As we approach the mid-June release of Creo 1.0, we notice a good buzz is building. Maybe too good of a buzz. Because with all the talk about what Creo will do comes a few not-quite-truths about PTC’s new family of design software. Allow me to respond to six of the most common myths I’m seeing:
True and not true. We did rename Pro/ENGINEER, ProductView, and CoCreate to Creo Elements/Pro, Creo Elements/View, and Creo Elements/Direct, but we did so much more. Creo 1.0 is a brand new release of a family of design software. We’re introducing nine brand new apps, leveraging the best technology of our current products, adding considerably more capabilities, ensuring a consistent user experience, and engineering each app to work seamlessly together.
We’re not just renaming old technology, we’re creating a whole new way of thinking about product design.
2. Creo requires Windchill
Not true, especially now. Creo does not require Windchill to be deployed. If teams want to take advantage of the AnyBOM Assembly technology planned for Creo 2.0 and later, they will require Windchill to support these capabilities.
3. Creo 1.0 is too early a release for me to adopt
We understand the “wait and see” perspective. Some of us have barely used HD DVD players in the closet too. Plus, first releases can be notoriously buggy. The difference with Creo 1.0 is that there isn’t another product that compares to what we’ve done. Creo isn’t likely to be Blu-Rayed out of the market anytime soon. As for reliability, while Creo comprises nine brand new apps, each leverages the best technology of our well tested widely used products. All I ask is that you take a look—I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
4. Modules that were part of Pro/ENGINEER are now standalone, separate apps
No. We don’t want users of Creo Parametric to have to leave their environment if they don’t need to. So any separate app that was previously a module within Pro/ENGINEER can also run directly within Creo Parametric. One example of this is Creo Simulate, whose capabilities can also be used within Creo Parametric. In fact, we’ve made it so you can even more from within Creo Parametric (see #6).
5. Creo Elements/Direct is Creo Direct in Creo 1.0
Not quite. Creo Elements/Direct and Creo Direct are different products, targeting different use cases.
- Creo Elements/Direct is by far the most comprehensive direct modeling solution on the market, used by more than 5,000 companies as their core product development tool. With Creo Elements/Direct, they develop complete products from art-to-part. We’ll continue to invest and develop new releases to provide the best direct modeling environment.
- Creo Direct is a direct modeling app for people who aren’t 3D CAD experts or engineers. 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.
While both products leverage much of the technology around direct modeling, both have clear distinct audiences and will continue to be developed.
6. Creo Elements/Direct is the only direct modeling technology in Creo
No, again. In Creo 1.0, there are two 3D modes people can work in, direct modeling and parametric modeling. For parametric modeling, Creo Parametric is the app for that.
As direct modeling addresses a number of different needs, it’s available in a number of ways:
- There’s an extension for Creo Parametric, called Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX). This is ideal for users of Creo Parametric who want to stay in that same environment and edit their model in ways similar to direct modeling. It enables users to directly edit parametric models, but with the simplicity and flexibility found in Creo Direct.
- Creo Direct is a direct modeling app for people who aren’t 3D CAD experts or engineers. It supports creation and editing of models.
- Creo Elements/Direct is a comprehensive direct modeling solution. It serves as the core product development tool, supporting engineering teams in developing complete products from art-to-part using the direct modeling approach.
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