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Design software gets even easier to use

Maplesoft's major new release of its flagship product, Maple™ technical computing software for mathematicians, engineers, and scientists, in version 16 introduces new tools and techniques in its Clickable Math™ collection for even easier use and provides new ways to explore mathematics.

“The new Clickable Math tools in Maple 16 represent a significant leap forward in the evolution of Maple,” says Laurent Bernardin, executive VP and chief scientist at Maplesoft. “This release sets a new standard in math 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 5,000 mathematical functions in Maple 16.”

In Maple 16, 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, visualizing, 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, factorizations, 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, visualization, programming language, engineering tools, documentation, education features, authoring tools, and more.

Highlights include:

  • Important enhancements to visualization, 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
  • Over 100 new Math Apps to provide insight into concepts from math, statistics, physics, and finance.
  • New statistical algorithms and visualizations
  • New functionality to support programming and application development

For a complete list of these new features, please click here .

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