After speaking with Jakov Kucan about customer input and the alpha testers, I got in touch with a few of these testers to hear some of their preliminary feedback about Mathcad Prime 2.0. I heard 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. I asked them about the difference 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, organized better. I can spot an icon much faster than trying to interpret phrases on the dropdown menu.” Yengoian believed, “The ability to utilize 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, “Utilizing 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 standardized 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 standardize 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 emphasize, 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.”