Solidworks I believe.
I have read that PTC Pro/DESKTOP 8 has been discontinued, so I'm just wondering what's the current name for whatever took over from it?
Someone here has said that Pro/DESKTOP 8 became shareware or free or something towards the end of its life?
Solidworks I believe.
That's what has been provided to our DT dept by DATA I believe.
Looks like their offering is now called Creo.
DATA may be nothing to do with the manafacturers directly but there was always the tie up that gained schools free 3D CAD software so I was following with what was available.
Pro Engineer replaced Pro Desktop as it were as PD was cut down from ProE in a simple terms I thought.
It's definitely CREO. Just make sure you get a trial version and test it before buying. We used Pro desktop for years with no problem but CREO is a massive PITA for our network. If you have previously run v8 I suspect that you may be OK though as we discovered that the documentation for PD8 helped us with CREO.
Creo is the FREE replacement for ProDESKTOP in schools.
PTC's Creo suite of 3D modelling tools has all new Windows 7 ribbon menus and streamlined workflow making it the most versatile and one of the easiest to use 3D modellers.
Key features are:
- All the power of Pro|ENGINEER parametric modelling but with all new ribbon menus making modelling much easier and faster.
- Freestyle sub-division modelling tools that make organic shapes really easy, a great tool for prodcut design.
- Creo Direct is an all new direct modeller where simple tools are used to create and modeify 3D gemoetry.
- A common data model allows the user to switch between modelling tools with no loss of data or model history!
Full details are available on PTC - PTC Academic Program for Schools where teachers and students can register, download and install a fully featured FREE single seat licence.
Schools can also get a FREE site license with network installation option when a teacher completes accredited training. A list of trainers in each region is on the web site.
Tim Brotherhood - Curriculum Development Manager, PTC.
john (12th May 2012)
For network install we provide a product code you use to install a FlexLM license server which holds and issues up to 150 concurrent licenses dynamically.
During install, Creo is simply pointed to the license server so can be packaged on as many PCs as needed. The latest information I have from schools using CC4 is the Creo package is too big for the standard RM package builder but a workaround is to copy the install folders to other PCs and create a shortcut to start Creo.
Scripts must be enabled for Creo to Run and the default student profile has this disabled. In the six years Pro|ENGINEER and Creo has been used in schools, I have not had a single report of this causing a security problem and Becta, before their demise, were not able to give me any examples where enabling scripts had been a problem.
HarryMonkey (10th May 2012)
Thanks Tim, given the way our DT dept moves from one IT suite to another, copying that amount of info manually to over 200 workstations (and again each time we rebuild them) will probably mean that we won't be using it then. Shame really as it looks like a good product and I can almost hear the wailing from our DT dept when I tell them that installing it this way is not a practical solution for us.
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