Hi, is there a relationship or compatibility between Mathcad Prime and Matlab? Which one is better for programming, setting equations, algorithms and displaying charts? (3Ds, pies, etc...)
Mathcad Prime is being developed as a replacement for the "original" versions of Mathcad (the last one was Mathcad 15,) and has a far amount of work required to get up to that level.
Matlab is a fully mature program with a large embedded base of applications.
Take a look at Smath studio: Smath and Octave: Octave. Both are free. Smath has a whiteboard interfrace like Mathcad, and a very similar syntax. It can't read or save mathcad files though. Octave is a free Matlab clone. It can read and run many Matlab files, but not all of them. It does not have all the bells and whistles of Matlab, but what do you exptect for the grand cost of $0? . You can play around with them, at no cost, and get an idea of the difference.
Something that you might want to consider is that starting next year PTC is going to a subscription only model. So you could buy Prime 4 now (and thereby get Mathcad 15 for free) with a perpetual license, but you will not be able to buy any upgrade with a perpetual license.