Addressed Customer Wish List
You spoke, we listened. Maple 16 addresses a number of issues that customers requested. This page provides an overview of these features and improvements that make Maple 16 easier to use.
Improved Text Area Components
Ability to Select and Work with Sub-expressions in 2-D Math Output
Improved Compiler Installation Process
Undo after Execute
Fixed Printing Issues with Plots and Embedded Components
Maple Now Remembers Your User Options between Maple Versions
Improved Export of 3-D Plots to EPS with Vector Graphics
Enhancements to the Directory Management System
Improved Plotting Error and Warning Messages
Eliminated the Need to Restart Windows After Installation
Text Area components have a new default behavior to support the most common use of text areas, single line text entry. This improvement makes it even easier to develop useful interactive documents with embedded components.
Text Area components now have one visible row by default, and within the one-line text area newline characters are ignored. In a multi-line text area component, which can be created by increasing the number of visible rows, newline characters behave as normal, and a scroll bar appears if there are more rows of content than fit in the text area.
In addition, the default visible character width is now 10.
For more information on Text Area Components, see TextAreaComponent.
This feature is only available in the Standard worksheet.
Maple 16 now lets you select subexpressions from larger output expressions. As a result, it's much easier to select, manipulate and copy-paste the pieces of an expression that you are most interested in.
For users on 64-bit Windows, configuring a compiler during the Maple installation process is easier than ever before. In Maple 16, the configure compiler option has been removed from the Windows 64-bit installer. Now, every time Maple starts it will scan the registry looking for Visual Studio (starting with 2010, then 2008, then 2003). If found, it will automatically use it.
In a document or worksheet, you can now use Undo to undo a math calculation, plot, premature evaluation, etc.
Access Undo from the Edit menu, by using the toolbar button (
), or by using the shortcut key Ctrl+Z (Command+Z, for Macintosh).
This operation only removes the visible output from the worksheet, but does not change the state of the kernel. That is, Maple won't forget the evaluation that occurred.
You can apply Undo after a single execution, after executing a selection in the worksheet, or after executing the entire worksheet.
When printing or in print preview, plots and embedded components are now scaled by the same factor as text fonts.
When you start Maple 16 for the first time, Maple now looks for previous versions of Maple. If one is found, you will be given the option of importing your preferences from the previous version.
If you opt to import your user options, the resource file containing your GUI settings will be copied to your Maple 16 installation.
Maple 16 will use your user options from the most recent version of Maple it finds.
When 3-D plots are exported to encapsulated postscript files (EPS format), they are now exported with vector graphics. Benefits include:
The exported plots can be scaled up or down indefinitely without getting a pixelated image.
Text within the plots, including axis labels, tickmark labels, and plots created with plots[textplot3d], are rendered as scalable text.
The directory management system in Maple 16 has been unified to ensure that a user does not have to change directories when accessing Maple commands that use the directory management system.
Your current working directory is now listed in the status bar at the bottom of the Maple window. You can click this indicator to change your current working directory interactively. For more information, see currentdir.
Maple users sometimes make a mistake when typing a plotting command. In Maple 16, the commonly encountered plotting warning message, "Warning, unable to evaluate the function to numeric values," has been replaced by a more informative message in many cases.
For instance, in cases where unexpected names are found in the expressions to be plotted, the resulting message now identifies the unexpected name. For an example, see expecting only range variable.
Another example is when the user tries to plot a real function but provides an expression that evaluates to complex numbers. Maple now returns a message indicating complex values detected.
As a result of improvements to the Maple Installer, you no longer have to restart your Windows operating system after you install Maple.
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