Exciting Things to Come: PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0

contour plots in mathcad prime 3.0

I was lucky enough to sit in on a few day-long technical and planning meetings for PTC Mathcad this week. To make a long story short, there are some really exciting things happening with the implementation of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 and the planning for future versions of the software, as well as a tighter integration with PTC Creo and PTC Windchill. Here’s a little insight on what’s coming.

The goal of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 is to allow users to better capture knowledge with more enhanced document formatting and conversion fidelity, standardize their worksheets using templates, integrate their worksheets better with other programs, and do more and better calculations with enhanced numeric functions.

Now, I can’t give away all the details just yet but it was pretty clear from the presentations I saw that there are going to be a vast amount of usability improvements which should make your Mathcad worksheets better organized and documented, and allow you to calculate more quickly and powerfully than ever before.

Keep on the lookout for upcoming posts that highlight new functionality in Prime like templates, math in text, custom functions, and more. More details about functionality and improvements in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 are coming your way!

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25 thoughts on “Exciting Things to Come: PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0”

  1. juanreynel says:

    Greate news Anna!, when is the new realese coming? I can’t wait

    1. Anna Giangregorio says:

      Glad to hear you’re excited for the new software! We’ll be having a number of blogs on the new functionality in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 to get you even more excited 🙂 We are anticipating the release of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 to be in Summer of 2013.

    2. dissappointed says:

      Sad news! It only means that Prime 3 will add a few of the features which Mathcad 15 and older have for quite a long time. Nothing to be excited about unless you are new to Mathcad.

      1. Anna Giangregorio says:

        Although it might seem like PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 is just adding the same features that PTC Mathcad 15.0 had because they have the same names, they are actually new with different functionality. We will be addressing this question in a new blog post in a short while.

  2. Raiko says:

    Hello Anna
    is there a list or plan which percentage of the Mathcad 15 functionality will be represented in Prime 3?

  3. Fred says:

    Hi! Is there any plans on a better compatibility with MC15? I think it’s about time you should be able to open MC15 files in Prime without having to do a conversion first 🙂

    1. Jakov Kucan says:

      Improving compatibility with Mathcad 15.0 and earlier worksheets is a constant theme of each Mathcad release. Prime 3.0 will add to that. Leveraging features such as formatting options for equations, global definition operator, etc. the fidelity of converted documents will be better. The converter is still required. At some point, we will improve the workflow so that conversion is better integrated, or on-the-fly.

      We still prefer the conversion approach for several reasons: when using references, it may be necessary to convert more than one file at the time; we do not want to modify the original file to prevent any data loss during the process; and conversion takes time, so this performance hit is taken only once (during the conversion), rather than every time on open.

  4. Ted Lesster says:

    Looking forward to Prime 3, and I have been using Prime 2 as well as converting M15 files for some time now.
    The most significant Prime 2 deficiency (as opposed to sheer inconvenience) is the lack of ability in plotting, plots seem to exist merely for pretty shape presentation and not as useful engineering tools, specifically:
    1) No grid capability so plots cannot be printed and still be interpreted.
    2) Limited multiple plots per graph for comparison purposes due to cumbersome definition process taking up a lot of vertical space.
    3) No ability in radial format (similar to X & Y cursors in XY format) to even interpret values on the screen let alone with a “grid” to use in printed versions.
    I hope Prime 3 will at least give us as good as M15 in these areas.

    Inconvenience gripes:
    Loss of simple use of period for non-indexing subscript!!
    Formatting looks pretty but takes up a lot more paper page space.
    Cut and paste between MS Office and Prime works only for text, needs generalisation.

    Question: Why do you use a Greek capital Sigma instead of an E in PRIME? It shows a lack of understanding that tarnishes the Prime image from the very start.

  5. SHEMY says:

    I hope Prime 3.0 will have a real full converter from v15.0 …
    If not I should stay using v15.0 waiting to prime 4.0 …
    Very sad that PTC forgot their old loyal users for some years…

    1. Lawrence of Kubabia says:

      PTC has been doing a lot of bad job since they acquired Mathcad… Almost everyone in the communnity is sticking to M15, for obvious reasons… and with such sky-high prices, you do the math!! (no pun intended)

  6. Osa says:

    Hi, Is there any plans on possibility to move equation to the next line ?

