Maths software usability reaches new heights with Maple 16
Over 4500 additions and improvements across the entire product
Maplesoft™ has announced a major new release of its flagship product, Maple™, the technical computing software for mathematicians, engineers and scientists. With Maple 16, Maplesoft introduces new tools and techniques in its Clickable Math™ collection, setting new standards for ease of use in mathematical software and providing new, innovative ways to explore mathematics.
In Maple 16, available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), Drag-to-Solve™ and Smart Popups join palettes, interactive assistants, context-sensitive menus, tutors and other Clickable Math tools that provide a point-and-click interface for solving, visualising and exploring mathematical problems. With Drag-to-Solve, users can solve equations step-by-step, simply by dragging individual terms. They can also explore expressions to deepen their understanding of the problem and determine the next steps in the solution. Smart Popups instantly show mathematical identities, plots, factorisations and more for the highlighted expression, helping the user choose the next operation to perform.
The interface is only one of the many areas of Maple that were enhanced in Maple 16. Substantial improvements were made across the entire product in mathematical algorithms, visualisation, programming language, engineering tools, documentation, education features, authoring tools and more. Highlights include:
• Important enhancements to visualisation, including a smart plot view that automatically focuses on points of interest.
• Significantly faster performance on both core Maple operations and calculations using multiple cores and multi-threading.
• World-leading algorithms in differential equations and computational physics that are beyond the reach of any other software system.
• Over 100 new maths apps to provide insight into concepts from maths, statistics, physics and finance.
• New statistical algorithms and visualisations.
• New functionality to support programming and application development.
“The new Clickable Math tools in Maple 16 represent a significant leap forward in the evolution of Maple,” says Dr Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “This release sets a new standard in maths software usability, offering users everything from incredibly intuitive point-and-click tools to a highly-sophisticated programming language, so they can effectively take advantage of over 5000 mathematical functions in Maple 16.”
Dr Amir Khajepour, Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Executive Director, WatCAR (Waterloo Center for Automotive Research), is a long time advocate of Maple. He is excited about the improvements in Maple 16. “I use Maple in many different ways; from developing components of bigger projects that perform difficult, large-scale calculations, to interactive explorations, visualisations and report writing. With significant advances in its maths engine, performance, interface, programming and other areas, Maple 16 has a lot to offer me in all my activities.”
Maplesoft, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co Ltd in Japan, has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.
Maplesoft’s core technology is the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A., a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.
The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.
With offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.
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