New Mathcad Express – free to use forever!

Most of us like to try before we buy, which is why the free trial versions of many of the software products we supply are so popular. But the new trial version of Mathcad Prime 2.0 offers something different – something much more. It’s called Mathcad Express – a stripped down version of Mathcad that retains many of the full program’s features and functions, and is FREE for you to use for as long as you like!

When you download and install Mathcad Express, you’re given the option of a 30-day Trial of the full, unrestricted Mathcad Prime 2.0. As with previous trial versions, that gives you the opportunity to explore and evaluate all that this latest, greatest version has to offer. But if after the trial’s expired you’re not yet ready to buy the full version, you’re not left with a redundant piece of software cluttering up your system. Instead, it reverts to the free Mathcad Express. It doesn’t have advanced numeric or symbolic capabilities, linear, non-linear and differential equation solvers, Excel integration or programming functions. But it does bring you all the document handling features, intuitive equation editing and unit handling features that have made Mathcad so popular, and lets you create and view Mathcad worksheets.

It’s a simple task to upgrade to the latest, full version of Mathcad Prime from within Mathcad Express whenever you want. Until you do, or if you decide not to, you’ll still have a highly capable version of Mathcad to use in perpetuity – and it won’t cost you a penny!

You can download the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows versions of Mathcad Express, incorporating the Mathcad Prime 2.0 30-day Trial, here.

Preliminary user feedback about Mathcad Prime 2.0

To make sure Mathcad Prime 2.0 is meeting the needs and expectations of engineers, PTC has been in touch with several customers and alpha testers to hear some of their preliminary feedback about the latest release. In this post, we hear from two Design Engineers – Gnouni Yengoian and Mike Armstrong, a Senior Technology Engineer – Bert Beirinckx, a Professor Emeritus – Clyde Metz, and a current professor- Michael Thackston. They were asked about the differences and improvements of Mathcad Prime 2.0 compared to other past versions. Here is what they said:

The users said the major difference between Mathcad Prime 2.0 and older versions was the layout/interface and the Excel component. Metz said, “The major change… is the use of the banner instead of dropdown menus… the banner is quicker and, in my opinion, organised better. I can spot an icon much faster than trying to interpret phrases on the dropdown menu.” Yengoian believed, “The ability to utilise Microsoft Excel is by far the most useful improvement.”

In addition to this, Beirinckx also said “Performance has improved dramatically after the Alpha-version, and Prime 2.0 is starting to look like something an experienced Mathcad user can work with.”

Some of the features the users were most excited to share about Mathcad Prime 2.0, that they couldn’t do before, were “three-dimensional (surface) graphing ability of data and the matrix representation of the data tables.  Also… the additional methods for solving differential equations.” Another said, “Utilising hidden areas and using various graphs and images from other documents without the risk of corrupting the Mathcad file.”

Still another user stated, “I would consider mixed unit arrays the most improved feature. I have been limited over the years when dealing with large amounts of data due to the exclusion of MDA’s after Mathcad 11. I have also found the new Excel component is a massive improvement on previous versions.” With this variety in favorites, it is clear Mathcad Prime 2.0 has a lot to offer the user.

Along with having exciting new features, Mathcad Prime 2.0 has proved to be a time saver. One user said “Because the content in a Mathcad worksheet (old or new) appears very similar to what appears in textbooks… it is easy to read and correct errors… It’s easy to prepare a worksheet.  Also, being able to look at various Mathcad electronic books and being able to copy/paste content from these books to the worksheet definitely helps in creating a worksheet. Anything that makes things easier to enter or read is a time saver.”

Yengoian agreed for different reasons saying, “The standardised calculation worksheets have cut our engineering hours by half, if not more. We expect to further improve our efficiency, as future revisions allow us to standardise more aspects of our work.”

Additionally Thackston said, “The overall look of a Prime worksheet is a little bit nicer; it looks a bit more polished. I can use fully-justified text.  That may sound like an odd thing to mention for this type of “tool”, but something that I emphasise, is that Mathcad is a really good document-creating tool.  The appearance, as well as the content, of a document can be important.” Another user said, “New users will be very impressed by Mathcad Prime 2.0… The layout is clear and the formatting of documents has improved from Prime 1.0.”

Put the software to the test and download a 30-day free trial of Mathcad Prime 2.0 today

The latest, greatest Mathcad is here!

The Latest, Greatest Mathcad Is Here!

We’ve all known for some time that Mathcad Prime 2.0 is coming – we published a pre-launch interview in the last issue of our Technical Computing Magazine, and have a couple of “sneak preview” videos on our Download Centre.

Now it’s here – and we think it’s a pretty exciting release that lives up to PTC’s claim that it’s “the most advanced version of Mathcad ever”. This new version incorporates many of the features Mathcad users missed in Prime 1.0: collapsible areas, 3-D plots, symbolics, a robust Excel component. Performance is great too, thanks to its 64-bit architecture and multi-threading capabilities. Quite a few more functions have been added, and like the previous version, it comes with a full year’s maintenance which includes a licence for your home computer and, of course, all upgrades, productivity enhancements and service pack releases.

Mathcad Prime 2.0 is a powerful analysis tool yet easy to learn and easy to use. It was designed by engineers for engineers who are looking for greater productivity, better communication and better outcomes in less time. Overall it offers a very superior user experience, combining the latest document-centric environment for engineering calculations with advanced maths exploration.

Take our word for it: Mathcad Prime 2.0 lets you spend more time solving engineering problems, and less time programming, documenting, reporting and verifying your solutions. Or better still, try it out for yourself – you can download a fully functional, 30-day trial version (in 32- or 64-bit) here.

Full details of Mathcad Prime 2.0 are here.


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