Our standard suggestions were surprisingly to no avail:"A PhD student on a faculty owned desktop is
unable to typeset anything to PDF. Every time he tries SWP completely
crashes to desktop."
Then we discovered they were trying to typeset one of the documents in the online help \Common folder:"So the first thing to do is to establish whether it's the user's installation of Scientific WorkPlace that's at fault (ie. all the documents will cause it to crash) or whether it's the document (ie. this document will cause a crash on other people's Scientific WorkPlace installation as well).
If the former – use the Repair utility documented in our July 2010 mailing (https://www.sciword.co.uk/mailings/July2010.htm) Item 2. Also try choosing a different LaTeX compiler/formatter in Typeset – Expert Setting – PDF Format Setting (then the dropdown).
If the latter – please let us have the document for inspection..."
Problem solved!"The documents in the Common folder are not intended as samples for Typeset – Preview PDF; welcome.tex won’t compile one anyone’s machine! Please try Typeset – Preview PDF with documents from SWSamples, such as checkout.tex ."
We haven't heard of any problems running our software on Windows 8 – but do please let us know your experiences."Windows 8 Pro behaves the same whether it’s on a desktop, laptop, or tablet, and all of the software you rely on when using Windows will work on the Windows 8 Pro tablet."
No. If you Google this question you'll find lots of different responses – but they all end up pretty much agreeing there's no satisfactory way to recover the .tex file from a PDF document. We particularly like the blogger who asks whether it's possible to separate a cake into its ingredients..."we can create scientific work place to pdf but can we create pdf to scientific work place?"