Graphical User Interface (GUI) Updates in Maple 15
This page provides an overview of the following new and updated GUI features. These features are only available in the Standard interface, unless otherwise noted.
New Variable Manager
New Data Table Embedded Component
New Mathematical Demonstrations
Improved Context-Sensitive Menus
Enhancements to the MapleCloud Document Exchange
The Variable Manager displays the list of top-level assigned variables used in your current Maple session, making it easy for you to see what variables are in use. You can click on a variable in the palette to view the value assigned to that variable. You can also manually add variables to the Variable Manager in your current Maple session. Because you can execute statements in any order in a Maple document, this list is useful for keeping track of the state of your variables at a particular point.
By default, all variables assigned using := ,or the assign command, in your worksheet are added to this list. You can view the entire list, or choose to hide selected variables, allowing you to focus on what is important to you. From the palette, you can also clear the value assigned to a variable by right-clicking on the variable, then selecting unassign.
By default, the Variable Manager palette will be visible on start-up in the left pane of the Maple environment. If the Variable Manager palette is not visible, from the View menu, select Palettes, then Show Palettes and then select Variables, to display the palette.
For more information, see the Variable Manager and Using the Variable Manager help pages.
You can embed the DataTableComponent into your worksheet. This embedded component is linked to a Matrix, Vector, or Array in your worksheet. You can design your own interactive applications by using the data table component in combination with other embedded components, such as sliders, plot components, and math entry boxes.
Maple 15 includes more than 40 interactive Demonstrations for exploring concepts in mathematics. Access the demonstrations from the Tools menu, under Demonstrations.
With the new interactive Demonstrations in Maple 15, Maple continues to expand its resources for teaching and learning mathematics. These demonstrations provide an interactive, often playful way to explore concepts in precalculus. For more information, see the Demonstrations help page.
In addition, these demonstrations also serve as samples that you can study to learn more about programming interactive documents in Maple. By learning from the code behind these demonstrations, you can begin to create your own projects using Maple's embedded components. For more information, see Demonstrations/Details.
Context-sensitive menus for mathematical expressions now adjust for the size of your computer screen. You can invoke the context menu for an expression by right-clicking (Control-click, on Macintosh) on the expression.
On smaller screens, a condensed context-sensitive menu is used. Additional context menu selections can be found under More... For information on controlling this feature, see Display Options. For general information on context-sensitive menus, see Context-Sensitive Menus.
Full text search is now available in the MapleCloud Document Exchange. This extends your search to include text within documents on the MapleCloud.
Several usability enhancements have been made to the MapleCloud Document Exchange. A new upload button and redesigned dialog boxes allow you to share documents and selections from documents more easily.
For more information about the MapleCloud Document Exchange, see MapleCloud Overview.
Index of New Maple 15 Features
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