## Mathcad Prime Screenshots

I’ve been following the progress of Mathcad Prime, the upcoming replacement for PTC’s Mathcad, for a few months now and have managed to get my hands on a few preview screen shots. Click on each image to obtain a full resolution version

I’m particularly pleased to see that final image since it demonstrates that Mathcad Prime will support programming constructs. There were rumours a while ago that Prime would not be capable of either symbolics or programming which concerned me somewhat because I support users that require both.

A couple of weeks ago, PTC arranged a virtual conference where a couple of PTC developers demonstrated the latest build of Mathcad Prime. The focus was very much on Prime’s ease of use and its ability to handle units and I have to say I was impressed – it seems to be a big improvement over Mathcad 14. As long as symbolics makes it into Prime then I think I am going to be rather happy with it.

It is still possible to check out the recordings of the virtual conference yourself at http://events.unisfair.com/index.jsp?eid=522&seid=25 (requires registration). If you’ve seen the presentation then I’d love to know what you think so drop me a comment and say hi.

Thanks for the feedback, Mike. We think that users will really enjoy the new interface and features that Prime offers.

As you can see, we do expect to have programming included in Prime 1.0. Symbolics are up in the air at this point and we’re monitoring the schedule to see if we can fit it in. Also, FYI, the virtual conference link will stay live until ~June, 15, 2010.

For those interested, here’s a brief list of some new features shown in these screen shots. I cant make any promises, but we expect all of these to make it into the Prime 1.0 release along with many more we are developing now.

-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

-New Label Styles

~Dave B (Mathcad Product Mgr)

Is it still using the Maple symbolic engine?

Mathcad 15 has launched and it doesn’t look anything like these screenshots.

That’s because these are screenshots from an alpha version of Mathcad Prime – not Mathcad 15. Prime is a different product.

did you get an update on the symbolic engine. will it be included in prime.

Do you know if mathcad prime will have “text justify” feature, it is really anoying that you cant present text correctly in mathcad.

Another feature I would really like to see is being able to define functions with constants that do not have a value // For example solving a diferential equation with frontier values, you know the value of the constants at the end of the problem and mathcad always put them in red until you have this value (if anybody knows how to avoid this in mathcad 14 please tell me :) )

@MySchizoBuddy – I am not sure. I believe that it will have a symbolic engine but I have no idea what technology it will based upon. I don’t have access to a beta.

@Jesica – again, I have no idea I’m afraid since I don’t have access to a beta. If I DID have a beta then I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you since PTC would probably ask me to sign an NDA. Ho Hum.