Creo 1.0: Just the Apps: New apps, New names

As promised, we now have names for all the Creo 1.0 role-based apps, planned for release in June 2011.  You’ll see we pretty much kept the names as short and descriptive as we could. Kind of keeps it easier for everyone. So, without further fuss…

Henceforth:

  • Creo Parametric is the app for parametric modeling (as you might guess). All the capabilities of Creo Elements/Pro aka Pro/ENGINEER.
  • Creo Direct is your direct modeling app when you want to interact directly with the 3D geometry.
  • Creo Simulate is the analyst app. Use it for structural and thermal simulation.
  • Creo Layout is the app for anybody who wants to flesh out early concept layout work in 2D, with the intention of ultimately evolving the design to 3D.
  • Creo Schematics is the app for creating 2D routed systems diagrams, like cabling and piping.
  • Creo Illustrate is an app full of tools for those who need to communicate complex service information concepts graphically in 3D.
  • Creo View MCAD is a lighter weight app for those who want to view, interrogate, and mark up MCAD geometry.
  • Creo View ECAD is another light weight app. But for ECAD geometry.
  • Creo Sketch is your app everything you need to quickly capture a design idea in 2D.

We’ll be looking at each of the apps in more detail in future articles.

Remember: As always, despite our best efforts, all unreleased products are subject to change.

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5 Comments

  1. Mitch Jordan
    Posted Mar 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Great start by naming the base products in Creo, but I would really like to see the bundling breakdown for of the products listed. Mainly to be used to help drive post-Creo budgets. Do not know yet if we will stick to Parametric only, or upgrade to newer bundles that offer more features not provided by Wildfire (Creo Elements) today. Thanks

  2. William Jugovich
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    What is the difference between an app, enhancement and an element? Whats with the “Any” stuff, does it have anything to do with apps, enhancements or elements? Is the Creo Parametric app only Creo Elements/Pro and is the Creo Direct app only Creo Elements/Direct? Where does Creo Elements/View fit into this app format? Does Creo Elements/ View have anything to do with Creo View MCAD? Is there an enhancement or app needed to be able to go back and forth between Pro and Direct like this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IspWcu_RO8U, or is that just built in? If you make an assembly or part in a weird view in direct (not normal to iso) how will it come in to Pro? If there is a hole in a pro part and then it is brought into direct and the hole is filled and the part is brought back into pro, is the original hole going to be deleted from its feature in the model tree or is there going to be a feature made to fill the hole? Is Mechanica a Creo Parametric enhancement or is it part or solely the Creo Simulate app? Is the Creo Schematics app a replacement or Pro/Diagram? Is sheetmetal, welding, mechanism, cabling, piping etc going to be enhancements of the Creo Parametric and Direct apps? Are both Creo Elements/Direct modeling and drafting going to be included in the Creo Direct app? Does Windchill have nothing to do with the Creo brand? Is there any plan to have any continuity between the UI’s of the three elements? Are there plans to add more elements, apps or enhancements? Is there a list of enhancements for each app?

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted May 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Hi William,

      Thank you for your comments and questions. There’s quite a few, so let me apologize for the length of my response.

      What is the difference between an app, enhancement and an element?

      Effective October 28, 2010, we rebranded the following existing product families: Pro/ENGINEER, CoCreate and ProductView. All of the current products, including modules and packages, remain available under new brands and are excellent options for customers and prospects looking to get on the path to Creo.

      • Pro/ENGINEER becomes Creo Elements/Pro™
      • CoCreate becomes Creo Elements/Direct™
      • ProductView becomes Creo Elements/View™

      Built from the elements of Pro/ENGINEER®, CoCreate® and ProductView®, Creo 1.0, release planned for mid-June, 2011, we will offer a scalable suite of right-sized, interoperable, integrated design applications (apps for short) that spans the entire spectrum of product development.

      Whats with the “Any” stuff, does it have anything to do with apps, enhancements or elements?

      Creo uses four breakthrough technologies that will enable companies to unlock potential in their organizations. These technologies span the Creo apps, and include AnyRole Apps, AnyMode Modeling, AnyData Adoption, and AnyBOM Assembly. More details of these technologies is under the section See Creo/Technology

      Is the Creo Parametric app only Creo Elements/Pro and is the Creo Direct app only Creo Elements/Direct?

      Creo Parametric leverages some technology, power, and robustness from Creo Elements/Pro, the same for Creo Direct, but deliver a brand new user experience.

      Where does Creo Elements/View fit into this app format? Does Creo Elements/ View have anything to do with Creo View MCAD?

