Converting Your Worksheets to Mathcad Prime 2.0 in 3 Easy Steps

Mathcad Prime 2.0 is a new version of Mathcad with an entire new user interface and front end.

Worksheets from earlier versions of Mathcad cannot be opened directly into Mathcad Prime 2.0. Instead we have provided an XMCD, MCD Converter that can run in batch mode to convert many files at once or to convert an individual worksheet.

You can run the XMCD, MCD Converter from the Start > Program menu:

XMCD, MCD Converter in the Start menu

Or run the converter directly from inside Mathcad Prime 2.0.

XMCD, MCD Converter on the Ribbon

Converting Worksheets to Mathcad Prime 2.0

Mathcad 15 M010

You need Mathcad 15 M010 or higher on your system to convert earlier worksheets into Mathcad Prime 2.0. The purchase of Mathcad Prime 2.0 includes a free copy of Mathcad 15 M010. You can find the trial version of Mathcad 15 from a link at the bottom of this page,

Step 1. Open the XMCD, MCD Converter from the Start menu or the Input/Output tab of Mathcad Prime 2.0.

Step 2: Browse to the worksheets you want to convert. You can add multiple worksheets from all earlier versions of Mathcad and from different folders. The converter shows you the path and version of Mathcad.

Step 2b: If your worksheet had references to other worksheets, you can click on “Add References,” and those worksheets will be converted as well.

Worksheets listed in the XMCD, MCD Converter

Step 3: Select the worksheets to convert and press the Convert button.

The Converter shows you the status of each worksheet as it progresses through the conversion.

Progress of worksheets during conversion

Once a worksheet has been converted to the same folder as the source worksheet, you can open it directly in Mathcad Prime 2.0.

The original worksheets remain untouched. A conversion log lists any regions with differences.

Opening a Converted Worksheet in Mathcad Prime 2.0

The converted worksheets open initially with the same results as the original worksheet. Once you recalculate, if any results are different, you will see the updated results. All differences between the earlier worksheet and Mathcad Prime 2.0 are noted with an annotation. The differences are categorized as:

  • Display differences that do not affect results
  • Calculation differences that may affect results
  • Unsupported features in Mathcad Prime 2.0

Any feature, which is not supported in Mathcad Prime 2.0, appears as an image, so that no data is lost from your original worksheet.

Annotation indicating difference

An annotation indicating a difference

Plots do not appear until you recalculate the worksheet by pressing F5 or F9.

Blank plot when you first open the worksheet

Press F5 or F9 to recalculate:

Recalculated 3D plot

Read the Migration Guide under the Getting Started tab in Mathcad Prime 2.0, for further details about annotations and conversion.

About Mona Zeftel

Mathcad Program Manager
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11 Responses to Converting Your Worksheets to Mathcad Prime 2.0 in 3 Easy Steps

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  4. Hamad says:

    Dear Sir.
    I tried to follow all steps to convert files from mathcad 15 to mathcad prime 2.0 but I could not do this , so can you help me to convert only four files.
    your help is appreciated.
    If you can help me please let me know that I will send these files to you.
    my email is :


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  6. Nezgul says:

    You’ve made a tool that converts the MCD in XMCD and only in one direction. It is as if you have made a car that just goes ahead and say that we do not need reverse … I am a designer and constantly confronted with changing formats and a variety of new and old versions of formats and extensions, but this kind of nonsense I have not yet met. Before it was a good program I know it from version 4, but this is a big step backwards ….
    Now I’m glad I did not buy this program.

  7. Ashish Sharma says:

    Nice writeup.. but can I do this using any API? Just like Worksheet.saveAs(“20″) saves an older worksheet to *.xmcd in Mathcad 14..

    • Anna Giangregorio says:

      We are working on API for PTC Mathcad Prime 4.0

  8. Ashish Sharma says:

    Hi Anna,
    thanks. So does that mean there are no API’s available for Mathcad Prime 1.0 and 2.0? I am interested in COM API’s. I used jacob i.e. JAva-COM-Bridge while working with Mathcad 14 and want to do the same for Mathcad Prime versions.

  9. Erlon Mendes says:

    I tried the Mathcad 15 30-Day Free Trial but there is a problem with the zip file and I can’t extract.

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