Home page

July 2010

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


    Here's some more news, tips and technical information in the latest of our regular Emails:


  1. Typesetting in other languages:    A few weeks ago, someone sent us a message from our page at http://www.scientific-workplace.com/ saying:
    "Hi, I have two questions:
    1. How can I make SWP to separate the word syllabus according to the Spanish Language?
    2. When I insert graphics into the text, SWP automatically numbers the charts, but in English, like Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. How can I make SWP to number the graphs in Spanish, like: Figura 1, Figura 2, etc.?"
    We responded (including an attachment):
    "Thanks for your message. To hyphenate in Spanish, you will want to use the babel package (see Help - Search - hyphenation patterns - hyphenation patterns - babel package, and also Help - Search - hyphenation patterns - hyphenation patterns - hyphenation patterns for different languages).
        To change the Figure naming, add the line:
    to your Typeset - Preamble (see attached)."
    Do please download the attachment from https://www.sciword.co.uk/mailings/figurenames.tex and Typeset - Preview PDF to see the numbering of the graphic.

  2. What if your installation gets corrupted?    It happens sometimes, most often when something else has changed - either you've installed other new software, or you've had to Recover after a major problem. The best thing is to run the Repair utility on our distribution CD, which puts your Scientific Word/WorkPlace/Notebook system back to how you installed it without affecting your documents... but keep a backup anyway (the simplest way is to copy the whole folder, eg. c:\swp55, using Windows Explorer).
        To run the Repair utility, you'll need your serial number, available from Help - System Features. Start the CD, proceed as if to make an installation, enter your serial number and then after several steps choose the Modify/Repair option.

  3. Unnumbered Examples:    A user asked us:
    "I have a question about tags. In my text I insert say one of the tags like Example. When it prints in the PDF it is followed by a number. How can I remove the automatic numbering of tags in my document?"
    Our reply referred to the little-known ntheorem package:
    "To remove the numbering of the Examples, add the ntheorem package to your document, and change the Example line of the Typeset - Preamble to read:
    Please see the sample .rap file and PDF attached..."
    We're confident our readers know how to add packages to a document... but just in case: click on Typeset - Options & Packages - Package Options - Add. If the package is not shown in the list, click on Go Native and type the package name in {curly brackets} on a line of its own; this will work as long as the package in question is available on your installation.
        If you want to have both numbered and unnumbered Examples in the document, then create a new Item Tag called (for example) unnumexample, as discussed in our December 2009 mailing (Item 1). You can see a document demonstrating this at https://www.sciword.co.uk/mailings/unnumexample.tex ; click on Typeset - Preview PDF to see the effect at the bottom of page 1. (And you could see the difference between them in your Scientific Word/WorkPlace editing window by creating a new .cst file.)

  4. Labels for plots:    A user at a UK university (one of our best customers, actually) Emailed to ask how to label curves in a figure. The easiest way to get the idea is to download and open https://www.sciword.co.uk/mailings/plotlabels.tex , right-click on the graphic and then click on Properties - View - Plot Labels.

  5. Anyone for version 3.0?    Believe it or not, we were asked earlier this year if it's possible to install SWP3.0 under Windows 7. Restraining our inclination to quote them for a new system  ; - )  we replied saying:
    We don't know of anyone who's doing this in the UK, but it is documented at http://www.mackichan.com/index.html?techtalk/737.htm where it says:
    Version 3.0
    Version 3.0 installations may require an update to work with Vista or Windows 7. Either
    Install using the Build 1079B CD.
    Install the Patch for Smart Heap if you used an older CD for the original installation.
    See Patch Updates for Version 3.0 for a description of CDs and available updates.
    You must follow the instructions for Using SWP or SW Version 3.0 with Windows 2000 or XP.
    You may experience problems displaying certain ligatures when the document typesetting specification uses the Times New Roman font. There is no solution to this problem except to avoid typesetting specifications that use Times New Roman.
    See above regarding Windows help and 100% CPU usage.
    Do please let us know how you get on - it will be remarkable if you manage to get SWP v3.0 (released 1998) to work with Windows 7 (2010)! All the best.
    He hasn't got back to us yet - but we'll let you know if he does!

  6. We like to hear from you!    Do you think our mailings are too long? not long enough? too frequent? rather boring? too involved? not relevant? Did you find any of the links broken? We welcome friendly honest feedback - so why not tell us what you think?

  7. And why not refer us?    Just click the button below and enter the names and Email addresses of the colleagues who would benefit most from our professional mathematical/scientific typesetting software - and they'll receive an automatic Email inviting them to our website. We won't even receive their details unless they choose to take advantage of our free 30-day demo and Email us to request an appropriate serial number. And they won't be added to any junk mail lists - ever.


    As you know, we only Email the Scientific Word family every couple of months. But if you no longer wish to remain on our mailing list so as to receive technical information and news of updates and developments, a simple Email reply to that effect will suffice.
    Thanks for reading. We'll Email you with further information in September...


Christopher Mabb, Scientific Word Ltd., UK
Tel: +44 (0)845 766 0340; Fax: +44 (0)845 603 9443
Email: christopher@sciword.co.uk
Web: https://www.sciword.co.uk/