Okay, Let's say PTC comes out with a new Pro/E version next month. And in this version, everything gets mixed around to where you need to take a couple weeks off from modeling, so that you can learn the new interface.
if it really needs me to take a couple weeks, i'd rather stay with the one i'm currently using. anyway, it didn't take me much time to convert to wf. just need to play with it and have someone to support me when there's issues..
I personally enjoy getting the thrill of a new interface to work with - minus going through the black eye and nose bleed route, however I'm really curious to see what PTC will come up with next. I've been a user only since 2000i, and I became really comfortable with its layout - Oh well - I'm up to speed with WF now.
Could they possibly change the next revision, just after everyone's gotten up to speed and comfortable with WF?
I'm finally over my gripe session with the new change, but I really hope they leave it alone, and just add functionality instead of replacing the interface.
What they'll change to next time is: all icon based CAD package, like Unigraphics and Solid Works. I'm not sure why the leader in the CAD community (PTC) made a change to icons and didn't do it all the way through. I hope, when they do go to the next version, that all the interfaces will be consistant thoughout the package.
I agree with you Steve. Pro E is a really powerful package, but their interface is not intuitive. If they created a completely icon based interface, that mite solve alot of confusion. Then they should focus on tweaking the program to get out the little bugs that would reduce my headaches.
BTW, do you think that PTC ever comes in here to read our comments? There is a link to this site on their page.
I think i would just get over it and start using the new version. Maybe i'd show up on a forum somewhere and complain about it, but what would that accomplish? Either use the new version or don't, it's not like you have any other choices?
I agree that it would be much nicer if PTC decided to work on functionality & stability rather menu locations and new graphics. (even though i do like using WF)
The bottom line is that for what ever reason(s) PTC has created a fractionalized market in which the majority of users are on versions other than the most current and the trend is getting worse with every release since 2000i.
Wildfire keeps being heralded as an all new user interface but the menu manager is still there and the dialog boxes lack continuity.
In my opinion PTC must address this issue in the next release if they are to survive. First the software has to add such compelling performance that it's a must have for productivity. Secondly, a generous update offer needs to be presented during the first year of the softwares release to make it a no brainer for off mainenance sites to get current.
Speling - you have a point. I was of the old school type, who for some strange reason, cursed the computer industry for going to Windows. I loved DOS, because it caused me to have to understand how my computer worked, and how to manipulate the OS to get my computer to do what I wanted. Then Windows came out and everyone was able to do my job without my help, because they finally had an OS that was easy.
Today - I'll never go back to the DOS world. I'm now a Windows user, but am not as much a Windows user, as I am a Linux user.
I design next to Pro/E users who are doing the same stuff with WF, who have only been using Pro/E since the WF release. I've far more experience than they, but I find myself cursing PTC for making these 'new' inexperienced designers jobs so easy...without the experience that I have.
Yes - I would like some cheese to go with my whine - again.