Maple Professional allows users to create tree-style hierarchies to organize information. Although the program is fairly simple to use, some of its functions didn't perform as expected.
The program's interface is basic and intuitive. The screen is split into two parts, with the user's tree on the left and the contents of each node of the tree on the right. Users can easily add nodes to the tree with the click of a button. Most of the other buttons on the interface are related to text formatting and should be familiar to users of Microsoft Office products. We found it easy to create a tree and add nodes, and the program lends itself very well to simply typing text into the contents of each node. This could be used to keep a journal organized by year and month, or to create an outline with topics and subtopics. However, we had trouble embedding other objects into the contents of our tree. We followed the instructions in the built-in Help file to try to embed an existing Word document in the tree, but nothing happened. The program has a separate function to allow users to create a new Word document to be embedded, but that didn't seem to work either. We searched the Help file for indications that we were doing something wrong, but there was no such information. We were able to insert images and shapes.
Maple Professional has a 30-day trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program with reservations; it's easy to use, but we're not sure it's fully functional.