Scientific Workplace – New Features
Version 6 expands important features that were present in earlier versions of the program: compatibility with other software and systems; a rich interface based on the logical separation of content and appearance; the natural entry of text and mathematics; the ability to perform mathematical computation with MuPAD 5® inside your Scientific WorkPlace 6® and Scientific Notebook 6® documents; and easy creation and production of complex, highly formatted printed documents.
Here are some of the new features in Scientific Workplace 6:
Now for both Windows and Mac OS X
With Version 6 you have a choice of operating systems: Windows® or OS X®. With its entirely new Mozilla-based architecture, Version 6 provides more flexibility for your workplace. You can save or export your documents in multiple formats according to your publication and portability needs. Your documents are saved as XML files, making them completely portable across platforms. Sharing your work with colleagues is easier than ever
The program window has been updated with streamlined layouts for the toolbars and symbol panels. Most tools work the same way they did in earlier versions, with a mouse-activated tooltip giving the name of each toolbar button and panel symbols. With Version 6 you can display your document with or without XML tags, as XHTML source code, or PDF (except in Scientific Notebook).
Easy sharing of documents
Documents and all files related to them (embedded files, plot files, etc.) are automatically bundled together. You only need a single file bearing the extension .sci to share a document. You can seamlessly import TEX files created with earlier versions of the program, and you can export any document as a TEX file. In XML and XHTML files, Version 6 represents your mathematics as MathML. This makes it easy to create XHTML web files for the representation of your mathematics on various platforms over the Internet with a browser. Note that the browser recommended for Version 6 is Firefox.
Multiple levels of Undo are now available, allowing you to undo an unlimited number of previous editing changes from your current session in the document.
- Check spelling
On the Windows® platform spell checking in realtime is provided using inline spell checking from MySpell. MySpell provides a free open-source dictionary for over 40 languages. Misspelled words have a wavy red underline.There is also a Check Spelling dialog box where you can choose to replace a misspelled word, or to ignore the suggested corrections. You may also specify which language to use. On the Mac® the spellchecker uses the OS X® dictionary.
- Speed document formatting
Common tasks such as section head and footnote formatting are simpler. The page layout you define in a new WYSIWYG interface translates directly to TEX.
Version 6 allows you to create fragments containing XHTML code, TEX code, graphics, or anything else that can go on the clipboard.
There is a new visual interface used to create tables to the exact dimensions you need.
- Edit efficiently
Leaving dialog boxes open while you make replacements and corrections saves time.
- Language support
Version 6 supports any left-to-right or right-to left language that is supported by your operating system.
- Improved and scalable fonts
Use pdfLATEX and XƎTEX to create documents with a wide variety of scalable fonts. With XƎTEX you can use any OpenType font installed on your computer, as well as Unicode and associated extended Unicode TrueType fonts. The program includes the latest version of LATEX and AMS; macros. The packages yield ligatures and kerning in all text when documents are typeset
Version 6 uses MuPAD 5 as the embedded computer algebra system.
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