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Press Release: Maple 18 offers new and enhanced tools to enrich technical education

New functionality aims at helping students learn more, faster

Waterloo, Canada; March 5, 2014: Maplesoft™ today announced a major new release of its flagship product, Maple™, the mathematical computing software for education and research in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences. With Maple 18, Maplesoft offers enhanced tools for developing interactive applications and quizzes, together with additional features to enrich and streamline the student experience.

Maple supports the easy creation of interactive Math Apps for use in the classroom and through The Möbius Project, an initiative from Maplesoft that supports the creation, sharing, and grading of Math Apps. With Maple 18, instructors can take advantage of increased flexibility in the one-step Math App creation tool to quickly create even more complex applications, and easily create randomly generated quizzes for their students.

Maple 18 also offers a host of improvements to enhance the student experience, so they can learn important concepts quickly and easily.
• New Clickable Math™ tools include a dedicated calculus palette, improved context-sensitive menus for student-learning, and over 75 new Math Apps for math, biology, chemistry, and engineering.
• A new statistics package designed specifically to help teachers and students with an introductory course in statistics offers formulas and visualizations of statistical quantities, hypothesis testing, and interactive exploration.

Other important enhancements were made in visualization, mathematics, and the user interface:
• Extensive updates to visualization include a new package for quickly creating fractals, custom plot shading and image textures, background images on plots, and new visualization tools for signal processing and time series analysis.
• The many mathematical computation improvements include updates to physics, time series analysis, polynomial operations, dynamic systems, and graph theory.
• A powerful new search tool provides instant access to all the relevant help pages, tasks, assistants, tutors, and Math Apps in Maple and in The Möbius Project, with previews available so customers can easily select the exact resource they need.

“Maple is used in so many different ways by our customers, from a student’s first exploration of a new concept, to instructors creating learning materials to engage and evaluate their class, to researchers working on large, complex projects,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “Maple 18 offers important new advantages for all these customers. With advancements in application development tools, specialized tools for student learning, and enhancements in its computation engine, Maple 18 helps customers reach their education and research goals more quickly than ever before.”

Maple 18 is part of a broader release of Maplesoft’s product suite, including Maple add-ons and e-books and a new version of MapleSim, the advanced system-level modeling and simulation tool based on Maple’s mathematical engine. MapleSim 6.4 and all its toolboxes and connectivity add-ons have been updated to take advantage of the enhancements to Maple 18’s mathematical engine. Other improvements include more powerful tools for creating custom components, performance enhancements, a significantly expanded MapleSim Control Design Toolbox, and enhancements to the model generators for Simulink® and FMI.

Maple 18 is available in English, with built-in language extensions available for several languages, including French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Greek, and Brazilian Portuguese. A Japanese version of Maple 18 will be available in April.

For more information about new features in Maple 18, visit www.maplesoft.com.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, has over 25 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, system-level modeling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A.™, a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

Maplesoft also introduced a fundamental shift in technical education through its Clickable Math™ and Clickable Engineering™ initiatives. The idea behind this shift is to create technology that will allow students and teachers to focus on the concepts, not the tool. These initiatives deliver powerful mathematics through visual, interactive point-and-click methods in Maple, while the intuitive physical modeling environment of MapleSim helps teachers to quickly demonstrate the connection between modeling concepts and the underlying mathematical theory.

Over 90% of advanced research institutions and universities worldwide, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy, have adopted Maplesoft solutions to enhance their education and research activities. In industry Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, Toyota, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Motorola, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, consumer products, and entertainment.

Visit www.maplesoft.com to learn more.

About Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.
CYBERNET SYSTEMS in Japan provides world-class solutions and services in the CAE and IT areas. For more information, visit http://www.cybernet.co.jp/english/

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