|Welcome to the
June 2006 Issue of the Maple Reporter!
aim to keep you up-to-date on the latest news from Maplesoft,
with articles highlighting new products, innovative application
areas, tips and techniques, events and much more.
This month’s issue features news about Maple 10 support
for the Intel-based Mac platform; and we’ve also compiled
the results of the Engineering and Scientific Calculation Tool
survey. Also, check out this month’s Tips & Techniques
as well as the latest MapleCast episodes, and more.
We hope you find this month’s issue an enjoyable and informative
read. We have many more exciting developments in the works at
Maplesoft and we look forward to sharing them with you in the
|News & Announcements
Engineering and Scientific Calculation Tool Survey Results Are
In Results were drawn from an extensive, international
survey Maplesoft conducted of scientists, engineers and researchers
across a variety of markets, including aerospace, automotive, electronics,
telecommunications, pharmaceutical, life sciences, finance and
education. With more than 2000 participants, the survey offers
unprecedented insight into the daily practices, experiences and
perceptions of the engineering community. Click
here to read a full
report of the survey findings.
10 Now Supported on the Mac-Intel Platform With the
availability of a port that allows Maple 10 to run natively on
new Mac models that feature Intel Core processors, Maple users
operating on the Mac-Intel platform will benefit from significantly
reduced start-up times, improved speed in rendering 2-D mathematics,
and real-time 3-D plot manipulation that is both faster and smoother.
All of the capabilities of Maple are fully supported, affording
Mac-Intel users access to all of the same features that PowerPC-based
Mac users enjoy.
Placement Test Suite Makes Traditional Placement Tests a Thing
of The Past Launched this February, the Maplesoft-MAA
Placement Test Suite has seen a strong early acceptance by many
colleges and universities. Academic institutions are looking for
a solution to help them place students related to course specific
skills. The Placement Test Suite allows them to do that with the
6 different testing subjects. This fall 4000 students will be tested
using the Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite at various 2-year
and 4-year academic institutions throughout the United States.
The Placement Test Suite gives academic institutions the ability
to provide MAA placement tests over the Internet, which allows
easy administration, instant results, and flexible scheduling for
incoming students. Institutions are judged by the success of their
students, not by enrollment, a good placement test is vital to
that success! Learn
the Placement Test Suite.
Your Free Copy of the Units Poster Today! Throughout
history, units have been based on properties that people experience
in their everyday lives – for example lengths of body parts,
cycles of the earth, harvested grain, and beer and wine production.
This poster examines how these evolved into the units used today,
and how the modernization of the study of units has led to the
establishment of standard measures that are accepted throughout
the world. Click
here to order your free copy.
last month we’ve
released two more MapleCast episodes.
May 17th, 2006 - Episode 2: Building Blocks of Space
In this program Tom Lee interviews Dr.
Dick Gran about
designing fail-safe systems for the lunar module and
other components of the Apollo space program; how our
use of math has changed with the newest generation computers
and software; and his first thoughts about using Maplesoft's
new product BlockBuilder. Maplesoft product director
Paul Goossens gives a detailed look at Blockbuilder for
Simulink, and we dish out some of the latest math news
as well as answer some more email questions.
May 31st, 2006 - Episode 3: Making the Grade
In this episode Tom Lee interviews Dr.
John Kenelly about
the standardized placement testing for incoming college
students, about the new partnership between the Mathematical
Association of America (MAA) and Maplesoft to produce
fully automated and statistically rigorous placement
tests; and how computers and software like Maple and
Maple T.A. have changed the way we learn and do mathematics.
Eithne Murray drops by again to talk about help and tutorial
resources in Maple; we also have some math news and then
provide some answers to questions received in our mailbox.
summer courses today!
The Maple Adoption
Program has become more streamlined and now includes online
registration and the option to download Maple 10 or receive
the shipped version. The Student Edition has now been equipped
with the with the Pre-Calculus Study Guide, Calculus Study
Guide and Clickable Calculus online demo at no additional charge.
Get started and register your summer courses
today! Complete program information and electronic registration
be found at www.maplesoft.com/adoption
Product Tips and
Conference 2006 Poster Now Available
PDFs of the official conference poster. Two versions
are available: large 11x17, standard 8.5x11, and standard
A4. Post and pass on to your colleagues!
Primes Community Site Update
online user community is a great way to share your
Maple applications. The site allows you to upload Maple
worksheets that users can either download to use
on their computers or use online through MapleNet.
An example of an application which has been shared
online is MapleStudio,
created by JanE.
This application lets you create complex two or three-dimensional
plots with a simple, point and click interface. You
may use the application right in your web browser
by clicking on this
link. If you have an application
that you would like to share, or if you would like
to see what other Maple users are creating, visit
monthly web seminars provide an excellent opportunity for
you to learn about interesting applications, new techniques,
and upcoming products. Hosted live by senior Maplesoft product
experts, these 1 hour interactive sessions offer the opportunity
to ask questions and interact with the presenter. Whether
you are a seasoned Maple user, or someone looking to find
out what Maple is all about, this seminar series will offer
an opportunity to learn something new and interesting.
||Tuesday June 6th,
2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT -
Introduction to Maple 10
||Thursday June 9th & Monday June
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT -
Maplesoft Solutions for Engineering Research and Education
June 14th, 2006, 8:00 - 9:00 am EDT -
System modeling with Maple
||Thursday June 15th, 2006,
8:00 - 9:00 am EDT -
La modélisation système avec Maple
||Thursday June 22nd, 2006,
2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
Modeling and Simulating Multibody Mechanical
Systems using DynaFlexPro and BlockBuilder for Simulink
|The Maple Application
Center has received the following new applications over the
Maplesoft in the Press
Maplesoft continues to receive much press.
Recently there has been coverage in Cadalyst Newsline and
in regional newspapers about the launch of MapleCasts. There
was also coverage in Control Engineering Magazine about
BlockBuilder for Simulink. And another piece
in Cadalyst magazine also covered the Engineering
Survey: Engineers, Scientists Still
Rely On Hand Calculations
“Maplesoft reports that mathematical work is still often performed with
paper and pencil.”
“On a daily basis, respondents turn to scratch pads and calculators more
frequently than any other tool for mathematical tasks. The same survey also revealed
this community largely considers its field of work and study as both modern and
taking full advantage of modern tools and technology.”
Engineering, May 2006
Mathematical modeling environment
“BlockBuilder for Simulink mathematical modeling environment offers automated
export to Simulink. Software is said to enable engineers to save time and reduce
the risk of error in model-based design of dynamic systems. It lets users develop
ideas from initial concepts to high-fidelity physical models and automatically
generate Simulink SFunction blocks.”
Record, May 6, 2006
Maplesoft tries ‘soft sell’ with podcast
"The podcasts, called Maplecasts, are geared to users of Maplesoft's
software, a community of mathematicians, scientists and engineers estimated
number one to two million worldwide.”
“This company has a lot of stories that need to be told,” says Tom
Lee, the Maplesoft executive who is the host and interviewer on the podcasts. “A
lot of people really don’t know what kind of impact this company has had
on the world. We have sort of changed the way math is done.”
Newsline, May 2006
Maplesoft Launches Podcast Series
“Maplesoft, a provider of engineering software, has made available a podcast
series called MapleCasts. The series includes technical tips for Maplesoft products
as well as interviews with notable personalities.”
In addition to this article, check out the Press
Coverage area for all the latest coverage on Maplesoft.
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