Mathcad 13 is Desktop Engineering Magazine's Readers' Choice Product of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 16, 2006— The readers of Desktop Engineering (DE) Magazine have selected Mathcad(R) 13 as the 2005 Readers' Choice Product of the Year, choosing the world's most widely used calculation software from a slate of 12 candidates and hundreds of products covered every year.

Each of the 12 finalists was a Readers' Choice monthly winner during the year and was included on an electronic ballot published on DE's website, deskeng.com, through an e-mail blast, and in the magazine's e-newsletter, DE Newslink. Votes were cast from February 14 through March 1.

"DE covers hundreds if not thousands of new products every year in all of our electronic and hard-copy forms," said Anthony J. Lockwood, Desktop Engineering's editorial director. "Being elected as Product of the Year by DE's all-engineer readership is the highest vote of confidence any development team can hope for. On behalf of the DE staff and the 63,000 subscribers of DE, I congratulate Mathsoft for Mathcad 13, the DE Readers' Choice as Product of the Year 2005."

Mathcad 13 was the magazine's Readers' Choice Product of the Month in November 2005, shortly after the software's release. Mathcad 13 enables engineers to document and capture their calculations, analyses and results as they create them. This process fosters the profitable reuse of enterprise engineering information for knowledge management, compliance auditing, oversight, publishing and collaboration throughout the entire product development and engineering project management process. The result is significant savings in custom application development time and effort.

Mathcad's signature live, interactive whiteboard interface, which avoids the complexities of cryptic spreadsheets and proprietary programming languages, has made it the most widely used engineering calculation tool on the market. Mathcad 13 builds on enhancements first offered in Mathcad 12, such as XML and .NET support, and introduced powerful program debugging capabilities, enhanced 2D plot graphics, a new AutoSave feature and new error messages that pinpoint mathematical errors. For the first time it supported nonlinear units such as Fahrenheit, Celsius and decibels, and enabled customers to create custom units. A new class of "provenance" capabilities began helping organizations determine conclusively the source of a particular calculation.

"Mathsoft is honored to receive this acknowledgement from the readers of Desktop Engineering," said Mike Cassettari, Mathsoft's vice president of marketing. "Our users and the demanding engineers who read Desktop Engineering see the benefits of products like Mathcad that free them to innovate by powering the management of their critical engineering calculations. We look forward to continuing to earn the high regard of DE's vast readership as well as that of every engineer or engineering student who uses a Mathsoft product."

Mathcad is the choice of more than 1.8 million engineers and over 5,000 managed installations in more than 50 countries around the world, including users at BAE Systems, Boeing, DuPont, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin and Universal Studios.

Other candidates for the 2005 Readers' Choice Product of the Year Award were: Electronics Workbench Corp., CD-adapco, Invention Machine Corp., Solidscape, Inc., Blue Ridge Numerics, TekSoft, Inc., SolidWorks Corporation, PDE Solutions, COMSOL, Maplesoft and Noran Engineering, Inc./MatWeb.

About Desktop Engineering

Desktop Engineering (DE) is a monthly magazine distributed to 63,000 design engineers and engineering managers(a) who use MCAD, data analysis, EDM/PDM/PLM and data acquisition hardware and software in the manufacturing and process industries. DE is published by Helmers Publishing Inc. (HPI), which was established in 1979. The company also publishes Supply Chain Manufacturing & Logistics, the magazine that provides solutions for operations excellence, and Chief Supply Chain Officer magazine, the publication that provides insight to supply chain executives. For more information on HPI's magazines, visit deskeng.com, scml-mag.com and cscomagazine.com.

About Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc.

Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. pioneered calculation management solutions that protect engineering innovation, investments and intellectual capital while improving organizational efficiency and productivity. Mathsoft software is the internationally recognized standard for technical calculations and applying mathematics. Ninety percent of Fortune 1000 companies, 500 government agencies and 2,000 colleges and universities around the world use Mathsoft to capture the strategic value in their engineering calculations. More information on Cambridge, Mass.-based Mathsoft is available at www.mathsoft.com.

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Mathsoft and Mathcad are registered trademarks of Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective manufacturers. (R) 2006 Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc.



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