MathSoft Introduces Mathcad® ClientNew Cost-Effective Tool Enables Dynamic Workgroup Collaboration and Web Capabilities for Distributing Mathcad Content
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-August 7, 2001-MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc., the leading provider of interactive math, science and engineering software products and content, today announced Mathcad Client, a low-cost deployment solution for sharing and collaborating on Mathcad-created content across and throughout organizations. With over 1.5 million users in math, science and engineering worldwide, Mathcad is the most widely used software application for applying mathematics.
"A growing number of technical organizations are recognizing the value of the Internet and corporate intranets for exchanging technical information," said Ken Versprille, research director for D.H. Brown Associates. "Tools like Mathcad Client provide a cost-effective method for large, wired organizations to collaborate and share their work to speed the design process."
Mathcad Client offers organizations new flexibility for sharing a wealth of Mathcad-created applications and content. Using the Mathcad software as an authoring tool, users can easily deploy and publish new material that reaches a broader technical audience. Some examples of this include:
New, Versatile Publishing and Application Uses for Mathcad
Mathcad Client benefits both authors and consumers of technical content. Authors can share their work with a large audience that may not typically have had access to Mathcad functionality in the past. Mathcad Client provides consumers with cost-effective access to a wealth of Mathcad technical content available from the Web and in more discrete areas, such as corporate databases and intranets. Mathcad Client does not provide functionality for creating new Mathcad worksheets. Instead, it enables users to freely interact with, save and print existing documents with their own annotations. Mathcad Client automatically restricts changes to the structure of original documents, and authors can add further restrictions to help protect the integrity of their work.
"My work with several of the top automotive companies often requires me to send Mathcad documents directly to my clients. Many of my contacts at these corporations do not have access to Mathcad," said Thomas Richards, electronics design engineer for Invensys Sensor Systems. "As a result, I'm forced to either send a fax of my work or wait several days for feedback. Mathcad Client has the potential to save this wasted time by enabling me to walk my contacts through my Mathcad worksheets interactively—and at minimal cost impact—which is essential in this economy."
Through the integration of MathML (Mathematical Mark-up Language), the first XML standard to be approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Mathcad Client offers organizations new options for publishing and communicating technical content. Users can both save worksheets in MathML format as well as read MathML files back into Mathcad Client as active documents. Mathcad Client is the first tool of its kind to offer bi-directional support for MathML. In combination with IBM techexplorer® Hypermedia Browser, Mathcad and Mathcad Client are the only tools to fully support both the presentation and calculation standards of MathML.
"Collaboration is an essential part of innovation in any technical organization," said Chris Randles, president and CEO of MathSoft. "Until now, individuals and organizations were restricted by the technical limitations of the Internet and related technologies for sharing their calculations and mathematics-based designs. With Mathcad Client, MathSoft is offering unlimited collaboration possibilities through the integration of new, standards-based, cutting-edge technology."
Mathcad also integrates with a variety of applications such as the Microsoft Office suite, Visio® , AutoCAD® , SmartSketch® , Axum® , MATLAB® , Microsoft Access and any other ODBC-compliant database, to enable users to easily exchange data between applications and even drive other applications with Mathcad design specifications.
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