With Scientific Notebook, creating attractive documents that contain text, mathematics, and graphics is seamless and easy.

Free Notebook Screen Saver

To use the Scientific Notebook screen saver,download and extract the files to windows directory. Go to Properties/Screen Saver and select scinoteb, preview and select OK.

Scientific Notebook 5.5

Scientific Notebook Version 5.5 is ideal for reports, homework, and exams. The software is simple to use, yet powerful enough to facilitate teaching, communicating, learning, and exploring mathematics in the classroom.

Scientific Notebook 5.5 is based on an easy-to-use word processor that completely integrates writing mathematics in natural notation. Entering text and mathematics is so straightforward there is practically no learning curve. Formatting is fast, simple, and consistent with tags that define the document structure and appearance. Version 5.5 also includes RTF export, enabling you to share your work with colleagues or friends who do not have Scientific Notebook.

The program is also supplied with the built-in computer algebra engine MuPAD 2.5. You can solve equations right in your documents with our easy-to-use interface. You don't have to master complex syntax to be able to evaluate, simplify, solve, or plot mathematical expressions. Full computer algebra capabilities are available. You can compute symbolically or numerically, integrate, differentiate, and solve algebraic and differential equations. With menu commands, you can create 2-D and 3-D plots in many styles and coordinate systems; import data from graphing calculators; and compute with over 150 units of physical measure.

In addition, you can use the Exam Builder provided with Scientific Notebook to construct exams algorithmically and to generate, grade, and record quizzes on a web server.

If you have internet access, you can open the file at any URL address from inside the software. With Scientific Notebook, you can send mathematical documents containing text, equations, and plots over the internet. Scientific Viewer, the free web browser supplied with Scientific Notebook, makes the exchange of technical documents a breeze.

What's new in Version 5.5?

Version 5.5 adds the following features to the compatibility, typesetting and computation capabilities of Scientific Notebook:

  • Compute and plot with MuPAD. In SWP and SNB, compute and create plots right in your document with the MuPAD 3.1.1 computer algebra engine.

  • Animate 2D and 3D plots. With newly-implemented renderers, create animated 2D plots in polar coordinates, animated 2D and 3D plots in rectangular coordinates, animated 2D and 3D implicit plots, and animated 3D tube plots and plots in cylindrical and spherical coordinates and vector fields. Define an animation variable tfor the plot and specify the animation start and end times and the rate of frames per second.

  • Manipulate and inspect 3D plots. Rotate, move, zoom in and out, and fly through 3D plots.

  • Explore plots and animations with the VCAM window. View plots in read-only or read-write documents using the MuPAD VCAM window with playback toolbar controls. Use your mouse to start, stop, re-run, and loop animations; change the animation speed; rotate; and zoom—all from the VCAM toolbar.

  • Label 2D and 3D plots. Now you can enhance your SWP and SNB plots with text labels that move with the plot when you rotate or zoom. You can specify the location of the label within the plot both horizontally and vertically, and you can set the orientation of the plot precisely.

  • Create 3D implicit plots. Plot equations involving three variables.

  • Collaborate more easily. Now you can import the contents of files created directly in LaTeX or LaTeX2e into SWP or SW using a special non-SWP/SW LaTeX filter, even if you can't open the files directly. The filter can read many macro definitions not created with the program.

  • Extend typesetting capabilities with new LaTeX packages. Take advantage of the many new packages in Version 5.5 to enable specific LaTeX behaviours and extend the program's typesetting capabilities.


You can interact with colleagues more easily and distribute your documents in different formats when you take advantage of new and enhanced export filters in Version 5.

  • Export your documents as RTF files. You can export your SWP, SW, and SNB documents as Rich Text Format (RTF) files, so that interactions with colleagues in non-TeX environments are simplified. The RTF export preserves the formatting you see in the document window. Any mathematics in your document can be represented with MathType 3 (Equation Editor) or MathType 5 objects. The resulting RTF file can be viewed in Microsoft Word even if an Equation Editor is not part of the Word installation. If the Microsoft Word installation includes the appropriate Equation Editor, any MathType 3 or MathType 5 mathematical objects in the RTF file can be edited. The file can also be displayed in outline mode.

  • Read MathType mathematics in RTF files. In Version 5, you can open and read the MathType equations in RTF files when you import the RTF files in SWP, SW, or SNB. The equations are converted to LaTeX.

  • Create more accurate HTML files. When you export your SWP, SW, or SNB documents to HTML, the program places any graphics generated during the process in a subdirectory. This version successfully exports fixed-width tables to HTML and saves the screen format to a cascading style sheet (.css file). With HTML exports, you can make your mathematics available on various platforms over the internet and in applications that can read HTML files.

  • Export mathematics as MathML. When you export HTML files, you can output your mathematics as MathML or graphics. Note that not all HTML browsers support MathML.


Version 5 provides new typesetting capabilities and many new document shells, some intended for international use.

  • Create typeset PDF files. Now you can share your work across platforms in PDF format by typesetting your SWP and SW documents with pdfLaTeX. No extra software is necessary to generate PDF files. The program automatically embeds fonts and graphics in the PDF file.

  • Use pdfTeX to process files that contain graphics. Until now, using pdfTeX with most graphics file formats has been tedious or impossible. Before typesetting your document with pdfLaTeX, Version 5 of SWP and SW converts any graphics in the document to formats that can be processed by pdfLaTeX before typesetting.

  • Preserve LaTeX cross-references in PDF files. If you add the hyperref package to your document, any cross-references in your SWP or SW document are converted to hypertext links when you typeset with pdfLaTeX. The package extends hypertext capabilities with hypertext targets and references. Additionally, pdfLaTeX fully links the table of contents in the resulting PDF file and includes in the file hierarchical markers and thumbnail pictures of all the pages in the document.

  • Use LaTeX PostScript packages. If you create PDF files from your SWP and SW documents, you can take advantage of LaTeX packages, such as the rotating package.

  • Choose shells tailored for international documents. Version 5 includes shells for documents created in non-English languages, including German, Japanese, Chinese, and Russian. SWP and SW, in combination with TrueTeX, support international typesetting with the Lambda system.


Complex computational capability makes SWP and SNB indispensable tools.

  • Compute with MuPAD. In SWP and SNB, compute right in your document with the MuPAD computer algebra engine.

  • Use enhanced MuPAD capabilities. The new MuPAD 3.1.1 kernel is an upgrade from the MuPAD kernel included in earlier versions. Features include improved 2D and 3D plotting, expanded ODE capabilities, an expanded rewrite submenu, and an improved simplify operation.

  • Compute with MathType mathematics in RTF files. If you open an RTF file containing MathType equations, the program converts the equations to LaTeX. In SWP and SNB, you can compute with the mathematics just like any other mathematics in SWP and SW documents.

  • Use an improved Exam Builder. The Version 5 Exam Builder is fully functional with MuPAD. Printed quizzes can be reloaded without losing their math definitions, just like other documents. Exam Builder materials generated with earlier versions using either Maple or MuPAD work successfully in Version 5.

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