Generally, we’ve received positive feedback on the the new user experience delivered in the Creo 1.0 apps, but we recently heard about some disappointment at a few aspects of the Creo user interface. In this blog, I’d like to recap our strategy, discuss the specific concern, and provide an update on progress.
Firstly, let me say that Creo is a strategy that PTC is aggressively pursuing to redefine the way companies design products. Creo 1.0 was of our first step along that strategy and welcomed by our customers, industry watchers, and many others – finally innovation in CAD is back.
Creo 1.0 is seen as a huge step, delivering our first collection of apps, new breakthrough technologies like AnyMode Modeling and AnyRole Apps, and demonstrating our commitment to the strategy.
PTC is heavily investing in a new and consistent user experience across the Creo apps. Not just the UI appearance, but also dramatically improving how the user experiences and interacts with design software. With Creo 1.0, the new top-level ribbon UI, Live Toolbar, CoPilot, and many other imrpovements have all been welcomed by many users, instantly improving their user experience. We’ve taken the best approaches found in the industry and already proven in our products, and added them consistently across the new Creo apps. Mike Campbell, DVP of Creo Product Development at PTC explains:
Will we continue to invest in the Creo user experience? Yes. In fact some improvements are easy – for example, a handful of icons in a Creo app were temporary placeholders and were not correctly replaced before shipment. A lot has been made of this by some – the good news? these icons have already been replaced, and the correct ones are available in the next Creo maintenance release, planned for November, 2011.
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. Creo 1.0 is proof of that commitment, delivered just 8 months after unveiling Creo on October 28, 2010. And 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 2012 – just nine months after Creo 1.0.