MathSoft Boosts Engineering Productivity and Collaboration With New Mathcad 2001i

Enhanced Version Brings the Performance, Functionality and Interactive Publishing Capabilities of Mathcad to the Windows XP Platform

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Nov. 13, 2001--MathSoft, the leading provider of interactive math, science, engineering and educational software, content and Web services, today announced Mathcad(R) 2001i, an enhanced version of the industry-standard solution for applying math. New and enhanced features improve how users create, communicate and collaborate on engineering documents and designs. Mathcad 2001i also delivers full support for Windows XP, improvements in usability, more data acquisition choices, enhanced security with the introduction of advanced encrypted security to protect Mathcad documents, streamlined Web publishing, expanded problem solving functions and a broader range of customization options.

For more than 10 years, MathSoft has contributed to technical innovation in engineering throughout a broad range of markets and industries, including defense and aerospace, telecommunications, electronics and electrical equipment, civil engineering and construction, engineering services, government, and higher education. With over 1.5 million users, Mathcad is the most widely used solution for applying mathematics and provides a technical calculation environment that is optimized for both engineering efficiency and innovation.

"Mathcad makes it easy for us to model complex RF systems, predict their performance and analyze the resultant data," said Albert Pergande, Senior RF Engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Radar. "By combining capabilities for all of these tasks into one application, Mathcad 2001i definitely saves time and helps me and my organization to be more productive. The textbook-like interface, ease of making professional charts with the output and the ability to make changes and see the results allows us to quickly, efficiently and clearly perform tasks that otherwise would require a great deal of time and programming skill."

Through its patented technology and use of real math notation, Mathcad offers unmatched simplicity for performing even the most complex calculations and designs. Mathcad's unique graphical interface and self-documenting environment enable users to calculate, model, illustrate and present their work in one integrated environment, making it the ideal tool for managing, documenting and communicating technical work. Mathcad 2001i further enhances these core capabilities by facilitating standards compliance within organizations through seamless integration with other common applications used by engineers, including spreadsheets, Microsoft Office applications, Visio(R), AutoCAD(R) and MATLAB(R).

Mathcad 2001i also improves how users communicate engineering and math-related content with colleagues and clients. Last year, Mathcad was the first technical calculation package to fully support both the presentation and content forms of MathML (an XML standard for publishing math on the Web approved by the World Wide Web Consortium), making it possible for users to create and publish interactive math expressions on the Internet. Mathcad 2001i ships with a fully integrated version of IBM techexplorer(TM) Professional Edition, an industry-leading MathML renderer. Mathcad 2001i streamlines how users publish technical documents on the Web or corporate intranet using unrivaled bi-directional translation of MathML along with new useful Web templates. In addition, organizations licensing Mathcad 2001i and Mathcad Client, the recently announced, low-cost distribution solution for Mathcad interactive content, can communicate work efficiently and more cost-effectively.

"MathSoft knows that engineers and scientists are critical innovators in today's knowledge-based economy, and we are committed to helping them by providing a tool that harnesses the latest innovations in PC- and Web-based technologies," said Chris Randles, chairman and CEO of MathSoft Engineering and Education, Inc. "The improvements in Mathcad 2001i announced today enhance the productivity that engineering organizations enjoy with Mathcad by further merging the traditional engineering design, collaboration and review processes."

MathSoft has enhanced Mathcad Professional with the following new features:

-- Enhanced security
Recognizing the increasing need for secure communication of designs or projects, MathSoft has added advanced file-encryption functionality to keep document contents safe until they arrive in the hands of the intended user. In addition, newly integrated document-protection technology lets users lock all regions of Mathcad designs and calculations, making it possible to share results without revealing proprietary processes. Mathcad 2001i also features new security settings to help protect against embedded scripts that could potentially harm users' computer systems.

