Wanted – Kind-Hearted Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 1.0 User

At SYCODE, we are doing the final testing of our Pro/ENGINEER data exchange plug-ins. I have Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 1.0 (actually it was called just Wildfire), 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 Preproduction on my development and testing computers in office. My problem is that for some weird reason Wildfire 1.0 crashes on startup. I am trying to resolve this issue with PTC technical support. I just spent two and a half hours on the phone with a PTC technical support engineer. I gave him control over my computer via WebEx, he changed all the possible settings he could think of and then finally reinstalled Wildfire 1.0. No joy. We are going to have another go at it tomorrow.

I would like to believe that we have built our plug-in DLLs so that they work in Wildfire 1.0. But I cannot be sure as we have no way of testing them. So I am looking for someone who has Wildfire 1.0 on his computer and who would be kind enough to test one of our plug-ins. If you happen to be that kind person please download “STL Import for Pro/ENGINEER” from here. This is our Stereolithography STL file import plug-in for Pro/ENGINEER.

After installing the plug-in, please read the ReadMe file carefully for plug-in loading instructions. Unlike other CAD systems, Pro/ENGINEER has an antiquated method of loading plug-ins, which involves locating or creating a text file in a specific folder and specyfing the exact path of the plug-in DLL for your version of Pro/ENGINEER, among other things. Its a bit complicated, unlike other CAD systems wherein the plug-in installer does everything and you simply fire up the program and start using the plug-in.

After loading the plug-in you will see new menu added to Pro/ENGINEER called “STLImport”.

Click the “Import” menu item and select a STL file to import. If you need one, a sample STL file is copied into the “Samples” folder.

I just need to know if the plug-in loads properly into Wildfire 1.0 and successfully imports a STL file. If any other Pro/ENGINEER user with a later version of Wildfire wants to test our plug-in, that would be great. We have plug-in DLLs for Wildfire 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 Preproduction as well.

You can drop me a line at deelip (at) sycode (dot) com. Thanks in advance and have a great weekend.

  • Ben Eadie

    Posted links and asked for help for you at PTCuser http://portal.ptcuser.org/index.php?module=forum&op=st&thread=38949and at http://projott.com/2009/07/sycode-needs-help-2/Hope someone can help. I will be at their offices next week if you still do not have resolution and I will do my best to find a WF1 machine and test for youBenhttp://SolidJott.com

  • Ben Eadie

    Posted links and asked for help for you at PTCuser
    http://portal.ptcuser.org/index.php?module=forum&op=st&thread=38949

    and at http://projott.com/2009/07/sycode-needs-help-2/

    Hope someone can help. I will be at their offices next week if you still do not have resolution and I will do my best to find a WF1 machine and test for you

    Ben
    http://SolidJott.com

  • Deelip Menezes

    Thanks a million Ben.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Thanks a million Ben.

  • Evan Yares

    Deelip:Have you read the Wildfire EULA?What you're asking someone to do is, I believe, technically a violation of their license agreement.I could be wrong, of course, but the Pro/E EULA used to license the software for use only for the internal business needs of the customer. So, testing for you would be a violation of that restriction.My point here is merely to highlight that EULA terms can be rather restrictive… and often contain clauses that people don't even think about.

  • Evan Yares

    Deelip:

    Have you read the Wildfire EULA?

    What you're asking someone to do is, I believe, technically a violation of their license agreement.

    I could be wrong, of course, but the Pro/E EULA used to license the software for use only for the internal business needs of the customer. So, testing for you would be a violation of that restriction.

    My point here is merely to highlight that EULA terms can be rather restrictive… and often contain clauses that people don't even think about.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Evan,You are absolutely right. The Pro/ENGINEER license does not allow a PTC customer to distribute the plug-ins that he develops using Pro/TOOLKIT to a third party. However, SYCODE is not a PTC customer. Rather, we are a PTC Partner and are governed by a partner agreement that allows us to develop and distribute plug-ins to other Pro/ENGINEER users. In fact, that's the whole point of the PTC Partner Program.

  • Deelip Menezes

    Evan,

    You are absolutely right. The Pro/ENGINEER license does not allow a PTC customer to distribute the plug-ins that he develops using Pro/TOOLKIT to a third party. However, SYCODE is not a PTC customer. Rather, we are a PTC Partner and are governed by a partner agreement that allows us to develop and distribute plug-ins to other Pro/ENGINEER users. In fact, that's the whole point of the PTC Partner Program.

  • Anil Kumar Raju

    We have tested "STL Import tool" by Sycode in Pro/E Wildfire and it is working fine. Here are the details where the tool is tested:Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 1.0 M160Operating system: Windows 2000 ProfessionalWe have imported sample STL file and couple of other STL files successfully into Pro/Eusing the tool. Image of sample STL file (provided with the tool) in Pro/E is availableat http://www.cadcam-e.com/ftpclient/temp/STLImport.JPG

  • Anil Kumar Raju

    We have tested "STL Import tool" by Sycode in Pro/E Wildfire and it is working fine. Here are the details where the tool is tested:
    Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 1.0 M160
    Operating system: Windows 2000 Professional

    We have imported sample STL file and couple of other STL files successfully into Pro/E
    using the tool. Image of sample STL file (provided with the tool) in Pro/E is available
    at http://www.cadcam-e.com/ftpclient/temp/STLImport.JPG