Announcements about MaplePrimes and Maplesoft
This was discovered in 1999, but I thought I might share it since Maple was involved. I think it was the largest composite fermat number discovered until that period.
Maplesoft just posted a new page giving more details on the upcoming version of Maple 11 for Windows Vista.

Maplesoft is currently working to ensure that Maple 11 is compatible with Windows Vista.

This web page contains information describing the current status of Maple 11 support for Vista and how you will be able to receive it when it becomes available. This information will be updated frequently as Maplesoft prepares to support Vista.
  The Vista version of Maple 11 will be available in the coming weeks.  Current Maple 11 users will be notified via email as soon as it is available.  Users can also check this page for updates.
  It will be available to all users running Maple 11 via a download that will be accessible through this web page. Users will need their purchase code used at the time of purchase to download the software. There will also be an option to order a CD copy.  More details to come.

In this episode, Tom Lee has an engaging conversation with Prof. Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph, about the impact of new math teaching tools and the appropriate use of emerging technology in the classroom. Jack is an award winning teacher and the author of "The Math Survival Kit”. Tom also sits down with Jan Bakus, a senior applications engineer at Maplesoft, to talk about BlockImporter and why someone in the simulation and modeling world should get excited about this new product. Click here to get the latest episode.

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3 Chemical Engineering laboratories in Thessaloniki (Salonica), Greece, are preparing the 9th Meeting of the Network Young Membrains (NYM) [26-28 September 2007]. The NYM has proved to be a well-established and important conference for young membrane researchers, enjoying a good response and a steadily growing interest every year. More than 700 “young membrains” from different European and occasionally non-European countries have participated in the 8 previous meetings, with more than 80 attendees participating in Rende, Italy, September 2006.
On the MKM list (Mathematical Knowledge Management), I just read about a very interesting initiative by chemists. A publisher is doing semantic markup of their data. As the poster on the MKM list noted, it is rather sad that it is chemists that are leading here. Mathematicians gave it a half-hearted try (see the mostly defunct OpenMath or the highly-hyped but mostly ignored MathML). But this is probably because semantics of mathematics is so incredibly hard! The efforts in OpenMath and MathML in that direction were really lame, which probably contributed to their uneffectiveness. It is also why the QED Project went nowhere.

Maple 11 is now available for purchase from the Maplesoft webstore. If you previously purchased an upgrade to Maple 11, you will be receiving it shortly.

If you wish to learn more about Maple 11, please read the official announcement, my take on the new features, or, the Maple page.

To see Maple 11 in action you may also be interested in viewing the professional and academic demo videos.


We have an opening for a software developer in the Mathematical Software Development group at Maplesoft. This opportunity involves joining a team of highly educated and motivated people who are developing and implementing sophisticated algorithms for mathematics at all levels, from undergraduate education through to professional research. The successful candidate will have a strong background in both mathematics and computer science, preferably with an advanced degree. Experience with Maple, particularly with programming in Maple, is a definite asset.
I've wanted a Maple IDE for a long time. Still do. And apparently, I am not the only one who thinks that such a product could really sell.
While I was over on Wolfram Research's web site (to provide a link for another post), I saw an interesting link to a Technology Guide. First, let me warn the techies: it is absolutely shameless marketing on their part. Second, again for the techies: take a look at it and drool! It is astonishing. They take basic technology, very little of which is Mathematica-specific, and turn it into a very sexy marketing story. In fact, some of the technology highlighted is ancient history in Maple, yet they managed to make it sound fresh, new, and Mathematica-only. I have to say 'wow'.
I came across this news item: A chip with 80 processing cores and capable of more than a trillion calculations per second (teraflop) has been unveiled by Intel.

Maple 11Maplesoft just announced the upcoming release of Maple 11. This new version of Maple will be publicly available in March of this year.

With this release, Maplesoft is taking everything that was great about Maple 10 and adding to it. Below I will list a few of the features that I am most excited about. If you wish to read the full list of new features please view this page.

