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NX is used by various segment professionals in product development
-- such as industrial design and styling versus say simulation
and engineering -- what segment professionals are more
apt to already be interested in using Mac OS X as their
NX workstation platform?
We have only anecdotal evidence on this so far, but we
clearly have a lot of interest from design folks, style
centers and smaller suppliers. There is also quite a
bit of interest coming from those on other UNIX operating
What flavors of UNIX in particular are you talking
Oh, nearly all of them. HP-UX, IBM AIX, Sun, and Novell Linux.
So Linux folks are interested in NX on OS X?
Some. Linux itself is actually finding traction on the
computational side -- it is great for that.
Are there any key customers of UGS NX that are interested in
a Mac OS X version of NX and if so who are they?
We have not asked anybody to be a spokesman for NX on Mac OS
X just yet.
Let's shift gears a bit. What is the "essential" message UGS
wants to broadcast to the world today about NX on Mac
OS X and what does that say about how UGS sets itself
apart from its key competitors?
The message is that soon Mac OS
X users will have the
most powerful CAD/CAM system available to them and this
is a reflection of UGS' openness strategy I mentioned
Clearly the openness strategy is a good thing, but what is
this costing you? How will support of Mac OS X differ
from saying supporting other UNIX operating systems or
even Linux for that matter?
Well the fact that OS X is UNIX certainly helps. Like any company
we have to do the business case and we think this decision
is sound. We have decided that we are going to start
marketing this, telling the user groups about it, telling
the world about it.
5 and PLM
Let's dig into NX 5 itself. What does it take, what does it
do, what are its primary features?
As I said UGS NX is the most powerful
CAD/CAM system available. Our Active Mockup technology,
the new technology in NX
5, allows you to have tremendously large models. This
is very very useful to digital assembly, where you have
thousands and thousands of parts, like the parts in a
tractor. NX requires 1.5GB of RAM for the application
itself but there is no practical limit on model size.
need to put those parts together in the model first,
before they physically prototype. This happens now in
NX 5 and using geometry you can actually build manuals
for taking things a part.
are four great new powers in NX 5. The first is NX your
way. We've greatly improved the user interface and its
customizability, so you can work your way, with multiple
tuned interfaces. Next is Active Mockup, which is
more powerful than digital mockup. You can wikipedia
that term for a full definition.
is, you work within an integrated knowledge environment,
are rules within the system. They determine things like
the capture of information, the management and sharing
of these rules.
What kind of rules?
There are a variety of rule types. Engineering rules,
IF statements, best practices, et cetera.
is a generation of engineers in this country that
will be retiring and they hold a wealth of information
in their heads. How does this information get passed
on? With NX you can load parts and their assemblies
with a wealth of information so that this data
gets passed on, stays with the company.
fourth power of NX 5 is "design freedom." It
allows you to work effectively with all legacy
data to maximize reuse without redesign. In addition,
NX 5 cuts through the constraints of parametric
models enabling compressed design times and reductions
in costly errors.
What apps are you competing with with NX 5? What is your
We compete with CATIA, ProE and in the mid-range
Do you compete with Autodesk?
UGS Solid Edge is our competing 2D to 3D product.
What about third-party apps for NX and TeamCenter support
on OS X?
UGS Teamcenter will not be supported on OS X yet. But
NX data management will be on OS X. There are quite
a few third-party applications and even internally
we have a lot. We just need to make sure we provide
the support to allow OS X development around NX
Well thank you for taking the time to answer these questions
about the upcoming NX 5 for Mac OS X. Once Leopard
ships this will become an exciting new opportunity
You are welcome, thank you.
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