April 26, 2004
UGS PLM Solutions Launches I-deas 11 NX Series
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Several weeks ago we talked about the free DWF viewer and wondered when the authoring tool would come out and what it would cost. Well, here it is. Is it as versatile as Adobe Acrobat? Well, no. Is it optimized for use with AutoCAD? Well, yes. It's another product-specific tool for packaging and distributing drawings for view and mark up. Do we really need another tool specifically for a single format? Autodesk seems to think so. Although the viewer is free, can the cost for Composer be justified? If you work and communicate exclusively (or at least a lot) in the AutoCAD world, then, yes, the cost can be justified. However, the $99 introductory price seems more fair than the normal
retail price of $199, especially for the customers that have invested thousands of dollars in AutoCAD over the years. So hurry and take advantage of the introductory price while you can if you feel you really need a product like this.

Letters To The Editor

Would sure be interesting to read a review article comparing SolidWorks and Pro/E - PTC on the ropes right now. The new sheet metal functionality in Wildfire 2.0 has been around in SolidWorks for over a year… SolidWorks not handling large assemblies as well as PTC… that kind of stuff…


Barry Cavanaugh, EMC Corp.

Barry brings up a good point. It's really time that we take a good comparative look at SolidWorks (2004 or 2005) and Pro/Engineer Wildfire 2.0, and for good measure, Autodesk Inventor 8. We get requests for this type of comparison quite often, so maybe we should go ahead and just do it! I'll be in touch with the three vendors in the next few weeks and see if we can get products for review. I think our readers might be surprised at what each of the products can and cannot do.

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