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May 29, 2024

New Features/Enhancements:

Zea Parts

Try Zea Parts for Free: Zea Parts is now available for everyone to try in every workspace. Users can explore all features to create an interactive 3D parts catalog, preview results, and request quotes. The only restriction is that catalog publishing is disabled until you purchase.
to learn how to set up your first parts catalog.
Preview a catalog from the ‘Publish’ tab in the Zea Parts Settings. ​
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Thumbnails: Thumbnails are now displayed in the shopping cart and quote emails. To set this up, go to Zea Parts Settings and generate views on the Views tab. ​
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Number fields: Fields containing numbers with currency symbols and commas are now correctly imported as numerical values, with the extra symbols automatically removed.

Zea Illustrations

Dope Sheet: Enhanced pasting functionality, allowing users to paste copied keyframes into multiple cells, and cut and paste single keyframes.

Desktop

Template Excel Files: Download template spreadsheets in Zea Sync for Master Parts List, Service Bill of Material (SBOM), and Serial Numbers. They can also be found in the . ​
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ZIP files now include the version number for easier reference.

Bug Fixes:

Platform

Minor UI and usability improvements.

Zea Parts

Resolved an issue where users had to manually select a language in Admin view if the only processed language was not English.

Desktop

Resolved a problem that could cause Zea Sync to fail when processing files with many metadata fields.
Fixed the "Windows protected your PC" and "Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your device?" warnings when installing Zea Sync MSI or running Zea Sync ZIP. We've signed the files with a verified certificate to prevent these security alerts.
Fixed an issue where changing metadata filters in Zea Sync would not mark the files as ‘ready to process again’.
Minor UI and usability improvements.

May 10, 2024

Bug Fixes:

Parts

Resolved an issue causing the BOM to sometimes display duplicate parts multiple times.

3D Models

Corrected an issue that led to improper positioning of parts in certain SolidEdge assemblies.

May 7, 2024

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Issue Fixed: Blank Page After Logging into Zea Sync

The issue where some users encountered a blank page after logging into Zea Sync v1.7.1 has been resolved. If you still see this issue, please download the latest version from .

New Features/Enhancements:

Zea Parts

Numerical Fields: Users can now choose between numerical and string types for fields when syncing SBOMs and Master Parts Lists in Zea Sync. This feature allows for pricing to be displayed in published catalogs.
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Numerical fields will automatically total when items are added to the shopping cart.
Improved Navigation: Users can now frame both selected parts and the root assembly from the toolbar and the right-click context menu in published catalogs. ​
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Excluding Duplicate Parts: When importing a BOM as a Master Parts List, any duplicate parts are automatically excluded.

Desktop

Metadata Filter: A new filter is available in the 3D Settings of Zea Sync, allowing users to exclude certain metadata fields during CAD processing.
Expanded File Format Support: Support has been added for STL, OBJ, WRL, FBX, and GLB file formats. View the .

Bug Fixes:

Platform

Users on Safari and iOS devices can now log into the Zea Platform and Zea Sync without issues.
Updating the profile image on Zea accounts created with a Google account now correctly reflects across the platform.

Zea Parts

Enhanced selection logic for non-sellable parts in 3D, preventing unintended parent assembly selection. Previously, if a BOM or Master Parts Lists with many missing part was synced, clicking on those parts would select the parent assembly.
The BOM panel in published catalogs can now be resized on touch devices.
Resolved an issue where resizing the BOM panel in admin view would also affect the published view, and vice versa.
Implemented minor UI improvements in the admin view.
Addressed a display issue where the quantity in the BOM showed incorrect values temporarily.

Illustrations

Fixed minor errors that occurred in the real-time collaboration beta feature when creating views and joining sessions.

Desktop

Zea Sync now prompts users to download new versions when available. The update process is as follows:
Download the new MSI or ZIP from
Completely close Zea Sync, including from the system tray ​
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Install or run the new version
Workspaces are now ordered the same on the platform and Zea Sync.

April 17, 2024

Bug Fixes:

Engine

Fixed an issue where CAD metadata fields named ‘color’ were being mistaken as actual color values.

