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Math Software Usability Reaches New Heights with Maple 16


WATERLOO, Ontario, March 28 – Maplesoft today announced a major new release of its flagship product, Maple™, the technical computing software for mathematicians, engineers, and scientists. With Maple 16, Maplesoft introduces new tools and techniques in its Clickable Math™ collection, setting new standards for ease of use in mathematical software and providing new, innovative ways to explore mathematics.

In Maple 16, Drag-to-Solve™ and Smart Popups join palettes, interactive assistants, context-sensitive menus, tutors, and other Clickable Math tools that provide a point-and-click interface for solving, visualizing, and exploring mathematical problems. With Drag-to-Solve, users can solve equations step-by-step, simply by dragging individual terms. They can also explore expressions to deepen their understanding of the problem and determine the next steps in the solution. Smart Popups instantly show mathematical identities, plots, factorizations, and more for the highlighted expression, helping the user choose the next operation to perform.

The interface is only one of the many areas of Maple that were enhanced in Maple 16. Substantial improvements were made across the entire product in mathematical algorithms, visualization, programming language, engineering tools, documentation, education features, authoring tools, and more. Highlights include:

  • Important enhancements to visualization, including a smart plot view that automatically focuses on points of interest.
  • Significantly faster performance on both core Maple operations and calculations using multiple cores and multi-threading.
  • World-leading algorithms in differential equations and computational physics that are beyond the reach of any other software system.
  • Over 100 new Math Apps to provide insight into concepts from math, statistics, physics, and finance.
  • New statistical algorithms and visualizations.
  • New functionality to support programming and application development.

For a complete list of new features, please visit: http://www.maplesoft.com/products/maple/new_features/

“The new Clickable Math tools in Maple 16 represent a significant leap forward in the evolution of Maple,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “This release sets a new standard in math software usability, offering users everything from incredibly intuitive point-and-click tools to a highly-sophisticated programming language, so they can effectively take advantage of over 5000 mathematical functions in Maple 16.”

Dr. Amir Khajepour, Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Executive Director, WatCAR (Waterloo Center for Automotive Research), is a long time advocate of Maple. He is excited about the improvements in Maple 16. “I use Maple in many different ways, from developing components of bigger projects that perform difficult, large-scale calculations, to interactive explorations, visualizations, and report writing. With significant advances in its math engine, performance, interface, programming, and other areas, Maple 16 has a lot to offer me in all my activities.”

Maple 16 is available in English and Japanese, with language pack extensions available for French, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Greek, Hungarian, and Brazilian Portuguese.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques. Combined together, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.

Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use Maplesoft products to enable them to work better, faster, and smarter. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems.

Maplesoft also introduced a fundamental shift in technical education through its Clickable Math™ and Clickable Engineering™ initiatives which deliver powerful mathematics through visual, interactive point-and-click methods. The idea behind this shift is to create technology that allows students and teachers to focus on the concepts, not the tool.

Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, BMW, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon, Motorola, Microsoft Research, Bloomberg, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. Over 90% of advanced research institutions and universities worldwide, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy, have adopted Maplesoft solutions to enhance their education and research activities. Visit www.maplesoft.com to learn more.

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Source: Maplesoft

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