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Improvements to Onshape - January 18th, 2019

cody_armstrongcody_armstrong Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 205
edited January 2019 in New in Onshape
It's the first update of 2019 and we are hitting the ground running with a big update with some highly-requested improvements! Let's get started.



Documents that have been shared view-only now have a special toolbar meant to make navigating Onshape easier for non-CAD users.



You can now integrate Onshape with your Google Drive and Dropbox account. This makes it possible to browse your Google Drive or Dropbox files from directly within Onshape and also makes it much easier to import from and export to these services.



The PEM® Standard has been added to Onshape. You will see the PEM® Standard when creating holes using Hole Feature. You will also see PEM® hardware has been added to the library of Standard Content. This library of PEM® hardware will be expanded in the near future.



Images can now be inserted into comments in Onshape.



Dimensions and Annotations will now snap in Onshape Drawings. This makes them easier to align and makes Drawings in general easier to organize.



The Document details panel can now be resized.

Please take a moment to try out these new features and improvements and leave your comments below. For a detailed list of all the changes in this update, please see the changelog.

Remember: The updates listed here are now live for all users when creating new Documents and over the next few days these features will also be available in Documents created before the date of this update.



  • joseph_conlinjoseph_conlin Member Posts: 10 PRO
    Hooray for snap dimensions!  The more drawing improvements the better.  Thank you!
  • brendan_romano_romanobrendan_romano_romano Member Posts: 9 PRO
    Amazing view-only  tool bar design!  Neat and intuitive, no reason not to use it regardless of experience in CAD. Thanks so much!! 
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,120 PRO
    Thanks for the updates, the direct link to cloud storage is a great addition and looking forward to using this. Also a big thanks for the image upload to the comments this will make it so much more usable and keeps everything within the document without extra emails. 

    I'd also like to hear what mark tool people are using. At the moment I am using greenshot (free) but looking to buy snagit or should I wait for a screen mark tool to be included as part of Onshape.
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • CAD_Hero_1337CAD_Hero_1337 Member Posts: 12 PRO
    PEM Standards!!!
    and easier viewing. Im still trying to rationalize with people even in our company that they do not need to view in other software. Just use a free account! People are stuck in their ways. Someone please tell me why I would want to use anything other than onshape ever?
  • Andrew_Enslow_3DSAndrew_Enslow_3DS Member Posts: 40 ✭✭✭
    What a good Friday!

    Thanks especially for... 
    1. PEM standard - absolutely awesome
    2. View-only toolbar
    3. Images in comments
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 1,420 PRO
    I use one called Jing that's free and I like it ok, but I'm not sure if it's still actively supported anymore. Either way, it's working. I'd like to hear what others use as well.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
  • D8_StarpacD8_Starpac Member Posts: 49 ✭✭
    Can multiple user use a single gmail account
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,120 PRO
    edited January 2019
    Can multiple user use a single gmail account
    I am sure they could and it just a links to the google drive and displayed in Onshape. I was hoping I might be able to spec just a folder in my account rather than see the account at the top level. 
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,660 PRO
    Well done folks,
    Business Systems and Configuration Controller
    HWM-Water Ltd
  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers, Channel partner Posts: 755 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great improvements!!!
    Un saludo,

    Eduardo Magdalena                           C2i Change 2 improve                           ☑ ¿Por qué no organizamos una reunión online?   
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  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,120 PRO
    @emagdalenaC2i I have used user snap for this too but find the support dialogue gets in the way and I also worrie I'll accidentally send to support. 
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • romeograhamromeograham Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 609 PRO
    Great work Onshape! Nice set of improvements here.

    I use Greenshot also....I've used various tools over the years, but Greenshot seems to have stuck the longest. I really like the ability to quickly select one of my three typical destinations for screenshots: clipboard (most common for me), save to file, and open in editor. I don't like Greenshot's editor AT ALL, but I don't use it much.
  • Cache_River_MillCache_River_Mill Member Posts: 223 PRO
    Excellent work team! Thank you much.
  • romeograhamromeograham Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 609 PRO
    Super excited for the Drive integration.

    Here are a  couple notes on the Google Drive integration, after trying it out a bit.

