Pro/Engineer is developed by PTC, and is a widely-used 3D CAD application. Users are attracted to the software partly due to its mid-range price, and partly because of its wide range of features. The user interface for the software is considered fairly simple, and a large support community exists to assist new users in learning the software, as well as comparing uses between more experienced designers. The software can be used on PCs running either Windows or Solaris operating systems.
Computers with XP, Vista or newer versions of Windows are capable of running Pro/Engineer, provided they meet hardware requirements. The computer should have a minimum of 256 MB of RAM, but 1 GB of RAM is recommended. The recommended hard drive space is 3 GB, with an additional 2 GB available swap space, but a computer with only 2 GB hard drive space and 500 MB swap space meets the minimum requirements. A 2.4 GHz processor is recommended. The minimum processor speed, which will provide significantly inferior performance, is 500 MHz. The computer must also feature a Mozilla-based web browser or be equipped with Internet Explorer 6 with SP1, or a newer version of Internet Explorer. An NTFS file system and Microsoft-approved three-button mouse are also required.
Solaris machines have many of the same requirements as Windows machines. The minimum and recommended amounts of RAM are the same, but drive space differs. A minimum of 3 GB drive space, with a recommended 3.5 GB, is needed for Pro/Engineer on a Solaris system. Swap space requirements are also the same as those for Windows, and a Mozilla-based web browser is required because Internet Explorer is not developed for Solaris. A three-button mouse is necessary, but it does not have to be a Microsoft-approved mouse.
A DVD drive is necessary to install and run the software. A monitor capable of at least 1280 by 1024 dots per inch (dpi) resolution, with 24-bit color depth, is also required. A broadband Internet connection may also be required.
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