CoLab vs. Creo View

If your team uses Creo to design products, then you may use Creo View to share your designs with teammates. However, as product development becomes more complex, many companies search for a Creo View alternative that can handle more file types and manage increasingly complex design feedback. That’s why we built CoLab.

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What's the difference between a CAD viewer vs a design engagement system?

Creo View is a CAD Viewer that lets teammates without a CAD license view design files. CoLab also lets you share CAD with anyone. However, unlike Creo View, CoLab isn’t just for viewing CAD – it’s a Design Engagement System with all the tools you need to make better design decisions, faster.

With CoLab, you can:

  • Share CAD and drawings from Creo, CATIA, Solidworks and more, with support for over 70 file types
  • Pin comments directly to models and drawings, and have your feedback instantly visible to your team and partners
  • Understand why every design decision is made, with feedback that is tracked and organized automatically


Creo View Express

Creo View Lite

Creo View MCAD

View drawings
View Creo 3D models
View all major CAD files
Extra modules required
Create markups and comments
Markups and comments instantly visible to everyone
Windchill integration
Automatic tracking of feedback and change requests
Notifications of changes, feedback and revisions
URL based sharing (no software download required)
“Creo View is a snapshot in time of the model and has no tracking of rev levels, nor a quick way to scroll from past to latest rev. It also has no relationship to the parametrics. This was one of the strong benefits in selecting CoLab.”

Michel Oskam
Former Director of Design Operations

Johnson Controls International

Ready for a better design collaboration experience?

  • Share drawings and 3D models from Creo and all other major CAD tools
  • Exchange design feedback with teammates and partners in real time
  • Automatically generate summaries of design feedback or issue lists

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Deliver better products, faster.