    1. In Documents list: the Drive filter shows me all items (Folders and anything uploadable to OS I think) in My Drive, in alphanumeric order. I can't see a way to further search or filter. This is almost unworkable, since there are 1,000's of objects in my My Drive. I will try getting clever with top-level folder naming so I can more quickly find the stuff I need, but this needs work. Without a workable filter/sort/search for this view it is far inferior to using regular old Windows Explorer (or Mac Finder, or whatever Linux calls it) to locate and import files from.
    2. In "Export to Google Drive" dialog: the folders presented are not sorted in any useful order. Also, when I click the "next" button (which I expect should take me to the next 20 folders in My Drive) it refreshes to the same set of folders. I cannot search, filter, or select any destination folder other than the 20 showing. Which are a very strange set of folders - not most recent, not relevant in any way at all. However, if I click "Export" (without selecting a folder) the files export perfectly to My Drive (where I can move them to where they belong in a separate step in Drive). This is functionally no better than the default "Downloads" folder in the default setup.
    3. Please include Drive File Stream support. For G Suite customers, File Stream is becoming the best place shared content (most like a "server" that we're used to).
    I haven't tried the Dropbox integration yet.

    Is anyone else seeing the limited utility that I am from the Drive integration? Any good workarounds yet? If my experience is unique, I will submit feedback and a support ticket.

  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,467 PRO
    edited January 2019
    Amazing stuff!

    It's very helpful to have navigation panel especially when sharing just a link to non-cad person. All other new features highly appreciated too!

    Few tweaks for newly added stuff:
    - When clicking dimension icon in read-only navi, automatically popup further dimension panel in corner and tip 'Select two instances to measure'.
    - For dropbox & google connection, add default folders for import & export where to begin search for exact folder to work with.
    - I would like to insert images into comments (and into tabs and into forums) straight from clipboard without saving them to local file at all. I don't like to fill up temp folders with temp screenshots.  
  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,467 PRO
    I use lightshot (free) for screenshots. It's very fast to use and you can add basic arrows, lines & text to image then copy, save or print with a single click.
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,693 PRO
    Sweet, snapping balloons and more google integration!
  • MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 2,010 EDU
    Really like the dimension snap
    mb - draughtsman - also FS author: View FeatureScripts
  • Henk_de_VlaamHenk_de_Vlaam Member, Developers Posts: 215 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019

    Question about the new tag functionality in the comment field.

    1. I add some comment text.
    2. I tag an entity by the new “Tag entity…” botton.
    3. Now I like to get rid of the tag, so I do not like to Replace (cannot find Remove).
    4. I press Cancel. Now the tag is remove but also the text is also removed.

    How do I remove the tag entity only?

    Henk de Vlaam (NL)
  • ruben_lie_a_jenruben_lie_a_jen Member Posts: 3
    As someone who's really values visual presentation in a drawing, I truly appreciate the dimension snaps.
    It was the thing that was bothering me the most up until now whaha.
  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers, Channel partner Posts: 755 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    Un saludo,

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  • otaolafrotaolafr Member Posts: 108 EDU
    it will be possible a mega integration too? it is used by a lot of people and it give us a 50gb accound free.

  • daveaseemandaveaseeman Member, Developers Posts: 5 PRO

    I use CloudApp for screenshot annotations and capturing screen gifs or video. It uploads everything you create and gives you a shortlink to that content, which makes it very easy to share. The free version is fully featured and mostly just limits the amount you can upload.

  • EricGauthierEricGauthier Member Posts: 73 ✭✭✭
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,120 PRO
    Is there a way to import straight from google drive into an existing document? I went looking for this expecting it in the + tab section under the import but doesn't look like it's there.
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • mike_hölschermike_hölscher Member Posts: 95 PRO
    Thanks for the update!

    Can we also expect the snapping with a certain fixed spacing when dimensions are placed above each other? It would be very neat if the spacing in between dimensions placed above each other would be equal and identical on all drawings.
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 4,308
    @mike_hölscher that's a great idea - please create an IR in the category on the right --> Although, this is a tricky one - if you move a dimension between two others, do you expect them to move to accommodate it? The direction of movement then becomes somewhat arbitrary (unless you can think of some good logic to control it).

    Director, Technical Services, EMEAI
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