What begins with Life, gobbles up App, then takes aim at Service? The answer to the riddle is: PTC‘s road map.
Well-established in product lifecycle management (PLM), PTC took a shortcut into application lifecycle management (ALM) with its May 2011 acquisition of MKS. Earlier this week, at its annual user conference (PlanetPTC Live 2012, Orlando, Florida), the company indicated it was redoubling its efforts in the service lifecycle market. Continue reading
Last June, during PlanetPTC Live user conference, Brian Shepherd, PTC’s executive VP of product development, decided to shake things up a bit, quite literally. He previewed an iPad app (only a prototype at the time) that lets you explode an assembly model by shaking the device. By the end of March, what Shepherd demonstrated could be available commercially. Continue reading
Creo Direct 1.0, part of PTC’s Creo app family, was “built from the ground up,” in PTC’s own words. That warrants an explanation, as PTC already has a robust, commercial-class direct modeler. Under the campaign to remake itself as the house of Creo, PTC renamed CoCreate as PTC Creo Elements/Direct. In fact, PTC now has not two but four direct-modeling alternatives: Continue reading
PTC Creo View, part of the company’s ambitious Creo 1.0 app collection, was formerly known as PTC ProductView. It’s a lightweight standalone viewer, a program that lets you view, annotate, markup, share, and animate 3D CAD design files without a CAD program. Creo View contains Creo View Lite, Creo View MCAD, Creo View ECAD, and Creo View MCAD-ECAD (ideal for designs involving both mechanical and electrical components). Continue reading
Consumer confidence is rising, judging from the stream of shoppers crashing through the gates of shopping malls during pre- and post-Christmas sales. And consumers are not the only ones opening their wallets for good deals. Three days before Christmas, Autodesk went out and bought T-Splines‘ technology assets. This put T-Splines’ lineup of surfacing plug-ins — T-Splines for Rhino, tsElements for SolidWorks — in Autodesk’s pocket. Continue reading