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Layouts created using the Pro/NOTEBOOK module (.lay files) are a very powerful way of centralising and controlling all of the relations and parameters used to drive designs. They often contain extensive relations to calculate values for global parameters that can then be used to drive model geometry with the benefit of eveything being controlled from the one location. However, when trying to document the design, these relations are "locked away" in the layout file. As Mathcad is design the document the engineering calculations used during the design process, it would be incredibly useful if the Creo/Mathcad integration could be expanded beyond Parts and Assemblies to Notebook files. The notebook can be used to centrally control all of the global parameters and still have relations, but for complex calculations, parameters from the notebook could be fed into a Mathcad worksheet and then the Mathcad worksheet does all of the calculations and feeds back its values into the layout. The would mean that: the calucations used in the notebook are more easliy read by a user documentation of the design is of a higher quality This would also mean all of the other benefits of Mathcad, such as units sensitivity, graphing, etc. can be used.
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Is it possible to insert OLE object such as AutoCAD drawing,MS Office documents? Is it possible to insert a PDF into the Mathcad Prime? Is there way to insert Mathcad Prime as OLE object in other applications such as MS Excel, Word etc ? This functionality is available in Mathcad 15.0 but not yet available in Mathcad Prime. It is the final thing that is stopping up updating/migrating to Mathcad Prime.
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There is not way to change the font and font size on the axes of a plot. Values on the axes are barely readable on the screen let alone on paper. PLEASE fix this, the plots are unuseable and cannot be exported or copied and pasted into a simple word document without having to take the plot and copy and paste it into a drawing program and overlaying the values on the axes with larger fonts.
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I have included a file that I recently developed to assess the new Chart Component in Mathcad 220.127.116.11. It includes some suggestions for future changes, some of which have been requested by other users. This assessment mostly concerns the abilities of formatting and including line graphs in research or project papers. If you have an interest in that field, open the attachment.
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Mathcad 15 has the vector operator Nabla (inverted triangle) easily keyed with ctrl-shift-G. Unfortunately, as far as I can see, it can only return the gradient of a function. In order to obtain the divergence or curl of vector functions it is necessary to type in these words in toto or as div or curl and even then it doesn't work very well. It seems to me that for teaching symbolic vector analysis, it would be very helpful to make Nabla fully functional in dealing with previously defined vectors. I would think that if the rules for unit vectors were embedded into the program (i.e. i*i=1, i x i =0, etc), symbolic vector analysis could become quite clear. In the quicksheets a table of vector identities, as defined originally by Willard Gibbs in 1884 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Willard_Gibbs, would also be very helpful.
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This is probably for Prime 3.0 I'd like the ability to extend the data types, via some sort of compiled software interface for instance, e.g. being able to add a quaternion data type (perhaps as a 4 element vector type that is recognised as such) so that one can do extended algebra on whatever new data type one has invented. (the big problem at the moment is there is no available developer definition of nested arrays, or string arrays) If scalar=0, and matrix =1, then 2=MyType, etc, so that other functions can confirm what they are - Same as IsArray IsScalar IsString ... IsType => MyType [so the type could have a number and a name etc.] This obviously would also mean that one should be able to extend the multiply and add functions etc.(need a way of doing that) When I'm forced to use Matlab it is often because of the ability to extend the compute capability. Being able to detect that some Matrix or vector is of a specific 'size' may be equivalent [this is similar to the extra user dimension types - count of apples, count of oranges; this is data of type] This is a functional style capability, it gives the people the ability to expand the capability in a general manner. Philip
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I am an occasional user of Mathcad, so adding many new features might not be a big draw; one advantage of a limited feature set is that it is easier to pick up old work without getting to involved with relearning all the functions used. I have not reviewed the Prime feature set, so these items may already be covered, but some annoyances with Mathcad I have are: Graphics insertion is not the greatest. While some have asked for a sketch tool built in, it will likely be yet another tool to learn to use. Inserting in GIF or SVG format might be better as there are a great many open source drawing tools to produce them. Bitmap is, of course, too much data, jpg is okay, but maybe improve quality. jpg into word documents seem to look better than jpg inserted into mathcad. png format does not work much better for me. svg might be a good choice, but I do not get good screen viewing quality inserting svg type documents into word even though they print okay. There may be a Windows OS issue there. Moving around the document. The mentioned tab format looks like a bit improvement. While the top down format is the simplest and straight forward, sometimes seems it would be more convenient to have the inputs and results at the top and show the calculations following. Scrolling to the bottom can be tedious in a large calculation. Are hypertext-like links already available within a document? 3. As well, is there currently a way to call another program from within a page. That is, could I do a file output function, follow that with a command and argument line that calls some kind of command line computation, and then follow that with a file input which reads file produced by that command line? This seems like a very basic function that would be easy to implement. I am aware that is is possible to produce .dlls that can be added to the function library, but a command line option opens up the possibility of tcl, perl, etc. 4. (Why stop at 3 because asking for functions is so much easier and fun that actually writing and testing them yourself). Options for giving labels for table displays (other than using the first row and column as text) would be a useful low effort function to improve readability.
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New IdeaSubmitted on09-29-201005:10 PMSubmitted byRichardJon09-29-201005:10 PM
I think this will not be quite the answer you are looking for, but: 0) I've said this before, many times, but I'll say it again anyway. All the features that are in Mathcad 15 but not in Prime 1.0. Yes, I know that's not "one feature", but that is irrelevant. I, and a large portion of the existing Mathcad users, will not switch from Mathcad 15 to Mathcad Prime until you have all those features implemented because some or most or all of our current worksheets will not work. There are a few features that I personally use very little or not at all, but they will be used by others. For those of us that will not use Prime until all these features are implemented, it makes no difference which order you implement them in! It also makes no difference whether or not you add some nice drawing tools, for example, if we are not using Prime in the first place! I don't really consider that a new feature though. It's just the implemtation of existing features. So I labelled that (0), not (1). Once you have got that done, and we are thus talking about new features that are not in Mathcad 15 or Prime 1.0.... 1) Multidimensional arrays. Why do we have to ask for these over and over and over again, for years? I would have thought that it would have been trivial to build this capability into Prime from the start. It's only an extension of the current indexing scheme. A lot of mathematical problems, and a lot of data sets, are more than two dimensional, and handling these problems in mathcad is currently very painful because we have to use nested arrays. Why can't I just index a multidimensional array as M[i,j,k, just as I would index a matrix as M[i,j or a vector as V[i ? Even the most basic programming languages (including BASIC) allow arrays with more than two dimensions! 2) Either: a) Much better graphing capabilities. But they have got to be much better, or this would not be my second choice (see (b)). Visualization of data and math is fundamentally important, and the quality and flexibility of the graphing should reflect this. Currently, in Mathcad 15 or Mathcad Prime, it is not even close to what we really need. If you have any doubt about how important this is look at the success of OriginLab's graphing package! Or b) Some sketching tools. These should preferably come with associated features such as grouping (including with other region types, such as graphs), on top / behind, align to each other or to the grid, etc. I'm thinking of something similar to what you get in MS Office. It would be nice to be able to drive these sketches using math too (like we used to be able to do with Smartsketch), but perhaps that asking too much. A lot of problems are very hard to describe or document adequately without sketches or drawings. It would also be very useful for annotating graphs. 3) Compile our Mathcad functions to a library. They should then run faster, and be automatically available within any worksheet. It should be possible to have more than one library, and it should be possible to embed the required functions in a worksheet when I save it (so that it's portable). We have been asking for 2a, 2b, and 3 for a long time too.
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