Pro/Engineer June 2003 Tip-of-the-Month
The Unfortunate Article
I have been asked by several of you to offer an updated opinion on 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. I 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.
I was very interested that autodesk.com & solidworks.com were in the top 10 web referrers -- what do they know? Leave it to them to think that would help their cause. LET'S BE VERY CLEAR. I am a strong supporter of Pro/Engineer and I believe it is the Premier CAD system on the market. (I've evaluated SolidWorks (and others) and they are not as capable -- even with the issues.) That said, in comparing to Pro/E 2001 and the vision of what can be done with Pro/Engineer, I am not happy with some of what I see in Wildfire just like I did not like 2000i^2. (I did not adopt i^2 and neither did a lot of companies.) That did not change the fact I choose Pro/Engineer over the competition.
Pro/E 2001 is now a stable, capable platform, and for me that's where I'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. Aside from other ideas that may have been derived, I think PTC got the message.
The article is now gone because it seems to have created some unintended 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 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.