Maplesoft is touting improved connectivity to CAD tools and new analysis functions among the highlights of the Version 12 release of its flagship mathematical calculation tool. Maple 12 now allows engineers to connect directly to popular CAD systems like SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor and deploy mathematical capabilities to extend the range of analysis on CAD models. With the new release, engineers can also tag designs electronically with rich technical documentation and calculations, which integrates the mathematical analysis directly into the engineering workflow.
On the analysis front, a new Dynamic Systems package offers a large selection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, which are essential in control systems development. There are also new Wavelets support, for design requirements in the area of image compression and signal analysis along with new plotting capabilities to simplify the creation of complex engineering plots such as frequency domain responses and root-locus plots.
The third area of enhancements is around smarter documents. Among the highlights are improvements to customizable interactive components, easier access to Maple 12’s code editor and new additions to its “clickable” approach to math, which uses mouse clicks, menus and palettes instead of command lines to invoke operations. Single user academic licenses of Maple 12 are available now for $1,895.