An Inside Look at Mathcad Prime 3.0: Part 2




In my last post, I discussed some of the new features that will be available in Mathcad Prime 3.0 having to do with documentation and presentation. In this post I will be exploring some more of the new functionality of Mathcad Prime 3.0 that Mark Walker, Director of Product Management for Mathcad, shared with me.

Walker explained that in addition to getting a lot of user requests on documentation and presentation, the Mathcad team also received typical feature requests. Here are some more of the feature-level updates that the Mathcad team is actively developing for Mathcad Prime 3.0:

  • Improved conversation for legacy worksheets: Many of these planned features had their roots in earlier versions of Mathcad. Whatever features introduced in this release will be easy to convert from previous constructs in customers’ legacy worksheets.
  • Improved plot composition: A “complete” plot is a unique combination of graphical display elements, live math, text, markers, and more. User feedback has proven that currently available plot capabilities do not cover the breadth of elements that users need to add to create such “complete” presentations. However, the currently available architecture would not have been an effective foundation to add more sub-elements. With this planned work, plot titles, axis labels, and more will be intuitively added and controlled, freely positioned, and intelligently manipulated – all while remaining grouped in a way that doesn’t hinder the use of neighboring whitespace in the worksheet.
  • Improved plotting power: Plots will be able to handle much larger data sets than ever before, matching recent improvements in matrix calculations and management that were afforded by Mathcad Prime 2.0’s current support of 64bit operating systems.
  • Region “anchor point” control: This new concept for Mathcad will allow users to control the anchor points of their regions in a worksheet, making the best use of its white space and producing more readable presentations. Specifically, this would allow a plot’s anchor point to be placed at the bottom of the graph, allowing equations that influence it to be placed immediately next to it, rather than several lines above it. Similarly, this would allow text regions to be placed along the right margin of a header, and ensure that it only “grows” to the left as content is added or the region is resized. Several common requests are anticipated to be addressed by this freedom to control any region’s anchor point within the worksheet.
  • Global definition operator: This feature is also planned for return in Mathcad Prime 3.0, allowing freedom of definition anywhere in the worksheet. This becomes especially useful when creating concise summaries or evaluating changes in a specific area of the worksheet when it is influenced by variables that may have been defined several pages before. By using a global definition operator instead, they can be defined and manipulated quickly and precisely within the area of interest in the worksheet.

It is evident that a lot of hard work is going into the development and creation of Mathcad Prime 3.0, keeping in mind the needs of current and future Mathcad users and the needs of engineers of all disciplines, students, teachers, and people of all industries and disciplines. Come back to the blog often to learn the latest news surrounding the development of Mathcad Prime 3.0 and further posts about Mathcad Prime 3.0 integration with Creo and Integrity.