## Wolfram Technology Guide

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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'.

## Moore's law

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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 11's New Features

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Maplesoft 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 Announcement

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NEWEST VERSION OF MAPLESOFT’S FLAGSHIP PRODUCT DRAMATICALLY IMPROVES USER EXPERIENCE

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 Announcement

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MAPLESOFT’S LATEST TESTING SOLUTIONS PRODUCT OFFERS MAJOR ADVANCEMENTS IN ASSESSMENT TECHNOLOGY

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 from Maplesoft

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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.

## Maple 11

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So, is there any information about Maple 11, or do we have to wait until the Joint Meeting to find out? Just curious if anyone has found anything out or knows anything about the next version!

## 64bit VISTA and Multi-core

We want to know what Waterloo has done about using full 64 bit performance in VISTA and multicore and parallel computing. Pros, please tell us; we want our supercomputer abilities now!

## Lambda the Ultimate

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Lambda the Ultimate is a community site for programming languages. The name comes from The Original 'Lambda Papers' by Guy Steele and Gerald Sussman. Yep, that Guy Steele, co-creator of Scheme, then Java, now working on Fortress. Fortress is intended to be a disruptive technology (like Java was), and is squarely aiming at markets that are currently served by Fortran and Matlab.

## Front for the Arxiv and CoRR

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My daily routine involves a look at what's new in academic Math via the ArXiv (through the convenient Front interface at UC-Davis), and in academic CS via the lesser-known Computing Research Repository. Actually, I use the nice feature both have to have an email (with links) sent to me every weekday with new posts in my areas of interest.

## Maple Used to Develop Innovative technology for...

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Maplesoft.com recently posted a new user story that describes how Maple was used by a German company that develops, produces, and distributes towing kite wind propulsion systems for modern means of sea travel and transportation.

Here is a quote from the company:

“SkySails is grateful to Maplesoft, because Maple saved us a lot of time. Using Maple was very easy and quick. The computations we used are probably very basic for Maple, but they were extremely effective for SkySails. When testing the simulator, the correctness of the mathematical model is crucial. With Maple, there was nothing to worry about!”

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## Problems with profiles

First, my profile got erased and replaced with some outdated information - like I am working at Tennessee Tech etc. I don't work there anymore (or anywhere else) since June. All my favorite mathematicians/scientists got erased and I have to think again about that and try to recall who was included there. Fortunately, I didn't have this problem with my favorite performance artists etc. - the entry got erased, but I easily restored it. Next, clicking on Dr. produces an empty page titled People who have the title <em>Dr. </em> instead of a list including me and other Drs.

## Integers in RandomTools

According to the help page ` ?RandomTools,integer` ,
• By default, the flavor integer describes a random integer in the range -499999999994 .. 499999999994, inclusive.
In reality, Maple produces only positive integers, in the range between 1 and 999999999989,
```t:=RandomTools:-Generate(list(integer,20));

t := [395718860534, 193139816415, 22424170465, 800187484459,

427552056869, 842622684442, 412286285840, 996417214180,

386408307450, 694607189265, 773012980023, 730616292946,

106507053657, 396412723003, 944913350029, 210936428922,
```

## Problems with CompSeq

f:=proc() args end proc:
convert(f,CompSeq);

Error, (in convert/CompSeq) invalid subscript selector

g:=proc(n) if n=3 then true else false fi end:
convert(g,CompSeq);

Error, (in convert/CompSeq) invalid procedure. Can't convert to CompSeq

maplemint(`convert/CompSeq`);

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