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.
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.