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Improvements to Onshape - October 19th, 2017

NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,045
edited October 2017 in New in Onshape
It's time for another update and this one includes some very popular improvement requests! There's something for everyone, so let's dig in....

FOLDERS

You can now organize and group your Documents together using Folders. Each top level Folder can be shared with an individual, a team or your entire company to make Document sharing and permission management much simpler.

 

SELECT OTHER SHORTCUT KEY

You can now select hidden geometry by pressing a new shortcut key on your keyboard to start the Select Other command. You can keep pressing this key to cycle through the available selections, then press the left mouse button to select the highlighted geometry. This shortcut key may be different depending upon your keyboard layout, but its location will be the same (above the Tab key). For example, on a US or UK keyboard it is the Grave Accent ( ` ), on a German keyboard it is the Caret ( ^ ) and on a Spanish keyboard it is the Degree symbol ( ° ). 

 

PATTERN & MIRROR SHEET METAL PARTS

Part Pattern and Part Mirror features can now be added to active sheet metal parts.

 

FILL SURFACE GUIDES

Fill surface can now use curves as well as vertices to control the shape of the surface. 

 

DUPLICATE DRAWINGS & ASSEMBLIES

You can now make an exact copy of any Parts, Assemblies or Drawings using the Duplicate command on the element tab. Duplicating a Drawing or an Assembly does not make copies of the parts they reference. This is useful for creating similar subassemblies or to change minor details on a Drawing.

 

COPYING ANNOTATIONS

Notes, Geometric Tolerance frames, Surface Finish symbols, Weld symbols, Balloons and Tables can now be copied by holding down the Alt key on your keyboard and dragging with your mouse. 

 

END, MID & QUAD SNAPS

You can now snap to the center, end, mid and quad snap points of arcs and circles when creating 3 point centerlines in Drawings. This can be used to detail the overall diameter of a part, for example.


HIDE BEND LINES

To hide bend lines on a drawing view of a flattened sheet metal part, right click and select "Hide bend lines". Any bend notes shown on the view will also be hidden at the same time. When bend lines are hidden, the option to "Show bend notes" will not be available on the right-click context menu. Select "Show bend lines" to display them again.



EDGE HIGHLIGHTING

More annotation types now support edge highlighting in Drawings. Hover your cursor over a GD&T Frame, a Surface Finish symbol or a Datum and the edge it is associated with will highlight in blue.


PERFORMANCE

In every update we improve performance across the entire product. This update includes speed improvements to model regeneration, opening assemblies and shaded and hidden line view generation in Drawings. 

DELETE PUBLIC PLAN ACCOUNTS

If you have multiple Onshape Public Plan accounts and would like to consolidate them - first transfer ownership of all documents to a single account and then delete the unused accounts by selecting "Delete my Onshape account". This can be found at the bottom of your Profile page under Manage Account. Once you have confirmed deletion, your account and your data will no longer be recoverable. This operation cannot be undone so please be sure you have transferred ownership of all your data first.



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 latest 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.
Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
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Comments

  • 3dcad3dcad Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 2,376 PRO
    edited October 2017
    Great update!

    Folders make sharing among company so much easier and copying also assemblies & drawings and especially short cut for 'select other' will be very useful.

    Thanks!
    //rami
  • michael_bromleymichael_bromley Member Posts: 64 PRO
    Nice update! I'm looking forward to using the 'select other' shortcut key
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,813 PRO
    edited October 2017
    Awesome list of updates. The select other quick key looks like a superb solution to that very common slow workflow, I am sure it will become 1 of my most used. Copy Assy's and Drawings is much welcomed as is the copy notes on the drawings. Now I am off to try these out. 
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • Kevin_at_BCWPKevin_at_BCWP Member Posts: 7 PRO
    Transferring ownership of all the files in a folder at once is awesome!  Also, newly created documents  in a folder are automatically given ownership to the folder owner. Nice update!
  • Ed_McGuireEd_McGuire OS Professional Posts: 13 PRO

    END, MID & QUAD SNAPS YEEEEEESSS!!!!!!!!!!  :smiley:  Thanks Onshape

  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers Posts: 526 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Awesome update!!
    One of the more complete updates this year
    Love the pattern & mirror in sheet metal parts.

    In spanish keyboard you can run the "Select Other" command with the key "Ñ".

    Un saludo,                                                      C2i Change 2 improve                                   ☑ ¿Por qué no organizamos una reunión online? 
    Eduardo Magdalena                        Consulting Partner de Onshape                                                 Averigua a quién conocemos en común
  • Tony_C_Tony_C_ Member Posts: 255 PRO
    AWESOME!!!  Folders & copy assemblies.

    Now I wonder how ICE parts in as assembly will react...
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,813 PRO
    Is double click on a part in an Assy to take you to a proposed in context new, or have I only just discovered it today?
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
    Twitter: @onshapetricks  & @babart1977   
  • simon_a_chungsimon_a_chung Member Posts: 2 PRO
    Awesome update!  Finally we can duplicate assembly models.  Very handy tool especially when I try to explore different configuration of a similar assembly with slightly different parts.
  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers Posts: 526 ✭✭✭✭✭
    En este enlace podéis ver las Novedades de Onshape en español

    Un saludo,                                                      C2i Change 2 improve                                   ☑ ¿Por qué no organizamos una reunión online? 
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  • daniel_cookdaniel_cook Member Posts: 40 PRO
    Love the folders update - makes it so much easier to use in front of clients without having to scroll through past heaps of documents I don't need them seeing!
  • cody_armstrongcody_armstrong Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 182
    Is double click on a part in an Assy to take you to a proposed in context new, or have I only just discovered it today?
    @brucebartlett ; That is not new
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 2,045

    In spanish keyboard you can run the "Select Other" command with the key "Ñ".