April 11, 2024

New Features/Enhancements:

Platform

Strengthened Admin Permissions: Only admins have the privilege to modify Zea Parts settings on the platform, and access 3D Models and Zea Parts setup in Zea Sync.

Zea Parts

Domains Whitelist: You can now specify which domains are allowed to display your parts catalogs, blocking unauthorized domains. This feature is found under the Publish tab in Zea Parts Settings.
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Context Menu: A new right-click option enables quick hiding or showing of parts. ​
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Parts can be added to the shopping cart from the toolbar, even when the BOM is minimized.
Default metadata fields have been removed from the Zea Parts settings.
We've made the mapping of Parts Lists and Serial Numbers more intuitive in Zea Sync, closely matching the SBOMs workflow.
Importing large Parts Lists, with tens-of-thousands of parts, is now faster.

Zea Illustrations

Dope Sheet: Previously a Beta Feature, the Dope Sheet has been fully released. The Dope Sheet allows keyframes to be managed in a single place for improved animation control.
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Callouts and Shapes have been added to the Dope Sheet.
Incremental Views Animation (Beta): This new feature offers a traditional animation system, where view changes accumulate, affecting all subsequent views until another change is introduced. Available for new illustration projects with the beta feature activated.
WebXR (Beta): VR users can now explore illustrations in VR directly through the browser.
Beta Features can be activated in Illustration Settings.
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Group Highlighting: Highlights can be added to groups and animated between views. Accessible from the Inspector panel when a group is selected ​
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3D Models:

Models can now be inspected via a new context menu without the need for initial loading. ​
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Desktop:

Zea Sync will now automatically display SolidWorks assemblies using cached data, but only if the main assembly is uploaded without its parts and the file has cached data available. This feature acts as a backup to ensure a complete assemblies in specific situations.
A new dropdown menu replaces manual entry for setting tessellation precision, ranging from Extra Low to Extra High. ​
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Tessellation Precision and File Filter settings have been simplified and are now solely available in Zea Sync because they require reprocessing of 3D Models.
Overall reliability in processing SolidWorks files has been improved.

Bug Fixes:

Zea Parts:

The parts catalog now offers a smoother experience on touch devices.
The workspace dashboard now accurately updates after clearing service parts.
An issues preventing serial number searches due to leading spaces in the spreadsheet has been resolved.
Fixed an issue where hidden parts were incorrectly displayed as visible in the BOM when using the isolate tool.

Zea Illustrations:

Resolved an issue where models would temporarily disappear when adding new views.
Addressed an error when pasting multiple keyframes into a single cell.

3D Models:

Corrected an issue that caused ‘Assembly Features’ to display in the model tree.

Desktop:

Fixed a problem where mapping fields would clear out during rapid setup.
Resolved an issue where deleted workspaces were still showing in Zea Sync.

March 15, 2024

New Features/Enhancements:

Zea Parts

A minor update has improved a previously released feature. Non-sellable part are now not displayed in the BOM, but can still be selected and hidden in 3D for improved model exploration.

Bug Fixes:

Zea Sync

Fixed an error that occurred while loading the Parts List.
Resolved an issue related to mapping when empty spaces were detected in imported Spreadsheet cells.

3D Models

Addressed problems related to saving applied materials.

March 14, 2024

New Features/Enhancements:

Zea Parts

Zea Parts now allows users to provide SBOMs for their products, enabling more control over the structure and content of the SBOM. Non-3D items such as consumables (oils, tape) can be shown in the BOM alongside the parts associated with CAD.
Users can target a folder, and all BOMs within that folder will be matched to processed CAD models.
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Improved previewing a part from the shopping cart or quote emails to open the full assembly in a new tab. If a part was added individually, only that part will be displayed.
Updated the Zea Parts user interface for both admin and public views. Enhancements include the ability to show/collapse the BOM, a new visibility toolbar, and a button to open selected parts in a new tab.
Parts lacking CAD data have a different colored background BOM.
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Non-sellable parts without sellable children are now visible in the BOM. This allows non-sellable parts such as the body of a vehicle to be selected and hidden to easily expose the parts beneath it.
Note: Dummy part number can be added to the ‘Part Number’ column and the real part number in the ‘Engineering Part Number’ column to censor sensitive part numbers.
Introduced a feature to generate views for parts, either in bulk from the settings or manually by positioning parts and saving views. These views can create pre-defined positioning for published parts. The thumbnails are used to populate parts pages in e-commerce platforms like Shopify.
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3D Models:

Edited 3D models can now be explicitly saved for use in Zea Parts and Zea Illustrations. This includes hiding/transforming geometries, saving material edits, and a Manage Edits dialog for viewing and resetting edits.
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Added a feature to open a selected model in a new tab while inspecting a model.
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Desktop:

Made the filtering feature more robust. Previously, files that were filtered after processing CAD were hidden. Now, filtered files will be marked for deletion in Zea Sync and processing again will permanently remove them from the database.
Added information in 3D Models advanced settings about clearing unnecessary temporary files generated during processing CAD data.
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Bug Fixes:

Platform:

Fixed an issue where Editors upgraded to Admins appeared twice on the Workspace Users settings page.
Addressed a problem where quickly double-clicking the next button during onboarding led to a blank page.

Zea Parts:

Corrected an issue where empty header rows were omitted when importing a parts list.

February 7, 2024

Bug Fixes:

3D Models

Resolved an issue where file filters were not being properly applied.

Zea Illustrations

Addressed a problem that resulted in published illustrations appearing blank.

February 6, 2024

New Features/Enhancements:

Platform

Introduced email and password login and sign-up options, including for Zea Sync.
Existing users who registered via the passwordless method can now set a password through the "Forgot password" option.
Rebranded Parts Hub and Illustrations Hub to Zea Parts and Zea Illustrations, respectively.
Improved caching to enhance the performance and stability of the Zea platform.

Zea Parts

Added customization for the text labels of the “Serial Number” and “Parts Number” search options.
Introduced a “Mailing Address” field to the shopping cart.
Changed PDF previews to open in a new tab instead of being downloaded directly.

3D Models

Updated the tree view and inspector to display the ‘occurrence’ node rather than the ‘reference’ node.
Local transforms are now displayed in the inspector instead of global transforms.
Simplified nodes in the tree from “reference(occurrence)” to “occurrence”.
The root assembly is now presented as a single node.
Restored the functionality to translate parts and assemblies temporarily while inspecting 3D Models, without affecting the models platform-wide.

Zea Illustrations

Implemented the ‘occurrence’ node changes mentioned above.

Desktop

Zea Sync is now available for download as a .ZIP file, which can be extracted and run without requiring administrative rights.
The .ZIP and .MSI can be downloaded from
Restored the display of the version number in the Zea Sync header.
Introduced the ability to bulk paste file filters into the 3D Models settings page.

Bug Fixes:

Platform

Resolved an issue preventing the opening of context menus in the Version History of Zea Illustrations and in pending invitations within Organization Settings.

Zea Parts

Addressed a bug that caused the "hide header" URL parameter to not work.

December 22, 2023

New Features/Enhancements:

Parts Hub

A new feature is now available for matching part numbers to CAD files by specifying a metadata field alongside the filename.
Non-sellable parts without sellable children can be hidden from the SBOM.

Platform

The platform now supports searching CAD files using metadata. Please note that existing files will need to be reprocessed using Zea Sync to extract the metadata.

Bug Fixes:

Parts Hub

Fixed an issue where searching for a serial number would take you back to the search page.
The problem of dashboard statistics not updating after syncing a parts list has been resolved.
When no matches are found in the SBOM search, a message indicating no results will now be displayed.
Resolved a problem where some part numbers didn't link to CAD files with corresponding file names.

Desktop

An issue has been fixed where changes to the up direction and tessellation precision were not promptly reflected.

Engine

Resolved an issue causing edges to render over surfaces when the view is zoomed out.
Fixed a translation value discrepancy in assemblies with different unit values than one of its parts.

