I saw a web demo if Windchill 10 last week that was put on by our PTC VAR. Didn't get too deep into functionality enhancements or changes (to be covered more in a 2nd and 3rd web demo), mostly the interface changes. Initial impression isthe UI iswhere the biggest and most immediate changes are that will be realized by the average user. We're in a similar situation as you, Frederic, still on 3.4 and in the early planning and testing phases for our migration to Windchill. Due to the timing we're planning to go to Windchill PDMLink 10 andnot implement 9.1. This decision is in part because of the total overhaul of the user interface which would essentially require training our user base to 9.1 and retraining6- 12 monthslaterto the Windchill 10 interface.That andthe fact that I don't want to go to 9.1 to only require another migration (even if much less painful) to get to 10 later. That's not something I want to have to explain to management on top of the expenses required to move off of 3.4in order to get up to date with Pro/E/ "Creo".As far as the migration path, word from our VAR is if you're on 3.4 and going to 10 it's not Windchill itself that might throw some extra steps into the process, but the supported versions of Oracle and theOracle migration process. If you're staying on Oracle you may have to migrate the database twice if you intend to run with the most recent version of Oracle as supported by Windchill 10 (can't skip major releases of Oracle in the migration process - although their answer was a little gray on this). In our case the effect of this is minimal as we are planning to migrate to Microsoft SQL server - in effect I believe we have to go Intralink & old Oracle to newer Oracle (not newest) to SQL anyway.
I've installed WC10 on a set ofvirtual servers to test it andafter a few issues with the install, have it running. First impression is that the UI is nicely cleaned up. Much more efficient and user friendly and just looks up-to-date...even if the colors do strangelyremind me of the '80s TV series "Miami Vice". I think PTC deservessome credit for the UI overhaul. Under the hood I've encountered very little difference from my test install of 9.1 so far, but I may not have dug deep enough yet. As far as product compatability I'm having trouble finding information as well. There is clear info on supported DB, LDAP, browser, javaetc for WC10, but both the Pro/E software matrix and Windchill Matrix that I can find on PTC's site don't mention the supported combinations of WC10 and PTC's CAD applications. If anyone has this and can point out where to find it on PTC's siteit would be appreciated. As far as functional comparison, the Windchill 10 "What's New" doc available on PTC's site has some pretty good information on enhancements / changes but doesn't get into comparing directly to Intralink 3.4 - more of a high level"how we've made it better compared to 9.x"without extensivedetail. Definitely worth reading though if you're on the fence between implementing 9.1 or 10.
If anyone from PTC or other admins that have started toying with WC10 C000 can chime in on this, I know we'd all appreciate it.
Thanks - FPS doc has it.Page 4 does indicate for the client side Vista and 7 32 bit are supported. We've had such good luck with Win7 64 bit so far that unless we find some major issue I can't imagine sticking with a 32 bit OS moving forward. The Creo / WC11 OS requirements may help expedite that move, though. I like how they've dropped the name "Wildfire 6" and started calling Windchill 11 "Windchill X-22" when compared to a prior rev of the doc. Anyway, thanks - I'll blame lack of coffee for not thinking of the FPS doc. 🙂
There were some incorrect statements in this post that sent me looking into it. To save others some trouble.
X-22 is not Windchill 10.0,and the document (http://www.ptc.com/view?im_dbkey=69784 ) lists 32 bit support for Vista and Windows 7 for x-22.Windchill 10.0 supports XP, Vista and 7 32/64
That 1 year to get swtiched over comment is incorrect.
In Reply to Ben Loosli:
In the attached Windchill Future Platform Support document, it says that Windchill 10 will support Wildfire 4 & 5, and Creo 1 & 2.
The other thing to note is that Windchill 10 server does not support Windows 32-bit, only 64-bit.
On the client side, X-22 will only support 64-bit OS's and Windows XP is dropped.
Reading between the lines, Creo 3 will not be supported by XP at all. So that gives us about 1 year to get switched over to Windows 7-64!
Ben H. Loosli