NEW FEATURES IN VERSION 5
ModelingObject creation in Rhino continues to be enhanced. Rhino 5 adds dozens of refinements to existing tools, some new commands, and the new lightweight extrusion objects.
EditingEditing complex models is faster and easier with hundreds of new and enhanced commands including:
InterfaceThe Rhino 5 interface includes new tools for editing and object creation, including:
DisplayThe Rhino 5 goals included
RenderingHigh-quality presentation is critical to most design projects. Rhino 5 has enhanced the rendering tools in both the basic Rhino renderer and in support of plug-in renderers. Including major enhancements to:
DraftingEvery type of physical product design relies on technical illustration and 2-D drawing to concisely communicate ideas, specifications, and instructions to people in design, development, and fabrication. Our goal for Rhino 5 is to make it easier to create 2-D drawings and illustrations for every discipline in every notation system and visual style used around the world. Major areas of enhancement include:
Digital Fabrication and 3-D PrintingAs you may know, the Rhino development project started nearly 20 years ago to provide marine designers with tools for building computer models that could be used to drive the digitally controlled fabrication equipment used in shipyards.
We continue to focus on the fact that designs are only useful once they are built and in the hands of consumers. With the cost of digital fabrication and 3-D printing technology dropping quickly, more and more designers now have direct access to 3-D digital fabrication equipment.
While we are not experts on all the many fabrication, manufacturing, or construction processes, we do focus on making sure that Rhino models can be accurate enough for and accessible to all the processes involved in a design becoming a reality.
Mesh ToolsRobust mesh import, export, creation, and editing tools are critical to all phases of design, including:
3D CaptureScanned townCapturing existing 3-D data is often one of the first steps in a design project. Rhino has always directly supported both 3-D digitizing hardware and 3-D scanned point cloud data. Rhino V5 has enhanced support for:
Large point clouds. 3-D scanners have become faster and cheaper, making huge scan files more common. Rhino's 64-bit support and enhanced support for graphic co-processors has made it possible to work with these large point clouds.LIDAR captures 3-D terrain data for agriculture, archaeology, conservation, geology, land use planning, surveying, transportation, plus wind farm, solar farm, and cell tower deployment optimization. Rhino 5 added robust support for plug-ins, such as RhinoTerrain, that provide specialty tools for these new Rhino users.
AnalysisDesign realization requires high-quality 3-D models in every phase of design, presentation, analysis, and fabrication. Rhino 5 includes new tools and enhancements to help ensure that the 3-D models used throughout your process are the highest possible quality.
Large ProjectsLarge ProjectsMore than 25 new commands and major enhancements for working with large teams organize, manage, and administer massive projects and huge files, including:
CompatibilityNine new import/export file formats, more than 50 new compatibility enhancements, and more than 150 minor bug fixes. Also, the updated openNURBS libraries allow hundreds of other applications to read and write Rhino's native 3DM files.
Developer ToolsMajor goals for Rhino 5
AdministrationThe major goals for Rhino 5 include:
Beyond Rhino 5We provide everyone as much information as possible during every development phase. We try not to keep any secrets. All our development is open to the owner of a current version of Rhino.
We rely on input from our users to help us set priorities, refine features, and solve problems unique to their systems, processes, and related software. We invite all owners of the current version to get involved by downloading and using the pre-release versions.
As a Rhino 5 user, you are invited to be a key contributor to the next releases, including service releases (bug fixes), labs projects (early prototype projects), the OS X version for Mac users, and Rhino 6. Getting involved is the best way to get what you want from the next Rhino version.
Hardware: Note: Apple hardware is supported only with Bootcamp.
Operating systems: Note: Both 32- and 64-bit versions are installed on 64-bit Windows systems.