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Improvements to Onshape - May 11th, 2020

NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 3,356
edited May 11 in New in Onshape
The last time I was let loose on a What's New forum post was over 2 years ago – that's 37 updates! So without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to present Onshape - Release 1.113:

CAD IMPROVEMENTS

CREATING AND RENAMING DOCUMENTS

New 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 GEOMETRY

Modeling 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 IMPROVEMENTS

Radial 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 NODES

Hole 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 ALIGNMENT

Broken Views now maintain alignment with any projected views using the center of each view as the point of alignment.

 

CURVES IN DRAWINGS

Curves 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 DIMENSIONS

Callouts 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 POSITIONS

Named 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 IMPROVEMENTS

Every 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 EXPORT

The 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.

PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENTS

PREVENT RELEASE  OF ASSEMBLIES WITH PENDING REFERENCE UPDATES

A 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.

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  • LavonLavon Member Posts: 26
    Great updates! I especially like the Update button in named positions.
    Just curious, is there a reason to use Alt to copy a leader on a hole callout rather than Ctrl? Personally I would prefer Ctrl, as that is fixed in my mind as the copy button...
  • Theo_RTheo_R Member Posts: 50 PRO
    Shift+P, Drawing improvements and Pending Reference Updates!!
    Thank you
  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 538 PRO
    very nice! shift-p is going to become a daily staple. I was trying to convert radius to a diameter just a few days ago. new.cad is one of the many things Onshape knows I want before I do.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Fractal
    Website: fractalmade.com
    Instagram: @evan.reese.designs
  • emagdalenaC2iemagdalenaC2i Member, Developers Posts: 638 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Great improvements
    Un saludo,

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  • pmdpmd Member, Developers Posts: 43 PRO
    Great update, aligning cut views was something I missed only last week.

    Grouping Callouts and Dimensions now allow somewhat clunky leader-less part property callouts but it requires lots of clicks:

    1. Select callout (e.g. Part Name)
    2. click on dimension to place callout
    3. Exit callout dialog
    4. click back on dimension and grouped callout
    5. click on callout itself
    6. drag callout to (e.g.) center of part
    It would be really nice to have leader-less part callouts in a simpler way.

  • MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 1,915 PRO
    NeilCooke said:
    The last time I was let loose on a What's New forum post was over 2 years ago – that's 37 updates! So without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to present Onshape - Release 1.113:

    CAD IMPROVEMENTS

    CREATING AND RENAMING DOCUMENTS

    New 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.

    [...]

    @NeilCooke
    This method of creating the documents with a custom name does not work if I have a slash between the new and the question mark, or if I use cad.new .
    Both cad.new/?name=test and cad.onshape.com/new/?name=test do not work for a custom name.
    MB - I make FeatureScripts: View FeatureScripts
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 3,356
    @MBartlett21

    cad.new is not able to take parameters at present which is why I discussed the long-form URL - you shouldn't have the slash between new and name - cad.onshape.com/new?name=test
  • MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 1,915 PRO
    @NeilCooke
    I noticed cad.new, when given parameters, redirected to cad.onshape.com/new/?query
    Example: cad.new/?name=test redirects to cad.onshape.com/new/?name=test

    On another note, do you know about the onsha.pe redirect to cad.onshape.com?
    For some reason, it only works on http, not https.
    MB - I make FeatureScripts: View FeatureScripts
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 3,356

    On another note, do you know about the onsha.pe redirect to cad.onshape.com?
    For some reason, it only works on http, not https.
    I have seen you use it before - did you create it?
  • EricGauthierEricGauthier Member Posts: 72 PRO
    A lot of great improvements in a single release!
    My favorite release this year! :)
  • Sujan_PatelSujan_Patel Member Posts: 8 PRO
    Powerful and meaningful release after a very long time...job well done!!!
    Mostly all improvements will be used everyday.

    Drawings and PDFs are not going away anytime soon !!!
  • HuguesLessardWRIHuguesLessardWRI Member Posts: 12 PRO
    A great release overall! It takes care of a lot of little annoying thingies from the daily routine.
    Hugues Lessard
    Ingénieur de produits / Product Engineer
    Waste Robotics Inc. / www.wasterobotic.com

  • Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 538 PRO
    Something fun you can do is set up a "search engine" with Google Chrome which makes a new document with a name you specify! It makes making a new document even more convenient!
    So cool! I set it up.
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Fractal
    Website: fractalmade.com
    Instagram: @evan.reese.designs
  • romeograhamromeograham Member Posts: 471 PRO
    edited May 12
    LOL what are we supposed to do with all the "new" and "test from browser" and "this is a new document made from my URL" (etc) documents we're making? Is there an automatic tool to clean up empty new documents?

    BTW, you can also "automate" this from a spreadsheet too.
    Set up your "project setup" sheet or whatever to concatenate cad.onshape.com/new?name= with your new document name...


    Depending on the complexity of your concatenation (for instance, you could use REGEXREPLACE to replace "space" with "%20" etc) you can make it as complex as you want.

