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Developer(s)Mathsoft, PTC
Initial release1986 (1986)
Stable release
Prime 9 ( / March 14, 2023; 15 months ago (2023-03-14)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Available in10 languages[1]
TypeComputer algebra system

Mathcad is computer software for the verification, validation, documentation and re-use of mathematical calculations in engineering and science, notably mechanical, chemical, electrical, and civil engineering.[2] Released in 1986 on DOS, it introduced live editing (WYSIWYG) of typeset mathematical notation in an interactive notebook, combined with automatic computations. It was originally developed by Mathsoft, and since 2006 has been a product of Parametric Technology Corporation.


Mathcad was conceived and developed by Allen Razdow and Josh Bernoff at Mathsoft founded by David Blohm and Razdow. It was released in 1986. It was the first system to support WYSIWYG editing and recalculation of mathematical calculations mixed with text.[3] It was also the first to check the consistency of engineering units through the full calculation. Other equation solving systems existed at the time, but did not provide a notebook interface: Software Arts' TK Solver was released in 1982, and Borland's Eureka: The Solver was released in 1987.[4]

Mathcad was acquired by Parametric Technology in April 2006.[5]

Mathcad was named "Best of '87" and "Best of '88" by PC Magazine's editors.[6]


Mathcad's central interface is an interactive notebook in which equations and expressions are created and manipulated in the same graphical format in which they are presented (WYSIWYG). This approach was adopted by systems such as Mathematica, Maple, Macsyma, MATLAB, and Jupyter.

Mathcad today includes some of the capabilities of a computer algebra system, but remains oriented towards ease of use and documentation of numerical engineering applications.

Mathcad is part of a broader product development system developed by PTC, addressing analytical steps in systems engineering. It integrates with PTC's Creo Elements/Pro, Windchill, and Creo Elements/View. Its live feature-level integration with Creo Elements/Pro enables Mathcad analytical models to be directly used in driving CAD geometry, and its structural awareness within Windchill allows live calculations to be re-used and re-applied toward multiple design models.

Summary of capabilities[edit]

The Mathcad interface allows users to combine a variety of different elements (mathematics, descriptive text, and supporting imagery) into a worksheet, in which dependent calculations are dynamically recalculated as inputs change. This allows for simple manipulation of input variables, assumptions, and expressions. Mathcad's functionality includes:

Although Mathcad is mostly oriented to non-programmers, it is also used in more complex projects to visualize results of mathematical modeling by using distributed computing and coupling with programs written using more traditional languages such as C++.

Current releases[edit]

As of 2024, the latest release from PTC is Mathcad Prime This release is a freemium variant: if the software is not activated after a Mathcad Prime 30-day trial, it is possible to continue using PTC Mathcad Express for an unlimited time as "PTC Mathcad Express Free-for-Life Engineering Calculations Software". This freemium pilot is a new marketing approach for PTC. Review and markup of engineering notes can now be done directly by team members without them all requiring a full Mathcad Prime license.[8]

The last release of the traditional (pre "Prime") product line, Mathcad 15.0, came out in June 2010 and shares the same worksheet file structure as Mathcad 14.0. The last service release, Mathcad 15.0 M050, which added support for Windows 10, was released in 2017. Mathcad 15.0 is no longer actively developed but in "sustained support".

Computer operating system platforms[edit]

Mathcad only runs on Microsoft Windows. Mathcad Prime 6.0 requires a 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Until 1998, Mathcad also supported Mac OS.[9]


Starting in 2011 (Mathcad 15.0) the first year of maintenance and support has been included in the purchase or upgrade price.

