The Top 5 Assets Available to Get to Know Mathcad Prime 2.0

Now that Mathcad Prime 2.0 has been launched, it is time to learn about the product and see what it has to offer you and the engineering world. In this blog post, I will take you through a number of assets that you can find on PTC’s Mathcad Product Page, which we have worked hard to provide you with. These top assets, in no particular order, are the new Mathcad Prime 2.0 FAQ, the Mathcad Prime 2.0 Version Comparison, the Mathcad Prime 2.0 “key components” demo series, the “Design Studies and Trade-Off Analyses with Mathcad” Whitepaper, and of course, the Mathcad Prime 2.0 30 Day Free Trial.

The Mathcad Prime 2.0 FAQ:

  • This document takes you through a number of the most frequently asked questions about Mathcad Prime 2.0. In this document you can read about what Mathcad Prime 2.0 is, what new capabilities have been added, and their benefits to you as a user and potentially for the organization you work within. The document also includes information on Global Maintenance Support, system requirements, using older versions of Mathcad with Mathcad Prime 2.0, training courses, and other resources and communities you can become a part of. You can reach this document by going to the Mathcad Product Page and looking for “Mathcad Prime 2.0 (FAQs)” under the “Additional Resources” tab. Or, you can click here.
units comparison

A snippet of the comparison chart showing the progress made in the units capability of Mathcad Prime 2.0.

The Mathcad Prime 2.0 Version Comparison:

  • This document is essentially a chart that compares all the features and capabilities of Mathcad Prime 2.0 to past versions of Mathcad- Mathcad 15.0, Mathcad 14.0, and Mathcad 13.0. By reading this chart you can see the many capabilities Mathcad Prime 2.0 has to offer you and how this software has progressed and been added to over time. You can access this document by going to the Mathcad Product Page and looking for “Mathcad Prime 2.0 Version Comparison” under the “Additional Resources” tab. Or, you can click here.
3d plots demo

Jakov Kucan presenting the 3D plots demo

The Mathcad Prime 2.0 “Key Components” Demo Series:

  • These brand new videos can be found on the Mathcad Product Page under the sections titled “Demo Videos” and “Featured Video”. These videos are live demonstrations lead by Jakov Kucan, Mathcad’s Software Development Director, focusing on four of the key components of Mathcad Prime 2.0- Collapsible Areas, the Excel Component, Symbolic Algebra, and 3D Plots. There is also a video that gives an overview of Mathcad Prime 2.0., again lead by Kucan. Additionally there is an introduction video lead by Mark Walker, Mathcad’s Director of Product Management.

“Design Studies and Trade-Off Analyses with Mathcad” Whitepaper:

  • This Whitepaper is an interesting resource that explores the best practices in product development. This whitepaper examines three different scenarios where design studies are used to optimize the product development process and easily document the rationale for the decisions. Read the “Design Studies and Trade-Off Analyses” whitepaper to see how you can benefit from a product development process. You can access this document by going to the Mathcad Product Page and selecting “Design Studies and Trade Off Analyses (White Paper)” from the “Additional Resources” tab, or you can click here.

The Mathcad Prime 2.0 30-Day Free Trial:

  • This asset is probably the most important asset to interact with in order to get an accurate representation of the product. You can easily download this 30-day trial for free and experience all of the functionality available in Mathcad Prime 2.0. You can test how Mathcad can help you with your everyday mathematical and engineering calculations and you can really get a feel for the power behind this release and its performance capabilities. Download the Mathcad Prime 2.0 Free Trial now!

About Anna Giangregorio

Anna Giangregorio has been working in PTC’s marketing department since May of 2011 supporting a variety of different programs in North America. When she isn’t in the office, she likes to travel, walk her dog, and carry on with her quest to find and sample the best Buffalo Wings she can get her hands on. To see more social media posted by Anna, follow her Twitter handle @AnnaG_PTC.
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16 Responses to The Top 5 Assets Available to Get to Know Mathcad Prime 2.0

  1. Steve says:

    I notice that some features that were in v14 and v15, but not in Prime 2.0, are left out of the chart even though they were in previous comparison charts. It appears that the comparison chart is set up to favor or cause bias toward Prime 2.0 rather than provide an in-depth comparison as previous charts did. It doesn’t appear that the following two important options are available in Mathcad Prime 2.0:

    * Floating toolbars (for greek, programming, etc)
    * Background highlighting of fields (e.g. highlight input fields with yellow).

    Did I overlook these? If so, how do you do this? If not, when will they be added?

    Prime 2.0 is a huge improvement over Prime 1.0, but it still seems a lot easier (and faster) to input stuff in the old versions. The variable highlighting during editing doesn’t have as much contrast as the old underline system did.

    Thank you,
    -steve

  2. Tim Haas says:

    Guys, work on the performance of this beast. the interface is lagging too much. make it buttery smooth and everyone will switch to prime.

    • mzeftel says:

      Tim,

      You might have missed my answer below.

