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Newsletter for March 2009

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MapleSim Connectivity Toolbox to help extend and enhance Simulink® models

Close on the heels of the release of MapleSim™, Maplesoft™ announces the availability of the MapleSim Connectivity Toolbox. This new product enables users to export high-performance MapleSim models into Simulink®, thus taking advantage of the intuitive, multi-domain physical modeling environment of MapleSim as part of their toolchain. Using this toolbox, high-performance, high-fidelity MapleSim models are automatically converted to S-Function blocks for seamless inclusion in Simulink® diagrams. Models created this way are highly efficient due to MapleSim’s symbolic preprocessing and optimized code generation.

As a special introductory offer, anyone who purchases MapleSim before March 31, 2009, will receive this toolbox at no additional cost. The products are available directly from the Maplesoft Web Store or by contacting Maplesoft Sales at 1-800-267-6583.

MapleSim Japanese edition to bring cost and time benefits to engineers in Japan

MapleSim™, the new high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool from Maplesoft™, is now available in a Japanese Edition. “With the MapleSim Japanese edition, engineers now have access to a powerful modeling and simulation tool, along with the world’s most advanced symbolic computing engine of Maple,” said Yoichi Mizoguchi, board member and general manager at Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd., Maplesoft’s partner in Japan. “Our important partnership with Maplesoft continues to provide Japanese engineers with tools and technology that help them save project time and cost.”

How do I...? with MapleSim

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Maplesoft Blog Posts

Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.

An Optimal Day
Yesterday was one of those remarkable days when everything seems just about right. Read More>>

Everything’s coming up green!
It seems like everywhere you turn lately, people are talking about how to be kinder to the planet. Read More>>

Am I Making Sense?
It seems that as well as making you a better mathematician, Maple will poke and prod you into being a better writer. Read More>>

A Remarkable Journey
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of attending the retirement celebration for Dr. Keith Geddes, founder of Maplesoft and inventor of the Maple system. Read More>>
Was Shakespeare a Drummer?
Great playwrights and poets are drummers – they craft the written word so that the rhythm and the cadence of their dialogue when spoken are a drumbeat, and combine with the meaning of the language to create emotion. Read More>>
Space… the inevitable frontier
It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for matters of space and space exploration … so even if we have all sorts of great news about modeling advancements in automotive, or electronics, it will never be as thrilling (yes this is the right word) as the things I encounter through my work at Maplesoft that deal with space. Read More>>

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Application Briefs

A Novel Approach to Stabilize the Re-Entry Path of a Space Shuttle
Stability and robustness are fundamental design requirements of any control system. Read More>>

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Tips & Techniques
Product Tips and Techniques: Creating Effective Maple Documents
Author: Maplesoft

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Application Center Highlights

Long-Short Two Stock Portfolio
Author: Mr. Marcus Davidsson

Model Fitting with Experimental Data
Author: Maplesoft

Non-linear Damper
Author: Maplesoft

Applied Portfolio Optimization
Author: Mr. Marcus Davidsson
Automatic Equation Generation from a Lead Compensator Circuit
Author: Maplesoft
MLF/MIFF Public-Key Steganocryptography Destined for E-mail Protection
Author: Prof. Czeslaw Koscielny

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Maplesoft Webinar Series
Optimization and Analysis Using Maple
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 2:00pm ET.

Many scientific and engineering applications have to obey tight performance tolerances. Initial designs are often sub-optimal, and to arrive at better operating conditions, manual iterative processes using, for example, calculators or spreadsheets are applied. This can take many hours, or even days. Often the solution obtained through such processes is still far from adequate. Over the last few decades, software tools boasting advanced nonlinear systems modeling and optimization algorithms have become significantly simpler to use, and no longer require specialized knowledge; this has accelerated the productivity of technical professionals across all domains. With Maple, you can take the result of over twenty-five years of continual investment in basic research and design to better model and optimize scientific and engineering designs in less time. This webinar will demonstrate, through several applications, how Maple provides an easy-to-use environment for advanced modeling and optimization.
MapleSim Training
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

This MapleSim Training Webinar is a 1 hour webinar that will include a basic introduction to the modeling environment found in MapleSim as well as a walk-through of the "Getting Started" tutorial. It will briefly cover how to use the new Dynamic Systems package found in Maple 12 to analyze equations from MapleSim, and will also touch on advanced multibody system modeling, as well as the basics of how to create a custom component for MapleSim using the "Custom Component" templates. No prior knowledge of MapleSim is required.
Introduction to MapleSim: The Next Generation in Engineering Modeling and Simulation
Thursday, March 19, 2009 2:00pm ET.

MapleSim builds on Maple’s extensive numeric and symbolic computational abilities to perform high speed simulations of very complex models. MapleSim offers a number of advantages over traditional systems: it has the ability to mix physical components and traditional blocks; model diagrams map directly to the physical system; it offers natural multi-domain modeling; advanced units management; live design documentation; automatic generation of system equations; and model simplification using symbolic techniques.
A Fresh Look At Symbolic and Numeric Computation
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 2:00pm ET.

What is the modern definition of symbolic computing? What are the critical differences between symbolic and numeric computation? How can respective advantages be exploited to solve more complex problems? What is the future of symbolic and numeric computations? This Webinar explores these and other issues that comprise the very heart of mathematical computing technology. Although Maplesoft is renowned for its symbolic capabilities, it has made major contributions to the evolution of numeric computations as well. The presenter, Dr. Tom Lee, is Maplesoft’s Chief Evangelist. He has been with Maplesoft since 1989.

For further details or to enroll in a Webinar please click here.

Missed a Webinar? Check out our recorded Webinar section where you can browse and view recordings of past Webinars.

Maplesoft In The Press

Here are some highlights of this past month press coverage.

Maple 12 Delivers Powerful Mathematics Tools
Scientific Computing and Instrumentation, March 6, 2009

In this product review of Maple 12, John Wass, the reviewer, discusses that the trend in scientific software is towards simplicity, especially in the mathematics sphere. He says that Maple 12 with its “greatly enhanced feature set” flattens the learning curve for new users.

Beyond signal-flow based simulation
Design Products and Applications, February 25, 2009

In an article on engineering software, Laurent writes that fierce competition in the industry is putting enormous pressure on engineers to produce new designs that will appeal to today’s customers. His solution: Physical modeling and simulation tools such as MapleSim to reduce time-to-market.
MapleSim 1.0: The easy way to do mathematical design analysis
Product Design and Development, February 20, 2009

This engineering design magazine takes a closer look at MapleSim and finds that it is an “easy way to do mathematical design analysis.”

In addition to these articles, check out the Media Center for all the latest coverage on Maplesoft.

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