December 15, 2023

Bug Fixes:

Parts Hub

Fixed an issue that caused panels to jump when resizing.
Fixed an issue that caused the BOM to jump to the selection when expanding assemblies.
Fixed an issue that caused serial numbers in Admin view to display in the red “missing CAD” state even if they had CAD associated.

December 13, 2023

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Known Issue: Performance in Chrome for Mac

On some Macs, particularly older machines, our 3D engine runs slowly in Chrome. If you encounter this, try adjusting the setting below to see if it has a positive impact on performance. Go to chrome://flags and search for “angle”, then set the ANGLE backend to use Metal instead of OpenGL.

New Features/Enhancements:

Parts Hub

Parts Hub importing now supports specification of sellable parts, which indicate which parts can be added to the cart.
Parts Hub importing now supports specification of “Engineering Part Numbers” for robust part-to-CAD mapping.
“Part Number” has been renamed to “Service Part Number”.
Hierarchical SBOM tree view introduced in Parts Hub admin and published views for enhanced part search experience.
Part order placing usability enhancements (including part previews).
Email formatting enhancements with order numbers and customer cc’ing.
Added hide/show visibility icon to parts.

Platform

Editing UI is now hidden from non-admin (standard users) in the 3D Models editor to prevent editing.

Illustrations Hub

Selection filters for parts, products, and bodies now applies to drop material tool.

Bug Fixes:

Desktop

Fixed text overflows for organization and workspace cards in Zea Sync.
Fixed regression in cache when processing CAD files.

Parts Hub

Fixed an issue where importing spreadsheets in Zea Sync was not immediately reflected in Parts Hub.
Fixed browser back/forward behavior in published parts catalogs.
Models Are Still Visible in Parts Hub Even If They Are Deleted From Local Folder.
Improved searching in Parts Hub admin view for partial string match.

November 16, 2023

New Features/Enhancements:

Platform
Added a 'Scene Summary' dialog to the 3D model inspector
Improved display to show missing files during assembly loading
UI tweaks for missing 3D models and minor UI tweaks for Scene Statistics
Addressed UI inconsistencies on the Organization Users page
Improved error messaging and prompts for new user invitations
Fixed issues with sBOM icon size in Spanish translation
Addressed onboarding flow issues for invited users with missing buttons
Parts Hub
Implemented CC’ing customers for quotes requested
Added "General Notes" to order confirmation
Disabled Parts Hub on Zea Sync for organizations without a subscription
Illustrations Hub
Users can now rename and clone illustrations
Tooltip explanations for locked illustrations
Fixed Dope Sheet search overlapping Version History
Corrected right-click behavior in the Dope Sheet and added keyframe menu

Bug Fixes:

Platform
Fix for upgrading to a paid plan without selecting the number of seats
Resolved issues with subscription proration error retrieval
Search functionality not closing after name or email selection
Fixed issues with changing seat numbers in billing
Fixed empty workspace display and organization field size inconsistency
Users restricted to settings of uninvited workspaces
Fixed disabled inputs appearance issue causing confusion
Super-users restricted by Illustrations Hub (IH) roles and access
Issues resolved for changing seat quantity in Stripe
Improved dropdown styles on the Organization Users page
Fixed issues with next button missing in the onboarding flow
Parts Hub
Minor spreadsheet import fixes
Illustrations Hub
Fixed Dope Sheet search overlapping Version History
Desktop
Disabled Parts Hub on Zea Sync for organizations without a subscription

November 3, 2023

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Change Notice: New role names for Organizations and Workspaces

With the move toward making our platform free for organization members to access models even without a paid seat, role naming has changed slightly.
Previously the “Editor” organization role signified a user holds a seat for Illustrations Hub and can create/edit illustrations.
Now,
Standard Users are non-admins/owners
Illustration Hub seats are assign to organization members as ‘Editors’
Note: Permissions based on this change should not impact most users, however, Organization Admins who need Illustrations Hub editing will need to assign themselves a seat.