      Did you check Read This First, which is linked from the Getting Started tab? There are a couple of hotfixes from Microsoft that you can install that address performance issues, that we had no control over.

      We are concentrating on fixing other performance issues for an upcoming release.

      Mona

      • Michael Hackner says:

        Hi Mona,

        in the german version I’ve got, this “Read This First” mensiones two hotfixes.
        One is about .NET 4.0 performance problems, which I have installed but nothing changed. MC Prime 2.0 is still very very slow!
        The second one is said to be for XP and Vista. My notebook runs with Windows 7 (64 Bit) professional.

        Where are the accelerating hotfixes?

        I have converted a worksheet with about 85 pages from MC15 to MC Prime 2.0.
        If Mathcad is already started MC15 takes 3s to load the original worksheet, whereas MC Prime 2.0 needs 55s.
        If Mathcad is not startet and I double-klick on the worksheet MC15 starts within 5s and MC Prime needs nearly 80s.

        Michael

      • mzeftel says:

        Hi Michael,

        We are aware of some performance issues with some large files and starting up Mathcad Prime 2.0. We’re addressing improving performance for an upcoming maintenance (service) release.

        Regards,

        Mona

  3. Mona Zeftel says:

    Steve,

    We’ve replaced floating tool bars with the Ribbon, to be consistent with many other pieces of software, most notably Office applications. You can dock the Functions list separately.

    We didn’t implement region highlighting in Mathcad Prime 2.0, but it will be a feature of a later release of Mathcad Prime.

    Tim,
    Did you check Read This First, which is linked from the Getting Started tab? There are a couple of hotfixes from Microsoft that you can install that address performance issues, that we had no control over.

    We are concentrating on fixing other performance issues for an upcoming release.

    Mona

  4. Virgil P says:

    One question.
    For Prime 3 you will change the ugly ribbon+icons found in Prime 2 with a high quality one (like it is, for example, Office 2010)?
    Thanks

    • mzeftel says:

      Virgil,

      The ribbon and icons in Mathcad Prime 2.0 were based on the ribbon in Microsoft Office and other applications, so that users would have consistent and familiar interfaces across their applications. Some of the Mathcad icons are for specialized calculation functionality that is not present

      If I compare the similar editing icons in Mathcad Prime 2.0 with those in Microsoft Office, I see that the Microsoft icons are smaller. However, some users wanted us to make the Mathcad icons larger, so they would be easier to see and click on. We have to balance the needs of multiple users, who all want different features.

      Regards,

      Mona

      • Virgil P says:

        Thank you for your answer but it seems that you missed the point.
        I am not talking about the sizes, but the quality of the Ribbon:
        - the icons are blurry and very ugly
        - you use 3-4 types of font (unacceptable for any GUI);
        - the animation in Ribbon is slow;
        - no Silver or Black themes;
        - selection in Ribbon is blue – selection in document right click menu is yellow;
        - no Backstage;
        - ClearType for fonts cannot be turned ON/OFF (is always ON);

      • Mona Zeftel says:

        Virgil,

        I think we have to agree to disagree. We worked with a professional designer on the ribbon icons. I do see the yellow selection on the right-click for adding icons to the Quick Access toolbar. I will log that to be fixed in a future release.

        Thank you for checking so carefully,

        Mona

      • Virgil P says:

        Clearly, you don’t want to see anything. It’s not about the professional designer, it’s about the result.
        Please compare the quality, speed and sharpness of the ribbons in Prime 2 and Office 2010.
        Anyone can make it way much better than Prime, in a week, with a free framework for Ribbon GUI: http://fluent.codeplex.com/

  5. Tom says:

    Can’t really disparage Mathcad Prime 1.0 or 2.0 since they don’t even work on my W732 machine. Starting Prime 1.0 resulted in an “unhandled exception” which is computer talk for forget it. My school pays for the latest version of Mathcad which I use for the courses that I teach. We have both primes. Based on what I’ve seen and heard, I’ll be sticking with MathCAD 15 which at least works. Have not contacted Technical Support since the response is always PEBCK (Problem Exists Between Chair and Keyboard). My standard joke with my students is Mathcad was invented for people like me who are too stupid and unmotivated to figure out how to use Matlab. You appear to be closing the gap.

  6. mzeftel says:

    Tom,

    Both Mathcad Prime 1.0 and 2.0. should work on Win 7 32bit machines. Are you sure you have the prerequisites loaded?

    For Mathcad Prime 2.0, the current release you need .Net 4.0 installed first. .Net 4.0 should be enabled on a Win 7 computer. On Windows 7 servers, this feature is disabled and you must enable it through Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off.

    If you still have issues, contact technical support through http://www.ptc.com/support/mathcad_supportCenter.htm or post a message in the Mathcad Community page, http://communities.ptc.com/community/mathcad

    Mona

  7. Virgil P says:

    Why your answers are so selective?
    No answers to Tim Haas and me, who point the real problems of this software.

    • mzeftel says:

      Virgil,

      I thought I replied earlier to your post, but for some reason my reply was not saved.

      Mona

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