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MathSoft introduces Axum 5.0, offers revolutionary graphing and data analysis features; Axum 5.0 helps reveal hidden patterns in data.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 12, 1996--MathSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: MATH) today announced Axum 5.0, a major new release of their powerful technical graphics and data analysis software.

New enhancements and features include panel plots for revealing hidden patterns in data, the ability to customize Axum's toolbars and menus, and a unique link that lets users create PowerPoint presentations automatically.

Axum 5.0 is the first point-and-click graphing package to offer panel plots, modeled after TRELLIS graphics pioneered by Bill Cleveland at Bell Labs and Rick Becker at AT&T Labs. Panel plots allow users to condition data on multiple variables and to examine different relationships in the data.

"Axum's exclusive technology provides users with a competitive edge and facilitates the deeper exploration of scientific research," said Charles Digate, chairman, CEO and president of MathSoft. "With the addition of powerful new features in this release, Axum becomes a significant contender for leadership in the technical charting market."

Axum offers complete point-and-click graphing, allowing users to create graphs instantly by selecting data from a built-in data sheet and clicking on one of over 80 2-D and 3-D plot buttons. This interactive, graphical approach makes it easier for users to create and edit graphs and to switch between different graph types.

Axum 5.0 has a unique, seamless link with Microsoft's PowerPoint, allowing users to create presentations easily and automatically from their Axum graphs. With the click of a button, Axum's PowerPoint wizard appears, the user specifies which Axum graphs are to be included and the PowerPoint presentation is created. In addition, Axum links seamlessly with Mathcad, the industry leading technical calculation software from MathSoft.

With new point-and-click customization features, Axum 5.0 offers complete control over the user interface including toolbars and menus. For example, a user can create a customized Axum toolbar by performing any function in Axum, then drag the automatically-generated script for that function onto a toolbar. A new toolbar button is created and the function is executed when the user clicks on it. This feature can be used to easily deploy graphing and data analysis solutions within an organization.


Axum 5.0 provides full 16 and 32-bit support and compliance with Windows 95 and Microsoft Office. Axum 5.0 will be available through MathSoft and channels for $395.95. Academic versions will be available for $195.95. Registered users can upgrade for $149.95. Axum 5.0 is a 32-bit application which runs under Windows 95, Windows NT, and Windows 3.1x. Upgrades can be obtained directly from MathSoft by calling 1-800-MATHCAD. Additional product information is available via the MathSoft WebStore located at

Founded in 1984, MathSoft is the leading provider of knowledge discovery software for students and technical professionals. It has licensed more than 600,000 users of its StudyWorks, Mathcad, S-PLUS and Axum software worldwide. Users include technical professionals worldwide at more than half the Fortune 1,000 companies and over 500 government installations, and students and faculty at over 2,000 colleges and universities. MathSoft product information can be obtained via the MathSoft WebStore located at, by phone at 1-800-628-4223, by fax at 617-577-8829 or via mail at 101 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.


The MathSoft logo, StudyWorks, Mathcad, S-PLUS and Axum are trademarks of MathSoft, Inc. Trellis is a trademark of Lucent Technologies. Other product and service names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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