One of the first reactions we hear from many long-time customers after they first convert from Mathcad 15.0 to PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0 is usually something along the lines of, “Woah! This new user interface is DIFFERENT!” There is no argument there- the user interface of PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0 consists of a slick ribbon with images and buttons very similar to those that can be found in Microsoft Office. However, we believe that the overall change of the UI can improve productivity of engineers and will help to launch PTC Mathcad software into a more progressive version of its former self.
If the idea of change and re-learning some of the controls of PTC Mathcad makes you a little uneasy, fear not! We have included a number of features to help with your transition! The first feature is the “Getting Started” tab which can be found in the UI ribbon at the top of your worksheet. This tab gives users access to a number of resources to get started. Here are two items that existing Mathcad users will find the most helpful:
Tutorial – gives a step by step introduction to basic Mathcad functionality, including the organization of the ribbon and functionality.
Migration Guide – gives examples on differences between product versions and how to convert existing worksheets.
Another feature that is very helpful in learning how to navigate through the ribbon is called “Tooltips”. Every item in the ribbon and elsewhere in PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0 contains a brief description of what it does. Tooltips help you to confirm that the functionality you’re about to use is what you expect when the name and/or icon is not familiar. This description always includes a keyboard shortcut if one exists and helps you to learn the keyboard shortcut when different from Mathcad 15.0. It should be noted that the majority of the Mathcad 15.0 shortcuts work in PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0, but there are a few differences as a result of trying to implement more of the “type what you see” principle as much as possible. For example to type a range operator, you would type “1..2”, and to type ≥, you type “>=”.
One last trick is the F1 button… Press it and the PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0 Help Center immediately pops up. Outside of PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0 you can always ask a peer on PTC Community for tips and advice or ask questions here on the blog.
Are you ready to give the new ribbon UI a chance? Try PTC Mathcad Express for free and take as long as you need to adjust to the new user interface!