PTC announced some terrific new features with the debut of PTC Creo 3.0 yesterday, and it’s time to think about upgrading. You’ll likely have your favorite parts of the PTC Creo Parametric 3.0 release, but mine are:
- The multi-CAD collaboration enhancements, which let you import or open (an important distinction) common CAD file formats without a translator or a license to the authoring program. Just think how that will simplify your work with partners who aren’t using PTC Creo or how this will support CAD consolidation.
- The PTC Creo Design Exploration Extension (DEX) that enables designers to move between design branches as they work out which alternative design concepts and to easily understand the consequences of design changes.
- The Notification Center, which points out problems in the history tree, such as failed items. You’ll quickly see the issue, be able to get more details and devise a resolution before getting too far along in the design to take action.
All of it rests on integrated learning tools that ensure quick ramp-up, and give access to tutorials and a fully searchable Help center that is now available on the web. There’s also great new stuff for more realistic graphics, sheetmetal, simulation, patterns, fasteners – and the list goes on!
These and the other enhancements in 3.0 are great, but why move from your current version? Here are five good reasons to consider upgrading sooner rather than later:
New stuff: Software vendors tout the top 10 (or 20 or 30) new features in every release, but there are likely hundreds, if not thousands, of changes. Small bug fixes, big enhancements, important customer requests — they’ve been working on this release for a while, often adding features you didn’t know you wanted. Check the release website and talk to your sales rep to learn about the new features and decide which are applicable to your workflow. You might be surprised at how something you didn’t know you wanted can affect your productivity. By upgrading to the latest release, you’ll probably get functionality that will improve your productivity in ways you haven’t considered.
Latest research: Every so often, a vendor does a major software release. But they’re working year-round to make their product better, faster and more capable. PTC started working on Creo 3.0 well before 2.0 was released. Upgrading gets you access to the latest, best technology PTC has to offer.
Staying ahead of the competition: It’s not the software but how you use it that distinguishes you from your competitors. If you upgrade sooner, you’ll have that much more time to investigate how the new features fit into your workflow and train people in new technologies.
Timing is everything: Upgrading when you have a huge deadline never makes sense but waiting too long can hurt, too. Take advantage of the noise and momentum PTC creates around the release to get your people to learn, your boss to engage and your sales and support partners to help in the migration.
Attracting the right staff: You’re looking for talented, knowledgeable designers and engineers to help grow your business. Those people are in demand, and are likely to be looking for a situation that challenges and engages them — and that means using the latest technology.
Not convinced? Many users don’t update to the latest version of any given software because they’re not sure that new features outweigh the pain involved in changing. I like the analogy to an older car: it gets me where I need to go, so why do I need a new one? Software is different. Faster processors and graphics cards, new coding standards, and new or better interfaces all argue that upgrading is worthwhile, even before considering enhancements.
As always, do your due diligence. Learn about the new features and bug fixes, and see what’s most useful to you. Questions to consider include: What can you learn (perhaps with help from the new learning tools) to improve productivity in PTC Creo 3.0? How can the new Align feature in Freestyle help you be more creative? Are you keen for the new graphics enhancements?
If you’re at PTC LIVE in Boston this week, check out the Creo 3.0 sessions. Don’t forget to test drive 3.0 at the hands on experience!