In our reply we said:I simply cannot find out what the keyboard shortcuts for my installation of Scientific Word are (Scientific word v6, running on MacOS Mojave (v10.14.6)). My collaborator had mentioned to me that ctrl+f creates a fraction; however, this doesn't work for me. In fact none of his shortcuts work on my computer, which is disappointing because I was looking forward to fast typesetting of latex documents. Could you please point me toward any documentation that may contain a key to all the shortcuts?
Hopefully this will help other users of Scientific Word v6.x, whether on Mac or Windows, more widely around the world.Commands using the Ctrl key on Windows are almost all replaced by the equivalent command using the Cmd key on a Mac. So a fraction is Ctrl-/ on Windows, or Cmd-/ on a Mac. Ctrl-F is for Find (in common with other Windows programs) in Scientific Word v6.0; if your colleague said Ctrl-F gives a fraction then s/he must be using Scientific Word/WorkPlace v5.5 on Windows; version 6.0 was a complete re-writing of the code.
For further information please see:
It will probably help to watch the Scientific Word video or any of the videos on our Demo videos page.
In requesting the 8-character computer ID from them (available in Scientific WorkPlace v5.5 from Help – System Features) so that we could generate a licence file for them, we offered the following pointers:...we have tried to install [SWP5.5] on his new laptop using the same Serial Number he has for his license.
We are getting a license error and can only use Viewer. Can you please send us a .lic file for this installation.
On this occasion our suggestions didn't immediately resolve the issue, and we generated the licence as part of the Premier Technical Support we provide for our Annual Maintenance sites.What might have caused the problem? Possibly:
- Did you copy-and-paste the serial number when you installed, rather than type it (Step 3 of the v5.5 Installation Instructions)?
- Did you try to enter a dictionary serial number when registering (February 2014 mailing Item 2)?
- Did you copy across the licence file from the previous computer? The licensing is machine-specific, so each machine needs Registering itself.
We replied:I have been using SWP to teach my classes during lockdown and it has helped me a lot, I have written down a set of documents in standard latex article and I was wondering if there is a nice way to put them all together in a master document to have all my notes in one file, do you know of any way to do this?
For the equivalent version 6.0 topic, please see our February 2017 mailing Item 4.Master documents and subdocuments are covered in the online Help: in Scientific WorkPlace click on Help – Search – subdocuments – subdocuments – creating a master document / creating a subdocument.
We have created an example for you, supposing that you already had two Scientific WorkPlace documents FirstDocument and SecondDocument.
You now have a master document which includes the two subdocuments Subdocument1 and Subdocument2 containing the text of the documents you started with (FirstDocument and SecondDocument). You can include as many subdocuments as you wish in your master document.
- Keep all your documents in the same folder (eg. c:\swp55\test\ )
- Start a new master document: eg. File – New – Standard LaTeX – Blank Standard LaTeX Article (see MasterDocument). Save it in c:\swp55\test\
- Within this master document, click on Insert – Typeset Object – Subdocument and type the name for a subdocument (eg. Subdocument1). This creates Subdocument1.tex in the same folder. The grey TeXField saying [Include Subdocument1] appears in the master document
- Do the same to Insert a subdocument called Subdocument2. Save the master document
- Open the document Subdocument1.tex from File – Open; the document is blank. Use File – Import Contents to bring in the contents of FirstDocument. Save Subdocument1.tex
- Do the same with Subdocument2.tex to bring in the contents of SecondDocument. Save Subdocument2.tex
- You can now compile MasterDocument, and it will include the text of the subdocuments Subdocument1 and Subdocument2. See the PDF here.
If you want your master document to format as a book, create your master document using File – New – Standard LaTeX – Standard LaTeX Book.
We pointed out that:The drop down menus in Scientific Word are being presented with a very small font that is nearly unreadable on a high-resolution screen. Do you know how to control the size of these fonts?
To change the screen resolution, right-click on the Desktop and click on Display settings – Display resolution. Users with very high resolution screens (and correspondingly small menu fonts) might be interested in this comparison of:The menu fonts are hard-wired into Scientific Word, and so will be smaller at high resolution. How high resolution are you using? The menus are fine at my standard 1024x1280...
But despite spending some time on it ourselves, we didn't get it to work.You may get some joy from using Windows 10 to change the screen setting for Scientific Word to a lower resolution. To do this, right-click on the Scientific Word v5.5 desktop icon, and select Properties – Compatibility. Try checking “Run in 640x480 screen resolution” to see if this makes a difference. If so, try changing the settings at Properties – Compatibility – Change high DPI settings.
* But lest you think we're giving away the ranch, note that our Technical expertise is always available as Consultancy time at £500/hour + VAT, with an introductory offer to £165 + VAT for the first hour.Yes, this is what we announced in our June 2021 mailing Item 2:“… in a parting gift to the academic community, the code for the new v6.1 of the original program Scientific Word (only) will eventually become open source”<snip>
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so it’s worth considering what’s not included in the free version. It doesn’t include:
- Scientific WorkPlace (any version)
- Scientific Word on a Mac
- Scientific Word v5.5
- Our Unbeatable Expert Tech Support *
- …and you’ve got to be pretty proficient to install your own TeX system to work with it.
This software is way too good to keep to yourself! Why not tell your colleagues and co-authors? Perhaps some Emails... maybe a blog post on a mathematics/economics forum? Even easier is to Share our Facebook page – or any of the Product pages on our website – with your Facebook friends. Thanks a lot.