Creo 2.0: What Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 Users Should Know (part 1 of 3)

by Al Dean

If you’re a Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4.0 user, your software turns five this year. Well, six if you count the 2007 prerelease.

In 2008, the price of 500GB disk space cost you about $100. Today, you can get 2 Terabytes for less than half that price. The Blackberry was twice as popular as the iPhone. And CAD companies were still arguing about where, or whether, direct modeling fit in a great big parametric world.

A lot has changed since you last upgraded your CAD software. If you want to know EXACTLY what’s changed, this series is for you.

We’ll list all the key features added since 2008, everything from Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 to Creo 2.0. Use these articles to browse what you’ve been missing. Or click the links and watch the videos to thoroughly explore how design software has evolved since Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0.

In this first segment, find out how we’ve updated working with user experience, assemblies, annotations, graphics, and measuring. Plus we’ll tell you about some new learning resources that are always right there when you need them most.

User Experience

Finding your way around a new system can be frustrating, especially when you’ve already become skilled at the old one. But in Creo 2.0, we made your success our priority. Check out these new features:

  • Ribbon, hotkeys, and environment settings for configuring your workspace to your preferences.
  • Embedded command finder for quickly locating capabilities when you need them.
  • Intuitive 3D dragger, in-graphics toolbar, and mini toolbars for more efficient designing.

See these and other new user interface features in this video:


Working with assemblies isn’t what it used to be. With Creo 2.0, you can:

3D Annotation

In Creo 2.0, we’ve introduced several improvements for annotating 3D models.

Here’s what 3D Annotation in Creo 2.0 looks like today, we compare it with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 in this video, but the comparison would be almost the same for 4.0:


In Creo 2.0, we take advantage of the latest graphics technology. The performance improvements are dramatic. See how PTC compares to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire with both AMD and NVIDIA:


In Creo 2.0, measuring geometry takes a leap forward with our unified measuring tool. The measuring dialog stays on screen as you inspect distances, volumes, areas, and more. It even populates all the measurement information for any reference that you select. In a comparison to Wildfire, PTC users opened 65% fewer menus to finish the same work.

Learning Resources

If you or your colleagues still need help, check out our innovative and powerful learning resources. We now offer embedded tutorials (200+) and help topics with the integrated LearningConnector, all available in context as you work.