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December 2015

Christopher MabbFrom: Dr Christopher Mabb, Scientific Word Ltd.
To: Our Scientific Word/WorkPlace/Notebook Technical Typesetting list


    Please find below the information for Scientific Word/WorkPlace/Notebook version 6.0.9. We recommend that you update to version 6.0.9 when convenient, following the Installation instructions below.


  1. Version 6.0.9:    Changes for v6.0.9 include:

    Further to our November 2015 mailing (Item 4), Barry MacKichan has responded to a request from one of our Site licensees:
    ...6.0.9 sends extra information to the licensing server so we can
    distinguish between the two cases of the user not giving [email
    address], and the bug in previous versions which did not send the email
    address, as you suggested.

    The change to install a license when it is found on the clipboard did
    not quite make it to the 6.0.9 release, but it will be in 6.0.10. There
    are other changes so that when a license is installed, all features are
    immediately enabled. It will no longer be necessary to restart the

  2. Installation Instructions:    The latest versions of Scientific Word/WorkPlace/Notebook are always available from our Download page. We recommend re-installing TeXLive and selecting Skip to create a new installation (even though it is not supposed to be necessary).

  3. PDF preview fails:    If your PDF preview fails when editing, for example, the document A_Test, the log file in the working folder Documents\SWPDocs\A_Test_work\tex\ will help you understand why the compiling process stopped. Open the log file with WordPad and scroll to the end – for example:

    ! LaTeX Error: File `nopackage.sty' not found.

    Type X to quit or <RETURN> to proceed,
    or enter new name. (Default extension: sty)

    Enter file name:
    ! Emergency stop.
    <read *>

    l.14 \graphicspath
    *** (cannot \read from terminal in nonstop modes)

    just before the numerical summary in the last 10 lines of the file. (In other words, it couldn't find the package "nopackage.sty": see Item 4 below.)
    Note that this working folder Documents\SWPDocs\A_Test_work is removed/emptied when you close the Scientific Word/WorkPlace document A_Test, and – if you save the document – is converted to an .sci folder of the same name.

  4. Adding TeXLive packages:    The standard TeXLive packages are installed with your Scientific Word/WorkPlace v6.0 system. If you need to add one of the other available TeXLive packages, typically because you have imported a Scientific Word/WorkPlace v5.5 document using a now-obsolete package (see Item 3 above), you can do so with the TeXLive Manager as follows:
    1. Double click the executable file tlmgr-gui.exe  now tlshell.exe   in the c:\TeXLive\2015\bin\win32 folder    or 2016 (or later)
    2. Click the "Load default" button and wait
    3. Scroll through the list of Package names, locate whichever package is to be added and check the box (here adding the subfigure package)
    4. Click the "Install" button

    You might need to update the TexLive Manager first.

  5. Licence files:    The location we give in our Installation Instructions (Step 8) for manually saving a licence file is in the .default subfolder of
    You might notice that this differs from the location given on MacKichan's v6.0 Tech topics page, where it says to save the licence file in
    These are alternatives: the licence file may be saved in either location.

  6. Automatic backups:    (From the "What's New" sidebar at the right of your editing window:) Remember that the contents of your document are written to your disk at a regular interval, which defaults to ten seconds. If your editing session is interrupted for any reason [translation: the program hangs or your computer crashes], start up SWP, SW, or SNB again, and you will see a dialog that says:
    A working directory for the document you selected still exists. This means that your previous editing session may have been interrupted. Do you want to resume editing this previous work instead of starting a new editing session?
    If you see this message and click on “Yes, use it”, you should see your document as it existed at some time less than ten seconds before your interruption.

  7. HTML export:    One of the powerful new features of Scientific Word/WorkPlace v6.0 is its ability to create nice-looking web pages from your scientific documents (HTML export). Just follow through with this example to create a document and export it to HTML:
    1. Click on File – New – Articles – Elbert Walker's Article
    2. File – SaveAs – \SW[P]Docs\ElbertWalker (with Save-as-type being SWP Documents)
    3. Close and re-open the document
    4. Optional: turn off View – Helper lines and View – Input boxes if you don't want green lines appearing in your web document
    5. File – ExportToWeb – \SW[P]Docs\ElbertWalker (with Save-as-type being "Zip file with web refs for CSS and MathJax")
    6. In Windows Explorer locate \SW[P]Docs\ElbertWalker.zip (not the folder ElbertWalker_work). The zip file should have both a css and a graphics subfolder
    7. Right click, Extract All to the default SW[P]Docs\ElbertWalker – Extract to create the folder SW[P]Docs\ElbertWalker
    8. In Windows Explorer, go to the SW[P]Docs\ElbertWalker folder and click on ElbertWalker.xhtml to open in your web browser.

    We've tested it primarily with Google Chrome; other browsers may vary. In case your browser doesn't do a good job of it, it's supposed to look like this. [See the video here.]

  8. GCHQ puzzle:    We know you're a bright bunch: we'd happily pit our registered users against virtually any other company's database anywhere. So we thought (with that little encouragement) you might enjoy this year's GCHQ Christmas puzzle. Just go here for something to enjoy after your Christmas dinner...
    It's a worthy challenge – you might not have finished it by tea-time!

  9. Darkest day:    We're sending this out on December 22nd – the shortest and darkest day (if you live in the Northern hemisphere). One of the big Old Testament prophetic-type guys used the illustration. He said:
    "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned..." (Isaiah 9v2)
    Why the big deal? Was it:
    "... because we're past the darkest day and it's getting lighter at night"?
    "... because it's after dawn and the morning is here"?
    Nope. It was:
    "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders." (Isaiah 9v6)
    Just how special would one baby have to be, to have people still talking about him twenty centuries later?

With best wishes for a Merry Christmas! Don't miss it...

This software is way too good to keep to yourself! Why not tell your friends...

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Christopher Mabb, Scientific Word Ltd., UK
Tel: +44 (0)345 766 0340; Fax: +44 (0)345 603 9443
Email: christopher@sciword.co.uk
Web: https://www.sciword.co.uk/