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Newsletter for April 2006    
Welcome to the April 2006 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 features news on the new BlockBuilder™ for Simulink®, a physical modeling and Simulink block-generation tool from Maplesoft. We highlight this new product along with the numerous resources available. Also featured is news on a recent award for Maple 10, and our new training resources web site.

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

BlockBuilder™ for Simulink® - New Physical Modeling and Simulink Block-Generation from Maplesoft™
- BlockBuilder helps engineers to develop ideas from initial concepts to high-fidelity physical models, and automatically generate Simulink S-Function blocks to enhance and extend their Simulink models.

With BlockBuilder you can:

  • Rapidly create physical models from mathematical first principles
  • Convert mathematical models directly into Simulink blocks
  • Fully encapsulate analysis, manipulations, transformations, code generation, verification and documentation

BlockBuilder Resources:

Design Engineering’s Golden Mousetrap Awarded to Maple 10 - Maple 10 was awarded the Design News Golden Mousetrap Award in the Analysis and Calculation category. For over 20 years Design News - in partnership with many important and forward-thinking companies - has been recognizing engineering achievement and innovative design.

Maplesoft Training Resources - Maplesoft offers a comprehensive set of complimentary training materials. You can now download the popular Maple 10 Quick Start Training materials and recorded seminar. In addition, whether you are an expert or someone who is considering a new license purchase, we can provide a custom training session that is right for you and/or your organization.

Maplesoft Teams with Top French Research Centers to Bring Mathematical Solvers to Market - Maplesoft, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) and the Computer Science Laboratory of Paris 6 (LIP6) at the Pierre & Marie Curie University (UPMC) jointly announced that they have entered a cooperative research project centered around the Solvers for Algebraic Systems and Applications (SALSA) group. As a result, SALSA’s research advancements in mathematical solvers will be integrated into Maplesoft’s product line, ensuring commercial availability of these breakthroughs.

Maple Adoption Program™

The success of the Adoption Program has been overwhelming! Many faculty and students have been participating in the program for over two years and there are no signs of registrations slowing down. Thank you to all of our current Adoption members for making this program a great success. Read More...

Complete program information and electronic registration can be found at

Maplesoft Seminar Series
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.

Thursday April 13, 2006 , 2:30 - 3:30 pm EST - Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite
Tuesday April 18, 2006 , 1:30 - 2:30 pm EST - Modeling Multi-body Mechanical Systems with DynaFlexPro
Thursday April 27, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST - Modeling and Simulation with the new BlockBuilder for Simulink
Friday April 28, 2006, 9:00 - 10:00 am EST - Modeling and Simulation with the new BlockBuilder for Simulink

Product Tips and Techniques
Tips & Tech Graphic Classroom Tips and Techniques: Roles for the Laplace Transform's Shifting Laws
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple Tips and Techniques: Using Scientific Constants in Maple

Author: Maplesoft

Maple T.A. Tips and Techniques – Sharing Content
Author: Maplesoft

Application Center Highlights
The Maple Application Center has received the following new applications over the last month:

Transient Mechanical Vibrations of Mass-Spring-Dashpot-One-Degree-of-Freedom Systems
Mr. Amir Hessam Rouzrokh
Fourier Analysis of periodic signals, a help for undergraduate students
Mr. Wim Dekkers
Comparison of Multivariate Optimization Methods
Dr. Sergey N. Moiseev
Dynamics and Deformation of a Helical Steel Spring
Dr. Harald Kammerer
Sequences of Masses, Springs and Dampers
Dr. Harald Kammerer
Primes in Irrational Numbers
Prof. Leslie Glasser
Exploring the Modified IDEA Using the topicIDEA Package
Prof. Czeslaw Koscielny

Maplesoft in the Press

Maplesoft continues to receive much press. Desktop Engineering, EE Times, Planet Analog, and all featured coverage on the launch of BlockBuilder. Read what the editor of Desktop Engineering had to say about BlockBuilder:

Desktop Engineering Editor’s Pick of the Week, March 2006
BlockBuilder Environment Enhances Simulink
Written by Tony Lockwood

“ The really cool thing here is that BlockBuilder uses a freeform workspace. So, you doodle out your ideas on some physical design and leverage some algorithms from Maple for your analyses. The really, really cool thing is that all the while you're doing this, you are building a Simulink-ready S-Function block. Further, since this block you created in BlockBuilder encapsulates your Maple mathematical analysis, it enhances and extends the resultant Simulink design while saving time and reducing errors.”

“… think of BlockBuilder as your project notebook with lots of smarts, on steroids, dynamic, and broken free of tactile limitations. …I feel that it will do for initial development what word processing did for the typewriter."

Excerpt taken from, Desktop Engineering Editor’s Pick of the Week, March 2006.

In addition to this article, check out the Press Coverage area for all the latest coverage on Maplesoft.

Maple Conference 2006
July 23 – 26, 2006, Waterloo, Canada

Conference Update:
April 24, 2006: Call for Papers and Presentations notification of acceptance
Check out the newly added Speaker Bios
Register for a free, hands-on pre-conference workshop for beginners, or for an in-depth post-conference workshop on such topics as,

• Maple Fundamentals
Advanced Maple Usage
Maple Programming for Advanced Users
Maple T.A. – Placement Tests and Beyond
Maple T.A. – Advanced Question Creation

For more details, visit
Maple Conference 2006 Poster Now Available

Download 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!

Online Registration Now Available - Resgister Today

Maple Books:

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Maple Primes Community Site Update

MaplePrimes, the online community of Maple users is continuously changing the way that you work with Maple. Last month, a new feature was released on the site, the MaplePrimes file manager. This feature makes it easy for you to share mathematics with people worldwide. You can now upload your Maple documents to a MapleNet server for free. This allows you to share your interactive Maple documents with people worldwide, even to people who do not have a copy of Maple; all they need is a web browser. Check out MaplePrimes today and see how it can help you with your work.


NYSMATYC 2006 Annual Conference
Holiday Inn in Cortland, NY.
April 7–9, 2006

Chautauqua Short Courses for College Teachers
Pedagogy and Methodology of Using Maple in the Classroom
May 12-14, 2006
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.

See our Events page for other upcoming shows.

Read more about the most recent activities sponsored by Maplesoft.
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