New Features/Enhancements:

Platform
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Free Platform Users: a new role has been introduced to allow unlimited free view-only users (”Standard Users”) to join organizations to facilitate collaboration around model data.
Consolidated Organization & Workspace Settings: Settings are now centralized and can be access easily through a consolidated interface.
Creo Support: Creo’s configurations are now supported in XPR and Assemblies
Workspace Theming: Admins can now apply themes to a workspace, including logos and user-interface colors
Parts Hub
Spanish and French for Dealer View: All static text from the dealer view now has Spanish and English options (in addition to English)
Illustrations Hub
Dope Sheet Refinement (beta feature): Improved copy/paste functionality and UX clean-up

Bug Fixes:

Platform
Can now rename organizations
Illustrations Hub:
Fixed renaming materials so they update in Inspector
Fixed bug where application of materials was breaking illustrations
Fixed regression for older models where assemblies could not be selected
Fixed bug where initial view is in the wrong position after undoing delete

October 19, 2023

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Known Issue: Zea Sync fails to update

Older installations of Zea Sync are failing to auto-update. Please manually update by downloading from the Workspace settings and installing over the existing installation. (No need to uninstall the older version).

New Features/Enhancements:

Illustrations Hub
Dope Sheet (beta): A spreadsheet-like tool for managing modifications in Illustration Views..
Group Pivot Editor: Default pivots for groups can be modified manually or via snap to other part pivots.
Unique Icons for Overlays: Overlays now have icons to differentiate callouts vs shapes.
Selection Filtering: Users can now activate selection filters to only select assemblies, parts, or bodies in the 3D viewport.
Reset Materials: Action is re-introduced to reset all materials for a view.
Callout Locations Persistence: Callout locations are now saved to views.
Platform
Bookmarks Search: Bookmarks can now be searched from the Bookmarks Tab.
Parts Hub:
Enhanced Shopping Cart Experience: Shopping cart is now saved to the browser memory, so you can close or refresh the browser without losing the cart. Cart is cleared after requesting quote.

Bug Fixes:

Platform
Display Cube distortion fixed.
Illustrations Hub
Rename bug fixed for materials and groups.
Zea Sync
Extra empty rows for imported spreadsheets fixed.
Solidworks and NX Files that were failing to process now process successfully.
The tree structure of assemblies has been slightly simplified by eliminating redundant nodes.

September 28, 2023

New Features/Enhancements:

Platform
Invitations: Users can now decline invitations to organizations.
Assembly Caches: Zea Sync can now enables processing assembly files that contain caches of their parts and sub-assemblies.
Parts Hub
Part Visibility: Ability to “Show all parts” feature to reset visibility
Terminology Change: ”Customer Email” to “Dealer Email”

Bug Fixes:

Platform
Improved organization invite/accept invite UX.
A pause was addressed when loading assemblies in Workspaces containing large numbers of cad files.
Names in the Tree View for some kinds of assemblies are now more clearly displayed. For example, Creo assemblies now correctly display the instance name in the tree.
Illustrations Hub
Eliminated errors when editing previously assigned materials
Fixed overlay issues when shapes are added on top of callouts
Callout creation bug when a click is detected but no drag afterward
Groups/overlays getting stuck after releasing
After re-assigning materials in an Illustration, errors would occur if the original materials were subsequently edited.
Views now correctly save and load zoom values when working in orthographic mode.
PMI nodes are no longer parsed/shown
Parts Hub
Shopping Cart badge reflects part quantity
Fixed field mapping creation/edit bugs

September 5, 2023

Introducing Real-Time Collaboration (Beta)

Work on illustrations together, in real-time.
Active Avatars: Spot team members' avatars and actions in the 3D viewport.
Concurrent Editing: Simultaneously create and modify groups, views, materials, callouts, and more.
Instant Updates: Experience live updates as changes are made.
Enable Now: Activate this Beta feature in the Illustrations Hub Settings.

Callout and Shape Materials

Streamline your illustrations with consistent callouts and shapes.
Consistency: Quickly create and apply new callout and shape materials.
Shared Library: Access the same materials across all illustrations in your workspace.
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