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Company history

Maplesoft is the core of a vibrant and devoted community that spans and connects the commercial engineering research and development community as well as academia worldwide. Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple, was founded in 1988, with its core intellectual property developed as an advanced research project at the University of Waterloo, Canada, in the early 1980s. Organisations around the world have applied Maplesoft solutions in nearly every technical field including engineering design, operations research, scientific research, and financial analysis. Maplesoft's commercial customer base includes Allied Signal, BMW, Boeing, DaimlerChrysler, DreamWorks, Ford, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Raytheon, Robert Bosch, Sun Microsystems, Toyota, and Tyco. Additionally, more than 90 per cent of advanced research institutions and universities worldwide, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Department of Energy, have adopted Maplesoft products to enhance their education and research activities.

Product portfolio overview

Maplesoft is a leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things. They have transformed the way engineers, scientists and mathematicians use maths, enabling them to work better, faster, and smarter. Maplesoft offers powerful and easy-to-use tools that save time and reduce errors.

  • Maple solves complex mathematical problems and creates rich technical documents;
  • Maple Toolbox for MATLAB combines the best in symbolic and numeric computation to develop mathematical solutions;
  • BlockBuilder for Simulink is a First Principles physical modelling environment that offers automated export to Simulink;
  • BlockImporter for Simulink imports Simulink diagrams into Maple and converts them to mathematical expressions for analysis and problem-solving;
  • Maple Financial Modeling Toolbox is a collection of tools for mathematical finance;
  • MapleNet allows users to publish live Maple documents on the Web; and
  • The Professional Toolbox Series provides domain-specific tools that focus the core Maplesoft products on discipline-specific applications.

Future plans

Maplesoft introduced a revolutionary technical document interface technology two years ago that transformed the way engineers viewed and used mathematics. Its flagship product, Maple, combines a powerful mathematical computation engine with an intuitive user-interface that eliminates the learning curve so common with other mathematical software. With Maplesoft products, users can perform everything from instant ‘in document’ calculations to highly complex mixed symbolic and numeric programming with very high precision. This technical achievement is enjoying growing acceptance within industry and academia. Its vision is to continue to develop and offer such innovations to enable greater flexibility and sophistication in modelling. Maplesoft will continue to leverage its core intellectual property in high performance mathematical solvers with its new generation of modelling components and frameworks. Through such advancements it projects significant growth within the global industrial market and continued leadership in its traditional, academic markets.

Product availability

Maplesoft products can be bought from the company Web Store at Outside of the US and Canada, products are available from Maplesoft’s reseller partners. A list of partners is available at