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- From: "Polhemus, William" <wpolhemus(--nospam--at)craworld.com>
- Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:21:45 +0000
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Used to love Mathcad. Then Mathsoft sold out to PTC, who turned it into a corporate network-licensed monstrosity and essentially elbowed single users in the ribs. One day, I tried to fire up my paid-for program and it told me "my license had expired." Contacting the company I discovered I had to pay some amount - on the order of $250 a year - just to keep using the software I already had. I dumped it, and soon after discovered SMath Studio, a "clone." Yeah, not quite as slick as Mathcad but it does what I need it to do and reads MCAD files. It's still considered "in Beta," but the developer does seem to spend time moving it forward. Best of all, it's free to use, and you can drop a few bucks in the guy's cookie jar if you like it and want him to continue to develop it. He has already incorporated several user suggestions including one of mine. I'd rather have continued using MCAD but I'm not ponying up money for software I already paid for. -----Original Message----- From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)mail-list.com [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)mail-list.com] On Behalf Of Kavsak, Paul M. Sent: Monday, February 17, 2014 1:08 PM To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)mail-list.com Subject: RE: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Poll: Software Nick, I use MathCAD exclusively for my computations, not because I choose too but our customers expect "typed" equations. The pro is that once you have your formula set up using alphanumeric variables you can easily change the variable value and quickly run a re-evaluation. The con is the time it takes to set up the equations. (There also is the learning curve, MathCAD provides various help including definitions, explanations and examples which you can copy, modify and use for your own. If you have standard type problems to deal with then the best thing to do would be to set up a library of evaluations/computations, such as a standard configuration for either weld evaluation (wide flange welded all around, box section with two sided weld, etc) or bolted connection evaluation, or whatever you are in need of. Then when a similar evaluation is needed you can cut and paste and change your variables. Best regards, Paul M. Kavsak, P.E. Truncated 756 characters in the previous message to save energy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Post your message to the list by sending it to: SEAINT-SEAOSC(--nospam--at)mail-list.com. The email messages sent to the list will be saved in an archive on the World Wide Web. These archives are located at: http://archive.mail-list.com/SEAINT-SEAOSC To contact the list owner, send your message to: SEAINT-SEAOSC-list-owner(--nospam--at)mail-list.com. Sponsored By: Pacific Structural & Forensic Engineers Group, Inc. (PSFEG) To unsubscribe, switch to/from digest, get on/off vacation, or change your email address, click here. <http://cgi.mail-list.com/u?ln=seaint-seaosc&nm=seaintma%40euken.net>
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