Dassault Systemes has launched Catia V6R2009x at its annual European Catia Forum event at Disneyland Paris. As ever, the press release is an absolute doozie. When you spend your time reading these things, getting anything from DS is always a joy. Why? Because the company’s shear inability to actually tell you what they mean is always fascinating thing to work with. Take this paragraph:
As with the previous release of V6, Release 2009x is designed to extend the value of customers’ existing PLM assets. Dassault Systemes continues to develop and make available transition scenarios for its varied user base, including customers with mixed DS and non-DS applications. Support for collaborative design scenarios between V4/V5 and V6 enables gradual adoption of V6 for an OEM and its supply chain. Further, DS plans additional releases of its popular V5 line of solutions, such as the recently announced V5R19, whose functionality enhancements are synchronized with and available in V6R2009x.
What I think they’re trying to say is:
With V6R2009x, you can do more with your data. If you’re using V4 or V6, then there are tools to move data to V6 (the use of transition is telling – it means its a one way move, not bi-directional). If you mix and match data (such as Catia and something else), then this is also possible. They’re not going to discontinue V5 and have a new release out now called V5R19.
Dassault have some truly breathtaking technology and products, and as you dig into the web-site that details all the advances made in the R2009x release of V6, that becomes more and more apparent.
The real time rendering looks incredible, the ability to work interactively on your live data, with geographically dispersed design teams, to inspect data visual and gain a meaningful idea of how your product is progressing (using the 3Dlive tools) are all ahead of the game.
Why Dassault can’t manage to communicate that in a simple press release baffles me. Baffles me entirely.