Maple 2020 Questions and Posts

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I depend alot on bracket matching to help me during writing code.

Maple suddenly losses bracket matching at some lines. I think it related to using strings with "\\" in them.

I make sure I have bracket matching on


I use worksheet mode (corrected), Maple 2020 under windows 10.

I made small video. Notice how the brackets do not match on the second line there.

Do you see how the brackets do not match on that second line there? This movie below shows what happens when I remove "\\string" from the line. Now bracket match starts to work again.

This is a serious problem for me. Any suggestions what to try to fix it and what can cause it?. Once bracket matching is lost, it is lost all the way to the rest of the code below the location where it started to lose first time.

if length(data_last(k,8))>300 then

I think I have to find different editor to use and write the code to .mpl file since I have lots of such code and I need to have bracket matching working.

I noticed some problems with pdsolve in 2020. Using Maple 2020 on windows 10 with latest Physics 626.

This PDE now hangs when the timeout is increased. This does not happen in Maple 2019.2.1/

pde := diff(w(x,y),x)+(a*sin(lambda*x + mu)^k * (y-b*x^n -c)^2 + y - b*x^n + b*n*x^(n-1) - c)*diff(w(x,y),y) = 0; 
cpu_time := timelimit(60*5,CodeTools[Usage](assign('sol',pdsolve(pde,w(x,y))),output='realtime'));

In Maple 2019.2 it gives

    Error, (in trig/reduce/reduce) time expired

Which is good. Since I can now go on to the next PDE.

The hang goes away in Maple 2020 when small timeout is used.  For example I just tried 30 seconds timeout instead of 300 or more seconds and it did expire ok.

This tells me that it depends where it was in the kernel at the time. But as a user, I have no way to control this and so I use the same timeout for all the problems.

Do others using Maple 2020 see the same issue? I know that the timeout does not happen at exactly the same amout given, but for this one, I waited for almost 40 minutes and it still did not time out.

Is this a new bug and is there a better way to handle this other than using timelimit()?

Thank you

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This behavior by Maple is completely wrong if you ask me.

But given this is how Maple works, the question I have is how to explictly close a file opened by call to readline()?

I have a proc(), where inside it, it wants to read say first 3 lines by calling readline("input.txt") on a file. Then the proc() returns back to caller.

The first call reads the first 3 lines from the file OK.

I expected all resources to be removed after the call returns, including any files opened to be automatically closed. So next time proc() is called, I expected the first 3 lines to be read again.

It turns out the next time  proc() is called, now lines 4,5,6 are read. This is becuase the file remained open between calls!  Only way to close the file is to call restart() on the whole session. But I do not want to do this. 

Looking at help, I see no method to explicity close the file other than reading all the lines.

How does one explicitly close a file opened by readline() without reading the whole file?

Here is example


foo := proc()
local n,current_line;

   for n from 1 to 3 do
       current_line:= readline("input.txt");
       print("line read is ",current_line);
end proc;

And now the above is called as follows

currentdir("C:\\test"); #change as needed
                   "line read is ", "line 1"
                   "line read is ", "line 2"
                   "line read is ", "line 3"

Next call

                   "line read is ", "line 4"
                   "line read is ", "line 5"
                   "line read is ", "line 6"

Where input.txt is 

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4
line 5
line 6

I know how to do all this using fopen() and fscanf() and explicit fclose(). I also know I can use FileTools package.

But wanted to check first if readline() will do what I wanted more easily if I can figure how to close the file explicitly.

So here's something silly but cool you can do with Maple while you're "working" from home.

  • Record a few seconds of your voice on a microphone that's close to your mouth (probably using a headset). This is your dry audio.
  • On your phone, record a single clap of your hands in an enclosed space, like your shower cubicle or a closet. Trim this audio to the clap, and the reverb created by your enclosed space. This is your impulse response.
  • Send both sound files to whatever computer you have Maple on.
  • Using AudioTools:-Convolution, convolve the dry audio with the impulse response . This your wet audio and should sound a little bit like your voice was recorded in your enclosed space.

