In Reply to Doug Schaefer:
PTC has an actual date for Creo 2 M030 on the product calendar , next
Wednesday, November 21st.
They also have dates for Creo M040 & Creo 3 now. There's no scheduled
new Creo 2 build until February 2013, that's 3 months between
maintenance releases. Remember when we got a new version every 6 months
and I think maintenance releases were weekly or was it every 2 weeks?
Creo 3 F000 isn't due until Q4 2013. So much for the commitment when
Creo was launched of a new release every 12 months each March.
We pay quite a lot each year for maintenance, about 90% of the value is
in getting new releases. Tech support is too slow for our needs, we
rarely get an answer before our deadline to deliver to the customer.
If they are going to stretch releases out that far, I'm seriously
considering a recommendation to not pay our maintenance that is due in
December. With Creo 3 not hitting for a year, it'll be at least 18
months, likely more, before any of our clients implement it.
There is very little reason to keep paying maintenance if PTC isn't
going to keep maintaining the product.
We are having great success with Creo 2.0 M020 but I also fear that PTC will not focus on getting the old "Menu Manager" features updated which would go against their goal of a user friendly UI.
From Creo 1.0 and Creo 2.0, I noticed some old "Menu Manager" features get converted and I only hope this continues. I would have to see the unfinished mess that was Wildfire.
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