New Here?

Creo is a new approach to 3D CAD software announced in October 2010 by PTC.

Until now, software for designing products like cars, printers, water coolers, industrial machinery, and even shoes, hasn’t changed significantly in decades. Oh, processor speeds are faster and graphics are sexier, but the software paradigm is largely unchanged. Complex and specialized, 3D CAD often requires engineers and designers to be experts in the parametric approach to CAD software.

You might think someone would have created an easier CAD system over the years. In fact, they did. That’s where direct modeling came in during the late 90s. Without history trees, an inexperienced designer could use this technology to create and change a model faster and more easily.

But there were tradeoffs and camps formed. Product developers had to pick a team: Parametric or direct? Power or flexibility? Intelligence or malleability?

Some sat the whole game out; they stuck with 2D rather than abandon years of drawings that were working just fine thank you.

PTC’s Creo approach is revolutionary because you no longer have to make these tradeoffs.  We’ve taken the best of all these technologies, made them compatible with each other, and then sliced them into apps so any user in the product development cycle can use just the design software needed.

How might this work? Here’s a great example:

An engineer is charged to create an iPad stand. His customer is having trouble articulating just what he wants. So, the engineer sends a version of the 3D design to the customer, who then opens the model in a simpler application to make his changes directly. Send the changed model back to the engineer, and he can use the modified data in his more sophisticated modeler.

The earliest versions of Creo will come out in Summer 2011*. This web site,, is your resource for more details about what will be in Creo, ways it can revolutionize product development, industry reactions, and other news relevant to the product.

As you explore, it’s helpful to know a few things:

  • Creo is composed of a group of breakthrough technologies, AnyRole Apps, AnyMode Modeling, AnyBOM Assembly, and AnyData Adoption.  Here is a good place to start understanding those technologies.
  • Creo builds on PTC’s popular Pro/ENGINEER, CoCreate, and ProductView software. PTC is transitioning these products into a more powerful suite of design technology with Creo. Read here to find out about each product’s new name and its place in the Creo suite.
  • We’d like you to be part of our Creo social network community. Consider following us on Twitter and YouTube. Join our lively user conservations on our PlanetPTC Community. Or leave a comment under any article on this site.
  • Want to see Creo? Then visit the See Creo for events you can visit, demos you can explore, and event watch our replay of ground-breaking launch event – you won’t have seen anything like it before.
  • And finally, don’t just take our word for it – check out the reactions from press, analysts, prospects, and customers to Creo.

*Future plans subject to change at PTC’s discretion


  1. erkan
    Posted Dec 12, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    bu değişim gerçekten cok iyi ama cizim ortamında iki ayrı katı model ile neden çalışamıyoruz.boyle bir özellik eklerseniz bence çok daha başarılı olunabilir saygılarımla erkan.

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Dec 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      Hi Erkan, I used online translation to get the English version from your Turkish original. The translation reads: “This change is really very good, but a solid model with two separate 2D drawing environments will be difficult to manage. You many need to add additional features to solve. Best Regards, Erkan”

      With Creo’s AnyRole Apps and AnyMode Modeling, PTC provides choice, for example, one user may choose a rich 2D drafting app and fully design in 2D, while another may want to create a 2D concept to then create a 3D detailed model. Creo will offer the design apps to meet very diverse needs across a company.

  2. Dennis Schultz
    Posted Dec 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I see what you are doing and where you are going. I don’t see how you are managing changes in an environment where you have released and approved versions of models and drawings and then incorporating changes from the various apps. I see problems keeping track of what has and hasn’t been incorporated not only with released configurations, but with iterations of tooling and such.

    The presentation showed changes done with the direct modeling app being opened in ProE without a revision/version shift. This is a major problem. It would be very easy for inadvertent changes to slip through without proper review and analysis.

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Dec 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dennis, thanks for your comments. Managing change I see supported with two approaches with Creo.

      Looking at the product development and product lifecycle first, it’s certainly critical to manage and track all key revisions, versions, project phases, etc – for that aspect of managing change, Creo apps will have a PLM backbone, and that backbone is Windchill ( The PLM backbone can also provide access control (authors/consumers), support for multiple sites, and other enterprise level needs.

      Now looking at a creative design session, I expect that a number of people may work with the design using a variety of modeling approaches (AnyMode Modeling), and making a number of design change proposals, via the common data model. The person ultimately responsible for making a decision on those changes can review and either accept or reject those changes. Mike Campbell demonstrates this in his video:

      Mike makes changes to a model in a direct modeling app, then switches to a parametric app to review and accept those changes, and then continues to drive changes to the model.

      Thanks again for your comments.

  3. baris ayseven
    Posted Dec 23, 2010 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    can we model detailed architectural work ?

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Jan 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      Hi Baris, thank you for your question.

      The manufacturing industry is the main target for PTC’s Creo suite of design apps. Some companies that develop products for architectural applications do use PTC’s products – so it would be worth a further discussion with your local PTC representative to see if your exact needs are a good match with our solutions.