Here's some code. I've also attached my dry audio, an impulse response recorded in my shower (yes, I stood inside my shower, closed the door, and recorded a single clap of my hands on my phone), and the resulting wet audio.

with( AudioTools ):
dry_audio := Read( "MaryHadALittleLamb_sc.wav" ):
impulse_response := Read( "clap_sc.wav" ):
wet_audio := Normalize( Convolution( dry_audio, impulse_response ) ):
Write("wet_audio.wav", wet_audio );

A full Maple worksheet is here.

I was reviewing the StringTools features and I'm curious about some parts of it.

(1)     Here is a section from the StringTools[Length] help topic:

Notice that, like length, the Length command counts the number of bytes in the string, not the number of characters.
When I execute the command in Maple 2020, it actually returns 13 instead of 9.  The length command also returns 13.  I do not understand the information from StringTools[Length] help.  I looked back to Maple 18 and it did not include these lines in the help topic.
(2)   I am confused about the rng argument in StringTools commands of LowerCase, UpperCase and OtherCase.  It seems that these commands consider -2 as the last character in the string.  The help topic shows this:
UpperCase("abcdefghij", 3 .. -2);
I'm expected to use -1 as the last character such as:
S:="This is a test";
(3)  Next, I looked at StingTools[SubString].  The help topic gives the following example:
SubString("abcdef", -5 .. -3);
That works like I expected.  So, -1 is the last character for SubString.


I have installed Maple 2020 and I tried some examples of the new capabilities of command is:

is(0 <= (a - b)^2 + (c - d)^2) assuming real;

It gives FAIL instead of true,

Similarly the simpler example

is(x = 0) assuming (0 < abs(x));

also gives FAIL incorrectly.

Perhaps, does this problem relate to a problem with calling SMTLIB package?

Best Regards,

Maple2020 was installed in windows 10 home. When installing maplesim 2019, it was looking for maple2019. Do I have to install maple 2019 before maplesim 2019? 

I just updated to Maple 2020


Standard Worksheet Interface, Maple 2020.0, Windows 10, March 4
   2020 Build ID 1455132

         The "Physics Updates" package is not installed

My question is: For new Maple 2020 installation, should one go and install latest Physics package from the cloud, which I see is at version 619 now, or is it allready included in the new Maple 2020?







Maple 2020 offers many improvements motivated and driven by our users.

Every single update in a new release has a story behind it. It might be a new function that a customer wants, a response to some feedback about usability, or an itch that a developer needs to scratch.

I’ll end this post with a story about acoustic guitars and how they drove improvements in signal and audio processing. But first, here are some of my personal favorites from Maple 2020.

Graph theory is a big focus of Maple 2020. The new features include more control over visualization, additional special graphs, new analysis functions, and even an interactive layout tool.

I’m particularly enamoured by these:

  • We’ve introduced new centrality measures - these help you determine the most influential vertices, based on their connections to other vertices
  • You now have more control over the styling of graphs – for example, you can vary the size or color of a nodebased on its centrality

I’ve used these two new features to identify the most influential MaplePrimes users. Get the worksheet here.

@Carl Love – looks like you’re the biggest mover and shaker on MaplePrimes (well, according to the eigenvector centrality of the MaplePrimes interaction graph).

We’ve also started using graph theory elsewhere in Maple. For example, you can generate static call graph to visualize dependencies between procedures calls in a procedure

You now get smoother edges for 3d surfaces with non-numeric values. Just look at the difference between Maple 2019 and 2020 for this plot.

Printing and PDF export has gotten a whole lot better.  We’ve put a lot of work into the proper handling of plots, tables, and interactive components, so the results look better than before.

For example, plots now maintain their aspect ratio when printed. So your carefully constructed psychrometric chart will not be squashed and stretched when exported to a PDF.

We’ve overhauled the start page to give it a cleaner, less cluttered look – this is much more digestible for new users (experienced users might find the new look attractive as well!). There’s a link to the Maple Portal, and an updated Maple Fundamentals guide that helps new users learn the product.

