Newsletter for July 2006    
Welcome to the July 2006 Issue of the Maple Reporter!
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 about the new Maple™ Toolbox for MATLAB®, combining the best in symbolic and numeric computation to develop mathematical solutions and perform in-depth analysis of the results. 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 future.

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News & Announcements

Maplesoft Launches the Maple™ Toolbox for MATLAB® Combining the best in symbolic and numeric computation to develop mathematical solutions and perform in-depth analysis of the results. With this toolbox, Maplesoft offers a technical computing solution that is tightly integrated with MATLAB, providing direct access to all the commands, variables, and functions of each product while working in either environment.

The Maple Toolbox for MATLAB consists of two components, Maple 10 – the most powerful and intuitive tool for solving complex mathematical problems and creating rich, executable technical documents - and the Maple-MATLAB Connector. The Maple-MATLAB Connector is an add-on to Maple 10 that provides a two-way link between Maple and MATLAB, enabling users to define variables in either environment and use them in the other.

Key Features
Interactive technical document interface, with intuitive 2-D equation editor for typeset-quality mathematical presentation.
Up to 50 times faster than the Extended Symbolic Math Toolbox
Access to full Maple. Additional features include:
  • Statistics
  • Units
  • Optimization
  • Tolerances
  • Enhanced graphics
  • Code generation to 5 languages: C, FORTRAN,
    Visual Basic, Java and MATLAB
Access to over 50 interactive assistants and tutors to aid rapid development of solutions
Fully compatible with all MATLAB applications that use the Symbolic Math Toolbox (Standard and Extended) – no rework required.

A public beta version of the Maple-MATLAB Connector is currently available at:

Maplesoft Documentation Center Maplesoft product manuals are now available for free download from the new Documentation Center. Manuals include; Maple, Maple T.A., and MapleNet User Manuals, Maple 10 Quick Reference Cards, Maple Introductory and Advanced Programming Guides, and more.

Since last month we’ve released two more MapleCast episodes.

June 14th, 2006 - Episode 4: Science of the Better
In this episode Tom talks with Dr. Janos Pinter about how to optimize decisions under resource constraints, the early days of computing, and his thoughts about studying in a communist country. He joins us via telephone from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Eithne Murray stops by again to discuss the fascinating world of programming in Maple; and we have also information about using the new Intel-based Mac port of Maple and a new e-book on understanding and computing derivative securities.

June 28th, 2006 - Episode 5: Building a Better Mousetrap
Tom Lee sits down with Dr. John McPhee, the inventor of DynaFlexPro, in his office at the University of Waterloo to discuss dynamic models of physical systems, difficulties one might encounter when commercializing a product, and his work on modeling the piano hammer action. Paul Goossens joins us via telephone from the American Control Conference to talk about DynaFlexPro and other engineering products; and we bring you an interesting selection of news and mailbag items.

Maple Adoption Program™

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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. Read More...

We are continuously aiming to make the transition to using Maple 10 in your courses more simple. Maplesoft provides a wide variety of online training resources including free downloadable videos and materials. Both you and your students can get familiar with the Maple 10’s environment using these free online resources.

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Get started and register your summer courses today! Complete program information and electronic registration can be found at

Product Tips and Techniques

Maple T.A. Tips and Techniques: Numeric Questions with Precision and Tolerance.
Author: Maplesoft

Classroom Tips and Techniques: The Partial Fraction Decomposition
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple Tip & Technique: Using the Convert Command
Author: Maplesoft

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!

Maple Books:

If you are publishing a paper or writing a book related to Maple, we can help you! Please send your comments to

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Maple Primes Community Site Update

MaplePrimes, Maplesoft’s online user community is filled with people who are developing interesting and informative resources. They all use the site as a great way to share their work with people around the world. As an example, Fred Chapman shares a paper on his vision for the future of mathematical research. In another example, Joe Riel has shared a tool that can be used to explore the structure of the Maple MWS worksheet format. Come and share your work on MaplePrimes, visit the site today.


Exploring Multivariable Calculus with Maple - A PREP Workshop
July 24-28, 2006
Online Workshop from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Click here for details.

Distance Learning Conference 2006
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
Madison, WI
August 2-4, 2006
Click here for details.

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) - Mathfest 2006
Knoxville, TN
August 10-12, 2006
Click here for details.

See our Events page for other upcoming shows.

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.

Tuesday July 11th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite
Wednesday July 12th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Introduction to Maple 10

Application Center Highlights

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

Stokes' Theorem
Attila Andai
Flow Between Two Pipes Assisted by a Pump
Dr. Samir H. Khan
The Runge-Kutta Method for Solving Non-linear System of Differential Equations
Dr. Co Hung Tran
Automatic Optimization of Controller
Dr. Samir H. Khan

Maplesoft in the Press

Maplesoft continues to receive much press. Recently there has been coverage in BusinessWeek Online, and Design News. There were also numerous publications that covered the story about Maple support for the Intel-based Mac platform including Macworld, MacMinute, The MacObserver and Applelinks. There was a piece about BlockBuilder for Simulink in Scientific Computing and our feature article is a review of the Global Optimization Toolbox in Scientific Computing.

Scientific Computing, June 2006
Global Optimization with Maple - An add-on toolkit for the experienced scientist
By Dr. John Wass
“ With the advent of tools such as the Global Optimization Toolbox (GOT), life got a lot simpler not only on the purely computational end, but also for understanding by the end user.”

“ Upon entering several simple trigonometric functions, GOT correctly computed the global (not local) extremum and, as an option, displayed the results on the plot. This can be accomplished easily with the command line or the Global Optimization Assistant. This Assistant is a very useful dialog box that permits easy entry of objective functions as well as constraints and bounds.”

Excerpt taken from, "Global Optimization with Maple – An add-on toolkit for the experienced scientist”, Scientific Computing, June 2006.
BusinessWeek Online, June 2006
Be Your Own Rocket Scientist
Maplesoft's "hardcore math"
“ Waterloo (Ont.)-based Maplesoft sells a software application, Maple 10 that highly sophisticated funds and financial institutions might employ in making their investment choices. Also used by engineering and design outfits, the program is a way to inject "hard-core mathematical operations" such as differentiation, optimization, factorization, or sensitivity analysis into a firm's investing models, says Chief Executive Jim Cooper.”

Excerpt taken from, “Be Your Own Rocket Scientist”, BusinessWeek Online, June 8, 2006.

Design News, June 2006
Math Software’s Arch Enemy: The Number 2 Pencil
“When Maplesoft President Jim Cooper reviewed the results of a recent survey his company conducted to find out what calculation tools engineers use, he was floored. “We found out that our biggest competition isn’t a rival software company, it’s the old classic: pencil and paper. To a great extent engineers today are doing math calculations the same way I did them 20 years ago—looking up constants in printed reference materials and doing hand calculations. We didn’t expect that,” the former aerospace engineer says.”

Excerpt taken from, “Math Software’s Arch Enemy: The Number 2 Pencil”, Design News, June 2006

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