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Compare: Combining Multiple Tools in a Project

In this video: Connecting to CAD Systems within Maple

Maplesoft understands that you use more than one product in your work, so Maple contains numerous connectivity tools to other products and languages. You can select whichever tool best fits your project, knowing that Maple can easily become part of your solution.

Common Software Tools

Maple includes built-in connectivity to other commonly used software tools, including:

  • MATLAB®. You can use the MATLAB® Link to call MATLAB® to perform computations from within Maple, take advantage of MATLAB® code generation and MATLAB® code translation, and benefit from tight two-way connectivity between the two products.
  • CAD systems. Add important analysis capabilities to CAD systems with the CAD Link.
  • Excel. Features include data import/export and an Excel add-in for doing symbolic computations with Maple from within Excel.
  • Databases. Apply analysis and visualization tools to large datasets.
  • NAG Library. Gain full access to the NAG C library from within Maple.

With an additional toolbox, you can connect with Simulink®. Import and export Simulink® blocks, allowing you to apply Maple’s analytical and optimization abilities to Simulink® blocks.

Maple also provides the mathematical engine, analysis tools, and document environment for MapleSim, a high-performance physical modeling and simulation tool.

Tools for Programmers

Maple provides powerful tools for programmers, allowing you to make Maple an integral part of your development process in any target programming language.

  • Code generation for C, Fortran, MATLAB®, Java, and Visual Basic allows you to develop your solution using Maple's mathematical commands, smart document environment and interpretative programming language, and then incorporate the results into your own custom programs.
  • The Open Maple API lets you use Maple as a computational engine from your C, Java, and Visual Basic programs.
  • External calling of C, Java, and Fortran routines lets you call other programs from within Maple and manipulate the results.

Import and Export

Maple supports a wide variety of import and export formats for documents, images, and data.

  • Document export formats: HTML, XML (import and export), LaTeX and RTF, and more.
  • Image export formats: BMP, DXF, EPS, GIF, and more.
  • Data import/export formats: ASCII, CSV, MATLAB®, Excel, and more.

Web Connectivity

Maple provides several options for publishing documents on the web, including the ability to publish live, interactive documents through the use of MapleNet. Maple documents can contain hyperlinks to external web sites or local documents, and Maple even has HTTP and TCP/IP support for connecting to web sites and advanced application development.

Maple documents can easily be exported to HTML, so you can post them on your web site and make them available to everyone, including those who don't have Maple. The export process lets you choose between MathML or .gif files for mathematical expressions. In the resulting document, Maple animations are automatically converted into animated gif files, inter-document hyperlinks are automatically converted to web URLs, and a table of contents is created.

Maplesoft has been a key supporter of the MathML movement from its inception, and continues to support efforts for mathematics on the web. Maple includes MathML 2.0 presentation and content support, automatic conversion of expressions during copy and paste, and the ability to export and import MathML strings.