-- More data acquisition options
Mathcad 2001i adds support for data acquisition from Measurement Computing (formerly ComputerBoards) analog DAQ boards and offers improved integration with National Instruments devices.

-- Enhanced usability
MathSoft adds many valuable usability enhancements based on popular request, including new 2-D grid color options, 3-D axis labels, multi-region property settings and current-page printing.

-- Streamlined Web publishing
Mathcad 2001i builds on the bi-directional MathML support introduced in Mathcad 2001 by adding new support for inline data, improved graphics and easier Web publishing with the additional of Web templates. As a result, applying and communicating math on the Web becomes seamless for Mathcad users.

-- Expanded problem solving
Mathcad 2001i features a new Radau ODE solver that offers faster, more accurate calculations. Enhanced ODE solve blocks now support systems of differential equations and differential algebraic equations, while nested solve blocks support more complex optimization problems.

-- Comprehensive automation
Mathcad 2001i offers enhanced automation interfaces for using Mathcad in embedded applications. New interfaces to the Mathcad application, worksheets, windows and regions provide a broader range of options for customizing Mathcad to perform routine or frequent tasks.

-- Windows XP support
MathSoft continues to adapt its products for use with the most current Windows operating systems. Mathcad 2001i is now specifically designed for Windows XP compatibility and also supports Windows 98, Me, NT and 2000.

Mathcad 2001i Premium Edition

The comprehensive solution for power users, Mathcad 2001i Premium Edition provides a complete, integrated technical-design environment for engineers to perform, communicate and document their design process. The Premium Edition supports the initial mathematical design specification, graphical and statistical analysis, and full 2D design and capture--while providing the most complete solving and optimization power on the market. The Premium Edition also includes all the feature improvements in Mathcad 2001i Professional, as well as SmartSketch 4, the new version of Intergraph's easy-to-use design, drafting and diagramming application, Axum 7, the soon-to-be-released version of the premier technical charting package for analyzing, exploring and presenting data, and new VisSim Plus. VisSim Plus is an edition of Visual Solution's Windows-based program for the modeling and simulation of complex dynamic systems, with the added ability to perform frequency domain analyses of VisSim models or subsystems to help determine system stability.

Pricing and availability

Mathcad 2001 runs on Windows XP, 98, Me, NT and 2000, and is available in Professional and Premium editions. The Professional Edition has a suggested retail price of $799.99, with an upgrade price of $199.99. The Premium Edition's suggested retail price is $1,299.99, with an upgrade price of $499.99. The product is available directly from MathSoft and the MathSoft Web store as well as a variety of major corporate resellers, including CDW Computer Centers and Software Spectrum. To purchase online or obtain contact information, please visit www.mathcad.com/webstore/. Concurrent and non-concurrent volume licensing at accelerated discounts is available, as well as special pricing for government and academic institutions.

About MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc.

MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc., is the leading provider of interactive math, science, engineering and educational software products and content. The company's Mathcad and StudyWorks!(R) product lines use patented technology to combine rich, interactive content with powerful tools for learning, communicating and applying mathematics in real-world technical applications. Mathcad, the internationally recognized standard for technical calculation and applying mathematics, is deployed at 90% of the Fortune 1000 companies, over 500 government installations, and more than 2,000 colleges and universities. StudyWorks, a market leader with over one million licensees, enhances the teaching and learning of math and science online and in secondary education, helping students explore and understand key subjects. Based in Cambridge, Mass., MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc., has additional offices in the U.K. and Germany and distributors in over 50 countries. The company can be found on the Web at http://www.mathsoft.com/.

Mathcad and StudyWorks are registered trademarks of MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc. Microsoft, Visio and Windows are registered trademarks and Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. AutoCAD is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc. MATLAB is a registered trademark of The Mathworks, Inc. IBM and IBM techexplorer Hypermedia Browser are trademarks of IBM in the United States and other countries and are used under license. Axum is a registered trademark of Insightful Corporation. All other names or marks may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.



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