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Why FeatureScripts?

don_williams909don_williams909 Member Posts: 77 PRO
Why make people find scripts and add them to their documents menu?
Why rely on people making feature scripts for basic functions that should simply be incorporated into the software?

I understand that it leaves things open to development, and allows some degree of customization, but wouldn't it simply be better just to add them all to basic menus?  It's not like the basic menu is exactly cluttered with items on it.

It leaves me feeling like Onshape only has basic functionality, not much in the way advanced functions, and to do anything beyond that is a hunt for things that hopefully someone outside of Onshape has developed.  Feels more like open-source software with huge limitations.

Comments

  • Jake_RosenfeldJake_Rosenfeld Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,411
    @don_williams909

    In addition to Ilya's description, it would be great if you shared what you are feeling is missing from Onshape.  We are always listening, and it would be great to know what missing functionality is making the product frustrating.
    Jake Rosenfeld - Modeling Team
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,560
    @don_williams909 can you share an example of what you’re trying to do?
  • chrisjh777chrisjh777 Member Posts: 186 ✭✭✭
    Tangent Plane.
  • chrisjh777chrisjh777 Member Posts: 186 ✭✭✭
    @Cris_Bowers.

     I am aware of Featurescript "Tangent Plane" and use it regularly.  The point of the original post was that such fundamental CAD functions should be built into Onshape and not be a a Featurescript Addon.  As pointed out by others, Featurescript is a wonderful tool for customization.   I believe Featurescript should be used for specialist functions, not basic functions.  
  • don_williams909don_williams909 Member Posts: 77 PRO

     I am aware of Featurescript "Tangent Plane" and use it regularly.  The point of the original post was that such fundamental CAD functions should be built into Onshape and not be a a Featurescript Add-on.  As pointed out by others, Featurescript is a wonderful tool for customization.   I believe Featurescript should be used for specialist functions, not basic functions.  
    Precisely.
  • don_williams909don_williams909 Member Posts: 77 PRO
    @don_williams909

    In addition to Ilya's description, it would be great if you shared what you are feeling is missing from Onshape.  We are always listening, and it would be great to know what missing functionality is making the product frustrating.
    I think I was just feeling like so much basic functionality should be resident within the software, and not up to customers to have to code to make work for themselves.  But then, I'm not exactly a "power user" of Onshape, so I'm guessing there's a lot it can do that I'm not aware of, and that I haven't even begun to explore.  I'm basically a bit lazy, and don't want to have to learn how to code a script to make something work...
  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 198 PRO
    @don_williams909 - I can understand the frustration. There are definitely lots of things that are still missing from Onshape. 

    They key thing is, resources are limited and things have to be prioritized. That's where the feature requests and support tickets help out. 

    I doubt that the onshape developers are withholding improvements just because somebody created a work-around on their own. I'm pretty sure I've heard of them incorporating feature script improvements into the production code.  

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