Dear Siemens PLM NX Customer,
The following Software Field Bulletin was posted today regarding updates to the NX product download folders on the FTP server that some of you may have already observed: SFB-NX-8007639 - NX Continuous Release and GTAC Product Download. These changes were made to assist with the new continuous release paradigm.
Please familiarize yourselves with the new folder structure as it affects both forthcoming continuous releases and older releases and reply with any questions in the comments below.
Siemens PLM Software will begin delivering its NX software product using a Continuous Release methodology in January 2019. This new delivery and update model will give our customers faster access to new enhancements and quality improvements while reducing the efforts needed to deploy NX effectively. Customers in Continuous Release mode will see functional enhancement releases approximately every six months and a monthly update release every month posted on the GTAC product download location which will give them an opportunity to download, deploy and realize our latest advancements in a production environment without delay.
To accommodate these releases, the GTAC NX product download location will be updated to reflect a continuous release methodology, following are the key changes you will notice starting with January 2019 release:
Reorganizing the GTAC download site to support NX continuous release also gives us an opportunity to archive files that are no longer supported or needed by the customer. Such files (including maintenance releases, maintenance packs, hot-fixes, and add-ons) will be archived and will be provided only on request (open an IR with GTAC). All previous communications (i.e., NX Software Field Bulletins or online technical documentation) are still valid, but any references to release downloads using GTAC NX product download links are no longer correct. Customers need to browse through the new NX product structure to download.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during this time of change. For more information about NX product download, please contact the Global Technical Access Center in your local region or area.
Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc.
This SFB was done first to focus on preparation of the download site for the new Release structure and make sure no one was confused by the change. For example, anyone on the site today looking for existing NX 12 or 11related items would need to navigate through the new structure.
There will be a separate SFB (coming soon) to announce the release and posting of the actual download for the new release.
I'm sure Ben will be posting that when it comes, if you are not on the SFB list. Stay tuned :-)
With this new schema, is the intent to move *all* the add ins to the add ins directory or what?
I'm thinking things like Flex Pipe, Mastertrim and Fibersim that weren't in add ins before but in various partner delineated directories. We need some way to comprehend what versions work with what builds of NX without having to trudge through each piece of release documentation. This is critical to moving faster.