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What is the best table to use Onshape.

guy_boninguy_bonin Member Posts: 6
I am going to get a new tablet and I want to get the best tablet IPad or android that Onshape works the best on. 


  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,828 PRO
    Although i don't use a tablet for regular use. I know the IOS app is far ahead of the android app. So anything Apple with a large display should be best
  • guy_boninguy_bonin Member Posts: 6
    Thanks for the tip! That’s the kind of information I was looking for. 
  • dirk_van_der_vaartdirk_van_der_vaart Member Posts: 416 ✭✭✭
    Why use a tablet, get the best on the road with a simple Chromebook + mouse
  • guy_boninguy_bonin Member Posts: 6
    I have a laptop now and I have tried it with a mouse it’s to much trouble sitting on a recliner trying to operate a mouse.
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,828 PRO
    To be honest, i'd still prefer a TouchPad on a laptop over the tablet app. But I despise how the Onshape app interface is. It makes me want to throw my phone.  It's only good for viewing imho
  • steve_shubinsteve_shubin Member Posts: 1,051 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2022

    A little while ago, I was sitting on my La-Z-Boy recliner with my feet up — iPhone resting on my lap, using Onshape. I do it all the time. It’s great. I could totally relate to where you’re at.

    The reason @john_mcclary doesn’t like tablets is because he’s a power user. A big-time power user. He needs that speed & full function that a desktop or keyboard computer will give him with Onshape.

    The mobile app doesn’t have all of the features or all of the abilities of the browser version of Onshape. For instance, there is no setting up of a configuration spreadsheet or table on mobile. No sheet metal VIEW. Sheet metal tools on mobile yes, but no sheet metal FLAT view. And there’s a number of other things like curvature that are not on mobile

    But for a retired person, a hobbyist like myself, I love the mobile app. I can’t stand sitting at a stinking desk (LOL) for long periods of time. And I can’t walk around holding a laptop and try to use Onshape. It ain’t gonna work — you have to find a place to set that laptop. So everybody has their point of view

    But after you see John‘s work, you’ll understand why he wants a keyboard and mouse or trackpad. Because he’s known for doing some pretty heavy duty stuff. Things that are going to take full functionality and a lot of input at times. So having a keyboard and mouse to do his type work is necessary

    Get the best iPad you can. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it with Onshape. I love it on my 8+ iPhone where I can throw my iPhone in my pocket — go outside, lean against the wall and use Onshape there if I feel like

    And — I’ve always got my MacBook Pro for when I need the browser version of Onshape

    And besides, there are some other great apps that work on an iPad

    LumaFusion - Video editing

    Auria Pro - Multi-track audio

    Affinity Photo - Photoshop type app at a great price

    Affinity Designer - Illustrator type app at a great price

  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,828 PRO

  • steve_shubinsteve_shubin Member Posts: 1,051 ✭✭✭✭
    You got a belly laugh out of me

    That definitely was a good one

  • S1monS1mon Member Posts: 1,984 PRO
    Keep in mind that iOS and Android do not currently support FeatureScript editing or drawings. There are also a few smaller things here and there that are missing. You can hack it by trying to use Onshape in the browser, but it's really not the ideal experience.
  • guy_boninguy_bonin Member Posts: 6
    I tried using a stylus pen on my iPhone it is so frustrating on the phone it’s just to small. Being’s I have a 11” laptop I might try a finger mouse if I can find one. The touchpad just doesn’t work right. 
  • steve_shubinsteve_shubin Member Posts: 1,051 ✭✭✭✭


    Here is a GIF where I was using a generic type of stylus with my iPhone 8 plus. The GIF looks a little jerky because there are dropped frames — a result of making longer GIF’s with the GIF app that I use. The video that I used to make the GIF was very smooth. I would’ve posted that video but you have to have something like a YouTube channel to host the video and then link to it via the Onshape forum. At least that’s what I think you have to do. I don’t have YouTube or any other type of channel. That’s why I post GIFs directly to this forum

    But I think this GIF illustrates that I was having no problem using the generic stylus on my LARGER screened iPhone

    If you have one of the smaller iPhones, it might be hard to use Onshape on that. I’ve never tried using Onshape on a smaller iPhone

    Normally, I never use a stylus when I’m using Onshape. I just use my fingers on my iPhone 8+ because it works great for me that way

    Also, I believe you have to use a newer iPhone to use the Apple brand stylus

    If I was using an iPad, I might use the stylus. I might not. I’m used to using my fingers on Apple’s touchscreens

    It might be that touchscreens work for some, and they don’t work for others

    Maybe it is best for you to use a computer with a mouse.

  • William_McEachernWilliam_McEachern Member Posts: 3 PRO
    i bought an galaxy tab 8 for other things. trying onshape. how does the view stuff work. I cant seem to pad around. the stylus works for selection but not a lot else. Anybody?
  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 648 ✭✭✭✭
    @William_McEachern - touchscreens don't really work with the onshape web app (accessed in the browser). To pan/zoom/select with a touchscreen, you'll need to use the android or iOS app. 
  • angelo_scozzarellaangelo_scozzarella Member Posts: 58 EDU
    On my ipad pro 12.9 the onshape app is fantastic. Some little changes an would be perfect. 

  • a_s094a_s094 Member Posts: 2
    I'd really like to see the Android App get some of the features other platforms have, I use onshape specifically because there are no other good parametric modelers on Android but it feels like years since the last feature update on the platform
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