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Maplesoft and Mathworks relationship shake-up

25 June 2008



Maplesoft’s Maple engine will no longer be sold by The MathWorks under the product name Symbolic Math Toolbox

For many years, The MathWorks has resold the Maple engine under the product names Symbolic Math Toolbox and Extended Math Symbolic Toolbox. These products were designed for high performance symbolic computations.

As the partnership between Maplesoft and The MathWorks is changing, the Maple engine will be sold exclusively by Maplesoft. This change will take effect on 28 September 2008. Until that time, The MathWorks will continue to sell versions of the Symbolic Math Toolbox and Extended Symbolic Math Toolbox which use the Maple engine.

Many users rely on the Maple engine for their day to day computational work, therefore Maplesoft and The MathWorks are making available a number of options to ensure continued access to the Maple product.

Versions of the Symbolic Math Toolbox and Extended Symbolic Math Toolbox sold by The MathWorks after 28 September will ship with a direct interface to Maple allowing customers to continue to use the Maple engine as an alternative to a symbolic kernel offered by the MathWorks. Customers will require the Symbolic Math Toolbox or Extended Symbolic Math Toolbox and a license of Maple to take advantage of this option.Licenses of Maple can be purchased directly from Maplesoft or an authorised reseller.

An alternative is to purchase Maple and the Maple Toolbox for Matlab directly from Maplesoft. The Maple Toolbox for Matlab connects the Maple and Matlab environments allowing all functions to be available in both environments. The Maple Toolbox for Matlab can be purchased directly from Maplesoft or an authorised reseller. 

Both of the above options offer a fully backwards compatible solution to existing customers of the Symbolic and Extended Symbolic Math Toolbox products. Customers will also have the option of using the new symbolic kernel offered by the MathWorks. 

Jim Cooper, president and CEO of Maplesoft, said: ‘We view users of the Symbolic and Extended Symbolic Math Toolboxes as important Maplesoft customers. We are confident that with the options we have put in place, these users will have a seamless transition. We look forward to directly supporting these users with the full range of our technology and expertise.’

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