Release 14
 
 If You Are Upgrading from a Previous Release...
 
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Release Notes
  Summarizes new features, bug fixes, upgrade issues, etc.
 
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Video Tutorials
  Seven audio-video tutorials are the best way to learn the new features in MATLAB.
 
If You Are Using MATLAB for the First Time...
 
At the heart of MATLAB is a new language that you must learn before you can fully exploit its power. This isn't as hard as it might sound; you can learn the basics of MATLAB very quickly. You will be rewarded with high-productivity, high-creativity computing power that will change the way you work.
 
If you are a first-time user, the best way to get started is to read thoroughly the Getting Started with MATLAB tutorial with MATLAB open so you can follow along. The tutorial book comes with MATLAB and is available in PDF and for purchase on the MathWorks Web site.
 
If you don't want to take the time to read it thoroughly, here are links to the most important sections:
 
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What Is MATLAB?
  An overview of the main features of MATLAB
 
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Matrices and Arrays
  How to enter matrices, use the colon (:) operator, and invoke functions
 
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Graphics
  How to plot data, annotate graphs, and work with images
 
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Programming
  How to use flow control statements and create scripts and functions
 
You should also watch the 7-minute Desktop and Command Window video tutorial to learn how to operate the MATLAB desktop interface. This is not a substitute for reading the above sections about the MATLAB language, but will orient you to the development environment. There are many other demos and video tutorials you might find helpful as well.
 
Getting Help
 
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Overview
  Runs a short demonstration highlighting the main features of the Help browser
 
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Getting Help
  Provides instructions for using the Help browser and other help methods
 
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Technical Support
  Links to solutions and other troubleshooting resources on www.mathworks.com
 
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Typographical Conventions
  Defines usage of special fonts in the documentation