October 19, 2005 09:01 ET

Adoption of Maple 10 into Academic Market Exceeds All Expectations

WATERLOO, Ontario--(CCNMatthews - Oct 19, 2005) -

In Addition to Strong Acceptance of Maple 10, Maplesoft Continues Commitment to Academic User Base with Key Industry Partnerships and the Most Flexible Academic Licensing Options

Maplesoft™, the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, announced today that it has seen a rapid and strong adoption of Maple™ 10 by its long time academic users. There has also been dramatic growth in the number of new academic users and participation in key academic user programs.

Since the release of Maple 10 in May of this year, Maplesoft has experienced:

-- An overall 86 percent increase in the unit sales of Maple 10 Student Edition.

-- A tremendous increase in registrations for the Maple Adoption Program, a program specifically designed to help instructors teaching courses with Maple. To date, 2457 courses with over 135,000 students have participated in this program.

-- An extremely strong acceptance and early adoption of Maple 10. During the back to school season of late August and early September, Maplesoft activated over 795,000 Maple 10 users.

Along with the acceptance by academic users, Maple 10 has also been independently reviewed by many leading technical publications including PC Magazine, Scientific Computing World, and Desktop Engineering. In a review for the October 2005 issue of PC Magazine, reviewer Barry Simon wrote: "It takes a lot to impress most jaded software reviewers, especially with a product that we first reviewed in 1989. But we were totally blown away by Maplesoft's Maple 10 mathematical package."

In parallel with the success of Maple 10, Maplesoft continues to strengthen its commitment to its academic customers on many fronts. Key initiatives for its academic users include:

-- A continued focus on creating technology that benefits academic users. Front and center is Maple T.A.™, a web-based testing and assessment system. Maple T.A. supports complex, free-form entry and intelligent evaluation of responses, making this system ideal for mathematics, science, or any course that requires mathematics.

-- A key partnership with the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) to jointly develop an electronic placement testing product that will transform how colleges and universities assess students' knowledge of math.

-- A comprehensive list of publisher partnerships designed to provide Maple to a vast number of students. Maplesoft currently works with leading publishers such as Thomson Learning, Pearson Education, John Wiley & Sons, Springer-Verlag, and Houghton Mifflin. Maple has been bundled with many textbook series including the Stewart Calculus series, the Larson Calculus series, and with other leading math texts by authors such as Anton, and Edwards and Penny.

With the release of Maple 10, Maplesoft has also released more licensing options for academic institutions. Instead of simply modifying existing commercial policies to fit them into an academic setting, Maplesoft worked with its academic user base to build new licensing policies that work and make sense in today's institutions. Flexible site licenses, low cost teaching copies, special term licensing, and more cost effective options for students, such as download copies and term-based licensing, are just a few examples of the options available to academic users.

Jim Cooper, CEO of Maplesoft, stated, "With the initial adoption of Maple 10 by our existing academic user base, and the increase in new users, we feel that we have once again strengthened our lead in the academic market. The recent academic partnerships we have formed, the focus on academic products like Maple T.A., and the enhancements to our academic licensing offerings have firmly positioned us as the experts and leaders in technology for mathematics education and research."

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About Maplesoft

Maplesoft is a leading developer and provider of interactive mathematical software. Its suite of products includes Maple, the most powerful and intuitive tool for solving complex mathematical problems and creating rich, executable technical documents; MapleNet, a Web-based platform for sharing Maple content for collaboration and e-learning; and Maple T.A., a Web-based system for creating tests, assignments and exercises, automatically assessing student responses and performance. Its standards-compliant algorithms are renowned for their speed, accuracy and reliability. In addition, Maplesoft leads the market with innovations that make the management of technical knowledge - whether in industry, or in a classroom - more effective and efficient. Over two million users at thousands of organizations benefit from advanced Maple technology. The Maplesoft commercial customer base includes Boeing, Bosch, Canon and NASA. Additionally, virtually every major university and research institute in the world, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford and Waterloo, has adopted Maplesoft products to enhance its education and research activities. For more information, visit

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