With last year's addition of release management, engineers are now controlling their designs with a formal workflow and approval process that is fully integrated into Onshape. And as more and more users release designs in Onshape, one question that comes up often is "How do I view my previous releases in Onshape?" Let's take a look.

One of the easiest ways to view your release history is by clicking "Manage versions and history" in the top-left corner of Onshape. This will bring up the entire history for that Document, including any pending or approved releases. You can identify approved releases by their solid triangle in the “Versions and history” dialog. Any releases that are pending will have a hollow triangle.

Viewing Previous Releases

If you want more details about an individual release candidate, simply right-click one of the releases in the “Versions and history” dialog and choose the release you want to open.

Choosing Released Design

If you want to view any of the released elements, left-click them from the release candidate and the released part/assembly/drawing (or even imported file) will open in a new tab.

Opening Release Candidate

But what if you want to view the revision history for an individual part or assembly or drawing? Simply right-click on the released object and choose “Revision history.” This will bring up the complete history for whatever you selected.

Revision History

So if you want to look at a released drawing, right-click the drawing tab, choose “Revision history” and you will see every past release of that drawing. Or if you want to see the revision history for a particular part, right-click on the part in the parts list of the Part Studio and choose “Revision history.”

Revision History Dialog

If you want to view a certain release, click “View release.” If you want to make a past release obsolete, choose “Obsolete revision.”

So that’s it! Try out this tip to easily navigate any of your past releases.