FreeCAD 0.20 released!
This version is pretty much a “stable version”, and a continuation of the work done on the 0.19 version. It is backwards-compatible with it, which means the files you produce with 0.20 are still openable with 0.19.
Here is a short overview of some of the most interesting features. Check the full release notes for more!
- Tree view improvements: The Tree and Properties views have seen a number of new features and fixes. With a right-button click, you can now add and remove custom properties, or select group contents or dependent objects.
- Multiple edit modes implementation: Although FreeCAD supported multiple edit modes since the start, it was never used a lot. Now, you can choose which edit mode to use, which one is the default one, and workbenches are progressively implementing support for it too.
- A shiny new section cut tool allows you to make gorgeous, solid-based section views of your models.
- The add-ons manager has been almost completely recoded, and shows a much better preview of add-ons. It also allows to search and bulk-update your addons. A new structure now also allows addons to provide preference packs, which can set many FreeCAD preferences at once. This also allows you to easily export your preferences settings.
- he documentation system of FreeCAD has also been completely recoded. Although it is still based on the FreeCAD wiki, it prepares the way for a possible migration to a markdown-based system. It also gives much more flexibility, such as offering you to choose between an online or offline version, or to use a specific translated version of the documentation.
- An improved BIM-to-2D workflow, as I documented earlier, with support for hatches, section marks, and much more.
- Support for 2D elements in IFC files. This is done in collaboration with BlenderBIM devs.