Nov 1, 2011

Maplesoft launches Maple Player for iPad

Technology roadmap lays out future of Maplesoft technology on this platform.

Maplesoft™ today announced the release of the Maple™ Player for iPad®, an application for the iPad that lets users view and interact with documents created in desktop Maple. This release is the first step in a plan to increase support for Maplesoft technology on this platform.

The Maple Player for iPad takes advantage of the powerful Maple computation engine, so users can enter values, move sliders, and click buttons to perform calculations and visualize the results. It comes with a collection of interactive calculators and conceptual explorations. They can be used to solve arbitrary integrals step-by-step, find derivatives, solve linear systems, plot functions, explore the concept of a limit, and more. The Maple Player can also display interactive graphical illustrations for approximating the volume of a cylinder, series expansion, and other mathematical concepts.

This version of the Maple Player provides sample documents that are bundled with the application. In the next phase, users will be able to access a much wider collection of documents from an online repository. Ultimately, they will be able to use any Maple document on the iPad, whether distributed by Maplesoft, contributed by the Maple community, or authored by themselves.

“The iPad is an increasingly important platform for many of our customers,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “The Maple Player can be used to liven up a classroom and provide additional insight to students outside of class. As the technology evolves, we see the Maple Player soon becoming an integral part of the mathematics education experience.”

The Maple Player is available for free from the App Store, and can be used by everyone. A copy of desktop Maple is not required to use the Maple Player.

For more information about Maplesoft’s vision for the iPad, read “Maple and the iPad” by Dr. Laurent Bernardin.

Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co. Ltd. in Japan, is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques. Combined together, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.

Maplesoft’s products help to reduce errors, shorten design times, lower costs, and improve results. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems.

Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use Maplesoft products to enable them to work better, faster, and smarter. Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, BMW, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon, Motorola, Microsoft Research, Bloomberg, and DreamWorks, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. With Toyota, Maplesoft founded the Plant Modeling Consortium to promote the development of new design techniques for automotive and related industries.