Scientific Workplace is based on an easy-to-use word processor that completely integrates writing mathematics and text in the same environment. With the built-in computer algebra system you can perform computations right on the screen.

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Scientific WorkPlace 5.5

Scientific WorkPlace Version 5.5 allows you to create, edit, and typeset mathematical and scientific text more easily than ever before.

In Scientific WorkPlace, you can typeset complex technical documents with LaTeX, the industry standard for mathematics typesetting. Because of its superior precision and quality, publishers and writers of scientific material use LaTeX extensively. When you typeset, LaTeX automatically generates footnotes, indexes, bibliographies, tables of contents, and cross-references.

You don't have to learn LaTeX to produce typeset documents. Many of the more than 150 document shells have been designed to meet the typesetting requirements of specific professional journals and institutions. Scientific WorkPlace automatically saves your documents as LaTeX files.

Scientific WorkPlace also combines the ease of entering and editing mathematics in natural mathematical notation with the ability to compute with the built-in computer algebra engine, MuPAD 2.5. In this integrated working environment, you can enter mathematics and perform computations without having to think or work in a programming language. The computer algebra system uses natural mathematical notation, so 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.

Share your work with everyone

With Scientific Workplace 5, you have new options for sharing your work. It now includes support for pdfTeX. Before passing your file to the pdfTeX processor, Scientific WorkPlace converts all the graphics in your file to a form that can be processed by pdfLaTeX. Also, documents that use the hyperref package produce PDF documents that are fully hyperlinked, with links in the table of contents and with hierarchical bookmarks corresponding to the structure of your LaTeX document. This combination of support for embedded graphics with a large variety of formats and full hyperlinking makes the PDF documents produced by Scientific WorkPlace superior both to the results of pdfLaTeX alone and to the results of Acrobat. When you use pdfTeX to print your document, you can use PostScript-related packages such as rotating or the PSNFSS font packages that were previously unsupported in Scientific WorkPlace.

You can import text (.txt) and Rich Text Format (.rtf) files, and you can copy content to the clipboard for export as text or graphics to other applications. You can create .dvi, .htm, .pdf, or .rtf files from your documents, or generate portable LaTeX output for seamless transfer to different LaTeX installations. The Document Manager simplifies file transfer by email or on diskette.

An international audience

Spelling, font, and hyphenation support for languages other than English is available. You can switch languages in the same document using Babel, the multilingual LaTeX system. The software supports input using any left-to-right language supported by a version of Windows, including Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. It uses the in-place IME (Input Method Editor) for these languages. (The ability to typeset a language may depend on the availability of TeX for that language. Non-Latin character sets are typeset with Lambda, which is included.) Fully localised Japanese and German versions of Scientific WorkPlace are available now through our local distributors.

View over the Web

Scientific WorkPlace has a built-in link to the World Wide Web. If you have Internet access, you can open the file at any URL address from inside the program. Also, you can deliver content via the Web. The software supports hypertext links, so you can facilitate navigation for your readers through a series of related documents. Readers can view and print documents using Scientific Viewer, which we distribute at no cost.

RTF export

Scientific WorkPlace now also exports documents to RTF format for importing into Microsoft Word. The mathematics in your document are converted to Microsoft Equation Editor or MathType 5 format.

What's new in Version 5.5?

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

  • 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.

  • Use completely revised instructions.The new edition of Doing Mathematics with Scientific WorkPlace explains how to use the built-in computer algebra system to do mathematics and create plots without dealing directly with the syntax of the computer algebra system.

  • 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.

  • Get troubleshooting help. A new, expanded edition of typesetting documents in Scientific WorkPlace provides more typesetting tips and tricks, new information about LaTeX packages that have been added to the program, and a brand new chapter on troubleshooting problems that can arise.


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.

  • Use expanded typesetting documentation. A new edition of Typesetting Documents in Scientific WorkPlace provides more typesetting tips and information about more LaTeX packages. Learn how to tailor typesetting specifications from inside the program to achieve the typeset document appearance you need.

  • Examine an expanded gallery of shells. View images of sample documents for each shell provided with the program in A Gallery of Document Shells for Scientific WorkPlace, provided on the program CD as a PDF file. Use the documentation to choose document shells appropriately.

  • 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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