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Newsletter for September 2005     
Welcome to the September 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, tip and techniques, events and much more.

This month’s issue highlights the release of DynaFlexPro™, a Maple package for modeling and simulating the dynamics of mechanical multibody systems. In addition, Maplesoft launched Maple 10 Japanese Edition, and a complete set of nVizx ™ Demo movies.

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

DynaFlexPro logoDynaFlexPro
Maplesoft announces DynaFlexPro™, designed by MotionPro Inc., and launched under the MapleConnect™ Premier program. DynaFlexPro is a Maple based design tool that uses revolutionary symbolic computation methods to rapidly derive the system equations of complex mechanical multibody systems. Unlike other multibody design tools that use purely numeric solvers, DynaFlexPro generates solutions that are exact, compact and efficient for real-time implementation, at a fraction of the cost.


Maple 10 Japanese Edition
Maplesoft announces the availability of Maple 10 Japanese. Maplesoft has partnered with Cybernet Systems to deliver Maple 10 to the Japanese market and further meet the needs of its expanding customer base. With the release of Maple 10 Japanese, Maplesoft has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Japanese market with the ultimate productivity tool for solving mathematical problems and creating interactive technical applications. This release contains the same features and enhancements found in the recently released English version of Maple 10.

nVizx™ Demo Movies Now Available
nVizx is the affordable software alternative for high end visualization. nVizx works dynamically with Maple to rapidly generate precise, high resolution images. Check out the newly posted nVizx Demo Movies on such topics as: Hydraulic Elevator Simulation, Modeling the Earth’s Magnetosphere, Simulation of a McPherson Strut, and Molecular Models.

Advanced Engineering Mathematics with MapleAdvanced Engineering Mathematics E-Book
Last month Maplesoft released Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Maple™, the definitive reference software and textbook for engineering mathematics. It has been very well received and seen much success in it’s first month of availability. To purchase visit the Maplesoft Web store.

Mathematics for Chemistry™ with Symbolic Computation
Mathematics for Chemistry with Symbolic Computation is a collection of Maple worksheets that collectively constitute an interactive electronic textbook of mathematics for students of chemistry and their instructors.

Product Tips & Techniques
Getting the Most out of Tables - Maple 10 Tip and Technique
Author: Maplesoft
Classroom Tips and Techniques: Estimating Parameters in Differential Equations
Author: Dr. Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Maple Fellow


Maple Adoption Program: Still Time to Register for Fall

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. As I have said in the past, thank you to all of our current Adoption members for making this program a great success.



Maplesoft Seminar Series
Tuesday, October 18th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT.
Introduction to the Global Optimization Toolbox for Maple
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT.
Modeling Multi-body Mechanical Systems with DynaFlexPro
Wednesday, November 16th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT.
Technical Solution Deployment with MapleNet 10

Maplesoft’s 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.

Please visit maplesoft.webex.com for additional details and to register.

Maple Quick Start Training courses

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.

• Wednesday, October 19th • 2:00 - 4:00 PM EDT


Application Center Highlights
New Applications
Mean Value Theorem for Rolle’s Theorem
Greg Spradlin
Collatz Problem
Muharrem Aktümen

Skeleton/Medial Axis of a Convex Polygon
Dr. Bruno Guerrieri
Three Body Problem
Dr. Yasuyuki Nakamura
Frequency Analysis and the Kama Sutra Substitution Cipher
Judith Koeller
Cliques and Tournaments
Dr. Laurie Lacey
Graphics for Linear Algebra
Dr. Laurie Lacey

Maplesoft in the Press

See what the press is saying about Maplesoft. This month there was a review of Maple 10 in PC Magazine.

Barry Simon Review “Maple’s Grand New Look”

"It takes a lot to impress most jaded software reviewers, especially with a product that we first reviewed in 1989. But we were totally blown away by Maplesoft’s Maple 10 mathematical package. The user interface has been so completely revamped that the software feels like a totally different – more like Mathcad on steroids than the old command-line application."
Excerpt taken from, “Maple’s Grand New Look”, PC Magazine, October 2005.

Model-Based Design Fuels Challenge X Competition
"University of Waterloo (Canada) Alternative Fuels Team beat 16 other talented teams to place first after the initial year's competition. From a technical perspective, much of their success can be attributed to innovative model-based design approaches. In the end, Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team chose The Mathworks' Simulink as their simulation tool and DynaFlexPro for Maple as a mechatronic system modeling tool to create the vehicle dynamics model. The efficient code generated by Maple and DynaFlexPro made real-time simulation possible to test the prototype controller against a simulation of the plant. By developing the system as described, the team was able to collapse the design time from what would have normally taken several months to just a few weeks—and at fraction of the typical cost.”
Excerpt taken from, “Model-Based Design fuels Challenge X Competition”, Automotive Design Line, August 2005

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

MaplePrimes Beta

Maple Primes Community Site Update

MaplePrimes, the new online Maple user website has grown into a full community. There are many active members who pride themselves in answering all questions quickly, thoroughly and accurately. A great post this month comes from alec who gave a new way of plotting fractals using densityplot instead of the traditional plot3d. There is a new feature on MaplePrimes that allows a user to upload a Maple worksheet and have it converted to HTML. This makes it easy to post mathematics to the site. The site is growing every day, so check it out at beta.mapleprimes.com and see the latest tips, techniques and answers today!


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
Proceedings of Maple Conference 2005
Author: Ilias S. Kotsireas
Publisher: Maplesoft
ISBN: 1894511859


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

Events
Maple User Conference in Japan
Maplesoft’s reseller in Japan, Cybernet, is hosting a Maple user conference, which will include the launch of Maple 10 Japanese edition. The event will take place on October 21, 2005 at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Maplesoft will be one of the presenters and speakers at the event.


Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2005)
Taking place from October 19-22, 2005 in Indianapolis, IN, FIE continues a long tradition of promoting the widespread dissemination of innovations that improve computer science, engineering, and technology (CSET) education. FIE is a major annual international conference devoted to improvements in CSET education.

Visit the Events section on the Maplesoft Web site to view all events.




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