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Newsletter for July 2005     
Welcome to the July 2005 Issue of the Maple Reporter e-newsletter! We 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 highlights the release of MapleNet™ 10, an enhanced Web-based platform for deploying live technical knowledge and applications. In addition, check out tips & techniques for MapleNet 10 & Maple 10. Also, don’t forget to browse the new MaplePrimes Web community – the ideal site for dialogue between Maple users.

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 future.
News & Announcements

MapleNet 10
Launched this month, MapleNet 10 is an enhanced Web-based platform for deploying live technical knowledge and applications. Integrated with Maple 10, the company’s flagship product, MapleNet 10 enables users to quickly and easily produce and share interactive online documents.

Maplesoft Partners with Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Maplesoft announces the partnership with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The organizations plan to develop a co-branded electronic placement testing product that will change the way colleges and universities assess students’ knowledge of math. The new tests will be powered by Maplesoft’s Maple T.A., a powerful web-based system for creating tests, assignments and exercises.

Maple Conference 2005 a resounding success
This year's annual user conference was held during the week of July 18. By any measure, the conference was a success. Highlights included keynote addresses from renowned speakers including Dr. Brian Ford a pioneer in numeric computation, and Dr. Richard Gran, a former chief engineer in the American space program. Contributed sessions drew over 50 presentations from a wide range of fields.

The proceedings for the contributed portion of the conference is now available in the Maplesoft Web store. This printed volume contains refereed papers in the categories of "Science and Engineering", "Mathematics and Mathematical Computation", and "Maple in Education".

Next year's Maple Conference will be held during the week of July 24 in Waterloo, Canada. Mark your calendars!

Maple Adoption Program

The success of the Adoption Program has been overwhelming! Many faculty and students have been participating in the program for over three years and there are no signs of registrations slowing down. We would like to thank all of our current Adoption members for making this “Home Use Program” a great success.

Since its inception, the Adoption Program has had many improvements as we continue to further meet the needs of faculty and students. We have just finished making some very significant improvements for your Fall 2005 term that will make the whole program much more streamlined.

Complete program information and electronic registration can be found at www.maplesoft.com/adoption


Maple Quickstart E-Training Course

In this introductory course, you will become fluent in the Maple 10 environment, without ever having to leave your desk. Visit the Training area of the Maplesoft site for details.

• Thursday, August 11th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
• Thursday, August 25th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 EDT


Maplesoft Seminar Series

August 31, “Introduction to the Global Optimization Toolbox for Maple”

September 7, “Control System Development using System Identification”
 
Please visit maplesoft.webex.com for additional details and to register.

Product Tips & Techniques

Maple 10 Tip & Technique – Using Embedded Components
Author: Maplesoft

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Fitting Circles in Space to 3-D Data
Author: Dr. Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Maple Fellow
Publishing Interactive Applications with MapleNet 10
Author: Maplesoft

Application Center Highlights
New Applications
Analytical solution of diode circuits
Prof. Manuel A Vargas-Drechsler
Binary Distillation with the McCabe-Thiele Method
Dr. Samir H Khan

Statistics and Data Analysis
Maplesoft

Maplesoft in the Press

See what the press is saying about Maplesoft. This month there is coverage on Maple 10, and an article about the importance of mathematical models in driving industrial innovation.

Maple Gets an Extreme Makeover

" Can an upgrade be so good that it can make you think of switching loyalties? Wow! Upgrades of mature products can introduce significant enhancements, but they rarely make you think you’re using a totally different product." Excerpts from "Maple Gets an Extreme Makeover", Desktop Engineering, July 2005.

Love at First Sight
" Its (Maple 10) power is beyond question. But 'easy to use' never seemed the most obvious way to describe it. Although a new, graphical page interface brought natural interaction a while ago, I was impressed but set in my ways. With release 10 comes yet another interface option, and I am won over." Excerpt from "Love at First Sight", Scientific Computing World, June 2005.

3Ms for Instruction, Part 2: Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab
“ Maple, in contrast (to Mathematica and Matlab), favors mathematical convention. In its notation and vocabulary, it leverages the user’s familiarity with mathematical convention rather than trying to reshape it. This manifests itself in a dominant personality trait – simplification.” Excerpts taken from “3Ms for Instruction, Part 2: Maple, Mathematica, and MATLAB” , Computing in Science & Engineering, August 2005.

When Data Meets Math
" Data and numbers drive engineering and science and, over the past decades, we have accumulated a vast range of software and hardware tools to efficiently gather and analyze immense datasets. Increasingly, industry is realizing that data supported by rich mathematical models offers a potent combination for more sophisticated design techniques that drive innovation." Excerpt taken from "When Data Meets Math", Scientific Computing & Instrumentation, July 2005.

For a complete listing of recent coverage, check out the Reviews & Press area of the Maplesoft Web site.

The New MaplePrimes: Blogs, forums, techniques, musings, answers ... all things Maple and math

Maplesoft will be introducing a new Web community called MaplePrimes.The purpose of this exciting new site is to bring Maple users together in an environment where they can directly share experiences, tools and applications, and learn from other users. What is unique about this initiative is that it will be driven directly by the user community.

Curious? Visit beta.mapleprimes.com for a preview. Maplesoft will be operating a public Beta Web site and we encourage you to join the adventure!

Note that the new MaplePrimes name should not be confused with the software maintenance plan service under the same name. We will continue to offer the maintenance plan service under a different name. Details to follow in the near future.


Maplesoft Events
Mu Alpha Theta National Convention - August 1-6, Honolulu, HI

Maplesoft is pleased to once again be participating in the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention, August 1-6, Honolulu, HI. As part of The M2 Program, we will be offering students the opportunity to compete against their peers utilizing Maple T.A. Details on the partnership can be found at www.maplesoft.com/m2.

Join us at NI Week!

August 16-18, Austin TX.
 
See our Events page for details on this event plus other upcoming shows.

Maplesoft Resources
Recorded Seminars
Maplesoft offers a series of recorded downloadable demonstrations and seminars highlighting key features and functionality of Maplesoft products. Click here to view the available seminars.

Customized Seminars

Maplesoft is pleased to offer personal online seminars. These seminars assist users in learning new techniques to increase their effectiveness with Maplesoft products.
Contact Maplesoft today to schedule your seminar.

Books and Publications
Visit the Books section on the Maplesoft Web site to view new publications.




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