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Mathcad Prime 5.0.0: Subscripts in Text Blocks

saadhere
5-Regular Member

Mathcad Prime 5.0.0: Subscripts in Text Blocks

Hello PTC Community,

I have switched form Mathcad15 to Mathcad Prime 5.0.0 but I am unable to add subscripts in text blocks when using the Prime version. Has the feature been removed from the Mathcad Prime versions?

19 REPLIES 19
LucMeekes
23-Emerald I
(To:saadhere)

Yes, that is one of the new features of Prime with respect to (good old, real) Mathcad:

A lot of functionality is NOT available.

 

Success!
Luc

saadhere
5-Regular Member
(To:LucMeekes)

Is there any possible workaround?

LucMeekes
23-Emerald I
(To:saadhere)

Certain characters are available as superscripts a ² for example, otherwise choose a different font for your sub/superscripts.

 

Success!
Luc

You can embed a math region in a text block, the math region will allow standard subscripting.

DJF
15-Moonstone
15-Moonstone
(To:Fred_Kohlhepp)

exactly.  

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as you type text in a text block, hit ctrl-shift-m to add a math region.  add as many as you want.  You'll have to play with fonts to get them looking identical, but I usually don't bother myself.

ChrisKaswer
12-Amethyst
(To:DJF)

Thanks for the keyboard shortcut! Still, not the ideal way to handle it from a formatting standpoint.

Raiko
13-Aquamarine
(To:saadhere)

Hi,

 

one workaround is to use the character map of windows. There you'll find a font called "Mathcad Unimath" which provides sub and superscripts; numbers only though.

Another workaround is to generate your own character set of subscripts and use this.

Believe it or not - this was a recommende procedure by PTC

 

Raiko

ChrisKaswer
12-Amethyst
(To:Raiko)

As I've just begun an effort to re-visit Prime (with the latest version 6) to see how usable it is, I've run across this issue too...really PTC? A big focus on Prime's development was to make it easier to create technical documents...but you took away that very convenient sub & super script text button we had for many years. Yes, entering a Math expression into a text region does work, but why should we have to copy & paste and mix these regions?

 

PTC - are you listening???

 

No, they're not listening.

 

Sorry!

jbanks
5-Regular Member
(To:ChrisKaswer)

Dear friends, I have Mathcad prime 7.0.0 and it does not allow to have subscripts and superscripts of text. Julio Banks

Fred_Kohlhepp
23-Emerald I
(To:jbanks)

If you read this thread carefully, you'll find this is and has been a failing of Prime.  The only useful solution is to embed a math region in the text.

Werner_E
24-Ruby IV
(To:jbanks)


@jbanks wrote:

Dear friends, I have Mathcad prime 7.0.0 and it does not allow to have subscripts and superscripts of text. Julio Banks


That's correct!

After about ten years of "development", Prime still does not support  a basic feature like that. Amazing, isn't it it?

jbanks
5-Regular Member
(To:Werner_E)

Peace be with you today, dear Werner,

I do agree with your sentiments regarding the state of development of Mathcad Prime after such an amount of revisions. In addition, Mathcad Prime also is lacking in "Plotting features" compared to Mathcad v15.  It is my hope that PTC maintains its pricing of Mathcad Prime in consideration of the lack of features such as the ones we are herein discussing. Keep the faith, Werner 🙂

because maybe it's pretty powerful to mix text and math expressions in a body of text which you can't do in Word?

 

 

Word will embed equations in text 

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JeffH1
12-Amethyst
(To:ChrisKaswer)

I use <Ctrl><Shift>M to insert a math region into the text.  You can type any math variable with super/sub-scripts there, without needing to assign it or evaluate it - just enter the expression and leave it, then right-arrow out of the math field and keep typing the text.  I've been doing this since Prime 4.0 and don't even miss not having a "textual" subscript or superscript anymore.  You get the added benefit of having the variable in this field being in the default font that you have set for the variables label (or you can change it to better stylize it with the surrounding text).

Werner_E
24-Ruby IV
(To:JeffH1)

I agree that inserting a math region in a text region is a good workaround for the missing super- and subscripts.

Nonetheless its inexcusable and not understandable why in Prime 7 these very basic word processing features still are missing. If at least some of the many other even more badly missed features (which we were used from MC15 and below)  would have been implemented, but no, so far as I have seen the new version P7 seems not to justify being a major version, given the just minor improvements (rudimentary components and a worse symbolic) introduced.
Prime is and will remain an eyesore in PTC's portfolio.

JeffH1
12-Amethyst
(To:Werner_E)

Werner, I totally agree.  v7.0 should have been v6.1 at best.  For that matter, it should be labeled v3.5.

 

Merely pointing out that there are workarounds that are not too painful.  I (and my co-workers) have work to do with Mathcad and, with the impending death of Mathcad 15 licenses, we have to embrace the workarounds and move on.  Doesn't mean we won't keep arguing for enhancement requests for things that should have been there in the beginning.

Fred_Kohlhepp
23-Emerald I
(To:JeffH1)

"Doesn't mean we won't keep arguing for enhancement requests for things that should have been there in the beginning."

 

And how do you think that's going to work out for you?  

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