General Software

SpinFire Professional 5.0 SP1

31 May, 2003 By: Ron LaFon


4.5 stars out of 5
SpinFire Professional 5 SP1
Actify’s SpinFire Professional 5 SP1 handles a variety of 2D and 3D drawings.
Actify’s SpinFire Professional 5.0 SP1 is a desktop application that provides 2D and 3D viewing and markup capabilities. It imports standard CAD formats such as IGES, VDA, DWG, DXF, RAW, 3DS, HPGL, STL, G-code, and VRML. SpinFire Professional Plus adds native importers with support for CATIA V4 and V5 (new), Pro/ENGINEER, Unigraphics, I-DEAS–Web Access, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Parasolid, Autodesk Inventor, and STEP. It doesn’t view DGN (MicroStation), TGA, and PCX files.

SpinFire Professional 5.0 was slow to start up, and slow to open the 3D campus.dwg file—it took 18 seconds. The interface is relatively simple, though elegant. A variety of options are tucked away in the side-panel buttons

SpinFire Professional’s price tag of $599 includes one year of maintenance. You can separately purchase importers for CAD formats that aren’t included in the base product. If you attempt to load a CAD file not supported by your version of SpinFire, an on-demand importer upgrade lets you download and install all the required components to view that CAD model without leaving the application.

The maintenance contract ensures that you receive the latest importers and upgrades to SpinFire Professional at no additional cost. SpinFire Professional is licensed on a per-machine basis—your Seat ID activates all features and functionality. Your company can also host, manage, and distribute CAD files and design data securely across your entire organization and supply chain via the Actify Server.

About the Author: Ron LaFon

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