    The benefit, is that you have a whole list of new CAD documents that will be created when you visit the link (but not before).

    Lots of interesting options here!

    Oh - and for Shift+P:

    Me. I would like a second Shift+P to restore the Construction Geometry visibility to what I had before. Often, I have a carefully-curated set of construction items visible...and need to get back to that view. The current implementation ("some necessary construction items" > none) is certainly helpful, but for me, I'd like something like Display States to work for this.

    Thanks for the great update!

    [EDIT]: not sure how to stop it, but everything after the link above is getting formatted as a link....there. fixed it.
  • tim_hess427tim_hess427 Member Posts: 350 PRO
    I was thinking the same thing about the "Shift+P" shortcut. I wouldn't want to show all construction entities, but I would like the ability to toggle a set of entities on/off. I wouldn't even need anything as complex as display states, just the ability for the system to remember what I turned off by using shift+p in the first place. 
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 3,356
    Me. I would like a second Shift+P to restore the Construction Geometry visibility to what I had before. Often, I have a carefully-curated set of construction items visible...and need to get back to that view. The current implementation ("some necessary construction items" > none) is certainly helpful, but for me, I'd like something like Display States to work for this.
    You're right, there is a definite need for this, beyond Ctrl+Z to undo. Make an IR?
  • lougallolougallo Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,846
    NeilCooke said:
    @MBartlett21

    cad.new is not able to take parameters at present which is why I discussed the long-form URL - you shouldn't have the slash between new and name - cad.onshape.com/new?name=test
    I am working on supporting params soon.
    Lou Gallo / PD/UX - Support - Community / Onshape, Inc.
  • lougallolougallo Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,846
    @NeilCooke
    I noticed cad.new, when given parameters, redirected to cad.onshape.com/new/?query
    Example: cad.new/?name=test redirects to cad.onshape.com/new/?name=test

    On another note, do you know about the onsha.pe redirect to cad.onshape.com?
    For some reason, it only works on http, not https.
    The trailing slash is something Google is adding which we are trying to adjust on our side.
    Lou Gallo / PD/UX - Support - Community / Onshape, Inc.
  • billy2billy2 Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers, User Group Leader Posts: 1,478 PRO
    edited May 12
    Well this is going to blow my weekend. 

    API: GLTF EXPORT

    Now we can have spinning stuff on our websites. 

    GLTF is a graphics transfer language for webgl. Now we can ask OS for a part or assembly display list and include it on our website using three.js. Thank you OS. You're going to start seeing more company websites with OS geometry spinning around on their front page.


  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 2,962 PRO
    Thanks for explaining that @billy2 I didn't know  that's what GLTF was. I wass thinking an image, like TIFF 
  • thomas_aathomas_aa Member Posts: 19 ✭✭
    And I was going to use Shift-P for Perpendicular. And yea, "Show All" or "reverse my hide" would be handy (was that an ironic comment from the editor to the developers?) Nifty with the top level domain, though!
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor, User Group Leader Posts: 2,054 PRO
    An awesome idea on the Shift- P to hide all construction geo, I do a lot of screenshots and am always hiding to clean up theses views, I was thinking last week of adding an improvement request to add another selection on the RMB drop down to do this but Shift-P is better. 

    Great to see the drawing improvements. All I can say is drawing is so smooth now and getting better and better. Please, please now can we have a tolerance tool to make life easier here. 


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  • MBartlett21MBartlett21 Member, OS Professional, Developers Posts: 1,915 PRO
    NeilCooke said:

    On another note, do you know about the onsha.pe redirect to cad.onshape.com?
    For some reason, it only works on http, not https.
    I have seen you use it before - did you create it?
    @NeilCooke
    No, I didn't create it. I think it was used in a link on the blog a long while ago.
    I looked up a whois on it, and it seems to be registered by Philip Kania from Onshape:
    Domain Name: onsha.pe
    WHOIS Server: NIC .PE
    Sponsoring Registrar: 1API GmbH
    Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
    Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Registrant Name: Philip Kania
    Admin Name: Philip Kania
    Admin Email: [email protected]
    Name Server: ns1.p14.dynect.net
    Name Server: ns2.p14.dynect.net
    Name Server: ns3.p14.dynect.net
    Name Server: ns4.p14.dynect.net
    DNSSEC: unsigned
    MB - I make FeatureScripts: View FeatureScripts
  • lougallolougallo Member, Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,846
    NeilCooke said:

    On another note, do you know about the onsha.pe redirect to cad.onshape.com?
    For some reason, it only works on http, not https.
    I have seen you use it before - did you create it?
    Yes I am aware of onsha.pe.. it will be used at some future time. :sunglasses:

    Lou Gallo / PD/UX - Support - Community / Onshape, Inc.
  • danny_paynedanny_payne Member, User Group Leader Posts: 8 PRO
    These updates are great additions. Thank you. I am excited to use these.
  • jaschaaajaschaaa Member Posts: 21 PRO
    edited May 13
    Suggestion: could Shift-P be used to toggle visibility of construction geometry?
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