We’ve also linked to a guide that helps you choose between Document and Worksheet, and a link to a new movie.

New messages also guide new users away from some very common mistakes. For example, students often type “e” when referring to the exponential constant – a warning now appears if that is detected

We’re always tweaking existing functions to make them faster. For example, you can now compute the natural logarithm of large integers much more quickly and with less memory.

This calculation is about 50 times faster in Maple 2020 than in prior versions:

Many of our educators have asked for this – the linear algebra tutorials now return step by step solutions to the main document, so you have a record of what you did after the tutor is closed.

Continuing with this theme, the Student:-LinearAlgebra context menu features several new linear algebra visualizations to the Student:-LinearAlgebra Context Menu. This, for example, is an eigenvector plot.

Maple can now numerically evaluate various integral transforms.

The numerical inversion of integral transforms has application in many branches of science and engineering.

Maple is the world’s best tool for the symbolic solution of ODEs and PDEs, and in each release we push the boundary back further.

For example, Maple 2020 has improved tools for find hypergeometric solutions for linear PDEs.

This might seem like a minor improvement that’s barely worth mentions, but it’s one I now use all the time! You can now reorder worksheet tabs just by clicking and dragging.

The Hough transform lets you detect straight lines and line segments in images.

Hough transforms are widely used in automatic lane detection systems for autonomous driving. You can even detect the straight lines on a Sudoku grid!

The Physics package is always a pleasure to write about because it's something we do far better than the competition.

The new explore option in TensorArray combines two themes in Maple - Physics and interactive components. It's an intuitive solution to the real problem of viewing the contents of higher dimensional tensorial expressions.

There are many more updates to Physics in Maple 2020, including a completely rewritten FeynmanDiagrams command.

The Quantum Chemistry Toolbox has been updated with more analysis tools and curriculum material.

There’s more teaching content for general chemistry.

Among the many new analysis functions, you can now visualize transition orbitals.

I promised you a story about acoustic guitars and Maple 2020, didn’t I?

I often start a perfectly innocuous conversation about Maple that descends into several weeks of intense, feverish work.

The work is partly for me, but mostly for my colleagues. They don’t like me for that.

That conversation usually happens on a Friday afternoon, when we’re least prepared for it. On the plus side, this often means a user has planted a germ of an idea for a new feature or improvement, and we just have to will it into existence.

One Friday afternoon last year, I was speaking to a user about acoustic guitars. He wanted to synthetically generate guitar chords with reverb, and export the sound to a 32-bit Wave file. All of this, in Maple.

This started a chain of events that that involved least-square filters, frequency response curves, convolution, Karplus-Strong string synthesis and more. We’ll package up the results of this work, and hand it over to you – our users – over the next one or two releases.

Let me tell you what made it into Maple 2020.

Start by listening to this:

It’s a guitar chord played twice, the second time with reverb, both generated with Maple.

The reverb was simulated with convolving the artificially generated guitar chord with an impulse response. I had a choice of convolution functions in the SignalProcessing and AudioTools packages.

Both gave the same results, but we found that SignalProcessing:-Convolution was much faster than its AudioTools counterpart.

There’s no reason for the speed difference, so R&D modified AudioTools:-Convolution to leverage SignalProcessing:-Convolution for the instances for which their options are compatible. In this application, AudioTools:-Convolution is 25 times faster in Maple 2020 than Maple 2019!

We also discovered that the underlying library we use for the SignalProcessing package (the Intel IPP) gives two options for convolution that we were previously not using; a method which use an explicit formula and a “fast” method that uses FFTs. We modified SignalProcessing:-Convolution to accept both options (previously, we used just one of the methods),

That’s the story behind two new features in Maple 2020. Look at the entirety of what’s new in this release – there’s a tale for each new feature. I’d love to tell you more, but I’d run out of ink before I finish.

To read about everything that’s new in Maple 2020, go to the new features page.

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