Enhanced symbolics, full Unicode support and availability in a variety of languages are the headliners of the new 14.0 release of PTC’s Mathcad engineering calculation software.
PTC’s Mathcad software helps engineers document and share the calculations that go hand-in-hand with design work. According to PTC officials, the new release delivers improved calculation clarity through new worksheet analysis functions, enhanced plot formatting, new ODE solvers, including a state space solver and support for the Adams-Bashforth ODE method, and continued integration with PTC’s Pro/Engineer 3D mechanical design tool.
One of the more notable features of Mathcad 14.0 is its support for multiple languages. The software provides full Unicode support to enable the usage of all multilingual characters, including Asian, Hebrew, and Arabic, and the upgrade will also be available in nine languages—among them, Italian, Spanish, Korean, and both Traditional and Simplified Chinese.
Greg O’Neill, Mathcad user and senior RF engineer at SkyCross, a provider of wireless antenna solutions for products like cell phones and laptops, says the multi-language support will go along way in helping the global company communicate more effectively with its Korea- and China-based development teams. SkyCrossbegan using Mathcad in 2003 to enable radio frequency engineers like O’Neill to perform signal simulations and complex design computations in a lab setting with software instead of having to physically build models to test designs. This has led to faster development cycles, fewer errors and less time and money spent on prototyping, O’Neill says.
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