It’s been but a few weeks since the last Onshape update, but once again the Onshape team has locked arms, jumped into the air with a collective shout of “FORM ONSHAPE!” and transformed into a giant robot that opens it chests and delivers another round of new features and updates.

You can see the history and catch the latest updates on the Onshape What’s New page, but we’ve had some interest from readers and discussion around keeping closer track of the Onshape features, breaking down the latest, pointing out our favorites and highlighting the ones we think push ahead product dev for CAD in the cloud.

As usual, we’ll attempt to pick our ‘Top 3 Onshape Updates’ and provide a quick overview of the others. Tell us which one you like the best, which need work, or if we picked the completely wrong features!

The Stats:
Total Updates: 9
Total Updates YTD: 41

Top 3 Onshape Updates (03.27.17)

Advanced Search – Boom! Search within Documents for metadata such as Name, Description, Part Number, State and Revision.

Flat Patterns – Shoom! You can now add flat patterns of sheet metal parts in Assemblies and Drawings.

FeatureScript Profiler – Caachoo! A new built-in profiler (script performance checker) to help optimize your custom features for efficiency and speed.

Other updates

Compare – Now accessible via a new button in the Versions and History flyout.

Surface Finish – Yes, surface finish symbols can now be added to Drawings.

Persistent Drawing Dialogs – Less clicking about. DG&T, Balloon, Callouts and Surface Finish dialogs stay open to place multiple symbols.

BOM Order and Linking – Populate the BOM from bottom to top, place above title block and unlink from BOM app to edit manually.

Projected Views – Projected view activates automatically after first drawing view created. Style of Parent view also respected.

Virtual Sharp – Virtual Sharp style can now be set to either Centermark or Edge Extension.

You can see videos that breakdown each new features here. We’ll be keeping an closer eye on what Onshape is releasing with each update, so let us know what features you’re watching for or want to see the most!

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