Mathcad Enhancement History

Mathcad Enhancement History – Version 13, 14, 15 and Prime
In 1986, Mathsoft released the first edition Mathcad on DOS, and was the first computer software to introduce live editing typeset mathematical notation, automatic computation and engineering unit error checking. Mathcad is a powerful application for solving and visualizing mathematical problems. It provides verification, validation, documentation and re-use of engineering calculations. More recent releases of Mathcad have since had many improvements added to them allowing them to keep updated with the times.

Mathcad 13
Mathcad 13.0, released in 2005, supported Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP SP2 or later. It provided expanded support for the Mathsoft Calculation Management Suite which was the first enterprise software solution designed to help organisations create and capture the valuable engineering calculation information that the suite centrally manages for reuse, auditing, oversight, publishing and collaboration throughout the entire development process. The other key component of the suite was Designate, a framework for storing, viewing, searching, reporting, auditing and publishing an organization's Mathcad worksheets, all from a Web browser.
Mathcad 13.0 built on the advances of Mathcad 12.0 with its XML and .NET support and contained new features such as powerful program debugging capabilities, the ability to insert traces and step through program loops, to enhance auditing and verification. It also had improved 2D plot graphics and easy to use customisation menu for special line types, symbol markers and colours. Mathcad 13.0 had introduced a new Autosave features preventing the loss of valuable work and new error messages to help pinpoint mathematical errors and for the first time supported non-linear units such as Fahrenheit, Celsius and Decibels and enabled customers to create custom designed units. In April 2006, Mathsoft was purchased by the Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC).

Mathcad 14
In 2007, PTC released Mathcad 14.0 which offered several significant enhancements. One such improvement was global language support in 9 different languages. Mathcad 14.0 also provided full unicode support, improved calculation power and clarity, inline numeric evaluation and enhancements to explicit calculations. Mathcad 14.0 offered significant symbolic updates and new and improved ordinary differential equation (ODE) solvers enabled faster, more reliable calculations. Enhancements in plot formatting meant that users could create graphical reports, improving documentation, communication and collaboration throughout the product development process.
With Mathcad 14.0, customers with active maintenance were able to access PTC’s global 24x7 technical support and Mathcad’s new FlexLM license management implementation for single license users. Mathcad 14.0 could operate on 64 bit platforms and Vista and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 support was available in Mathcad 14.0 M010 and later releases.
Mathcad 14.0 also provided updated Mathcad Extension Packs and Libraries which included titles such as: Data analysis, Image processing, signal processing and wavelets extension packs. The new Mathcad- Pro/ENGINEER®, integration allowed Pro/ENGINEER®, users to connect Pro/ENGINEER®, models to live Mathcad worksheets thereby linking fully-documented engineering calculations and logic to the designs. Its integration with PTC’s Windchill® meant that Mathcad documents could be stored and managed by Windchill® alongside other general documents and Pro/ENGINEER®, models. Mathcad 14.0 is also able to be integrated with a number of third party products such as SolidWorks, ANSYS and Bentley.


Mathcad 15
Mathcad 15.0 was released in 2010, three years after the release of Mathcad 14.0 with many improved and updated functions. Mathcad 15.0 is Windows 7 compatible. It includes new Design of Experiment (DoE) functionality with over 25 new functions to reduce time and expense of conducting experiments, more extensive reference libraries and improved integration with the latest version of Microsoft Excel and other third party tools. Mathcad 15.0 is also integrated to Knovel® Math content for updated MathCAD Extended Libraries for Mechanical, Civil and Electrical engineering. Knovel Math offers MathCAD users fully documented engineering and math worksheets from trusted reference works which have been validated and quality tested. Its integration with Kornucopia® software reduces the time and effort spent on analysis by providing functions and templates using Mathcad-based documented workflows. Mathcad 15.0 has improved integration with Pro/ENGINEER®, PTC’s Windchill®, Windchill PDMLink® and Windchill ProductPoint® which enables better management of critical engineering content, making it easier to share and reuse information leading to standardization and best practices.

Mathcad Prime
PTC will not go on to release a Mathcad 16.0 but have decided to go in an entirely new direction with Mathcad Prime 1.0. It is expected to be released in 2011. Mathcad Prime 1.0 will be compatible with Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and Mathcad Prime 1.0 may be installed side-by-side with any previous version of Mathcad. One of the biggest features of Mathcad Prime will be its new interface which will ensure it is an easy to use and powerful productivity tool, that it supports easy sharing of knowledge and can be integrated as part of PTC’s Product Development System (PDS). Some of the new features that may included are new Prime UI with snap-to-grid workspace, multiple document interface (tabbed), new ribbon and status bars, If, If Else, Else programming, new matrix navigation/view, plots and matrices support units, and new label styles. The calculation engine will also be improved through enhanced unit support and dynamic unit checking. It should be very exciting to see how Mathcad Prime will compare to previous releases. I'll leave you with a sneak preview of the new interface.


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