I don't envy your position at all. In my point of view, WF3 and WF4 were just "fixes" for Wildfire projects that couldn't get done in previous releases. Don't get me wrong, there are "Enhancements" all over the place that I believe my company has greatly benefited from.
Wildfire 5.0 seems to be the beginning of the Ribbon UI. I'd expect it to be in more places in WF6. So the question is, do you give users the new interface to learn one piece at a time, or everything at once? I can say that after several years of always being on the latest release, my users have gotten good at getting used to the latest and greatest, even to the extent that they bug me about when we're going to get upgraded. They like new toys!!
I really hate to get into debates about the "Look and Feel" stuff of Pro/E, given the fact that no matter what you change with any software interface, people are going to love it and people are going to hate it.
I'm just starting to use Office 2007. Am I as efficient as I was with 2003? No, probably not yet. Will I be eventually? Probably.
Wildfire 5.0 drawing has the same type of interface. Actually, I saw the WF5 interface before the Office 2007 interface, so I had an idea how the Office UI worked.
One of the biggest complaints I've heard about Pro/E is that it's non-intuitive, or it just doesn't act like other software. PTC seems to be listening to that complaint and doing something about it.
Hi Nathan, What version to upgrade to? I like to always go with the latest and greatest if there is not a limiting factor such as the version of your data management "Intralink" not working with the latest version of ProE. or the need to hold training classes for the latest version of ProE, are the things I would consider 1st.
So will your current data management software handle Wildfire 5.0 ?
The user interface between Wildfire 2.0 & 4.0 hasn't changed that much at all. "not much need for training".
I haven't seen or worked on Wildfire 5.0 yet as the version of Intralink "9.0 M090" we are running here does not support it, but it sound like there may be a need for training when going to Wildfire 5.0 ?
Now a little bit of a rant !!!. Why are they changing the interface again ? PTC has been updating the user interface gradually from version 2001 "table driven menus" which if you knew where things where worked just fine, thru Wildfire 4.0 "Icon selections" user interface, and they still are not done making all of the ProE modules look and function the same! PTC "Finish what you started". Now their going to start the process of gradually updating the user interface's all over again to this "ribbon interface" so it will look like what the latest "Microsoft windows program" !
Hello PTC.... this is not a Microsoft windows program, it doesn't need to look like one!. Why don't you focus your time and efforts on adding functionality, improving stability & keeping ProE & Windchill products compatible.
That is all sorry for Ranting !!!