    @emagdalenaC2C we tested several different language packs and keyboards and were satisfied that the key above tab would always be the key for select other. What key do you have above tab and what is your computer setup?

    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers Posts: 526 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have tested it in different computers (linux and windows) and the keyboard setup is Spanish (QWERTY)


    Un saludo,                                                      C2i Change 2 improve                                   ☑ ¿Por qué no organizamos una reunión online? 
    Eduardo Magdalena                        Consulting Partner de Onshape                                                 Averigua a quién conocemos en común
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 309 PRO
    Excellent!  Fill surface guides are getting us closer to full surface tools.  Select other quick key is big help.  And folders great improvement for companies esp.   Glad to see so much focus on getting drawings top level.   Thanks OS team!
  • alex_peraltaalex_peralta Member Posts: 2
    Congratulations to the entire team, I've been following the evolution of this software for the last year, and it's absolutely fantastic.

    I would like to leave a question regarding this update, is Duplicate the same as Branching?

    All the best,
    Alex Peralta
  • jiri_ros_jiri_ros_ Member Posts: 1

    SELECT OTHER SHORTCUT KEY

    Very cumbersome on macOS Czech keyboard. The key is invoked by Shift + [key above right shift]

    Is it possible to remap?

    -jiri

  • EvanEvan Onshape Employees Posts: 48
    jiri_ros_ said:

    SELECT OTHER SHORTCUT KEY

    Very cumbersome on macOS Czech keyboard. The key is invoked by Shift + [key above right shift]

    Is it possible to remap?

    -jiri

    Not currently, @jiri_ros_.  Please vote for this enhancement here: https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/comment/30814
  • jakeramsleyjakeramsley Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 564
    I would like to leave a question regarding this update, is Duplicate the same as Branching?
    Hi alex_peralta,

    No, duplicating an Assembly/Drawing is not the same as Branching.  When duplicating a tab, you are creating a copy in the same workspace that is now independent of the original (ie you can edit/modify/delete either one without affecting the other).  All of the references of the Assembly/Drawing are still valid though, so if you were to make a change to a sub-assembly, part, Part Studio, etc. it will propagate to both copies in the same workspace.  

    When branching, they are still effectively the same Assembly/Drawing in a new workspace.  You've essentially taken a snapshot of your document and start working on it in a parallel timeline (for the entire document).  This means it is possible to work on a separate design idea and then merge those changes back into the other workspace and have your original Assembly/Drawing update to reflect that.
    Jake Ramsley

    Director of Quality Engineering              onshape.com
  • lanalana Onshape Employees Posts: 446
    @alex_peralta
    I would like to leave a question regarding this update, is Duplicate the same as Branching?
    Duplicate creates a copy of the element(Part Studio/Assembly/Drawing) in the same workspace. The copy will have no associative link to the originating element. It is equivalent to adding a new element and rebuilding that element from scratch.
    Branch is a fork in the document modification history, opening a new workspace. Elements in the new workspace a "the same" as the ones in the old workspace in the sense that when comparing or merging branches it is actually different states of the same element which  are getting matched. Hope this makes sense.
  • fastwayjimfastwayjim Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 218 PRO
    Duplicate assembly is awesome! Big Time saver for me. Will need to try out the new folders...
  • florianflorian Member, OS Professional Posts: 102 PRO
    You forgot to mention the "Duration bar with animation" in the regeneration time list :wink:
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,813 PRO
    I noticed there are changes to the comments section as well, maybe only just the look not any new features. I am still finding I need to use skype or hangouts alongside Onshape. I think the ability to add screenshots and even marked up screenshots or even marked up screen overlay into comments would be really powerful on top of tagged geometry. Heres my request https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/7406/load-picture-to-comments#latest
    Engineer ı Product Designer ı Onshape Consulting Partner
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  • bill_danielsbill_daniels Member Posts: 246 ✭✭✭
    All are very welcome and will be put to use immediately.


  • don_howedon_howe Member Posts: 105 ✭✭
    edited October 2017
    I was almost ready to say "Amen" to folders improvement and while this improvement is welcomed, you really need to focus on getting folders in the "feature tree" of OS. Just my opinion.

    I really like the fill surface guides improvement but how do you accesses it? Is it under loft, does it have it's own icon?

  • SledDriverSledDriver Member Posts: 104 ✭✭✭
    "SELECT OTHER SHORTCUT KEY" is not working here on two different computers. I have watched the video several times, UK English keyboard, brand new and old drawings. Nada, zilch, no response to the key above the TAB key at all.

    Any ideas?
  • Jake_RosenfeldJake_Rosenfeld Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,252
    @don_howe ,

    The "Fill" feature is a separate feature than loft.  Here is a helpful page about its use:
    https://cad.onshape.com/help/Content/fill.htm

    @SledDriver ,
    Please report a bug to us using the "Report a bug" or "Feedback" button from the "?" menu in a document.
    Jake Rosenfeld - Modeling Team
  • janos_horvathjanos_horvath Member Posts: 15 ✭✭
    Cool update again!

    Fellow Hungarians, use "ö" button to activate the select other command. ;)
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 2,146 PRO
    edited October 2017
    "SELECT OTHER SHORTCUT KEY" is not working here on two different computers. I have watched the video several times, UK English keyboard, brand new and old drawings. Nada, zilch, no response to the key above the TAB key at all.

    Any ideas?
    Same here (UK KB) the key above TAB does nothing, but the key labeled with
    @
     '
    found up and left of the right hand shift key does invoke the "select other" function.

    Cheers,

    Owen S
    Production Engineer
    HWM-Water Ltd
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