Math and Text formatting in PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 part 2




Last week I reviewed math formatting in PTC Mathcad. This week I will discuss text formatting.

Text formatting

Text content in PTC Mathcad Prime is typically is contained in either a text box or a text block. The text box is the most common, control-t to create one or use the UI controls on the Math or Documentation tab. A text block will preserver the format of you worksheet but has the downside of going all the way across you page. Text boxes are easy and resizable, but do not preserve the format of your page, meaning if you have many lines in a text box it could overlay existing content as it grows.

When in a text box or text block, you will see all the Text Formatting options are enabled.

an Excel page 

Much like the Math formatting, you have control over text regions: font face, font size, font color, font background color and also font style: bold, italic and underscore. Inside a text box or text block, you have the additional options to create bulleted or numbered lists. You can adjust text alignment left, center or right.

Again these UI controls for text fonts, like math fonts, will look like other .NET applications UI controls for fonts. This is by design so as to reduce your learning curve and increase you comfort level with making aesthetically pleasing documents.

You can multi select or group select regions and change many text regions at once. Also, like the math formatting, you can change globally or locally. By simply clicking on the worksheet and changing the default text option on the Text Formatting page, you are selecting globally. If you select a text region or regions, you are changing locally.

In math formatting I mentioned the unicode trick. For text formatting, I want to leave you with the math in text region trick. You can add live math to your text sentences and paragraphs in a text box or text block. Simply create a text box with control-t and type some text. Now either type Cntrl-Shift-M or off the Math tab select Math in the regions group. You now have a math region in your text box.

an Excel page 

Add some math and when finished use your right arrow or simply click outside the math region to get back to text.

an Excel page 

Also remember the Boolean equal trick. If you want to show math equations with undeclared variables do not evaluate with the regular equal sign, enter the Boolean equal sign and no red errors will show.

Both math formatting and text formatting benefit from all the documentation and page layout feature on the document tab.

Try it out for free in PTC Mathcad Express.