If you are new to Maple you should be aware that the program has gone thru many revisions. Maple began in 1980. Since then there have been many improvements. In 1984 Maple 3.3 was released. This was followed by versions 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3. In 1990 Maple V was released.  Next came Maple V Release 2,  Maple V Release 3, Maple V Release 4,  Maple V Release 5. In the year 2000 the V was dropped and Maple 6 was released. In 2001 Maple 7 came out. This year Maple 8 came out.

To some extent all versions of Maple are compatible. However, some major syntactic changes were made when going from Maple V to Maple 6. But generally speaking Maple 6, 7 and 8 are pretty similar. Naturally however each new version has some new features and improvements over previous versions.

For more on the history of Maple up to 1993 go to