Our third release of 2019 comes with some great usability improvements. Let's take a closer look...
RE-ORDER OF SELECTIONS IN LOFT, FILL, AND OTHER FEATURES
Rather than having to delete and re-select the items, you can now re-order selections in many order-dependent features.
FILTERING WITH FEATURE FOLDERS
The Feature List now has a discoverable button to allow the filtering of the features in your Part Studio.
USING IMPLICIT MATE CONNECTORS AS FEATURE REFERENCES
There are a number of features in Onshape that accept Mate Connectors as a reference to define them. However, these Mate Connectors had to be explicitly created before they could be used. Onshape now supports the creation of Implicit Mate Connectors in these features, enabled by simply toggling a button. Watch how this might improve your feature workflow in the video below:
ORDINATE DIMENSIONS IMPROVEMENTS
In an Ordinate Dimension stack, jogs will automatically be created to avoid overlapping other dimensions if additional text is added, or the dimension text resized. If a jog is accidentally created on an Ordinate Dimension, simply drag-and-drop the dimension to remove the jog.
Measuring the distance to or from the Origin is now as simple as selecting your reference, and picking the Origin. The measurement is shown in the bottom right corner.
Selecting any number of faces, even in an assembly, now shows the total area of all faces selected in the bottom right corner.
PERFORMANCE: THUMBNAILS, BROKEN-OUT SECTION, CROP, AND SECTION DEPTH VIEWS
Performance is looked at with every Onshape release. With this update, there were two performance improvements worth highlighting. First, thumbnail caching has been improved. You will immediately experience faster performance in generating thumbnails, especially for Linked Documents with many tabs. Additionally, Onshape has improved view creation for Crop, Broken-out Section, and Section Depth views. This will be most noticeable on large assemblies and complex views.
With this release, we've added functionality to make collaborating and sharing configured Part Studios and Assemblies even more convenient.
ADDITIONAL PEM® FASTENERS
PennEnginering PEM® Flush-head (FH™) Studs and Pins have been added to the Hole feature and Onshape Standard content.
SEARCHING ACROSS DROPBOX AND GOOGLE DRIVE
Two releases ago, we introduced the capability to integrate with Google Drive and Dropbox. We now enable searching in these connected services. Additionally, Onshape now remembers the last location that a file was imported from or exported to within a connected cloud service.
JSON IMPORT IN FEATURESCRIPT
With this release, FeatureScript now accepts JSON imports and reference parameter selections. JSON is a lightweight data type that can structure complex datasets. This is an easy way for your Custom Features to consume output data from other tools.
For more information, check out the documentation.
RELEASE COMMENTS NOW NOTIFY USERS INVOLVED
Comments created by anyone on a pending Release Candidate now notify all those involved in the process (the creator of the Release Candidate, the Approver, and any Observers).
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 Onshape Documents. Over the next few days, these features will also be available in Documents created prior to this update.