When PTC introduced Pro/ENGINEER in the late 1980s, it was revolutionary. It was the first system on the market with parametric, associative, feature-based solid modeling. In the years since, Pro/ENGINEER has built on that reputation and momentum, adding richer capabilities, extensions, and increasingly powerful parametric modeling with each release.
So why the history lesson?
This week, in conjunction with PlanetPTC Live in Las Vegas, PTC releases Creo 1.0 and with it, Creo Parametric will replace Pro/ENGINEER. Creo Parametric is the 3D parametric modeling app for the Creo 1.0 family of design software. The capabilities, extensions, and power are the same as those in Pro/ENGINEER, but Creo Parametric includes more—including a new state-of-the-art user experience.
John Buchowski, VP of product management for Creo, tells us more:
GH: Who uses Creo Parametric?
Buchowski: Normally, Creo Parametric is used by the CAD expert who needs to understand and capture a lot of design intent during the design process, for example to help drive downstream processes more efficiently, increase design optimization and automation, etc. The profile would be very much the same person served today by Pro/ENGINEER.
GH: Does Creo Parametric leverage Pro/ENGINEER technology?
Buchowski: Yes, we’ve leveraged the strongest elements of Pro/ENGINEER’s technology—its robustness, breadth, and power. Then we’ve coupled it with the Creo breakthrough technologies like AnyRole Apps, AnyMode Modeling, and AnyData Adoption. And like all the apps in the Creo family, Creo Parametric uses the common data model for optimal interoperability.
GH: How have you delivered a state-of-the-art user experience?
Buchowski: We’ve adopted a ribbon UI approach across all the Creo apps, much like the standard approaches found in Microsoft applications. In Microsoft Office 2007, the ribbon interface was added to major applications like Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Then with Microsoft Office 2010, the ribbon appeared across ALL Office applications. Microsoft now uses the ribbon UI in its other software too, like Windows, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. The Windows 7 applications, Paint and WordPad, use a ribbon-based UI, as well. Although we can’t speak for Microsoft directly, I think we can safely presume no plans exist to retract the UI.
We believe it’s a state-of-the art user experience. The enormous benefit in adopting an industry standard UI is that so many people can use their familiarity with other Fluent-based products – commonly the Microsoft Office products themselves – and will hit the ground running with Creo apps. Novice users can immediately focus on the particular nature and capabilities of our applications without distraction from unfamiliar UI presentation or navigation. At the other end of the scale, power users should need fewer home-brewed short cuts, programs, and workarounds to carry out everyday tasks.
GH: Apart from a state-of-the-art user experience, what else is new in Creo 1.0?
Buchowski: For those familiar with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0, we’ve added a new set of major capabilities like the FreeStyle sub-divisional modeling capabilities, hundreds of user-requested enhancements, and new extensions, like the Creo Flexible Modeling Extension (FMX). All in all, Creo Parametric delivers a dramatically improved user experience and desktop productivity.