  7. mambaum says:

    As long as there is no real successor to Mathcad 15, I postponed my maintenance contract. Anything I read up to now, I am still not confident that Prime 3 is going to be a usefull replacement. To much focus on lay-out; not enough on getting all the Mathcad 15 functionality in. I am not even convinced that Prime 4 will do it. Please PTC, take us (old users like me using Mathcad from version 3) for real or sell it again to someone else that will!

  8. Rick says:

    I surely hope that Prime 3.0 performs ALL of the functionality that Mathcad 15 does including large graph plotting data sets and missing operators such as pre-fix and post-fix. There also needs to be a significantly better translation function to move v15 worksheets to Prime without creating a complete formatting mess as Prime 2.0 does. Otherwise, I simply cannot move to Prime at all.

  9. Mark says:

    I’m a long-time user of Mathcad and I haven’t moved from Mathcad 15. It has become clear that Mathcad is now just one of many PTC products watering-down their attention. Product functionality and consistency have taken a backseat to fuzzy stuff like integration with other PTC products, confusing product changes (Prime?) and marketing fluff about dogs and buffalo wings. Please remember that you’re first and foremost a provider of engineering software.

    1. Anna Giangregorio says:

      Hi Mark, Hope you are doing well. I can ensure that much time and thought goes into PTC Mathcad and the improvements that are released for each new product version. It was important for our team to make the software more robust and more compatible with other modern technologies which represents the switch from Mathcad 15.0 to PTC Mathcad Prime products. Now we are working on making sure all the legacy functionality is built back into this new robust tool along with building brand new functionality as well. Our latest release, PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 will be available soon! As far as the dogs and buffalo wings go, that is just my personal bio 🙂

      1. gani says:

        Hi Anna, I just purchased a Prime 3.0 thinking it is MathCad 15. I see the XMCD, MCD Converter is grayed out. How do I open older files and conversely save Prime 3.0 files in older version like say, ver 11. This is very important to me.

      2. Anna Giangregorio says:

        Mathcad Prime 3.0 licenses entitle you to use Mathcad 15 as well. It’s a 2-in-1! Mathcad 15 is also required for the converter to work.

  10. Barry says:

    I guess everybody has there “1” thing that keeps them from Prime, but I am just SHOCKED that you cannot wrap an equation. I am moritied to think that you are supposedly spending so much time on documentation and presentation yet you can’t even format a “long” equation. Long equations are normal thing in engineering calculations!!!

    I can live with the ribbon though I hate it as much as the MS Office Ribbon. I can understand why the dot is not longer the subscript keystroke, I can even understand some functions that may be missing, but the whole selling point of MathCAD is presentation!!! There are MANY other tools for programming and solving math problems, but MathCAD is the ONLY one that documents it like you would if you did it by hand, and then able to re-use it etc.

    You can’t even scroll an equation to the next line??

    1. amcgough2013 says:

      Many thanks for your feedback. Equation wrapping is on our list of items to consider – we actively pursue input from our users on what functionality is the most desirable for each new release. The upcoming release, PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0, will include items such as Math Formatting, Math in Text, Templates and Global definitions. These were identified by users as the most important additions. They add functionality available in MC15 and, in some cases, surpass that functionality.

      We continually assess the prioritization of functionality, so please do continue to let us know what you’d like to see in the product.

      1. Barry says:

        We will NOT adopt Prime until we can document our calculations without kludging them.

  11. Francisco Chavez Contreras says:

    Hello everyone! A short question, when will be available Prime 3?…The Roadmap presentation say that the new prime 3 should be available (even we are closing to the M010 release).

    Thanks dudes

    1. Bram Vroon says:

      The summer of 2013 is ending within a fortnight. So we can be sure Prime 3 will come very soon. But the silence promises nothing good. And do we have at least all features of MC15? If less we are waiting for nothing.

  12. A post in the PTC blog prompts me to “Download now!” Mathcad Prime V3. That was posted in september 17…but I tried several ways to download this new release but in the PTC site all is refered to Prime V2.

    Where is the download link for Prime 3?


    Francisco Chávez

  13. Krzysztof Nawalany says:

    Where are the web Controls and List/Combo Boxes or scripted controls in MathCAD Prime 3.0


    Krzysztof Nawalany

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