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PTC Mathcad Express: Free for Life

PTC launched Mathcad Express, a free version of its Mathcad Prime software with limited functions.

For ordinary folks, there’s Excel; for engineers, there are technical calculation programs like MathWorks MATLAB or PTC Mathcad. The latter are designed specifically for handling equations, formulas, and for importing these numbers into design programs. And they’re usually not cheap.

But this week, PTC is releasing a limited version of its Mathcad as Mathcad Express, a free-for-life software (PTC’s words). You can download it at the product page here.(“It’s a soft-ish launch,” wrote Lindsey Christensen, PTC’s marketing program manager.)

For the first 30 days, you get the full functions of PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0, the commercial product, priced $1,500 on PTC’s online store. After 30 days, the product becomes Mathcad Express, a limited-function version that’s free for you to keep. One of the limitations is watermarked documents.

The Express version does not include advanced numeric functions, programming, and Excel integration. To get those, you’ll need Mathcad Prime. Still, Express is a robust calculation program with basic numeric functions, equation editing, and X-Y plots. (For a comparison of features, visit PTC’s product page here.)

With its direct modeling product PTC Creo Direct, PTC also adopted a similar strategy: It offers PTC Creo Elements/Direct Express as a free teaser.

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About Kenneth

Kenneth Wong has been a regular contributor to the CAD industry press since 2000, first an an editor, later as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications. During his nine-year tenure, he has closely followed the migration from 2D to 3D, the growth of PLM (product lifecycle management), and the impact of globalization on manufacturing. His writings have appeared in Cadalyst, Computer Graphics World, and Manufacturing Business Technology, among others.


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  4. wladimir pierdziolek

    Does MathCad Prime support numbers over > E+5000, for the previous versions do not, just limited to app. E+300 something. It’s no use for real engineering if limit stands E+300 (double precision); nice for students but if using for example exponential functions it is crucial to have more flexibility. Pascal gives opportunity to exploit 128 bit standard numbers. Not sure what about SMath Studio, looks it works great but sometimes slows calculations, especially if having to read csv files of size 10000*20. SMath is a full version application without limitation, just cool open source application. If a could write own plugin dll function, those slow problem could be solved easily.

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