      Creo View MCAD and Creo View ECAD are visualiation apps within the Creo design family.

      Is there an enhancement or app needed to be able to go back and forth between Pro and Direct like this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IspWcu_RO8U, or is that just built in?

      The demonstration you mention is indicative of the behaviour a user will experience moving between Creo Parametric and Creo Direct.

      If there is a hole in a pro part and then it is brought into direct and the hole is filled and the part is brought back into pro, is the original hole going to be deleted from its feature in the model tree or is there going to be a feature made to fill the hole?

      In your example, a user would be able to preview any change and accept it or reject it.

      Is Mechanica a Creo Parametric enhancement or is it part or solely the Creo Simulate app?

      Creo Simulate leverages the MECHANICA technology, and enhances it. The capabilites can be either run stand-alone or withing Creo Parametric.

      Is the Creo Schematics app a replacement or Pro/Diagram?

      Creo Schematic leveages the capabilities of Creo Elements/Pro Routed Systems Designer (RSD), formerly Pro/ENGINEER Routed Systems Designer, but within the new overall Creo user experience.

      Is sheetmetal, welding, mechanism, cabling, piping etc going to be enhancements of the Creo Parametric and Direct apps?

      These extensions you list will be available with Creo 1.0.

      Are both Creo Elements/Direct modeling and drafting going to be included in the Creo Direct app?

      The Creo Elements/Direct product family continues to developed for art-to-part product development based on a direct modeling approach. At the same time, Creo Direct is being developed. More details can be found in our ebook ‘Exploring the Evolution of Creo’ http://creo.ptc.com/2011/02/07/new-creo-e-book-tells-all-or-does-it/

      Does Windchill have nothing to do with the Creo brand?

      Windchill can be deployed as the PLM backbone for Creo, but is not mandatory.

      Is there any plan to have any continuity between the UI’s of the three elements?

      There will be continuity in user experience across the apps we introduce in Creo 1.0 and moving forwards.

      Are there plans to add more elements, apps or enhancements? Is there a list of enhancements for each app?

      Yes, there are more plans to add more Creo apps, extensions, and continue to drive enhancements to Creo. At release of Creo 1.0, we’ll be discussing some of the key highights of the Creo apps compared to the current Creo Elements releases.

      Thanks again for taking the time to post your questions – I hope I’ve been able to answer them.

      Best Regards,
      Geoff

  3. SW
    Posted Jul 19, 2011 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    I’m still confused. Too many similar names!

    If Creo 1.0 offers applications that spans the entire spectrum of product development, are these apps going to replace Creo Elements (i.e. Creo Elements product line will eventually discontinue) in future? Their features are more or less the same. Do they serve different target audiences? Or, Creo Elements will gradually migrate to the Creo apps?

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Jul 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi SW,

      Let me try and clarify. In Creo 1.0, there are two 3D modes people can work in, direct modeling with Creo Direct and parametric modeling using Creo Parametric.

      Seasoned CAD users typically appreciate the power offered by the parametric approach of Creo Parametric, whereas people who aren’t 3D CAD experts or engineers will appreciate the simpler-to-use approach offered by Creo Direct.

      If a seasoned user of Creo Parametric wants to make ‘direct modeling like’ changes to a model, they don’t need to use Creo Direct, they can stay in their familiar Creo Parametric environment and edit their model in ways similar to direct modeling, using an extension for Creo Parametric, called Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX). This enables users to directly edit their parametric models, but with the simplicity and flexibility found in Creo Direct. Creo FMX, leverages the power of Creo Parametric and is seamlessly integrated into the User Interface.

      The common data model ensures that changes made to direct and parametric versions of the same 3D parts are kept in sync.

      Creo Direct is different from Creo Elements/Direct. First, Creo Elements/Direct is by far the most comprehensive direct modeling solution on the market. There are more than 5,000 companies using it as their core product development tool, developing complete products from art-to-part using the direct modeling approach. We’ll continue to invest and develop new releases to provide the best direct modeling environment, we recently introduced Creo Elements/Direct 18.0. Quite frankly, Creo Direct in this initial release will only offer a subset of the Creo Elements/Direct capabilities, so customers using Creo Elements/Direct need to evaluate if and when it makes sense to look at Creo.

      Both Creo Elements/Direct and Creo Direct are part of Creo’s product roadmap moving fowards.

      With such a broad range of options to select from when considering adding direct modeling tools to your enviroment, it makes a lot of sense to engage with PTC or one of our partners to discuss your particulair situation and needs.

      I hope this helps,
      Best Regards,
      Geoff Hedges

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