Getting Started with Scientific WorkPlace v6.0
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Getting Started with Scientific WorkPlace v6.0

    Hopefully you've already got your 30-day Scientific WorkPlace trial installed and Activated. The test of a correct installation is that when you click on Help – License Information you get a gold seal and a message saying "Thank you for supporting Scientific WorkPlace".
    If you haven't Activated, the Help – License Information message says "This computer is not licensed to run Scientific WorkPlace" and Scientific WorkPlace is not fully functional. In this case, please click on Help – Activate and enter the 30-day serial number number we supplied.
    The opening screen can look a little bit daunting at first. That's why we're recommending you download the v6.0 Getting Started guide (1.6Mb) and work through the pages referred to below – while having Scientific WorkPlace open in front of you. Following these steps now will be time well spent:

  1. Go to p3 (of the Getting Started PDF) Exploring the Program, and compare the screenshot there with your Scientific WorkPlace screen. Most of the time with Scientific WorkPlace we're entering text and maths, which we do on the Normal tab (see the bottom of the editing screen), before we then click on the PDF Preview tab to generate a PDF. Clicking on the dotted lines in the middle of the two vertical sides shows/hides the sidebars.

  2. Toolbars are displayed from View – Toolbars; engaging the Maths Toolbar in Scientific WorkPlace also activates the Compute Toolbar. Click on View – Toolbars and try checking/unchecking a different combination of toolbars.

  3. p4 (of the Getting Started PDF) Opening a Document. Let's try a simple test: In Scientific WorkPlace, click on File – New Document – Standard LaTeX – Standard LaTeX Article – OK, put the cursor at the end (after 'for this shell is article.cls') and type some text, eg. 'In the beginning was the word'. Then just click on the PDF Preview tab at the bottom of the editing screen. Scientific WorkPlace runs the compiler once, generates a PDF and shows you the result (we also added some more text and an integral for good measure). You can choose from Tools – Preferences – TeX Typesetting – Expert whether the PDF documents generated are shown in Scientific WorkPlace's internal PDF plugin, or sent to the standard PDF Reader on your computer.
    On closing the PDF view, click back to the Normal tab.

  4. You can save Scientific WorkPlace documents by clicking on File – Save or Ctrl-S (Cmd-S on a Mac). The document is saved as an .sci file, in \Documents\SWPDocs: see, for example, Test.sci. Note that until you close the document (or exit the program) there is a temporary 'working' subfolder called \Documents\SWPDocs\Test_work, containing a \tex subfolder which includes the .tex form of the document and a PDF (if you've already compiled the document, from PDF Preview).
    This working subfolder is emptied when you close the document (File – Close, or Ctrl/Cmd-W) or exit Scientific WorkPlace; the \tex subfolder is added into the .sci file, and the PDF goes in \Documents\SWPDocs.

  5. p6 Entering and Editing Mathematics: To enter mathematics, point and click at a maths symbol (either from the Symbol toolbar, or the Symbols panel in the left sidebar) or a function from the Maths toolbar such as integral. This changes the black T to a red M, indicating maths mode. Alternatively, you can click on the black T/red M to change mode (or use Ctrl/Cmd-T to choose text, and Ctrl/Cmd-M for maths).

  6. p7 Entering Text and Maths: Here's how to enter subscripts and superscripts, for example :
    • Ctrl/Cmd-M to change to maths mode
    • Type the x from the keyboard
    • Ctrl/Cmd-up arrow for the superscript (or Ctrl/Cmd-down arrow for subscript)
    • Type 3 from the keyboard
    • Spacebar to exit the superscript, and
    • Ctrl/Cmd-T (or spacebar) to return to text mode.

  7. Now see whether you can enter the phrase shown in boldface on p7 at Step 7 (above the Undo heading). No shame if you need to follow the instructions (Steps 1 to 7 above it)!
    Then with the cursor still just after the 'dx', click on Compute – Evaluate and Scientific WorkPlace will return the answer 13x³.

  8. p7 Formatting with Tags. Locate the four blank fields to the right of the black T/red M at the top of the editing screen. These are the drop-downs for Text tags, Paragraph/List tags, Structure/Environment tags and the last one for Front Matter tags. Click on the drop-down arrows to get a feel for the contents.

  9. p9 Exporting to the Web: Click on File – Export to Web, and then Save As Type Zip file with web refs for CSS and MathJax. The resulting zip file is saved in \Documents\SWPDocs; it contains an .xhtml file which displays your scientific document in a web browser.

  10. We recommend you get a taste of the version 6.0 benefits by watching the videos here; please choose HD resolution.

    Following the steps above will get you off to the best possible start. And if you really want, the manuals are available at, though we don't think you'll need to read them...
    We very much hope you enjoy your 30-day trial of Scientific WorkPlace v6.0. We'll look forward to hearing from you when you're ready to buy your permanent licence, which will cover you to use either this new and powerful v6.0 and/or the mature, tried-and-tested v5.5.


Christopher Mabb, Scientific Word Ltd., UK
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