Written by Katherine Brown Siebenaler
  • 3/14/2024
  • Read Time : 3 min.

What’s New in PTC Mathcad Prime 10

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In a world where precision, transparency, and efficiency are paramount, engineers need a tool that goes beyond mere calculation. They need a platform that seamlessly integrates complex problem-solving with clear communication and documentation. Enter PTC Mathcad Prime 10, the latest iteration of Mathcad Prime.

Mathcad Prime 10 will empower engineers to tackle their most challenging tasks with ease. With its intuitive interface and advanced features, Mathcad Prime 10 is a complete solution that enables engineers to perform accurate calculations while also preserving, sharing, and reusing their intellectual property (IP) in a single, organized platform. No more scattered spreadsheets or disjointed documents—Mathcad Prime 10 allows you to present your work in a clear, professional format, complete with math, text, plots, and images.

Mathcad Prime 10 released on April 23, 2024, and delivered numerous productivity and functionality enhancements to enrich how engineers interact with their calculations. Keep reading to learn more about this release’s key enhancements, including Advanced Controls with Scripting, the ability to choose a solving algorithm for functions and definite integrals, and enhanced multithreading for faster, more efficient mathematical calculations.

Application enhancements 

Advanced Controls with Scripting: PTC Mathcad Prime 10 introduces advanced controls, offering users the ability to enhance their worksheets with controls including list boxes, radio buttons, checkboxes, buttons, sliders, and text boxes. These empower users to precisely define the behavior of each control within the worksheet. This feature provides a configurable and detailed approach to manipulating variable values, using scripting language like VBScript and JScript. The primary advantage of this new feature lies in automation, enabling users to streamline worksheet functionality and significantly increase productivity.

Choice of solving algorithms: With Mathcad Prime 10 you can now choose a solving algorithm for functions and definite integrals. These include the functions pdesolve, odesolve, numol, genfit, polyroots, find, minimize, maximize, minerr, and algorithms for calculating definite integrals. In the worksheet, each instance of these functions will include a right-mouse button menu of algorithm options so you can decide to keep the default algorithm or choose one of the other options provided. This gives you a higher degree of flexibility and control, enabling you to explore different algorithms if the default algorithm doesn't provide a satisfactory solution.  

Subscript and superscript in text: You can now apply subscript and superscript formatting in your text regions, such as for documenting variable identifiers or parameters with exponents. 

Symbolic engine enhancements 

Expanded use of the keyword "fully": Mathcad Prime 10 has expanded the use of the keyword "fully" with additional use cases. Support for the modifiers "fact" and "max" for this keyword have also been added.

New "standard" keyword: A new keyword, "standard," which allows for Big-O notation with series expansion, as well as showing the constant of integration in indefinite integrals, has been added. 

Improved support for "undefined": This release improves support for "undefined" results in the symbolic engine. This provides greater compatibility and equivalency with the numeric engine’s "NaN," allowing for symbolic support of the NaN class of functions. 

General keyword improvements: Mathcad Prime 10 has general improvements for the keywords rewrite, solve, and simplify. Rewrite is expanded with five new modifiers: arg, atan2, fact, sign, and Φ, allowing rewriting expressions in their respective terms. Solve and simplify also have more supported use cases than ever before. 

Numeric Engine Enhancements 

Multithreading: Improvements to multithreading in Mathcad Prime 10 give users the full power of its functionality. Users can enjoy the capability to execute numerous independent calculations simultaneously. This feature enhances the efficiency of worksheet calculations, specifically those with multiple independent threads of computations, by using your multi-core processors. This results in faster processing times in situations where your worksheet is structured to have independent, non-sequential calculations.

Improved calculus operators: This includes improvements in pdesolve and general engine improvements. Building off the previous release of pdesolve, users can now set mixed boundary conditions, along with implicit and explicit boundary conditions. Units support has also been added. The numeric engine also has improved behavior of inline assignment evaluation in a matrix and handling unitless zero in a matrix.

Usability enhancements 

Usability enhancements in Mathcad Prime 10 include:

  • The ability to open a file from an Include Worksheet region 
  • The ability to open a file directly from the legacy worksheet converter 
  • The addition of world-date and system-date format in headers and footers 
  • The ability to link directly to a specific section of a second worksheet
  • Being able to hide the collapsible area border, including when printing your worksheet

Learn More

These are just the major updates coming in Mathcad Prime 10. Learn more about each, watch demos, and get your questions answered by watching the replay on-demand of the product preview webinar originally aired on April 9. You can also read PTC Mathcad product manager Andrew McGough's thoughts on what sets Mathcad Prime 10 apart in our launch interview.

Webinar: The Latest in PTC Mathcad Prime 10

Register now to get a front-row seat to all of Mathcad Prime 10’s new features. Learn how key product enhancements will enrich your engineering calculations with usability and user-driven improvements.


About the Author

Katherine Brown-Siebenaler is the Marketing Content Manager for PTC's CAD team. Based in Austin, TX, Katherine is responsible for editing the Creo and Mathcad blogs. She has six years' experience as a content creator for various corporate marketing teams, primarily in SaaS environments. Katherine holds two degrees from the University of Florida, a BS in Journalism and an MA in Mass Communication. She enjoys learning how PTC customers bring software to life in real-world applications every day, leading innovation in their various industries.

What’s New in PTC Mathcad Prime 10
Learn about PTC Mathcad Prime 10, including key product enhancements to enrich engineering calculations with usability and user-driven improvements.