The Creo Apps

In June 2011 PTC will release its first set of seven Creo apps. These will be new products based on the newly architected Pro/ENGINEER platform using PTC’s Granite modeling kernel and the Common Data Model (see “The Creo Product Strategy“). These should not be confused with the Creo Elements products which are merely renamed versions of existing PTC products. The seven new Creo Apps will be:

  1. Creo Schematics App: For creating Schematics in 2D.
  2. Creo Visualization App: For viewing interrogating and marking up data. This was shown at the Creo launch event as the “Design Manager’s” App.
  3. Creo 3D Technical Illustrations App: This app will provide capabilities to communicate complex service information concepts graphically in 3D (formerly referred to as the Arbortext “Project Galaxy” product).
  4. Creo Conceptual Engineering App: This app will provide a fresh approach to address the challenges of early on conceptual layout work being performed in 2D, but ultimately driving a 3D design. This app was demonstrated during the “AnyMode Modeling” demos at the Creo launch event.
  5. Creo Direct Modeling App: This app will provide the basic capabilities required for editing existing geometry and creating new geometry using a history-free, direct modeling approach. This app was also demonstrated during the “AnyMode Modeling” demos, and was the environment where all the Direct Modeling changes were made. It is important to note that this app is not CoCreate Modeling or Creo Elements/Direct.
  6. Creo Structural Simulation App: This is all of the Pro/ENGINEER Mechanica capabilities extracted from the CAD product, and delivered as a stand-alone app, in the spirit of providing different roles (the Analyst, in this case) just the capabilities that they need to get their job done.
  7. Creo Parametric Modeling App: This will contain the remainder of what people know as Pro/ENGINEER.

Note that the names above are for illustration purpose only. The actual product names will be different. And speaking of product names, I am not sure how to write them today. I see PTC literature with “Creo”, “Elements”, “Pro”, etc. with the first letter capitalized but all the product logos are in lower case. It seems to me that only the raster artwork is in lower case. Reminds me of what Autodesk did with their logo years ago.

Anyways, the above apps will be collectively called Creo 1.0. Later in October 2011, PTC will release Creo 2.0, which will be all of Creo 1.0 plus another Creo app for Configuration Modeling which will deliver the technology show in the “AnyBOM Assembly” demo at the Creo launch event. You may want to refer to this slide.

To know more about how CoCreate fits into all of this you may want to read “The Future Of CoCreate“.