Release history[edit]

Name Version Release date Notes
Mathcad 0.3 0.3 beta on 5 1/4 floppy
Mathcad 2.5.2 2.5.2 1989 Last DOS version
Mathcad 3.1 3.1 1992 Windows version with notebook interface
Mathcad 4.0 4.0 Windows version
Mathcad 5.0 5.0 Added Maple based CAS features
Mathcad 5.5 5.5 Windows version
Mathcad 6.0[10] 6.0 1995 Last Windows 3.1 version
Mathcad 7[11] 7.0 1997
Mathcad 8[12]
Mathcad 2000[13]
Mathcad 2001i[14]
Mathcad 11[15]
Mathcad 12[16]
Mathcad 13.0[17] 13.0 September 15, 2005[18]
Mathcad 13.1[17] 13.1
Mathcad 14.0[17] 14.0 February 12, 2007[18]
Mathcad 15.0[19] 15.0 F000 June 25, 2010[18]
Mathcad 15.0 M010[19] 15.0 M010 June 29, 2011[18]
Mathcad 15.0 M040[18] 15.0 M040 August 2015
Mathcad 15.0 M045[20] November 2015[20]
Mathcad 15.0 M050[21] 15.0 M050 December 2017
Mathcad Prime 1.0[22] January 10, 2011[18]
Mathcad Prime 2.0 February 29, 2012[18]
Mathcad Prime 3.0 October 2, 2013[18]
Mathcad Prime 3.1 March 2, 2015[18]
Mathcad Prime 4.0 March 6, 2017[18]
Mathcad Prime 5.0 August 14, 2018[23]
Mathcad Prime 6.0 October 1, 2019[24]
Mathcad Prime 7 February 27, 2021[25]
Mathcad Prime 8 March 15, 2022[26]
Mathcad Prime 9 March 14, 2023[27]
Mathcad Prime 10 10.0.0 April 23, 2024[28]

Screen captures of previous Mathcad versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mathcad Language Support - PTC.com". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  2. ^ "PTC Mathcad - PTC". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  3. ^ "Now you can calculate on your PC with the same freedom you have on paper" (ad), PC Magazine, September 15, 1987, p. 42
  4. ^ Ronald Shone, "Software for Solving Equations: Eureka: The Solver, TK Solver Plus and Mathcad", Journal of Economic Surveys 3:1:83–95 doi:10.1111/j.1467-6419.1989.tb00059.x (March 1989)
  5. ^ PTC buys Mathsoft for $63m : April 2006 Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "In college, you would have killed for MathCAD. So why aren't you calculating with it now?" (ad), Science (unknown date)
  7. ^ John McSweeney (September 16, 2011). "Website Design: Mathcad and MathML". Archived from the original on 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
  8. ^ ENGINEERING.com. "Psst... PTC is Giving Away Mathcad Express. Pass it on. > ENGINEERING.com". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12.
  9. ^ "MathSoft Mathcad PLUS 6". Versiontracker. Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  10. ^ "Mathcad Features Comparison Chart". Archived from the original on 1996-11-10. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  11. ^ "Mathcad PLUS 6.0 and Mathcad 7 Professional Comparison". Archived from the original on 1998-02-20. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  12. ^ "Mathcad Features: Version by Version Comparison". Archived from the original on 2000-09-29. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  13. ^ "Mathcad Version Comparison Chart". Archived from the original on 1999-11-28. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  14. ^ "What's New in Mathcad 2001i". Archived from the original on 2001-02-15. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  15. ^ "What's New in Mathcad 11". Archived from the original on 2002-11-11. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  16. ^ "Mathcad 12: part of every solution" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-09-16. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  17. ^ a b c "Release Notes for Mathcad 14". Archived from the original on 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "When to release Mathcad 15 M040?". 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  19. ^ a b "Latest Release of MC15 (M0??)". 12 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  20. ^ a b "Mathcad 15 M045 release notes ("Read This First" guide)". 12 December 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  21. ^ "New service release of Mathcad 15 M050". community.ptc.com. 2017-12-15. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  22. ^ "Choose the Mathcad® product that's right for you" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  23. ^ "PTC Mathcad Prime 5.0 Introduces New 2D Plotting Capabilities | PTC". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  24. ^ "PTC Mathcad Prime 6.0 Brings Engineering Calculations to Life". www.ptc.com. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  25. ^ "What's in Mathcad Prime 7?". Mathcad. PTC. 27 February 2021.
  26. ^ "Mathcad Prime 10". PTC Community. PTC. 29 January 2024.
  27. ^ "What's New in PTC Mathcad Prime 9?". PTC. PTC. 17 February 2023.
  28. ^ "What's New in PTC Mathcad Prime 10". www.mathcad.com. Retrieved 2024-05-25.

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