Greater simplicity is key for PTC

Posted on 21 May 2012 by Tim Brown

PTC reiterated its focus on the user experience at the PTCLive Techforum last week unveiling some of the newest additions for Creo 2.0.

The customer event, which took place last week at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon on May 16, demonstrated PTC’s continued commitment to the usability of its products which was the impetus for creation of its new design software, the original Creo 1.0 release. The release saw the introduction of the first nine “apps” in the Creo family – conceived, in part, to provide purpose-built tools for specific roles and therefore enable a much wider range of roles to contribute to the design process.

The Techforum conincided with the official UK launch date for Creo 2.0. In the new release, PTC has delivered more than 490 enhancements to the Creo app family, all designed to optimise the user experience and increase design productivity.

With Creo 2.0 PTC introduces a new role-specific app, Creo Options Modeller, which will allow designers to construct model variations more easily directly from the Bill of Materials and Options and Variants management tools in PTC’s Windchill product lifecycle management platform.

By enabling easier reuse of existing 3D models and through innovative interface tagging, the new app can reduce process errors and engineering rework.  As a member of the Creo product family, Creo Options Modeler also seamlessly leverages and shares data between other Creo apps, and with other people involved in the design process and beyond, further increasing detailed design and downstream process productivity.

Creo 2.0 will also now enable companies to use early concept designs or sketches as a part of the final design process. The new releases of Creo Parametric, Creo Direct, the free Creo Sketch (now available on Mac OS X with this release), and Creo Layout combine to greatly enhance collaboration, innovation and design exploration during concept design.  Since all Creo apps share a common data model, 2D geometry and design data can be easily shared by all users and apps and can be re-used later in the design process to accelerate the transition to the detailed design phase.