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How Maple Compares to Mathcad®

Maple and Mathcad® have their own unique design principles. However, Maple is a better solution if you need:

  • Stronger numeric math
  • Broader symbolic math
  • More impactful visualizations
  • Better connectivity to data sources and other tools
  • Greater programming flexibility
  • Royalty-free deployment to the desktop or web

Maple vs. Mathcad Comparison Chart


Mathcad Prime Maple
Single-User Upgrades No. Users must be on active maintenance to get upgrades, or purchase new licences. Yes. Users can buy discounted upgrades.
Discounted licenses for users with no commercial application or academic affiliation No. Yes.


Mathcad Prime Maple
Numeric Math Limited. Extensive range of functions across the entire range of math, science, engineering and technology.
Symbolic Math Very limited with numerous gaps. Extensive, best of breed.
Programming Language Limited, useful only for small programs. Fully-featured, with code conversion to other languages.


Mathcad Prime Maple
Visualization and Plotting Limited number of inflexible plots. Full spectrum of high-impact, flexible plots and visualizations. Highly customizable.


Mathcad Prime Maple
CAD PTC Creo® NX®, Inventor®, SOLIDWORKS®.
MATLAB® No. Yes.
Internet and Network Data Sources No. Yes.


Mathcad Prime Maple
Runtime Environment Via Mathcad Express, limited. Via Maple Player.
Web No. Free via Maple Cloud

Comparison done using Mathcad Prime 3.1 and Maple 2015.

Mathcad is a registered trademark of PTC Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and in other countries. MATLAB is a registered trademark of The MathWorks, Inc.

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