      Thanks again for your comments.

  4. baris ayseven
    Posted Dec 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    firstly where is my first comment?
    I ask again:
    sorry in turkish
    1) bu program ile mimari modelleme yapabiliyormuyuz?
    2) yani araba videosunda olduğu gibi şeyler binanın yarısı kesilmiş içi görünüyor gibi ?

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Jan 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      Hi Baris, I used online translation to get the English version from your Turkish original. The translation reads: “1) Are we able to architectural modeling with this program? 2) like the car video, can something like a building be cut in half to reveal the inside?”

      As mentioned in the comment above I’d recommend a further discussion with a local PTC representative to see if your exact needs are a good match with our solutions.
      With the real-time sectioning of the model (of the car), that technique can work with any model, including a building.

      Thanks for your comments.

  5. Victor
    Posted Feb 10, 2011 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    I want to know the answers to the following if you please:
    – How do all cad users get the training for all the apps being offered? (You know that most of the
    desginers out there are going to end up using most of them just like our having to be somewhat
    efficient at the various modules of Pro-E)
    – How is this going to affect the maintenance for the programs? (Most of us as users have had our
    problems with PTC responses and proposed fixes)
    – Tell me again how the direct modeling approach will not cause model failure with models that have
    had ISDX feature creature and is supported by relations to aid in variable dimensional controls?

    If I sound apprehensive then please understand that my experience with PTC and Pro-E has been more than a challenge over the years, especially when PTC has dictated version changes that have absolutely caused havoc to product model failures (includes lost referencing, lost functionality {ie 2000I^2 to WF dealing with legacy parts}) relearning operations due to removed commands or commands relocated or even restructured, etc… Can you see my point being made or should this be a physical Q&A approach?

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Feb 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Hi Victor, thanks for your comments, I probably won’t be able to fully answer all your questions in detail, but can answer the general topics:

      1. Training – first of all, with the apps sharing common UI strategies, the ‘basics’ learnt on one app will be applicable to all apps, it should mostly be incremental capabilities that may require training. Today PTC overs a full range of training approaches in our products, from self-paced online tutorials all the way through to ‘Best Practices’ and process training tailored for the individual customer needs. There are some exciting additional things happening with self-paced training and Creo, and we’ll discuss that in future articles. We also expect that today’s CAD expert will continue to use all the capabilities they use today, but in Creo. Offering the apps approach is targetted more for the non-CAD experts, for example, an FEA expert.

      2. Maintenance – I’m not too familiar with the maintenance process, I know Mark Hodges, our Chief Customer Officer at PTC has an active blog on the PlanetPTC community were he’s actively asking for feedback and sharing his thoughts.

      3. ISDX questions – that’s a very detailed question – I’ll ask someone more knowledgable in the team to provide an answer. I’ll post it here.

      Over the next weeks we’re working on more information about how existing customers will be able to adopt Creo 1.0 – including data, customizations, training, etc.

      Hope this helps.
      Best Regards,

      • Geoff Hedges
        Posted Feb 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

        Hi Victor, regarding your question about ISDX and direct modeling, here’s the answer I got from our product management team.

        “Direct modeling works on the geometry only and has no effect on pre-existing features or relations that are part of the model. Direct modeling does not involve any regeneration – each operation is evaluated on its own and the user is given immediate feedback as they interact with the model.

        Using direct modeling, users can make changes to a model containing ISDX features, but since those changes operate at a geometry level and not a feature level, there will be no impact on the pre-existing ISDX content whatsoever.”

        I hope this answers your question.
        Best Regards,

  6. J. Willems
    Posted Apr 27, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    with Wildfire there was the issue of needing an add on to manage related files. specifically if parts and assemblies are located in different file locations, one fix was to set the search paths for each part, however does CREO now handle related files seamlessly or does it still need a separate app. For example, with Solidworks, if you open the sheet file or the assembly it automatically retreives all parts from wherever they are saved without any extra setup.
    thank you,

  7. ross
    Posted Jun 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink


    I don’t TwitBook or DigLink.

    Is there any regular e-newsletter, or email alert service so that I do not have to check the blog every 3 months for an update.

    Wait, you update it more often than seasonally? I wish I heard about that. ;-)

    Feel free to subscribe me. I’d like to learn more.

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Jun 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ross,

      Thanks for your post. We actually try to post a blog article about Creo and related topics every couple of days, often daily. With the release of Creo 1.0 scheduled for mid-June, we’ll be publishing a lot more information about the release, events, and so on over the next weeks.

      To receive updates on new content posted on, use the Subscribe option on the right hand side of home paqe (below ‘Connect with PTC’) towards the bottom of the page.

      There are options to include updates from the side in one of the popular new feeders you may be using, or to directly receive an email to your address informing you of an update.

      As you have requested it, I will sign you up to receive email notifications at the email address you provided.

