maple -x &to start it.
After a brief pause, you should see a window that looks similar to that in Figure 1; this is Maple's graphical (or worksheet) interface, where you will type your commands and see the results. We will go into more details of the worksheet interface in §3. As in the figure, you're session may have started with two windows open inside the main Maple window. The one in front in Figure 1 is a help window; we'll come back to this in §3.3. But for now, let's concentrate on a worksheet where we can enter some Maple commands. The top part of this window should look something1.1 like this:
This window is a Maple worksheet, and is a place to enter your Maple commands. For now, click on the button which maximizes the current worksheet; this is on right side of the worksheet's title bar, and looks like .1.2Clicking the mouse on this should make the worksheet fill most of the Maple window.
Most users typically use the Maple's graphical, or worksheet,
interface; this is what starts you add the
-x to the
maple command in Unix. However, there is also a text-based
interface, which you might see if you just type
|\^/| Maple V Release 5.1 (SUNY Stony Brook) ._|\| |/|_. Copyright (c) 1981-1998 by Waterloo Maple Inc. All rights \ MAPLE / reserved. Maple and Maple V are registered trademarks of <____ ____> Waterloo Maple Inc. | Type ? for help. >This interface is useful when you want to run Maple in a non-graphic environment; for example, over a dial-up connection. However, keep in mind that while all the usual Maple commands work, this interface is much more limited-- it is difficult to edit your commands or save your work, and graphic commands such as
plotare much more limited. If you get into this mode by mistake, you can just type the Maple command