WATERLOO, Canada—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 6, 2008—
, the leading provider of
high-performance software tools for engineering, science and
mathematics, today announced the next release of Maple™
s hugely popular tool to solve
complex mathematical problems and create rich technical documents. Maple
is already an industry standard tool in engineering and scientific
circles. Maple 12 introduces an extensive range of new tools built on
s fundamental technology platform of
smart documents, powerful mathematics, and seamless connectivity to the
engineering design toolchain.
One of the most significant features of this release is the direct
connectivity between Maple 12 and popular CAD systems such as SolidWorks®
and Autodesk Inventor®. CAD users will now be
able to deploy powerful mathematical capabilities to dramatically extend
the range of analysis on CAD models. Based on major industry trends and
extensive consultation with its user base, the product also offers new
ways to develop sophisticated mathematical models faster and more
accurately than ever before. A new collection of Dynamic Systems
modeling tools essential in dynamic modeling, control design, and signal
processing is yet another important addition to the new release. These
tools will add convenient frequency domain analysis, state space
analysis, and more to Maple’s already
extensive mathematical tool set.
“Maple 12 offers a bold new set of features to
dramatically extend the analytical reach of engineers. Many of the new
features truly break new ground and set the stage for great levels of
analytical productivity.” said Jim Cooper,
CEO of Maplesoft. “I am confident that Maple
12 will spark greater creativity, efficiency, and effectiveness in
design and analysis.”
Pilot users of Maple 12 have responded positively. “Changes
in Maple 12 have made it much easier for me to program big calculations.
Once I understood the efficacy of this method, my code became not only
faster, but much easier to read and understand,” said
Dr. Marvin Weinstein, Theoretical Physicist at Stanford Linear
Major new features of Maple 12 include:
Connectivity to CAD systems and the engineering workflow
In addition to the groundbreaking ability to connect Maple 12 and
popular CAD systems directly, users are now able to deploy powerful
mathematical capabilities to dramatically extend the range of analysis
on CAD models. In addition, Maple 12’s
knowledge-documentation tools allow engineers to tag designs
electronically with rich technical documentation and calculations. As
a result, design calculations are integrated seamlessly into the
overall engineering workflow.
Additional connectivity innovations include MATLAB®
code import and translation to enable the easy migration of legacy
code to new Maple documents, and database connectivity to allow Maple
12 applications to directly access external datasets stored in popular
New Analysis Tools
The new Dynamic Systems package offers a large selection of
analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, which
are essential in control systems development.
New Wavelets support provides easy access to the most powerful suite
of wavelet tools in any general-purpose computation package. Wavelet
analysis is an important technique in key areas such as image
compression and image and signal analysis, complementing classical
techniques such as FFT.
New plotting capabilities dramatically simplify the creation of
complex engineering plots. New plot types include dual axis plots,
polar plots, and specialized engineering plots such as frequency
domain responses and root-locus plots.
Major enhancements to the differential equation and
differential-algebraic equation (DAE) solvers strengthen Maple’s
world-leading position in this critical area.
Maple’s exclusive smart document technology
is greatly enhanced with a range of new features. Performing even the
most complex mathematical task or creating the most sophisticated
technical application is easier than ever.
Improvements to customizable interactive components: Users now have a
greater choice in buttons, controls, and other interface tools. In
addition, the new Exploration Assistant allows users to create
interactive mini-applications to explore the parameters of their
Code editor: For advanced users who develop custom code, Maple 12
includes tools that make Maple scripts and procedures easier to write.
The code editor makes the creation of any advanced application faster;
the final result is easily distributed, attractive, and easy to use.
“ Clickable ”
enhancements: Maple has received rave reviews for its “ clickable ”
approach to math, which uses mouse clicks, menus, and palettes, and
more, instead of the conventional command-line approach still in use
by many systems. Maple 12 offers a wide range of improvements that
enhance the overall usability of the system.