Things all went a little quiet on the CoCreate front while the PTC acquisition worked its way out and through the system, but that’s done with and the company is pushing its latest release. Today saw the announcement of CoCreate 2008. You’ll notice that the hideous OneSpace Designer Modelling nonsense naming has been dropped. What we’re now dealing with is CoCreate Modelling and CoCreate Model Manager: a much clearer naming convention. What’s also interesting is that the press release mentions “incremental enhancements” that peaked my curiousity so I took a closer look. Updates for this release after the jump:
A) Improved and reworked pattern, that guides the user through the process of creating a pattern features, but also gives you better options for non-uniform patterns and selective suppression of specific instances.
B) Shaded and rendered drawing views
C) You can now capture work-in-progress and this is an interesting one. By allowing the user to save daily work and “what if” scenarios, even when you have multiple revisions of locked parts and assemblies loaded into your session. This type of thing will save that, end of day – “Who the eff locked out my parts, I want to go home?” problem that many PDM users will be familiar with.
With the recent interest in Direct Editing, Explicit Modelling, Push me Pull me modelling technology, its also no wonder that PTC are making some noise (if a little subdued) about the modelling tools in CoCreate. This release sees some enhancements made to cross-sectional modification and there’s some new surface editing, which allow you to maintain curvature tangency, coincidence, and continuity.
Considering the noise that Siemens are going to make this week with the dual-headed launch of Solid Edge and NX with Synchronous Technology, this release is perfect timing. CoCreate 2008 is scheduled to be available in May 2008 in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.