MathSoft Introduces Mathcad 2001

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Nov. 29, 2000--MathSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ:MATH), today announced the release of Mathcad® 2001, a major new version of the most widely used software application for applying mathematics. This release offers high performance, new development tools, complete simulation capabilities, and full support of MathML (Mathematical Mark-up Language), the first XML standard to be approved by the World Wide Web Consortium.

"We designed Mathcad 2001 to meet the time-to-market and productivity needs of our customers and to help them fully leverage the Internet," said Chris Randles, general manager and senior vice president of the Engineering and Education Products Division. "Mathcad 2001 is a seminal release that will strengthen our leadership position in engineering and technical markets."

"Mathcad 2001 is a powerful asset for all stages of the engineering process," said David Knapp, optical design engineer at Raytheon. "From first order layout to hardware test data analysis, this release is easy to work with, powerful in functionality and synergistic with other design tools."

The Mathcad 2001 release focuses on four strategic areas: improved performance and expanded functionality, improved compatibility and interoperability, enhanced web publishing and documentation capabilities, and new application development tools.

Improved Compatibility and Interoperability

Mathcad 2001 supports the broad range of tools engineers commonly use in their work. This version is designed to serve as the centerpiece of the engineering desktop, providing a useful, highly integrated platform that lets engineers build projects using Mathcad and other applications. Mathcad 2001 is compatible with the Microsoft Office Suite, and readily interoperates with most of the common engineering tools, including Excel, Visio® 2000, AutoCAD® 2000 and MATLAB®. In addition, this release of Mathcad allows for real-time data acquisition from National Instruments analog I/O boards. Mathcad 2001 makes it easy to integrate Mathcad solutions and functionality into large projects spread across different applications, and then save them within a common document format.

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Improved Performance and Expanded Functionality

Mathcad 2001 users will benefit from speed improvements, improved memory management, important Windows operating system and interface enhancements, and newly integrated modeling and simulation functionality fueled by VisSim LE from Visual Solutions.

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Enhanced Web Publishing and Documentation Capabilities

With this set of improvements, MathSoft increases Mathcad's competitive advantage in engineering documentation. Mathcad's self-documenting nature and real math notation uniquely support the communication of technical information. The highlight of these improvements is Mathcad 2001's bi-directional support of MathML, allowing users to save worksheets in MathML format as well as read MathML files back into Mathcad as active documents. In combination with IBM's techexplorer, Mathcad is the first to fully support both the presentation and semantic standards of MathML. Applying math and communicating math on the Web becomes seamless for users of Mathcad 2001.

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New Application Development Tools

With the addition of the component Software Development Kit (SDK), Mathcad 2001 provides new tools that allow organizations to create their own solutions based on Mathcad. The component SDK lets users integrate Mathcad with other applications, delivering a superior level of extensibility. Most notably, these tools let users create their own custom components from OLE and COM objects.

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