Best Practice - How to open files created in newer release, in older version of Creo Parametric

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Models created in Creo Parametric and its previous releases Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire or Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 cannot be opened in older versions/releases.

PTC guarantees the ability to open older models in newer versions of Creo, but the other way around is not part of the PTC product functionality.

There is a solution to this, which is described further in this guide.

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1. Best Practice How to open files created in newer release, in older version of Creo Parametric Aug 2019

5. Limitations with GCRI Note: When opening a newer version of the model in the older version of Creo a dialogbox popes up : Limitation : the feature in the models created is not editable :

2. Background • Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire , Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 or Creo Parametric models cannot be opened in older versions/releases. • PTC guarantees retro - compatibility only in being able to open older models in newer versions of Creo . The other way around is not part of any PTC products functionalities . Resolution: • As a resolution rely on the Non - Granite Cross Release Interoperability (GCRI) method Refer to CS34192 for Data compatibility between all releases of Pro/ENGINEER, Creo Elements/Pro and Creo Parametric Reference : CS34964

3. How to open newer files in older versions 1. Copy the file readnewermodels.dll from the newer version of Creo Parametric , searchpath : 2. Paste the readnewermodels.dll into the older version of Creo Parametric , see the searchpath : Example ; How to open Creo 3.0 files in Creo 2.0 < Creo load point > \ Common Files \ < datecode > \ < machine_type > \ gcri < Creo load point > \ common files \ < datecodes > \ < machine_type > \ obj

4. Additional info depending on Creo version • Copy the readnewermodels.dll file from the upper version folder For Creo Parametric 1.0 - 2.0 • Copy readnewermodels.dll from < Creo load point > \ Common Files \ < datecode > \ < machine_type > \ gcri • Where < machine_type > equals x86e_win64 for 64 - bit installation or i486_nt for 32 - bit For Creo Parametric 3.0 - 6.0 • Copy readnewermodels.dll from < Creo load point > \ < datecode > \ Common Files \ < machine_type > \ gcri 64 - bit installation readnewermodels.dll file from Creo Parametric 1.0 - 6.0 can be downloaded as below : • Creo Parametric 1.0 • Creo Parametric 2.0 • Creo Parametric 3.0 • Creo Parametric 4.0 • Creo Parametric 5.0 • Creo Parametric 6.0 • Paste the readnewermodels.dll file to the lower version in the following folder For Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 - 5.0, Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 • Put the readnewermodels.dll into <Pro/ENGINER load point > \ < machine_type > \ obj \ For Creo Parametric 1.0 - 6.0 • Put the readnewermodels.dll into < Creo load point > \ < datecodes > \ common files \ < machine_type > \ obj \

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