Whenever a new version of PTC Mathcad software is released we gather a group of people called Alpha Testers to review and experiment our new software before it gets released to the public. Alpha Testers help us to better understand how users who use PTC Mathcad every day will respond to our new release of software, in this case PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0.

We have just about wrapped up our alpha testing this spring and have been getting some nice feedback and constructive criticism from the group already. A few days ago I was able to connect with one of the Alpha Testers, a Physicist from sunny California, where he works on high level developments in charged particle optics and x-ray analysis technologies. He primarily uses PTC Mathcad for Symbolic calculations and data evaluation.

He has been using PTC Mathcad as an engineering calculation software tool for quite a while now (since Mathcad 4!) and has worked with almost every version of PTC Mathcad since. One might say he is familiar with the tool and its functionality. This user participated as an Alpha Tester of PTC Mathcad Prime 1.0 and was asked to participate again in this year’s alpha testing process. Right off the bat he stated, *“Mathcad Prime 3.0 is a huge step forward from past Prime versions. It’s really nice to see the progress that has been made.”*

Three main features of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 really made a difference to him. *“This version of Mathcad is streamlined. The new math, text, and graphics formatting features make it easy to transform a worksheet into publishable format. Getting started is easy and the complete integration with Symbolics, as well as the new 2D contour and 3D plots are great. It is quite straightforward to import external data and the software makes it also really easy to evaluate large data sets.”*

*“For new users, it should be very easy for them to get started. For users who are used to Mathcad 15.0 and older it may take some adjustment because the UI is different but it is very similar to Office software, and I understand the push to head in that direction. Mathcad is easy to adapt to whether you are a new or experienced user.”*

I asked how these new features and functionality impacted him on a daily basis while testing PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0. He replied, *“I primarily use Mathcad for Symbolic evaluations and also tested processing data similar to image sets. For certain tasks, Mathcad’s integration of symbolic calculations and data handling via explicit functions provides more streamlined development capabilities than other software. The presentation of the data is very clear with the lines scanning through the data sets and documentation, as always, is very nice. It is easier to get work done more quickly. Mathcad Prime 3.0 is clearly a productivity enhancer.”*

So why can PTC Mathcad software be a good choice for engineering calculations? *“It’s great for complex calculations, the user interface is quite good, most functionality is there, and should be completely intuitive for anyone with a mathematics background.”*

If you’re new to PTC Mathcad software, see just how easy it is to start calculating by downloading PTC Mathcad Express, free for life PTC Mathcad software.

For more information on what’s to come in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0, read this blog post, and stay tuned for more feedback from Alpha Testers and PTC Mathcad experts.

so can you highlight individual “input fields” in various colors like in versions 15.0 and prior? this is key functionality that prevents us from upgrading to Prime.

Yes, that is correct. In Mathcad Prime 3.0 you can highlight individual equations (inputs, results, etc.).

I hope that the ugly and blurry ribbon is changed in Prime 3.

Ana, thanks for this article. Definitely I thought that Prime version was in an exponential growth since the “1″ version.

But, waiting the 3rd Prime version, I want to know if the “presentation” of the calculations in PDF or XPS is better than the Prime 2 can actually do.

Specifically a refer to the presentation of the PDF or XPS document with MS Excel component inside it and the impossibility of has a thicker plot line with a non-filled marker (when you increase the line thickness, the marker become filled).

Attached to my comment is the link of a sample MCDX file (with the print in PDF and XPS) and a couple of screenshots. http://goo.gl/5a7ZG

Hope you can answer me, thanks in advance.

Best regards,

Francisco Chavez

Civil Engineer

I think I will stick to Mathcad 15… Prime flavours are nothing but complete disasters. Load time is incredibly high (3d studio max is even loading faster than mathcad prime), UI is ugly and needs some polishing, layout is poor and graphing tends to be a pain in the neck if you go to 3D projections of several functions… bad bad bad for such a useful piece of software that mathcad used to be… I miss those mathsoft days (sniff)

currently i use M15 for regular stuff and mathematica for professional stuff… nothing beats mathematica, period.

but i will stay away from prime in the few years to come…

More attention needs to be given to basics of input/output functionality. A wish list:

• Fix subscript shortcut in equations. Better still, use the point shortcut as Mathcad 15.

• Allow subscripts and superscripts in text

• Enable mathematical formatting required for all Eurocode symbols

• Enable type replacement of highlighted portions of equations

• Enable double click insertions (when typing a formula, highlighting a previously used symbol

inserts it)

• Fix typing so that as soon a spacebar is pressed within an entry, the entry is converted to a

text box

• Enable automatic text box sizing to fit text in text boxes as you type – very cumbersome at

present.

• Enable type from cursor only (as opposed to present stepped insertion which ignores where

the cursor is)

• Enable ‘Home’ shortcut to return cursor to start of line

I would probably be interested in beta testing Prime 3.0. How does one go about being involved with that?

I’ve used Mathcad continuously since it was grayish ASCII-Txt on a blue MS DOS screen, and I’m anxious to see that Mathcad continue! We have 5 licenses here.

When will be available Prime 3?..apparently the schedule was exceeded.

Thanks!