Creo is PTC’s strategy to redefine the way companies design products. Our June 2011 release of Creo 1.0 was our first step along that strategy. Welcomed by customers, users, industry watchers, and many others – finally innovation in CAD was back.
Creo 1.0 is a huge step, delivering our first collection of apps, new breakthrough technologies like AnyMode Modeling and AnyRole Apps, and demonstrating our commitment to the Creo strategy.
But we recently heard some state that after analyzing the software components (that make up some Creo apps) that Creo is just the next release of Pro/ENGINEER. In this blog, I’d like to recap our strategy and discuss this specific concern.
Creo 1.0 is a brand new release of PTC’s design software. We’ve leveraged the best technology from Pro/ENGINEER, CoCreate, and ProductView, adding considerably more capabilities, ensuring a consistent user experience across apps for everyone in the design lifecycle, while engineering each app to work together seamlessly.
Leveraging existing proven technology from across PTC’s wide range of products makes sense, and it’s what many discrete manufacturers do on a daily basis- it’s smart to leverage technology when it’s proven and, we believe – the best.
At our unveiling of Creo almost a year ago, we said Creo is ‘Built from the elements of Pro/ENGINEER®, CoCreate® and ProductView®’. More importantly, Creo has new breakthrough, patent-pending technology’ that changes the way designers and engineers do what they do best.
And PTC has invested heavily in new capabilities and apps. Creo Parametric and Creo Direct are unique in that they are two separate design apps, targeting different users, and different use cases, but based on a common data model. Some common core technologies like the kernel, graphics, and data interoperability are shared, to guarantee the common data model works smoothly and reliably. The goal is to fully support Creo’s AnyMode Modeling technology, providing unprecedented interoperability between different modeling paradigms and apps.
Al Dean from Develop 3D comments on the way a user experiences Creo’s AnyMode Modeling, and what goes on under the covers:
“Creo Direct looks, feels and works like a direct modelling system. All of the user experience flags are there. Grabbing faces, deleting data, re-applicable of rounds, maintaining of geometric relationships where possible. It looks and feels like CoCreate does, like any of the other systems do. But underneath the hood, its storing a history of every edit you make, every feature you create. You just don’t see it.”
So users see the real benefit of leveraging the direct modeling paradigm pioneered with CoCreate, without losing design intent. In my next blog I’ll look at why we capture every design change made by users in Creo Direct, and present those changes in context in Creo Parametric.
As with any worthwhile strategy, there is a lot of work to do, and we’re committed to doing it over the next weeks, months, and years. Moving forward, Creo Parametric and Creo Direct will better focus on enhancing the capabilities required by their respective user, including both product installation and configuration. The PTC team continues aggressively developing Creo, with both incremental maintenance releases, and our next major release, Creo 2.0, to be released in March – just nine months after Creo 1.0.