What’s new in PTC Mathcad Prime 6.0

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The latest version of PTC Mathcad Prime 6.0 has been released on 2nd of October 2019 and added such new capabilities as:

  • Customisation of margin dimensions, including headers and footers that can be used in both imperial and metric paper types

Custome margins 1 & 2 & 3

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  • As a result of improved Find/ Replace functionality users can now find and replace just parts of variables, for example in subscripts

Find & Replace

  • PTC has added multiple language spellcheck support based on your installed system keyboards

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  • Possibility to add hyperlinks in your worksheets for a quicker and more efficient link to external resources

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  • Access to expanded printing options, for instance, printing page selection, current page, and specific pages

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  • New symbolic engine (users can also choose legacy symbolic engine instead)

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  • Above all, PTC updated the chart component so that it enables you to save your chart as an image.

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  • Option to choose from a larger amount of chart component templates

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  • Added a zoom option in the chart component functionality

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If you want to upgrade to PTC Mathcad Prime 6.0, please download it now.

Existing PTC Mathcad users will need to have a new licence file, so contact us when you are ready for an update.

Drag and drop Eurocodes make Mathcad go faster

A leading supplier of commercial building products used to rely on a library of spreadsheets for its engineering calculations. It meant a lot of tedious manual work: data entry, checking and verifying, cross-referencing and so on. Then two years ago they appointed a new Head of Engineering who was a long-time Mathcad user. He quickly saw an opportunity to streamline and enhance the company’s engineering processes and began a project to convert all those spreadsheets into Mathcad documents.

His words sum up nicely what we’ve been saying for years: “Mathcad … gives you much tighter control on the input data, with checks on the units and logic, and a powerful but straightforward programming language. In addition, the output is a well-presented calculation sheet that is easy for the client to understand.”

With Eurocodes becoming a design standard in civil and structural engineering, Mathcad delivers even more, “with drag and drop modules that allow engineers to pull the relevant parts of the codes into their calculations.” Automating so many previously manual steps speeds the design flow, eliminates data entry errors and makes it easy to test various scenarios to find the ideal design solution.

Why nor download our latest Mathcad case study to read all about his experiences?

How “Ghost Goals” Happen: Mathcad Scores Again!

The football obsessives in the Adept offices seem to be talking about nothing else but Euro 2012 – although our Danish and Swedish colleagues are looking a bit glum now. Ukrainian Marko Devic’s “ghost goal” against England on Tuesday night has brought back memories of Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal for England against Germany at the 2010 World Cup. His shot (as video recordings showed) hit the crossbar, bounced a good metre inside the goal, then, strangely, rebounded in the opposite direction out again.

With England and Germany both through to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, there’s the tempting possibility that these two old footballing rivals could meet again in the semis. So a new paper by Dr Ken Bray, the Bath-based theoretical physicist who has made a special study of the mathematics of football and the factors affecting the flight of the ball, is very timely. He has recently conducted a series of experiments, using a ball-launching machine and a high-speed digital camera, to show how this sort of “reverse rebound” can happen. The work involved some pretty intensive computations and it was Mathcad’s robust handling of simultaneous equations that, in Dr Bray’s words, made “very short work of the process”.

Devic’s “goal”, which John Terry cleared before it actually hit the ground, is a different kettle of fish, but Dr Bray’s paper breaks new ground in explaining what happened with Lampard’s shot. It’s a fascinating case study, whether or not you’re interested in football. You can read it here.

Working with equations gets even easier

Equations are fiddly things to construct in a document, email or web page – it’s almost impossible to make them look right without a dedicated equation editor. The Equation Editor that’s bundled with Microsoft Word has hardly changed in almost 20 years, so for a flexible, inexpensive solution that’s easy to use, has a huge range of formatting and presentation options, and works with just about every online or desktop application you’re ever likely to use, there’s nothing to rival MathType.

MathType 6.8 for Windows has just been released and it’s hard to imagine a more useful tool. It works with over 600 applications and websites, including 64-bit Microsoft Office 2010. It offers better accessibility for people with, for example, low vision; speech commands; handwriting input and much more. One major new feature of MathType 6.8 lets you paste a table from your spreadsheet, document or web page straight into MathType as a matrix – that’s really useful.

Why not download our MathType 6.8 trial version today? Even if you don’t decide to buy it, after the 30-day trial has expired it reverts to the free MathType Lite which has a lot more functionality than Equation Editor, so it’s a win-win for you whatever you decide!

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