Creo on your Apple? The unofficial answer.

Officially, “the current plan is that the Creo release will work on Windows 7 and Windows XP,” says Mike Campbell, Divisional Vice President of Creo Product Development at PTC. But ask him about the iPad and the iPhone, and his answers get longer and vaguer, with more qualifiers. “There are some specific apps that are being built …for some individuals….in the longer term…not in Creo 1.0”

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More PTC Creo Apps
Available for Apple
PTC Creo on OS X/iOS
Virtual desktop environment
PTC Creo and iTunes
Free download

Unofficially, someone in the lab is already on it.  We’re not ready for a company announcement or a formal demo. Of course, future plans are subject to change, etc. etc.
But, okay, wanna see?

And here…

Ed – Want visualization on the go? Download PTC Creo View Mobile to instantly visualize 3D PTC Creo View models on your Apple iPad or iPhone. Use PTC Creo to generate viewables from any 2D or 3D format, including STEP filesIGS files, and other CAD data formats.

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  1. Kaminakis Nikos
    Posted Feb 11, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Great News… I want to see more pics & videos. are these demos for just viewing Pro/E modes to iphone/ipad, or there might be a Creo (Pro/E) modelling app to Mac?

  2. Posted Feb 11, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Nice – but this is not CREO running on a Mac. It is a viewer. The real question is whether CREO will run natively on Mac OS X. So I can do modeling etc.

    • snow
      Posted Feb 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      did you say “Natively”? I would think that would be against PTC’s core philosophy – PTC wants to develop in its own native code, etc., then port it over to Windows, OSX, etc. I wonder what “native” development for OSX would be? Objective C? I wonder if there would be a gain in performance / appeal if going that route. What also fascinates me is how apple somewhat scrutinizes / polices what is allowed to run on iOS, etc.

      • Posted Feb 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        Yes, I did. Pro/E was originally written in UNIX so I would think a port to Mac is quite simple considering the Mac OS X core is Unix. It mostly comes down to UI development.

        Other than that, I actually don’t understand your comment.

      • snow
        Posted Feb 14, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

        to clarify my point, the idea is that apple, windows, any OS really, has native features and optimized capabilities that are unique to its specific operating system. A port of an application (vs. a native implementation) presents the possibility that the ported app cannot take advantage of the native features and performance of each operating system. In the world of smart phones and tablets, this is of particular focus right now.

        Apple very carefully controls and dictates the look / feel / and performance characteristics of the apps that they allow to sell via the appstore because they want all apps to behave in a very “apple” way, using apple native UI, etc. in many cases. Apple is concerned that ported apps will have lesser functionality and therfore lessen the apple experience.

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Feb 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

      Hi Thomas, thanks for your comment.

      Creo is a suite of functional, role-based apps. These include apps with the following capabilities: Parametric modeling, Direct modeling, Structural simulation, Visualization, etc.

      As you point out, the very early lab version is a potential Creo app for visualization.

      Hope this helps,

  3. Jens Heineck
    Posted Feb 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I really love it, would like to have it in my IPad, if there is a beta program please sign me in.
    You guys doing realy great stuff.
    Post written on my iPad

  4. Posted Feb 12, 2011 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Fantastic, PTC are showing the kind of innovation and creativity that will make creo a real winner. And I think there is more they can do than just visualise models, i can imagine this kind of app will in future link with Windchill to perform mark ups etc. Now Windchill on your iPad.. That would be so neat.

  5. Bill Bair
    Posted Feb 14, 2011 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    This is great news. I hope in addition to viewing, the plans for the “app” will include measuring. I consider the IPAD, when combined with something like the Otterbox Defender, to be a very good platform for the shop floor, enabling this paperless society we all dream about.

  6. Greg
    Posted Feb 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Exciting. Hopefully an HP webOS app would be soon to follow as well!

  7. Ajay
    Posted Feb 17, 2011 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Would love to see Creo running on mac. PTC is the only software holding me back as a designer from completely switching to mac for my work. Surprising to see PTC drag its feet on this

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Feb 17, 2011 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      Hi Ajay, thanks for your comments – could you share with us what applications you already use on Mac. As you can see from the discussions, we are actively investigating Creo apps for Mac.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Best Regards,

  8. Jeff Johnson
    Posted Mar 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink


    There used to be videos showing a mock-up of Creo/View running on an ipad on this page.

    What happened to them?


    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Mar 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jeff, thanks for the comment.
      It looks like we had a visit from the internet gremlins, both videos are now available again.
      Thanks for spotting and reporting.
      Best Regards,

  9. Matt
    Posted Apr 22, 2011 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Just want to add my 2 cents in the strongest way possible; Please release Creo for the Mac. After switching to the Mac for everything but solid modeling, I would rather give up my thousands of hours of Pro experience for CAD on my Mac than continue on a Windows machine. It would be nice to have both, but if not I’ll take the Mac over Pro. Parallels just can’t handle it yet and I am so disappointed.

  10. Pari
    Posted Jun 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I too would love to switch completely to Mac. I’m a product designer, starting my design process in Creo, then exporting IGS to Rhino Mac version to set up scenes, then onto Maxwell render Mac version to out put renders. I’m using VMware Fusion on my Mac but not that smoothly sometimes.
    Please, please bring out a Mac based Creo.

  11. John
    Posted Aug 2, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    We are running Creo in VM’s using Parallels and it is just now starting to become unusable. Parallels lack of support for DirectX 10 and other issues have us evaluating switching engineering software or switching back to Windows. We have a significant investment in both Apple hardware and Creo right now so the choice will not be an easy one.

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Aug 3, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      Hi John,

      We’re continously evaluating the need to support various hardware platforms, including the Mac OS.
      Future product plans include supporting Creo Sketch and other PTC apps for viewing product content (Arbortext and Windchill information) on Apple products. PTC continuously evaluates the need to support various hardware platforms, including the Mac OS. Details on other Creo apps will be available in the future.

      As always, as we are talking about future plans, future plans are subject to change at PTC’s discretion.
      Best Regards,
      Geoff Hedges

  12. Thomas Humphrey
    Posted Oct 12, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    This looks great, would love to be able to run creo in my native mac os instead of using VM’s and would be great to have it on the iPad as well.

    This should definitely be put into production, and hopefully soon.

  13. Steve Campbell
    Posted Oct 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I know it is a catch-22 here, PTC wants people on mac’s first, and lots of users won’t switch to mac until Creo is available for it. I just hope PTC takes a leap forward in offering a MAC version soon. Autodesk and others (NX etc) are all coming with MAC versions. I too run WF5 in windows then export for Rhino and Maxwell etc to MAC. There are shifts happening at companies now allowing iphones, ipads and soon a lot more macs.

    Be a leader.

    -Steve C

  14. Posted Dec 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Any news about Mac?

    • Posted Feb 3, 2014 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      Hello Vitaly,
      At PTC Live Global in June, 2013, we demonstrated a prototype of PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 running on OSX.
      At this point, however, official support of OSX remains an area of research.
      Best Regards,
      Geoff Hedges

  15. Birger Eriksson
    Posted Jan 31, 2014 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    A lot of schools are using Mac OS and would love to teach Creo to students, not NX or Autodesk. Please give us a Mac version of Creo!

    • Posted Feb 3, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      Hello Birger,
      We demonstrated a prototype of PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 running on OSX at PTC Live Global in June, 2013.
      At this point, however, official support of OSX remains an area of research.
      Best Regards,
      Geoff Hedges

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