it turns out, the mystery Parasolids customer appears
to have been UGS PLM Software itself with its own CAD/CAM
application UGS NX
operating system. Leopard will be
a full 64-bit OS with simultaneous, non-penalizing
32-bit backward compatibility. No other major operating
system in the world has that exact capability.
in May, Architosh got a chance to discuss UGS NX 5
for Mac OS X Leopard with Jerry Sarfati, marketing
director, NX, for Siemens UGS PLM Software (Siemens
acquired UGS in May 2007).
Key questions on the minds of many CAD users and observers
alike include both the obvious and not-so obvious such
as: why is UGS PLM Software supporting the Mac now?
is this effort really taking? And are there specific
NX customers asking for Mac support?
fills us in on these and more to explain some of the
inner workings of this decision and what is a very
hopeful start -- for Mac users -- into the world
of "heavy weight" CAD/CAM on Mac OS X.
Why has UGS decided to be the first PLM provider to support
Mac OS X?
Sarfati (JS): We've had demand for it. Some user groups
have been asking for more OS X support. Secondly, supporting
Apple's Mac OS X platform is reflective of our "openness
strategy." You can now run NX on Vista, XP, Linux
and soon OS X, and our EULA enables you to set it up
Obviously supporting Mac OS X is a big deal. What were some
of the key elements that needed to take place in order
to enable support of Mac OS X for NX?
We did quite a few studies on OS
X before we made the final decision to support it fully.
We know that underneath
OS X is a pure UNIX system, and NX already runs on UNIX,
so that part was fairly easy. It is a very robust operating
system. We've sent developers to Apple's Worldwide Developers
Conference (WWDC) and they have taken a lot of classes
to learn about OS X's unique features.
How long has UGS been actively working on the OS X version?
When did it all start?
We had a NX 4 for PowerPC in an alpha program prior to Apple's
announcement of the switch to Intel processors. It's
been going on a little over a year. We started with the
alpha program to get feedback from our users interested
in a Mac version, to understand it better, and to begin
to develop the support and training on the Mac version.
When Apple announced the Intel switch we waited to develop
for Intel only. We want to take full advantage of the
64-bitness of Leopard.
So when did you reach beta?
We've had an alpha version for PowerPC since the November 2006
time frame, we plan to go into beta once Leopard is released.
NX 5 by UGS PLM Software is currently an X11/Motif
application, running on Mac OS X Leopard as a full
64-bit CAD/CAM. The view above shows version 4. UGS
NX 5 will enter beta stages when Leopard ships in
So NX 5 for Mac OS X is waiting for Leopard to be released?
Yes. Leopard is fully 64-bit. NX 5 on OS X Leopard is a
true 64 bit application. Most NX users today are not
using 64-bit operating systems but they are all looking
at it. Linux supports it, Windows has it. With Leopard
the Mac platform will have it.
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