PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0: Global Definitions Back By Popular Demand

Global Definitions Operator in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0

After hearing lots of feedback from our users and due to popular demand, PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 will feature a Global Definitions Operator. This functionality was present in PTC Mathcad 15.0 and earlier versions of PTC Mathcad and will now be available for the first time in PTC Mathcad Prime software. I sat down with Andrew McGough, ­­­­­­­­PTC Mathcad Product Manager at PTC to learn more.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, PTC Mathcad Prime currently has a Definitions Operator that allows you to assign a value to a name within your worksheet. So for example, you can assign the value 2 to a variable called x by typing x := 2. However as Andrew described, the way that PTC Mathcad currently “reads” your work is left to right and up to down, so x will only evaluate to 2 if it’s evaluated after the definition in the worksheet. So say you define x on page 4 and would like to evaluate it on page 2, earlier versions of PTC Mathcad Prime would be unable to complete that evaluation.

The Global Definitions Operator is very similar to the current Definitions Operator because it also allows you to assign a value to a name within your worksheet. Andrew says, “What is different about the Global Definitions Operator is that you can now evaluate that name anywhere in your worksheet, either before or after the global definition.” So for example, if x is used in equations that define a plot and you’d like to easily see how changing x will affect that plot, it can be globally defined next to the plot itself without worrying about where in the worksheet it is actually used.

Global Definitions in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0

Andrew said, “Global Definitions were used extensively in PTC Mathcad 15.0. One of our jobs on the PTC Mathcad team is to listen to the feedback our users give on new products. Customers had a high demand for this functionality, so we incorporated it back into PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0.”

Stay tuned to learn more about the Global Definitions Operator and how it can benefit you, along with other new functionality in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0.

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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5 Responses to PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0: Global Definitions Back By Popular Demand

  1. juan says:

    My very dear Anna, are we going to have the pleasure to buy Mathcad Prime 3. 0 before the end of this month (September 2013) ?
    Thank you. Juan

    • Anna Giangregorio says:

      Hi Juan, PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 should be available to download by the end of the week!

      Anna

      • Bill says:

        Anna,

        I wonder if Prime 3.0 does have all the functions that come with Mathcad 15, and if all the functions perform in the same way like they do in Mathcad 15.

      • Elena says:

        Hi Anna, can you tell me how to bye Mathcad if we take PC for rent with opeation systems Microsoft? shoul we have bye or our partners (owners of PC)?

  2. Pingback: PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0: Time Saving, Better Documentation, and Conversion Fidelity with Global Definitions | PTC

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