A New Outlook on Wildfire

A New Outlook on Wildfire
An opinion by Eldon Goates, May 2003

Mechanical Design I have been asked by several of you to offer an updated opinion on Pro/Engineer Wildfire.  I did, in an article at this location.  I had no idea the article would stimulate such a flurry of activity.  Apparently there is a lot of interest.  We have received many notes saying "Thank you" and "I'm glad I'm not the only one".  Please accept my apology if I did not reply to all of you.

Interesting that autodesk.com & solidworks.com were among the top 10 web referrers  -- what do they know?  As if this would help their cause.  LET'S BE VERY CLEAR.  We are strong supporters of Pro/Engineer and believe it is the Premier CAD system on the market.  (We've evaluated SolidWorks (and others) and they are not as capable -- even with the issues.)  In comparing Pro/E 2001 to the vision of what Pro/Engineer could be, I'm not happy with some of Wildfire, just like I did not like 2000i^2.  (We did not adopt i^2 and neither did a lot of companies.)  That does not change the fact we choose Pro/Engineer over the competition.

Pro/E 2001 is now a stable, capable platform and that's where we'll stay for a while.  That being said, I have no intentions of wreaking havoc on PTC -- because I want them to make Pro/Engineer what I know it can be.  Though other ideas may have been construed from the previous article, I think PTC got the message.

The detailed Wildfire article is now gone because it seems to have created some unintended negative consequences.  Many have confused my passion for a private war or hatred or something.  Not so.  Do the evaluation yourself and see what you think.  There are a lot of really fantastic new things in Wildfire.  I can't wait till they conquer some of the issues.

Thank You ...
Thank you for all the notes.  I have had a few of you point out some methods of doing some of these things -- things that the tech folks at PTC didn't know.  Perhaps I'll share some of those in future Pro/E tips.  Thank you for that, and have a wonderful day.