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The Rhino 5 development process started more than five years ago with one overriding goal to remove as many of your workflow bottlenecks as possible. That meant making Rhino faster and able to handle much larger models and project teams, in addition to making thousands of large and small improvements.

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Description

What is new in Rhino 5?

More than we imagined!

Actually, there are really more like 3,500 enhancements in Rhino 5.

The Rhino 5 development process started more than five years ago with one overriding goal to remove as many of your workflow bottlenecks as possible. That meant making Rhino faster and able to handle much larger models and project teams, in addition to making thousands of large and small improvements.

Thanks to more than 40,000 prerelease users, we were able to field test and refine Rhino 5, making it the most stable version ever.

Modeling

Object 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.

Editing

Editing complex models is faster and easier with hundreds of new and enhanced commands including:

  • Direct sub object manipulation
  • Thin wall shelling
  • History support for more commands
  • Dozens of new and enhanced commands
Interface

The Rhino 5 interface includes new tools for editing and object creation, including:

  • Gumball object manipulation widget
  • Object selection enhancements
  • Object snap enhancements
  • Toolbars with tabs
  • Tabbed docking panels
Display

The Rhino 5 goals included

  • Speed improvements
  • Quick viewport display configuration
  • Working display modes expanded and enhanced
  • Presentation and rendered display modes expanded and enhanced
  • Display mode plugin support enhanced

Plus many other improvements, including draw order support, two point perspective, and enhanced clipping planes.

Rendering

High quality presentation is critical to most design projects. Rhino 5 has enhanced the rendering tools in both the basic Rhino renderer and insupport of plugin renderers. Including major enhancements to:

  • Rhino Renderer
  • Materials, textures, and environments
  • Views (cameras)
  • Lighting
  • Mesh modifiers
  • Post-rendering effects
  • Animation
Drafting

Every type of physical product design relies on technical illustration and 2D 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 2D drawings and illustrations for every discipline in every notation system and visual style used around the world. Major areas of enhancement include:

  • More control over annotation styles
  • History support for dimensions
  • Data fields in text and leaders
  • Area and curve length dimensions
  • Revision clouds
  • Isometric views
  • Draw order
  • More page layout controls
  • Print calibration
  • High-resolution viewport capture
Digital Fabrication and 3D Printing

As 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 3D printing technology dropping quickly, more and more designers now have direct access to 3D 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 Tools

Robust mesh import, export, creation, and editing tools are critical to all phases of design, including:

  • Transferring captured 3D data from digitizing and scanning into Rhino as mesh models.
  • Exchanging mesh data with many applications such as SketchUp and Modo.
  • Exporting meshes for analysis and rendering.
  • Exporting meshes for prototyping and fabrication.
  • Converting NURBS to meshes for display and rendering.

Both new and enhanced mesh tools, plus support for double-precision meshes, accurately represent and display ground forms such as the 3D topography of a large city.

3D Capture

Capturing existing 3D data is often one of the first steps in a design project. Rhino has always directly supported both 3D digitizing hardware and 3D scanned point cloud data. Rhino V5 has enhanced support for:

  • Large point clouds. 3D scanners have become faster and cheaper, making huge scan files more common. Rhino's 64bit support and enhanced support for graphic coprocessors has made it possible to work with these large point clouds.
  • LIDAR captures 3D 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 plugins, such as RhinoTerrain, that provide specialty tools for these new Rhino users
Analysis

Design realization requires high quality 3D models in every phase of design, presentation, analysis, and fabrication. Rhino 5 includes new tools and enhancements to help ensure that the 3D models used throughout your process are the highest possible quality.

Large Projects

More than 25 new commands and major enhancements for working with large teams organize, manage, and administer massive projects and huge files, including:

  • 64bit Rhino allows working with huge files without running out of memory.
  • New lightweight extrusion objects save significant memory and improve display speed.
  • Double-precision meshes accurately represent and display ground forms such as the 3D topography of a large city.
  • Display speed is improved by taking advantage of faster graphic cards.
  • Major enhancement to Layer, Block, and Worksession management.
Compatibility

Nine new import/export file formats, more than 50 new compatibility enhancements, and more than 150 minor bug fixes. Also, the updated open NURBS libraries allow hundreds of other applications to read and write Rhino's native 3DM files.

Developer Tools

Major goals for Rhino 5

  • The world's most robust 3D development platform for specialty modeling, rendering, analysis, and fabrication tools across a wide variety of disciplines.
  • More accessible development tools: Grasshopper, rhino, Python, the RhinoScript editor, the Zoo license manager for plugins, and the Rhino Installer Engine are key ingredients.
  • Compatibility with Rhino V4 plugins. All 32bit Rhino V4 plugins should run in 32bit Rhino 5 without modification or recompiling.
  • Open source more of the Rhino development tools, including rhino. Python, RhinoCommon, and the 3DM viewer on iOS.
  • Free of charge developer tools, including technical support, marketing support, and training. All of our development tools are available to everyone with a valid Rhino license. No special program registration, contracts, license agreement, or approval is needed.
  • Localization and translation services are available.
Administration

The major goals for Rhino 5 include:

  • Take more advantage of current hardware
  • Easier license deployment in larger installations
  • Easier to share (float) licenses in a workgroup and company
  • Easier to manage and track licenses
  • Easier to keep licenses uptodate with the current bug fix service release
  • Provide more training and support options

System Requirements

Rhino 5

System Requirements and Recommendations

Rhino 5 for Windows runs on ordinary Windows desktop and laptop computers, with:

Hardware:
Note: Apple hardware is supported only with Bootcamp.

  • 1 GB RAM. 8 GB or more is recommended
  • DVD drive or an Internet connection for installation
  • 600 MB disk space
  • OpenGL 2 capable video card recommended

Operating systems:
Note: Both 32- and 64-bit versions are installed on 64-bit Windows systems.

  • Windows 7 or 8 - recommended
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP (32-bit only) Service Pack 3

Internet:

  • Service releases downloaded automatically
  • License validation and product registration is simplified

Not supported:

  • Linux
  • Windows NT, 95, 98, ME, or 2000
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Mac OS X, but an OS X version is under development.
  • Virtualization systems on OS X such as VMWare and Parallels