Use the following steps to check that documents can create PDF files after updating to the newest release of Scientific Word or Scientific WorkPlace.  Sometimes the connection to the TeX Live system becomes broken, so this is a quick check to make sure the system is operating properly.


Test using a standard LaTeX article

  1. Start the program.
  2. Select File, New document and select the -Standard_LaTeX shell directory and the Standard_LaTeX_Article shell document.
  3. Choose OK to open the new document that contains sample text.
  4. Click the PDF Preview tab.
  5. If the PDF for the document appears, then the health test completed correctly and you can continue.

Test using article with typesetting files added with Version 6

  1. Start the program.
  2. Select File, New document and select the Reports shell directory and the SW_Report_1 shell document.
  3. Choose OK to open the new document that contains sample text..
  4. Click the PDF Preview tab.
  5. If the PDF for the document appears, then the health test completed correctly and you can continue your usual use of the program.

Troubleshooting and repair

If the PDF for the document does not appear, but a TeX Error dialog showing "Unable to create a PDF file." appears, this indicates a or damaged LaTeX installation.  

  1. If you see a message indicating "No log file" or if you select View, TeX log, but TeX log is not available to be selected.  Reinstalling the program is suggested.  You may need to separately install TeX Live by following the information at TeX Live for Windows and Mac install (and then install Version 6).  If you are using Windows, you can instead use MiKTeX as the LaTeX engine.  See Using MiKTeX with SWP/SW and Windows.
  2. If you see a TeX compilation errors dialog with a message like, "! LaTeX Error: File `tcibkpk.sty' not found, files added with Version 6 were not found by LaTeX.  This will happen only with the second test above.  Sometimes it is sufficient to update the TeX Live filename database.  See Updating the TeX filename database.  If this doesn't correct the problem, reinstall LaTeX as described in the previous step.