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running mathcad under wine

Posted 05-28-2011 at 03:52 AM by neonsignal
Updated 05-28-2011 at 07:21 PM by neonsignal

Mathcad is a commercial visual mathematics editor that can execute formulae. Because it is what-you-see-is-what-you-get, it makes for a useful documentation tool. I have searched for equivalents in the free software world; Octave is useful for running mathematical models, and TeX can handle the typesetting of complex formulae, but having a visual editor means that working models and their results can be printed out in a human readable form.

The versions of Mathcad run with varying success under wine (these instructions are for Mathcad 8). First run the executable and go through the installation:
Code:
wine /media/cdrom/SETUP.EXE
There are also some extra libraries required; this can be handled through winetricks:
Code:
wget http://winetricks.org/winetricks
sh winetricks corefonts vcrun6sp6
The program also needs a mathematics font which isn't installed by default:
Code:
cp SYMBOL.TTF ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/Fonts/
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