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The following table compares the features of spMats 7.5x and its predecessors spMats/pcaMats and MATS/PCA-Mats.
FEATURE MATS/PCA-Mats v5.20 pcaMats v6.10 pcaMats v6.5x spMats v7.0x spMats v7.5x
General
Operating System Microsoft Windows 3.1 or above Microsoft Windows 98 or above Microsoft Windows 98 or above Microsoft Windows XP and Vista Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7
Evaluation Version No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Documentation Help file (.HLP) Help file (.HLP)
Manual file (.PDF)
Help file (.HLP)
Manual file (.PDF)
Help file (.HLP)
Manual file (.PDF) accessible directly from the program
Help file (.CHM)
Manual file (.PDF) accessible directly from the program
Printed Documentation Yes On demand On demand On demand On demand
Input Data File Format PCA-Mats .MAT format pcaMats (.MA6) format
PCA-Mats (.MAT) File Import Filter
pcaMats (.MA6) format
PCA-Mats (.MAT) File Import Filter
pcaMats (.MA6) format
PCA-Mats (.MAT) File Import Filter
spMats (.MA7) format,
pcaMats (.MA6) and
PCA-Mats (.MAT) File Import Filter
Input Auto Saving Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export to DXF No No No Yes Yes
Data Import from Text Files No No No No Yes
Recent File List No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyboard Shortcuts No No Yes Yes Yes
On-line Checking for Program Updates No No Yes Yes Yes
Digital Signature for Improved Security No No Yes Yes Yes
Modeling and Calculation
Capacity 2,500 nodes
2,500 elements
10,000 nodes
9,900 elements
10,000 nodes
9,900 elements
10,000 nodes
9,900 elements
10,000 nodes
9,900 elements
Code/Standard ACI 318-89
CSA A23.3-94
ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
ACI 318-05
CSA A23.3-04
ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
ACI 318-08
ACI 318-05
CSA A23.3-04
ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
ACI 318-11
ACI 318-08
ACI 318-05
CSA A23.3-04
ACI 318-02
CSA A23.3-94
Metric Units Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
US Customary Units Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Default Definitions and Assignments No No No No Yes
Libraries No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Columns No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Piles No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pile Embedment No No No No Yes
Punching Shear Check No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Visualization and Reporting
Geometry View - 3D Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry View - 2D Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry View - Columns and Piles in 3D View No No Yes Yes Yes
Geometry View - Columns and Piles in 2D No Symbolic only in their respective views Symbolic and to scale including load assignment and contour map views Symbolic and to scale including load assignment and contour map views Symbolic and to scale including load assignment and contour map views
Display Settings via Pop-up Menu No No Yes Yes Yes
Annotation for Subsets of Nodes Assigned with Loads, Piles, and Restraints No No No Yes Yes
Geometry View - Thickness Boundary Lines Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Zoom In / Zoom Out Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry Panning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometry Rotating Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - Print Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - Print Highlighted Selection No No Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - Copy To Clipboard No No Yes Yes Yes
Text Results - Save to file Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - Print Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - Printout Annotations No No Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - Print Preview No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contour Maps - Copy to Clipboard No Yes Yes Yes Yes



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