Mathcad Prime 2.0: Empowering Every Engineer
Learn how PTC plans to cater for every potential user in an engineering
organisation with Mathcad Prime 2.0 - providing power to experts, while
accommodating the occasional user too.
In last year’s issue of TCM, Mathcad’s creators, PTC, introduced the whole
concept of the software’s re-engineering and the shift to the new
Prime generation. Now with the pending launch of Mathcad Prime 2.0, TCM took the opportunity to quiz the development team again. You can read the exclusive interview as they review a landmark year and look ahead to the future:
Question: How do you think the new version has been received since Mathcad Prime 1.0’s launch in January 2011?
Answer: I think the overall reaction to Mathcad
Prime 1.0 has been very positive. Even
though Mathcad Prime 1.0 stays true
to core Mathcad, it feels like a very
different product, so it will take some
time for our current users to get used
to it. Most complaints we have received
relate to missing functionality
compared to Mathcad 15. This is
expected and we are planning to fill
this gap in the upcoming releases of
Adept’s Mathcad product specialist
wanted to put forth some questions on
behalf of his customers – they relate to
anticipated new features/enhancements
in Mathcad Prime 2.0:
Question: At the moment, users must have v15
installed for the Worksheet Converter
to function. Naturally, having to
install two programs provides an
added complication. Will the
worksheet converter be included in
Mathcad Prime 2.0 to stop annoying
Answer: This will remain unchanged in Mathcad
Prime 2.0, although we are simplifying
the licensing process for those users
that need to upgrade to Mathcad 15 in
order to use the converter. In the future
we may bundle the required functionality
in the converter itself.
Question: Another issue is that the converter
tool doesn’t convert old worksheets
properly. Has this been fixed?
Answer: The fidelity of the conversion process
depends on the level of support for
the features that are present in the
original worksheet. For example, the
Excel component and 3D plots (except
for contour plots) are not supported in
Mathcad Prime 1.0. So old
worksheets containing these features
will not convert well. Mathcad Prime
2.0 supports these features, so
naturally, the results will be much better.
There are still gaps in the list of
supported features, so users should
expect differences. Nevertheless, with
more supported features and a
number of customer reported issues
fixed in the conversion process,
we expect users will see significant
improvement in their converted
Question: The symbolic engine was buggy in
v15. PTC has already mentioned
symbolics as a key feature highlight
of Prime 2.0. Can you tell us more?
Answer: Mathcad Prime 2.0 will use the same
symbolic algebra engine as Mathcad 15.
This will ensure higher fidelity of
converted worksheets. We are fixing a
number of bugs that have been
reported against Mathcad 14/15.
Question: PTC has also hinted at Embedded
Excel Objects and 3D Plots as two
more key new features of Prime 2.0.
Can you elaborate?
Answer: Both will be in Mathcad Prime 2.0.
Embedded Excel Objects (or Excel
Components) offer integrated Excel
functionality within Mathcad
worksheets, enabling calculation with,
and display of, tabular data. Mathcad
Prime 2.0 brings usability
improvements and is much more
robust than previous versions.
3D plots in Mathcad Prime 2.0 will
include surface, curve and scatter
plots. Besides usability improvements
similar to those experienced with
contour plots in Mathcad Prime 1.0,
users will also find it easier to plot a
variety of data and functions. We’ve
made it simpler to specify the
functions or data to be plotted, as well
as handle imperfect data.
Question: Any last words or thoughts you’d like
to leave with our TCM readers while
you’ve got their attention?
Answer: We are all excited about the release of
Mathcad Prime 2.0. It is an ambitious
project, but we believe we are building
a better product. Mathcad Prime 2.0
brings many more enhancements under
the hood, including improved
computational power, 64-bit and multi-
core support, plus a new optimisation
With the emphasis on usability and
learnability, Mathcad Prime is a
product that is much easier to adopt.
This leads the way for Mathcad to go
beyond a calculation toolbox towards
collaboration, knowledge capture and
support for engineering processes.
This is just a summary of the full
interview. If you’d like to read the
unabridged version, you can download it
from our website and watch this space for
news of the official Mathcad Prime 2.0
Download the full Mathcad Prime 2.0 Interview, or visit the Mathcad home page
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