Written By Katherine Brown-Siebenaler
  • 3/14/2023
  • Read Time : 3 min.

Why Mathcad Prime 9: A Chat with Andy McGough

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We're pleased to announce that PTC Mathcad Prime 9 is available now! It delivers numerous productivity and functionality enhancements so users can accurately solve, analyze, document, and share all of their engineering calculations faster than ever. Learn more details in the blog post, What's New in PTC Mathcad Prime 9? 

But first, we thought you might like to know a bit more about how we chose the enhancements we did and why. So we sat down with PTC product manager, Andy McGough. Continue reading to get his perspective on our latest release.

What's new and exciting about PTC Mathcad Prime 9?

In each new release we’re moving more and more toward providing updates across all the different aspects of the product, so there will be something in this release for everyone. But that doesn’t mean adding some content that only a few users will find beneficial. We endeavor to identify and implement consequential functionality in each area—from math updates like the gradient operator or the partial differential equation solve function in the solve block, to the many aspects of the symbolic engine improved in Mathcad Prime 9, to documentation updates like Text Styles and the custom color picker. Overall, Mathcad Prime 9 makes creating engineering much easier.

Let’s say I’m a long-time user of Mathcad. Why makes Mathcad Prime 9 the version I should standardize on?

With any new release, our drive is always to consider first what we can add that will benefit users who have been with Mathcad for many years. This release is no different, and, in fact, contains quite a few long-sought-after items, including: Text Styles, the ability to solve partial differential equations in a solve block, the ability to symbolically solve the Find function in a solve block, and internal links. These are areas of functionality that longtime users of Mathcad have requested, but they have also been requested by relative newcomers to the software, since they’re great additions to the product. We also have a few usability updates that should make the legacy users happy, like the ability to type text directly into the worksheet. That’s something I’ve been eager to get in the product myself and have used a lot in pre-release build testing!

What if I’ve never used Mathcad before? Maybe I’m using spreadsheets, pencil and paper, or a competing software. What’s new in Mathcad Prime 9 that should get me to try it out?

All of the updates in Mathcad Prime 9 make it an even better logical replacement for your current method for recording engineering calculations. The additions to Mathcad Prime 9 are natural enhancements to the user experience Mathcad delivers, which allows you to write your math in the way you’re used to while at the same time calculating it. We’ve made it easier to write, format, and calculate your engineering. There’s never been a better time to download the trial and see for yourself what Mathcad can do for your engineering!

What if Mathcad Prime 9 doesn’t have some of the new features that I wanted—what can I do to have my voice heard?

Whether you like something we’ve added or want something else in the product, your input feeds directly into our decision making for what to put in the next release. From the Mathcad Ideas site on the PTC Community, to direct feedback to Mathcad subject matter experts, sales representatives, or technical support, all that feedback is funneled to me and referenced when discussing not just what to put in the product, but also how to put it in the product. The Mathcad ideas site is a good first point of contact. It is reviewed regularly and already has some great suggestions.

Any final words?

You’ll be able to hear more about Mathcad Prime 9 in the upcoming release webinar and again later this year at our Mathcad virtual conference. And I’m very happy that LiveWorx is back this year! We’ll have a number of people from the Mathcad team there, so if you’re attending, please come and say hi. 

I’m very excited for Mathcad Prime 9 to be in the hands of customers. Please continue to send us feedback on the product!

Webinar: What's New In PTC Mathcad Prime 9

Register now for more insights, discussion, demos, and Q&A.


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.

Why Mathcad Prime 9: A Chat with Andy McGough
Learn about the PTC Mathcad Prime 9 release from product manager Andy McGough. Mathcad Prime 9 delivers productivity and functionality enhancements.