an improved Exam Builder. The Version 5 Exam Builder is fully functional with MuPAD. Printed quizzes can be reloaded without losing their math definitions, just like other documents. Exam Builder materials generated with earlier versions using either Maple or MuPAD work successfully in Version 5.
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