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"Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?

KenFarley
Tanzanite

"Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?

We've been using Creo 4.0 for a while, and I'm aware that "support" for that release has been over for a bit.

I'm wondering what folks have found to be the most stable release between 5.0, 6.0, and 7.0. I'm not really that interested in multibody functionality - I see that as another way for horrible model management to expand to heretofore unseen levels of disorganization. I'm more interested in whether a particular "version" is more stable, has less bugs, maybe handles the tedium of drawing generation better, etc. Maybe Simulate is better in one version than another?

Anyone have any opinions on what they've seen as the "best"?

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Re: "Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?

Creo 4 and Creo 7 are enterprise releases. If you are worried about support then you will want to keep to the enterprise releases. Creo 5 and 6, 8 and 9 are only supported for a year.

 

Given that you indicated you want a supported release I would suggest 7.0.3 which is the latest build that just came out. It will have the most bug fixes out of anything. Our organization is upgrading to that release this week.

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Re: "Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?

I put "support" in quotes because to be honest, it's never been much of a concern. Even when I've found and reported bad behavior I'm told it "functions according to specification". A release being supported just means there will be periodic new builds provided that we can download if desired.

What I' really interested in is the day to day usage. For example, when we moved from Creo 2.0 to Creo 4.0, we found that the methodology necessary to do drawings became much more tedious. Every time an older drawing is brought up, if it uses datums, we get this annoying "warning" about legacy data. Which is a real pain to "correct". But mainly the workflow needed to do the same things we used to increased, in terms of the massive number of mouse clicks and menu perusals.

On a lesser level, is the Manufacturing module improved significantly in any of the later releases? I'm actually quite afraid that they will eliminate the Custom Trajectory path type, which I use immensely for roughing operations and particularly tricky finishing, too. The "canned" cycles are okay if you just want to chop out a volume and don't particularly care how it's done, but for efficiency on complex 3D contours I can define paths that give better results and are faster.

Anyway, that's what I was interested in. The actual workflow with the program. The supported thing is only the reason others in my company are getting squeamish about 4.0.

Re: "Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?

We are making the jump from 4 to 7. PTC spent a lot of R&D on the multibody thing and only minor improvements on other things. From an admin point of view this is great because very few of the mapkeys got broken and there isn't a lot of new code that could introduce new errors. If you stay away from mutibody then 7 is very similar to 4.

Re: "Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?


@Chris3 wrote:

Creo 4 and Creo 7 are enterprise releases. If you are worried about support then you will want to keep to the enterprise releases. Creo 5 and 6, 8 and 9 are only supported for a year.


The last part of that statement is actually not correct.  PTC released a statement yesterday that said Creo 8.0 and following will all be supported for 4 years.  It seems like the concept of 'enterprise release' is going away.

 

https://www.ptc.com/en/support/article/CS339031

 

Re: "Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?

Tom thanks for the heads up.

 

How were you notified of the statement? Is there a newsletter signup or something like that for such news?

Re: "Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?

This was sent to email registered with PTC support yesterday.

 

Dear Valued Customer,

To support you more effectively, PTC is changing the support cadence for all new Creo releases beginning in April 2021.

  • Starting with the release of Creo 8.0.0.0 in April 2021, all new Creo releases will be supported for a total of 4 years.
  • For the first year of a new release , maintenance releases will be delivered quarterly.
  • For subsequent years, maintenance releases will be delivered at a reduced cadence.

These changes do not affect any current releases of Creo.

Visit eSupport here to learn more about the Creo support changes and who you can contact if you have any specific questions.

Thank you,
PTC Customer Success

Re: "Best" of the "recent" releases of Creo?

Yes, it is possible to subscribe to alerts, articles, etc.

https://support.ptc.com/appserver/cs/subscriptions/subscriptions.jsp?p=tab_bulletins

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