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Improvements to Onshape - May 11th, 2020
CREATING AND RENAMING DOCUMENTSNew Documents can now be created directly from your browser's address bar using the new, unique URL: cad.new
Google has created a new top-level domain name extension called .new exclusively for performing new actions online. Onshape has registered the domain name cad.new for your convenience as a quick and memorable shortcut to create new Documents without having to go to the Documents page first.
You can also perform the same action using the longer URL: cad.onshape.com/new. Documents can be named before they are created using the URL pattern: cad.onshape.com/new?name=<docname>, so to create a Document called "Library Parts", using standard URL notation, enter cad.onshape.com/new?name=Library%20Parts. This capability is currently not available in Onshape Enterprise due to the use of custom domain names.
Once a Document has been created it can be renamed by simply clicking on the Document title and entering a new name – this works on any open Document to make Document renaming much faster.
HIDE ALL CONSTRUCTION GEOMETRYModeling can be a messy business with Origins, Planes, Sketches, Curves, Mates, Mate Connectors and Derived construction geometry cluttering up your view. So a new keyboard shortcut, Shift + P, has been added to hide all these construction types to leave you with solid and surface geometry only. This also works in Assemblies, hiding all construction geometry in subassemblies at the same time. Note: there is no equivalent Show All because who would want to do that?
DIMENSION PALETTE IMPROVEMENTSRadial dimensions can now be converted into Diameter dimensions and vice versa via a dedicated button on the Dimension Palette. Note-style Chamfer dimensions can also now be customized with the usual options available in the Dimension Palette.
MULTIPLE HOLE CALLOUT LEADERS AND NODESHole Callouts can now have multiple leaders to annotate similar sized holes to improve drawing clarity. Only holes having the exact same properties, either created by the same feature or by multiple features, may be selected. Leaders may also have one or more nodes (or "jogs") to make drawings easier to create and read.
BROKEN VIEW ALIGNMENTBroken Views now maintain alignment with any projected views using the center of each view as the point of alignment.
CURVES IN DRAWINGSCurves can now be displayed in Drawings. A new filter button is available on the Insert dialog that will allow you to select Curves from a Part Studio. Curves that belong to a Composite Part can also now be shown on a Drawing.
GROUPING CALLOUTS AND DIMENSIONSCallouts such as item balloons, flags and revision markers can now be attached or grouped to drawing dimensions. When the dimension or view is moved, the callout will move with it. Callouts can either be grouped manually or snapped to different locations around dimension text. After snapping or grouping, the positions of each callout can be finely tuned. Highlighting makes it easy to determine which callouts belong to which dimensions.
UPDATE NAMED POSITIONSNamed Positions provide a quick way to move parts in an assembly to a known location. Now, when you need to change an existing Named Position, you can simply move the parts to their new location and press the update button on the Named Positions dialog.
PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTSEvery release of Onshape includes dozens of performance improvements, most of which are under-the-hood. Significant performance improvements that you'll see in this release include:
- Speed improvements in Hole features that contain many holes.
- Assemblies that contain multiple configurations of the same part now load much faster.
- The frequency of required Drawing updates has been significantly reduced.
API: GLTF EXPORTThe translate API endpoint has been improved to be able to export an Onshape element in GLTF format. This will make transferring graphics data between applications much easier.
PREVENT RELEASE OF ASSEMBLIES WITH PENDING REFERENCE UPDATESA new release condition has been added to Release Management that prevents an assembly from entering a release workflow if it has links to references that are out of date. If this condition is not set, an error will be shown in the Release Candidate dialog, but the assembly will be permitted to enter the workflow.
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.