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Rob Spiegel
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Apps for free
Rob Spiegel   8/11/2011 10:59:19 AM
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Hey, Beth, what is the strategy behind releasing this app for free? Is it because they apps are so common it's hard to argue value? Is it to keep existing customers happy? Is it to attract new customers? Sound like a user-friendly trick however you view it.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Apps for free
Beth Stackpole   8/11/2011 11:23:58 AM
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Good question, Rob. First off, this isn't an "app" in the traditional sense in that it doesn't run on the iPad or other tablets. It's a Web-based app that is part of PTC's new suite of Creo 1.0 modules. I believe the reason that they're offering it for free is that there are already a good number of free (or really inexpensive) 2D sketching programs out there--Google SketchUp being the primary one. I think PTC sees it as a way to provide the entire continum of design tools so they have functionality to offer in each stage of design, including the concept or napkin stage. Other modules or apps in the Creo lineup are definitely not being offered for free and are priced more accordingly with traditional CAD software.

jmiller
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Design verification in the palm of your hand.
jmiller   8/12/2011 11:32:28 AM
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This sounds great for the initial creation of concepts.  Is anyone aware or are there already ways that one can pull up drawings and munipulate dimensions on 2D prints.  Or what about checking quick dimensions on a 3D model.  As I work down on an assembly line I can see the usefulness of being able to quickly call up a 2D print ofr 3D model and check the dimension between this hole and that feature to understand if this part is acceptable.

It's definitely cool to see this technology keep improving.  I imagine the day when we can simply use our little hand help device to scan the part and compare it to the 3D model.  Now that would be an app.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Design verification in the palm of your hand.
Beth Stackpole   8/12/2011 11:56:57 AM
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@jmiller: Stay tuned. I don't think we are far from seeing that kind of app at all. In fact, it's likely around the corner.



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