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How to convert Mathcad worksheets to work in Mathcad Prime 2.0

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 30-May-2012 09:28:00

The recent launch of Mathcad Prime 2.0 marks an impressive increase in the power and capabilities of Mathcad software. But, for any users who have Mathcad worksheets from previous versions, these will need to be converted to take advantage of Mathcad Prime 2.0. 

How to convert Mathcad worksheets?

Included in the release of Mathcad Prime 2.0 is a XMCD, MCD Converter, which is designed to make worksheets from earlier Mathcad releases usable in Mathcad Prime 2.0. This converter can be used on single Mathcad worksheets and also on multiple file batches. It updates worksheets, so they can be used in Mathcad Prime 2.0, without altering the legacy worksheet. The converter is easy to access in Mathcad Prime 2.0. You’ll find it listed under the input/output tab.                         

Mathcad worksheet conversion
To begin Mathcad worksheet conversion, open the converter. Then browse through the worksheet list, selecting the ones you want convert. After you’ve completed your selection, press the convert button.

Mathcad Conversion worksheet
As it progresses, the converter will update the status of each worksheet. Once the conversion is complete, the worksheets will be ready to use in Mathcad Prime 2.0.

System requirements for conversion

Before worksheet conversion can take place, you will need to have Mathcad 15 M010 or a more recent Mathcad release already installed on your system. But, as any purchase of Mathcad Prime 2.0 comes with Mathcad 15 M010 included, this should not be a problem. 

Using converted Mathcad worksheets

After opening a converted worksheet, the results will initially all be the same as those from the original version. If the results alter after a recalculation, any differences between the original and converted worksheet will have a note attached. Differences include:

  • Features which are not supported by Mathcad Prime 2.0
  • Calculation alterations that might impact on results
  • Display alterations that have no effect on results

Also, plots will not appear in converted worksheets until after a recalculation. To recalculate simply press F5 or F9, then the plots will be ready to use.

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