Months after its big fall introduction of the totally revamped Creo, PTC has been steadily filtering out information about the design platform-in-progress, using social media, eBooks, YouTube videos and a variety of other communications forums to tell the Creo story. In its most recent conversation with customers and the media, PTC management released more details about the first round of what it calls, “apps,” that will be released along with the primary CAD tool some time this summer. Unlike what we generally think of as “apps” for iPhones or iPads–or any other smart phone or tablet platform–PTC’s apps are scaled down (what officials there like to call, right-sized) pieces of design functionality that can be easily configured together, depending upon the individual users’ design requirements and job function.
In a recent video, Mike Campbell, PTC’s vice president of Creo Product Development, offers up some specifics on apps coming to market later this year under the Creo banner. They are:
Creo Parametric-Will support parametric modeling, offering “all the capabilities of Creo Elements/Pro aka Pro/Engineer.”
Creo Direct-A direct modeling app, “when you want to interact directly with the 3-D geometry.” This app will replace the product formerly known as CoCreate.
Creo Simulate-For structural and thermal simulation.
Creo Layout-An app for early concept layout work in 2D, with the intention of ultimately evolving the design to 3D.
Creo Schematics-An app for creating 2-D routed systems diagrams, like cabling and piping.
Creo Illustrate-An app for communicating complex service information concepts graphically in 3D.
Creo View MCAD-Described as a “lighter weight app for those who want to view, interrogate and mark up MCAD geometry.”
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