The 2-D plotting in Maple 11 has been rewritten from the ground up. You will find that all of the plots coming out of this version are more attractive and much more flexible. The biggest improvement is that you can now include 2-D math in your plots as well as drawing directly onto the plot. You can finally include all math on plots that you can in the worksheet. As an example, you can now have your tickmarks set to a trigonometric scale and have markings ofPi/2,sqrt(x)/y^2,3*Pi/2 and so on.

You can also draw all sorts of shapes and objects onto your plots. So you can include arrows to point out important elements. Trace along your curves, or include descriptive text.

This is a new feature that could be very useful for professors or people giving presentations of Maple worksheets. This is a new view mode that turns every section in a Maple document into a slide. You can show these slides in a full screen mode that works the same as a PowerPoint presentation. And while you are in this mode you can still interact with your worksheet keeping the mathematics live and interactive.

Maple now allows you to choose different formatting modes for your mathematical output. You can just right click on any output and choose to change the Numeric Formatting for that result. This means that you can now have your numbers appear in Engineering, Scientific, Currency, Percentage or Custom formatting. Each formatting mode has a number of options that allow you to have your numbers appear exactly as you would like them to.

Maple now allows you to import data contained in Microsoft Excel files. This adds to the large number of file formats that Maple is able to work with.


Maple 11 has four new Mathematics packages built into it. These include Physics, Differential Geometry, Differential Equations and Graph Theory. As a Computer Science graduate I am most excited about the Graph Theory package. This includes all of the tools that you need to solve most Graph Theory problems. If I had this package during my time in university, my life would have been a lot easier.






Maple 11 is the Ideal Tool for Engineers and Scientists to Streamline and Increase Quality of Analytical Work

WATERLOO, CANADA, January 8, 2007 — Maplesoft™, the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, announced a major release of Maple™, the company’s flagship product. Maple 11 features enhancements to its smart document interface, strong computation engine, and connectivity capabilities. The result is a product that provides users the necessary technology to reduce error and dramatically increase analytical productivity.

With Maple 11, the company is advancing the revolutionary technical document interface technology it introduced two years ago. The new release combines the world’s most powerful mathematical computation engine with an intuitive user-interface that eliminates the learning curve so common with other mathematical software. Its smart document environment automatically captures all technical knowledge in an electronic form that seamlessly integrates calculations, explanatory text and math, graphics, images and sound, and more. These concise live documents can be reused or shared across the organization.

“We initiated a radical change in the industry when we launched Maple 10 with its superior technical document and knowledge sharing capabilities”, said Maplesoft CEO Jim Cooper. “It changed the way people worked and Maple 11 represents another important leap forward in this direction. It is the leading tool for engineers and scientists to streamline and increase the quality of their analytical work. It also represents Maplesoft’s commitment to transforming the way our customers use technology.”

Maple 11 is supported by an extensive range of products for various industrial applications including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy and finance. Companion products include automatic model generation, optimal design tools, intelligent control design, reference e-books, and more.




Maple T.A. 3.0 is the only system designed specifically for courses using mathematics


Waterloo, Canada, January 8, 2007: Maplesoft™, the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, today announced significant enhancements to Maple T.A.™, its Web-based testing and assessment system. The new version, Maple T.A. 3.0, features increased flexibility in content creation, an enhanced user interface, and improved grading and assessment capabilities. The product supports complex, free-form entry of mathematical equations and intelligent evaluation of responses, making it the only system designed for mathematics, science, or any course requiring mathematics.

“Maplesoft’s decades of experience in the academic market, expertise in creating dynamic technology solutions, and our collaboration with leading institutions in math education have resulted in a product that instructors can place their full trust in,” said Jim Cooper, Maplesoft CEO. “The latest release of Maple T.A. is a more intelligent and integrated product, and is the system of choice for creating content, testing, and assessment in the math education world.”

Built on the power of Maple™, Maplesoft’s software product for solving complex mathematical problems, Maple T.A. 3.0 provides new benefits that make the product more adaptable and easier to use.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all MaplePrimes members. I hope you all have a great time with whatever you are doing for the rest of 2006. In honor of the season, here is a nice holiday image, courtesy of the Calculus II Powertool.

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