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Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

Hello All,

Are there any other "report style" software alternatives to MathCAD?  I have to present technical reports of calculations, and I love how mathcad presents it in a readable format and the equations are "live".  However, I'm not doing any substantial math work, only basic equations.  In word, if I change one variable, I then must chase the changes all the way through the report, which can take a lot of time.  MathCAD does this beautifully (along with many, many other higher end math features), but for me to buy it costs ~$1000.  Are there other, less powerful math tools that would be less expensive but still have that on the fly updating when I change a variable?

Thanks for the help, Luke

RE: Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

You can buy on Mathcad 2001 Professional in a NEW box on E-bay for $89.95+$6 for shipping in the US using the "Buy It Now" option. In fact I am going to buy one for me today too.

RE: Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

Just bear in mind that Mathsoft no longer provides tech support for the older products and there are some bugs that are fixed by the 2001i and V11 versions.


RE: Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

I am using Mathcad 2000 pro and I have no problems In Windows 2000 but it has problems in Windows XP. So, I bought the 2001 for the XP and for the new VisSim that comes with it.

I will probably buy the Mathcad 11 pro when it will be ~$100 for the commercial version (probably when the next version will come).

I also do not like the limited installation policy of the Mathcad 11 so I hope Mathsoft will change it.

RE: Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

It's very likely that Mathsoft will change the licensing scheme due to too many complaints and probably very little return


RE: Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

I called the company listing the 2001 version and asked some questions.  They told me it was originally a educational license, but after a new version comes out, then the educational can be used as professional.  I was a bit leary, so I called mathsoft.  They confirmed this is true and that the educational and professional versions are identical.  I was worried the ed version would print "for educational purposes...." when you printed reports, but they said they do not.  Thanks for the tip, ~$100 is now in my ballpark.  Luke

RE: Other "Report Style" Software Alternatives?

As you can insert a Word document into MathCad then the best method for your technical report is to insert around your calculations. In that way you'll get a Word and MathCad document combined in which you can modify variables whilst keeping the text.


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