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Q: Mathcad software for Macintosh (Apple) ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Mathcad software for Macintosh (Apple)
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: my58vw-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 11 May 2003 01:07 PDT
Expires: 10 Jun 2003 01:07 PDT
Question ID: 202260
I am switching to the mac (apple, OSX) from PC (Windows XP). I need a
copy of Mathcad for mac that will run on OSX. I know there is Mathcad
6 but I need the functionality of Mathcad 8 or higher (Mathcad 8,
2000, 2001, 11) for the Mac. Running Virtual PC is not an option.

If mathsoft does not provide a mac version for the software I need a
recomendation for software that will work simular to mathcad for OSX.

I need a link to where I can purchace this software (academic) if
avalable. Thanks
Subject: Re: Mathcad software for Macintosh (Apple)
Answered By: jackburton-ga on 11 May 2003 10:43 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi my58vw!
It appears Mathcad for Macintosh has been discontinued, but
Mathematica and Matlab are similar to Mathcad and available for OSX.
Mathematica 4.2
Whatis Mathematica?
Tour of features
To order a 30-day trial version click here:
System requirements:
Mac OS X 200MB hard disk space,  64MB RAM
To order, click here (Price: $895 /Academic):
"MATLAB integrates mathematical computing, visualization, and a
powerful language to provide a flexible environment for technical
computing. The open architecture makes it easy to use MATLAB and its
companion products to explore data, create algorithms, and create
custom tools that provide early insights and competitive advantages."
Matlab function list:
To download brochure, click here:
Macintosh info:
You can download a 30-day trial here:
Here are some comments, comparisons and recommendations:
"My personal favorite is Matlab. If you can imagine doing something 
mathematical, Matlab can probably do it. Currently we use it for 
post-processing lots of measured lab data to create graphical 
representations. One down-side is that mathworks requires you 
to purchase extra add-on 'toolboxes' for various disciplines. 
(like signal processing, symbolic math, dsp etc., etc. ) 
They have multitudes of add-on toolboxes available. One comment, 
the symbolic math toolkit incorporates a large subset of Maple. 
There is an open-source program called Octave (
which has very matlab-like syntax. It doesn't have all the bells and 
whistles, chrome and glitz that Matlab does, however if your task 
is within it's capabilities it is a great program (and it is free). 
In some respects it is even better than Matlab for some applications.
It runs on Unix, Linux, and Windoze and is available either as
or source code. I've used Octave to provide number crunching ability 
to some on-line web-based SI tools I've developed for in-house use. 
Mathcad is probably the most intuitive to use and excels in it's
to work with equations in a natural fashion. I've always felt the
left a little to be desired, but they are adequate. Only available on
Windoze platforms (and maybe Macs) as far as I know. Price is moderate
(a few hundred compared to Matlab which clocks in in the thousands). 
Mathematica is a real power house, but even though I've got it on my 
machine I don't think I've used it in years so I'll defer to others 
for comments. I think I found it kind of non-intuitive in its use, 
but that just may be me. This one is pricey too. 
"...I've always liked Mathematica; it's the grandaddy of all of these
packages, and I think it probably is ahead of the other in terms of 
Lately, though, I've been learning Maple, and it's probably pretty 
close to Mathematica in terms of the way it works and in terms of 
power. I don't know enough about the programming language aspects 
of Maple to make a direct comparison; what I like about Mathematica 
is the non-procedural methods it provides for defining functions; it's
not clear to me (so far) that Maple does this (does anyone else know 
for sure?). 
 Mathcad is also a reasonable choice. Some of our analog designers use
and like it, and at least one of them uses it for *ALL* his design 
work rather than using a circuit simulator! So it presumably has 
the power to do about all you would want to do in terms of design. 
I believe the math engine in Mathcad is Maple (it was a few years 
ago when I had a copy on my now-defunct Mac) 
Given a choice, I'd choose Mathematica. But I think any of them would
be fine for design work, and I think they are all in about the same 
ballpark pricewise. They all run on nearly any platform. 
By the way, we also have Matlab, which is not much of a symbolic math
engine, but is excellent for handling large arrays of data. I've used
it to simulate bandwidth limiting of simulated waveforms in PCB
and it works very nicely for this sort of thing. Anyone doing DSP 
would have to have Matlab in addition to any other math package, in my
Kim Helliwell 
Senior CAE Engineer 
Acuson Corporation 
"...In a series of our books the packages such as Maple, Reduce,
MathCAD and Mathematica have been considered. Our experience of the
detailed testing and use in different mathematical and physical
appendices of four mathematical packages Reduce, Maple, MathCAD and
Mathematica allows to consider the packages Maple and Mathematica as
undoubted leaders (on the basis of a generalized index) among all
listed modern means of computer algebra. Meanwhile, we have preferred
package Maple due to a number of important reasons.
Researchers use well-known Maple package as an essential tool when
solving problems related to their investigation. The package is ideal
for formulating, solving, and exploring different mathematical models.
Its symbolic manipulation facilities greatly extend the range of
problems which can be solved by it. Educators in high schools,
colleges, and universities have revitalized traditional curricula by
introducing problems and exercises which use Maple's interactive
mathematics and physics. Students can concentrate on important
concepts rather than on tedious algebraic manipulations. Finally,
engineers and experts in industries use Maple as an efficient tool
replacing many traditional resources such as reference books,
calculators, spreadsheets and programming languages. These users
easily solve a wide range of mathematical problems, creating
projections and consolidating their computations into professional
Review of Mathematica 4.2 for Mac OS X:
Review of Matlab 6.6 for Mac OS X:
Search terms used:
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I hope you find one of the above programs suitable.
my58vw-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank You for a quick answer. This is exactly what I wanted to know
and the links were perfect.

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