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Newsletter for August 2005     
Welcome to the August 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 Maple T.A.™ 2.5, the latest release of the Web-based testing and assessment system. In addition, check out the Barry Simon review of Maple, the NI Consortium, and the Back-to-School Maple 10 promotion.

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.

Read the full independent review of Maple 10 by the renowned Barry Simon, “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."

News & Announcements

Maple T.A. 2.5
Launched this month, Maple T.A. 2.5 the upgraded Web-based testing and assessment system is integrated with Maple 10, Maplesoft’s powerful math engine, and its new Equation Editor. Maple T.A. 2.5 also includes updates to the Assignment Editor, Question Bank Editor and Class Management.

Get Yourself Back-to-School with Maple 10!
Maplesoft is now offering a special back-to-school promotion on Academic and Student purchases. All academic and student Maple 10 purchases (permanent licenses) will include a free copy of the Precalculus and Calculus Study Guides. Visit the Maplesoft Web Store to order. Offer ends September 30th, so don’t delay!

Numerical Mathematical Consortium
The Numerical Mathematics Consortium, comprised of leading mathematics software vendors and individuals from industry and academia are working together to define a consistent and manageable foundation for numerical programming. The organization is committed to establishing an open mathematical semantics standard for numerical algorithm development to enable portability and reuse among tools, platforms and disciplines.

Advanced Engineering Mathematics
Maplesoft announces Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Maple™ the definitive reference software and textbook for engineering mathematics. The only fully electronic book of its kind on this popular subject, it is an essential resource for every engineering professional or student.

New Training Videos Now Available
New to Maple? Try our new free interactive video training movies. It offers a quick and easy way to learn some of the basic concepts for using Maple 10.

Maplets for Calculus
The new Maplets for Calculus, a MapleConnect Third Party Product, will be of interest to a wide audience: students who are studying single variable, differential and integral calculus, including simple differential equations, sequences, series, and polar coordinates. Students will find these Maplets useful when studying for a quiz or exam and when working on homework problems from their textbook.

Product Tips & Techniques

Maple T.A. 2.5 – Algorithmic Variables (Part II)
Author: Maplesoft

Maple 10 – Generating Engineering Plots
Author: Maplesoft
Maple 10 – Fitting an Ellipse to Noisy Data
Author: Dr. Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Maple Fellow

Maple Adoption Program

If you are a faculty member teaching with Maple and have not yet registered for the Maple Adoption Program, what are you waiting for? Join the thousands of faculty members and students who’ve benefited from a free home use license of Maple, discounts on Student Edition purchases, special training sessions and more – all from simply continuing to utilize Maple in their courses.

Since its inception 3 years ago, we’ve made many improvements to the Adoption Program 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.

Maplesoft Seminar Series
Wednesday, September 7th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT.
Control System Development using System Identification
Wednesday, September 21st, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT.
Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Maple
Wednesday, September 28th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT.
Advanced Mathematical Applications in LabVIEW

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 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.

• Thursday, September 8th • 2:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
• Thursday, September 22nd • 10:00 AM - 12:00 EDT

Application Center Highlights
New Applications
Maple Tennis
Douglas L Lessie
Liquid Flow Through a Pump
Samir H Khan

Michael Harvey
Equations of Mathematical Physics in Maple
Alexei V. Tikhonenko
Mathematics Survey with Maple 10
Gilberto E. Urroz
Getting Started with Maple 10
Gilberto E. Urroz
Dynamics on Our Rotating Earth
Friedrich Futschik
Additional Functionality for PolynomialIdeals
Roman Pearce
On Fractal Modeling of 3D Curves and Wireframes
Wieslaw Kotarski & Agnieszka Lisowska
Area of the Semi-Unit-Circle
Muharrem Aktümen
Application of Textures to Maple Object Using nVizx
Bary W. Wilson

Maplesoft in the Press

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

A Nerd’s Paradise

"Maple 10 = math at multiple levels, quick and easy to use or as complex as you require. Maple is used by scientists and engineers both to model and analyze solutions to mathematical and engineering problems. That description applies to many software applications, but what sets Maple 10 apart is its depth. This program provides the comprehensive set of tools you need to completely address difficult problems.”

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

Maple Primes Community Site Update

MaplePrimes is a new site designed to help the Maple user community to work together. Even though the site is barely a few weeks old, the MaplePrimes community is growing rapidly. People who post questions to the forums  regularly get answers to their questions in less than an hour. Often, a simple question can turn into a full lively debate between many Maple users. For example when a member asked how to modify Maple’s code generation to solve a unique problem, three members replied each with their own solutions to the problem. There are also some very interesting blog entries that have been posted to MaplePrimes. Jan’s  entry about Image processing in Maple 10 shows off how to use the new feature in interesting ways. Visit the site at and check it out!

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.
(US & Canada)

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