Onshape releases new functionality roughly every three weeks. So it can be difficult to stay on top of every new feature. But there was one highly requested new feature announced in a recent update that you definitely don’t want to miss.

Advanced Search

The search tool on the Documents page can now search within Documents for metadata such as Name, Description, Part Number, State and Revision.

This means you can now search not just by Document name, but by the name of any tab within a Document, as well as a number of different properties. And you can search by any combination of these. For example, let's say that I wanted to search for all parts with a part number that has "PN-11" in it and is in the "Released" state. Simple.

Or maybe I want to search for all assemblies that have a description with the word "valve" in it, at Revision C.

When using Advanced Search to search within a Document, you are shown a thumbnail of the actual thing you are searching for, not just its Document. But you can switch the thumbnail to show the Document by clicking the arrow.

These are capabilities generally reserved for complex PDM systems, so we are excited to be bringing them to you. Interested in finding out more? Check out the video above created by our own Neil Cooke and give it a shot!