months of talk, PTC this
week released Prime 1.0, the newest generation of the company's engineering calculation
software rearchitected to bring the power of Mathcad to engineers with a
newly-designed environment tuned for ease-of-use and accessibility.
a new tasked-based user interface and via its open architecture and easy-to-use
live mathematical notation functionality, Mathcad Prime 1.0 lets engineers
focus on developing engineering calculations rather than formatting
The new user interface aims to help users learn unfamiliar functions and
features quickly, while the document-centric calculation environment lets them
create detailed design documents that include complex calculations and live
standard math notations, using text, images and graphs. Mathcad Prime also
presents calculations and other information in a format non-Mathcad users can easily
understand, enabling knowledge capture and facilitating in reuse and design
verification, according to PTC officials.
release helps improve process efficiency by reducing errors and increasing accuracy
of results via its support for dynamic units, which carries over throughout all
calculations created in the software. The WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You
Get) equation editor lets users express problem constraints and solutions in
natural math notation, freeing them up to spend less time manipulating and
formatting the document.
promised, Mathcad Prime 1.0 also offers tight integration with other PTC
products, including Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/ENGINEER) and Windchill.
"The content is captured in a format that is presentable so it is much easier
to solve the problem and interpret the engineering intent," says Jake Simpson,
senior general manager of PTC's Mathcad Business Unit, in prepared remarks.
"The result is good design decisions supported by well-structured and legible
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