I asked for some opinions regarding upgrading to either WF4 or 5 from 2... I got a lot of responses (over 30!) and here is what I took away: I would guess there was a pretty close to 50/50 split for various reasons. The big detractor from moving to 5 was the 2d module changes. The ribbon interface seems to have caused a lot of dissatisfaction and frustration. One person mentioned a performance hit - 5 being slower than 4 on the same hardware. No surprise here, but I thought it was interesting that only one person mentioned it. I expected it to be a more influential factor. Also 5 seems to have put some effort into the Rendering module and it is supposedly better (couldn't get much worse IMO) Here are comment snippets from posters... wf5 is more stable than the build of wf4 we had They (PTC) pushed back the release back of WF5 because it was on an equal level of stability of WF4. They spent a few weeks making it more stable before releasing it. you're better off waiting for a later build of any version before jumping into it We just upgraded from 3 to WF5 and there are major UI changes and enhancements.. I would suggest though to step to WF5 . It may be a little more difficult but it worth it..
WF4 on the other hand was a great improvement for us because of the improved surfacing and data doctor and pdf creation. There are some great new features and improvements like to cable harness routing, some mechanisms like 3D contact and gears, belt design features for pulley belts, some sheet metal enhancements and some others. several of our Mech Designers went to the WF5 intro in October last year (when we were already on WF4) and afterward the consensus was "when are we going to WF5". I just about fell over. Previous upgrades had been grudging. (with respect to WF5)...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.
Aside from the learning curve issue, I remember reading some older threads that WF5 is noticeably slower than WF4 on the same hardware. Thanks a lot for all of your input. I decided that we will move to 4 but I have installed 5 on the machines for the sake of rendering and a sneak peek. The responses seemed to be split fairly evenly between 4 and 5, but I chose 4 because the only shop we ever send native files to (a sister company) is mainly on 4. -Nate This email may contain material that is confidential, privileged and/or attorney work product for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any review, reliance or distribution by others or forwarding without express permission is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and delete all copies.