Enhancements in PTC Creo Illustrate 4.0
Creo Illustrate 4.0 has many enhancements and is the next step of the integration of 2D and 3D solutions for technical illustrations.
An important step towards this connection was the addition of CreoView with IsoView technologies. This has the advantage that both 2D (IsoView) and 3D content is supported within a single viewer
Now, I would like to give an overview of the most interesting new features of Creo Illustrate 4.0. These innovations are of interest to the user as well as to system administrators:
Standards and Profiles
The first enhancement ist he introduction of standards and the preperation for different profiles. With standards, it is possible to create various basic settings in Creo Illustrate and make them available to the employees. This makes it possible to launch customized callouts, views and other self-defined contents fast and easy.
On this point, it is important to mention, that this is only the first step for the implementation of industrial pre-configured standards (e.g. S1000D, ATA iSpec 2200) within Creo illustrate.
Enhancements of the SBOM-EBOM Connectivity
Until now, if there is a change in the development part list (eBOM) and the part number has changed, this has been considered as a new part and placed at the end of the service part list (sBOM).
With Creo Illustrate 4.0, however, it is now possible to establish a connection between old part numbers in the sBOM and new part numbers from the eBOM. With this new functionality, the obsolete part of the sBOM can be replaced by the new part of eBOM. The new part inherits structural properties from the original part in the sBOM. This makes it possible to react faster and more efficiently when there is a change in the eBOM.
Own Save+ and Publish-Commands
These new features allow the storage and publishing commands to be modified to perform additional tasks on the original command. This new postprocess is initiated via an external, freely configurable script (for example a batch file). With this script, it is also possible to start a variety of additional individual processes.
This functionality allows, for example, that after the normal save another copy can be stored on a server. Another example is, that after publication, a message is sent to an employee to check the publication.
Definition of user-specific item numbers
Another new feature is user-specific item numbers. This is not the representation of the element numbers but the content of the element number. In the automatic creation of element numbers, the generation of the item number is performed according to the structure and the selected numbering scheme. With Creo Illustrate 4.0, it is now possible to assign your own numbers via an input list. This results in fast and uncomplicated allocation and shifting of item numbers according to the specific requirements. All alphanumeric characters (e.g., 2, 13, 34b, / etc) are possible.
Ultra Lightweight Precise JT (ULP)
A small but very useful innovation in certain situations concerns users who use a JT filter. With Creo Illustrate 4.0 and an installed Creo View JT adapter it is now possible to import so-called Ultralight Precise JT (ULP) data into Creo Illustrate
Manual update of linked source-files
Creo Illustrate 4.0 also provides the ability to better manage the linkages of source files. Among other things, it is possible to force an update of the source file, check the link, and regenerate the link.
These new features are of great use when the source file is moved from a local file system to a server. It is now possible to regenerate the link in order for the link between the source file and illustration remains.
Alternative transformation drag handle
To facilitate ease of handling parts and assemblies, Creo Illustrate 4.0 provides an alternative transformation drag handle.
Previously, the following was the case: If a part was selected and transformed and the drag handle was dragged out of the view, no further operation could be carried out since the drag handle was no longer selectable.
With the alternate pull handle, actions are now possible again. A new drag handle is displayed in the middle of the screen once the original drag handle leaves the view. A small arrow at the center of the alternative drag handle indicates the direction of the original drag handle
These are the new features in Creo Illustrate 4.0 F000. In addition, there are many small changes and improvements in the user interface to make the use of the software as easy and intuitive. Furthermore, additional improvements have been implemented in regards to performance, as well as increased compatibility and stability with readable data.