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Major New Release of Maplesoft Flagship Product Radically Improves Ease of Use

Maple 10 is the Most Powerful and Intuitive Tool for Solving Complex Mathematical Problems and Creating Rich, Executable Technical Documents

WATERLOO, CANADA, May 16, 2005 – Maplesoft™, the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, announced today a major release of Maple™, the company’s flagship product. Maple 10 has been developed to be intuitive and easy to use while providing the most advanced, complete, and error-free set of mathematics capabilities available. Users can easily solve complex mathematical problems while creating rich, executable technical documents that provide both the answer and the thinking behind their analysis.

"For the past 20 years, Maplesoft has harnessed the power of mathematics for both commercial and academic users, helping them solve complex problems," said Jim Cooper, CEO of Maplesoft. "Maple 10 dramatically reduces the learning curve, changing math from a burden to an enabling competitive advantage."

With global R&D spending in excess of $200 billion a year, corporate research labs, development teams and design departments are clearly front and center in commercial organizations’ efforts to drive innovation and growth. Maple 10 equips users in these environments with a single tool to perform advanced, error-free mathematics and to capture and share their analysis. As a result, users can share, update, validate and reuse critical research and design information, making it possible to learn from past projects, build on success and deliver better overall designs with lower costs.

By shifting the emphasis from creating math to making it more accessible and easy to use, Maple 10 helps ensure the best designs are achieved quickly and easily using mathematically optimized solutions. The product delivers the most powerful math capabilities on the market, developed and tested over the last 25 years and supported by a host of new tools that make it faster and easier to put complex math into action.

Maple 10 seamlessly combines numeric and symbolic calculations, explorations, mathematical notation, documentation, buttons and sliders, and graphics and animations that can be shared and reused. Maple 10 enables users to convey information in a familiar way, such as a textbook or technical paper, and also as executable documents that provide the final answer.

"Maple 10 provides powerful symbolic and numeric capabilities with an easy to learn interface," said Jerry Lewis, a senior principal research statistician at Wyeth. "It frees me to focus on problems of interest and the implications of their solutions, without getting bogged down in the mathematical/numerical details of reaching those solutions. The new statistics package is also a welcome addition to Maple 10 that lets me take advantage of the Maple environment for more of my work."

Key Features and Benefits of Maple 10
Maple 10 offers users numerous new features designed to enhance usability, encourage knowledge capture and add to Maple’s hallmark mathematical power. As a result, design updates, quality testing and validation, project auditing, compliance and risk analysis can be done faster and easier than ever before.

Ease of Use

  • A sophisticated Math Equation Editor lets users create textbook-quality equations in natural mathematical notation, interactively. It includes expression templates, a handwriting palette, over a thousand mathematical symbols, and automatic equation numbering. This provides full content and presentation control to the user.
  • Context sensitive menus provide only applicable operations depending on the context, such as math operations, adjusting plots, applying units, and changing palettes. For example, right clicking an expression provides a menu of commands that are only meaningful to that particular expression. This greatly enhances speed and ease of use.
  • Task templates and interactive task assistants enable fill-in-the-blank problem solving for over 200 different tasks.
  • Create Maplets using the drag-and-drop interface of the Maplet Builder or enhance your worksheet with embedded GUI components. Components, such as sliders and buttons can be embedded within Maple worksheets or deployed to the Web via MapleNet.
  • Major plotting and animation enhancements, such as an automated point-and-click Plot Builder, gridlines, axes properties, and glossiness of surfaces make it fast and easy to visualize and present results in intuitive, high-quality 2-D and 3-D graphics.
  • A Graphing Calculator allowing access to the full power of Maple via a familiar, intuitive interface.
  • Clickable calculus that allows the user to define problems, compute, integrate, differentiate, plot, animate, and explore parameters all in a point-and-click, easy-to-use interface.
  • A point-and-click ODE (Ordinary Differential Equations) Analyzer allows detailed and sophisticated investigation and analysis of ODE systems.

Knowledge Capture

  • Full presentation control enables users to write and layout textbook-style content, which include live calculations while hiding the computation details. This capability allows knowledge to be captured and shared, providing not only the answer but the thinking behind the analysis.
  • An integrated, extensible dictionary provides definitions of over 5000 engineering and mathematical terms, enhancing the ability to document, communicate and share detailed technical information.

Deep Math

  • Enhanced code generation capability that ensures any math model can automatically generate the user’s choice of C, Fortran, Java™, MATLAB® or Visual Basic® software code for embedded applications.
  • Units and/or tolerance (error ranges) support that applies to any variable or constant. Units and tolerance are carried through all calculations, allowing engineers to check both the final units (dimensional analysis) and tolerance or degree of uncertainty of the final result.
  • A new statistics package includes a collection of functions and interactive tools for mathematical statistics and data analysis. The package supports a wide range of common statistical tasks such as quantitative and graphical data analysis, symbolic manipulation of random variables, simulation, and curve fitting.
  • State-of-the-art differential equation solvers that use new sophisticated special functions to represent solutions to many formerly unsolvable families of linear and nonlinear differential equations.
  • Support for integer linear programming, choice of solver methods, automatic plotting of objective function and constraints in the Optimization Assistant.
  • Compiled function option for dramatic speed increases in numerical computation time.
  • Numerous other improvements and additions, including numerical differentiation, fractional and abstract order derivatives, polynomial ideals, and hardware computations using complex numbers.

Single user licenses of Maple 10 are available for US $1,995.00. Volume, upgrade, and academic discounts apply. Maple 10 is available directly from the Maplesoft Web Store at Outside of the US & Canada, Maple 10 is available from Maplesoft reseller partners. A list of partners is available online at

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft is a leading developer and provider of interactive mathematical software. Its suite of products includes Maple, the most powerful and intuitive tool for solving complex mathematical problems and creating rich, executable technical documents; MapleNet, a Web-based platform for sharing Maple content for collaboration and e-learning; and Maple T.A., a Web-based system for creating tests, assignments and exercises, automatically assessing student responses and performance. Its standards-compliant algorithms are renowned for their speed, accuracy and reliability. In addition, Maplesoft leads the market with innovations that make the management of technical knowledge – whether in industry, or in a classroom – more effective and efficient. Over two million users at thousands of organizations benefit from advanced Maple technology. The Maplesoft commercial customer base includes Boeing, Bosch, Canon and NASA. Additionally, virtually every major university and research institute in the world, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford and Waterloo, has adopted Maplesoft products to enhance their education and research activities. For more information, visit