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Throughout the course of a year, Maple users create wildly varying applications on all sorts of subjects. To mark the end of 2018, I thought I’d share some of the 2018 submissions to the Maple Application Center that I personally found particularly interesting.

Solving the 15-puzzle, by Curtis Bright. You know those puzzles where you have to move the pieces around inside a square to put them in order, and there’s only one free space to move into?  I’m not good at those puzzles, but it turns out Maple can help. This is one of collection of new, varied applications using Maple’s SAT solvers (if you want to solve the world’s hardest Sudoku, Maple’s SAT solvers can help with that, too).

Romeo y Julieta: Un clasico de las historias de amor... y de las ecuaciones diferenciales [Romeo and Juliet: A classic story of love..and differential equations], by Ranferi Gutierrez. This one made me laugh (and even more so once I put some of it in google translate, which is more than enough to let you appreciate the application even if you don’t speak Spanish). What’s not to like about modeling a high drama love story using DEs?

Prediction of malignant/benign of breast mass with DNN classifier, by Sophie Tan. Machine learning can save lives.

Hybrid Image of a Cat and a Dog, by Samir Khan. Signal processing can be more fun that I realized. This is one of those crazy optical illusions where the picture changes depending on how far away you are.

Beyond the 8 Queens Problem, by Yury Zavarovsky. In true mathematical fashion, why have 8 queens when you can have n?  (If you are interested in this problem, you can also see a different solution that uses SAT solvers.)

Gödel's Universe, by Frank Wang.  Can’t say I understood much of it, but it involves Gödel, Einstein, and Hawking, so I don’t need to understand it to find it interesting.

Hoping to get your very own copy of Maple for Christmas? 

No, I'm not about to announce a sale. No crass commercialism allowed on MaplePrimes!  But we have created this handy-dandy letter for Santa that students can use to try to convince him to put Maple under the tree this year*.



Happy holidays from Maplesoft!


*Results not guaranteed, but we hope you will agree we made a valiant attempt. :-)


We have just released updates to Maple and MapleSim, which provide corrections and improvements to product functionality.

As usual, the Maple update is available through Tools>Check for Updates in Maple, and is also available from our website on the Maple 2018.2.1 download page, where you can also find more details.

For MapleSim users, use Help>Check for Updates or visit the MapleSim 2018.2.1 download page.

We have just released an update to Maple, Maple 2018.2. This release includes improvements in a variety of areas, including code edit regions, Workbooks, and Physics, as well as support for macOS 10.14.

This update is available through Tools>Check for Updates in Maple, and is also available from our website on the Maple 2018.2 download page, where you can also find more details.

For MapleSim users, the update includes optimizations for handling large models, improvements to model import and export, updates to the hydraulics and pneumatics libraries, and more. For more details and download instructions, visit the MapleSim 2018.2 download page.

As you may have already heard, in order accelerate the growth of our different product lines, Maplesoft decided to spin off our online education products into a separate company. Let me introduce you to DigitalEd.

DigitalEd will focus on online education technology, including online courseware, testing and assessment, and placement testing (i.e. Möbus, Maple T.A., and the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite). Maplesoft will continue to develop and support Maple, MapleSim, and their related products, for both academic and professional use.  The two companies will maintain close ties, and Maple will continue to supply the mathematical engine to the DigitalEd product line.

For more information about this change, see https://www.maplesoft.com/digitaled/

You can take a look at the new DigitalEd web site here:  www.digitaled.com.

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