Today is the annual analyst and media day that PTC holds at its headquarters near Boston. (Not attending this year is me, for I had prior commitments here at home.)
This morning's press release headline reads, "PTC Introduces Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 with New...." At last year's event, PTC vowed to remove the "Wildfire" tag from future releases, because it was just the code name during the time that the software company transitioned Pro/E to a more modern CAD program. I suppose Wildfire was just too exciting to drop -- and perhaps there is a useful name-link to a successful program in another field, FireFox.
New in v4 is:
-- Auto rounding.
-- Improved large assembly performance -- there's one everyone's working on.
-- Automatically display dimensions in 3D drawings.
-- Directly edit surfaces.
-- Remove rounds and hole geometry.
-- Analyze geometric tolerances and variances in the CAD model.
-- Convert imported geometries to features.
-- Improved repair of imported data.
-- Handles JT, 3D PDF, ProductView files.
-- Enhanced simulation.
I can see competitors going over the list and saying, "Yup, already go that one. And that one, too." Perhaps this item is unique to Pro/E:
New Pro/ENGINEER Rights Management Extension -- persistently and dynamically protect intellectual property when collaborating through additional levels of security.
There's also these improvements to verticals:
-- Manufacturing tooling.
-- Factory equipment design.
-- Electromechanical design.
The software is due to ship by the end of January, either on CD or as a download.