      Best Regards,

  8. Chris Ross
    Posted Jul 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Does Creo’s new vision involve looking at the Apple platform as a possible install base. We are a engineering firm that is 90% Apple using Creo in Windows VM’s. As you can imagine this can be a challenge. We love Creo but we also love the Apple OS. I would love to hear that this is on or off your road map for future IT planing needs.

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Aug 3, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Hi Chris,

      We’re continously evaluating the need to support various hardware platforms, including the Mac OS.
      Future product plans include supporting Creo Sketch and other PTC apps for viewing product content (Arbortext and Windchill information) on Apple products. PTC continuously evaluates the need to support various hardware platforms, including the Mac OS. Details on other Creo apps will be available in the future.

      As always, as we are talking about future plans, future plans are subject to change at PTC’s discretion.
      Best Regards,
      Geoff Hedges

    • Otman
      Posted Oct 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      VM’s that run on top of the Mac OS are useless when using CAD software such as Creo. I’ve had better luck with Bootcamp because the OS such as Windows 7 runs natively on the processor. Obviously, the more RAM and chip speed the better the experience. Hope that helps.

  9. James
    Posted Aug 1, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Is there any plans to have Creo run on mac as well as PC. It is mentioned that some apps will be compatible but as a designer I work on a mac and in an ideal world would like to continue to rather than have to work on 2 different machines.

    • Geoff Hedges
      Posted Aug 3, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

      Hi James,

      We’re continously evaluating the need to support various hardware platforms, including the Mac OS.
      Future product plans include supporting Creo Sketch and other PTC apps for viewing product content (Arbortext and Windchill information) on Apple products. PTC continuously evaluates the need to support various hardware platforms, including the Mac OS. Details on other Creo apps will be available in the future.

      As always, as we are talking about future plans, future plans are subject to change at PTC’s discretion.
      Best Regards,
      Geoff Hedges

  10. Posted Sep 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    how can we download creo sketch application??????

  11. Posted Mar 13, 2012 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Dear Geoff ,

    Do the Ptc have any planning to make courses in Saudi Arabia?

    I have idea on the CREO but i really want to design as professional>

    If you have any suggest or can you give me web site to learn online.

    Thanks for cooperation
    Saad Almkainzy

    • Lindsey Christensen
      Posted Mar 13, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Saad,
      I can give you some guidance here. Check out
      PTC University is your one stop shopping for all PTC product training including eLearning.
      Thanks for your inquiry!

  12. varinder
    Posted Oct 26, 2013 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    which is creo latest verson

    • Posted Oct 28, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Varinder,

      Our latest release of the whole design suite is PTC Creo 2.0. The latest PTC Creo Parametric release is 2.0 datecode M080.
      You can find out more about the release by visiting the upgrade resource center.
      Thanks for your inquiry.

    Posted Apr 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Dear Sir,
    I’ve used Proengineer wildfire 4, if I was to use
    Creo would I need to go on a course or could I pick it up with wildfire
    Know how? Is the drawing facility changed alot ?

    Could I buy a creo cd just to learn on my home pc (student version etc?)
    And where to buy?

    Thankyou ,

    • Mark Brunelli
      Posted Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Hello Rajesh,

      Thank you for your comments and questions. I spoke with Peter Sutton of our marketing team and he recommends that you first download the free Creo Trial which is located here.

      But also, be sure to read this blog post, which explains how to use the in-software learning tools provided in the Creo trial. Enjoy!


  14. Posted Mar 17, 2015 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Kann man PTC Creo auch auf den mac ohne unnötige virtualisierungssoftware wie vmware installieren z.B. mit PlayonMac?? wenn ja bitte eine anleitung oder gibt es vielleicht sogar eine mac version?? das wäre perfekt.


    • Helga Stroehle
      Posted Apr 20, 2015 at 4:40 am | Permalink

      Hallo Marco,

      mit der PTC Creo Familie auf MAC sieht es folgendermaßen aus:

      •PTC Creo Sketch läuft auf dem iPad, iOS 7 und höher.
      •PTC Creo View Mobile läuft auf dem iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, iOS 5.0 und höher.

      Die anderen Creo Apps wie z.B. Creo Parametric and Creo Direct gibt es leider nicht für iOS. Sie sind auch nicht offiziell für PlayonMac zertifiziert. D.h. PTC garantiert nicht, dass es funktioniert, aber es kann sein, dass es funktioniert. Das müsstest Du selber ausprobieren.

      Ich hoffe, das hilft Dir weiter.


      Weitere Infos:

  15. Albany
    Posted Apr 1, 2015 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Hi there,
    I am aware this is an old post, however I am still unsure if I am able to download creo parametric version 2.0 on a mac device?
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thank you

  16. Greg
    Posted Dec 2, 2015 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Can someone tell me what the optimum laptop specifications are for the CREO program to run well on please? My son is studying Engineering and will be overseas for 2016 to continue his studies. I am purchasing a laptop for him but don’t know what specs to buy to have the CREO program run on it well. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers, Greg

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