Well, well, well. Just as you were getting comfy with the limited private storage of Onshape’s free plan and dumping your Documents occasionally to clear room for others, they’ve gone and switched things up on you.

As of this week, Onshape is offering a new 21-day Pro plan trial with no storage limits, unlimited private Documents and full CAD-crafting features. The Pro plan price stays the same at $100/month billed annually, but changes to $125 for those who want the convenience of paying more monthly. If you don’t continue on the Pro plan, you’ll be put on the Free plan (and given a sad face sticker), retaining unlimited public Documents and the same CAD functionality, but minus Private document storage, sharing and collaboration.

Here’s how it breaks down now…

Onshape Subscription Pricing

Public Professional Enterprise
FREE $100 $200+
Unlimited Documents (Public Only) Unlimited Documents Unlimited Documents
Full CAD Fuctionality Full CAD Fuctionality Full CAD Fuctionality
Sharing & Collaboration (Private Docs view-only) Sharing & Collaboration (Ownership/access control) Sharing & Collaboration (Ownership/access control)
Version Control Version Control Version Control
Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook & Mobile
(iOS & Android)
Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook & Mobile
(iOS & Android)
Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook & Mobile
(iOS & Android)
Common CAD Format Import/Export Common CAD Format Import/Export Common CAD Format Import/Export
  Centralized Billing Centralized Billing
  Company Document Ownership Company Document Ownership
    Administration Tools & Controls
    Reporting & Analytics
    Enterprise Support

If you’re currently on the Free plan, and have private Documents, you have until December 15th to switch to Pro. If you don’t, and your Documents are not made public, you’ll be able to access them, but not edit them–they’ll just be sitting there, looking at you, giggling indistinctly. So, time to export your models, publicize them or bite the $100 bullet and upgrade to Pro. If you’re already a Pro customer and paying monthly, there will be no increase in price and you can keep it for any new users you add.

Along with these changes, Onshape is adding more features to the $200+ Enterprise edition to sweeten the deal for large design teams. Some of the features they’ve already revealed are reporting and analytics, and admin tool and controls.

Like the new features? I’ve always said, sell the features, not the storage. There will now be more people creating more public models, which is more sharing among the Onshape community and more knowledge being shared, less pressure to move to Pro, but an easy decision if you need the private features. Good move Onshape, good move.


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