User interface: extremely fast 3-D
graphics, unlimited viewports, shaded, working views, perspective
working views, coordinate read-out, named views, floating/dockable
command area, pop-up recently-used commands, clickable command
options, auto-complete command line, customizable pop-up
commands, pop-up layer manager, synchronize views,
camera-based view manipulation, perspective match image,
configurable middle mouse button, customizable icons and
user workspace, customizable pop-up toolbar, transparent
toolbars, context sensitive right-click menu, dockable dialogs,
multiple monitor support, Alt key copy and OpenGL hardware
support with anti-aliasing.
User support and documentation: localized
interface (user selectable) and documentation (English,
Spanish, French German, Italian, Czech, Japanese, Chinese,
and Korean), extensive Explorer-like online help, a 500-page
manual, electronic updates, automatic service release availability
notification, newsgroup support (24x7), telephone support,
and e-mail support.
Construction aids: unlimited undo
and redo, undo and redo multiple, exact numeric input, units
including feet and inches and fractions, .x, .y, .z point
filters, object snaps with identifying tag, grid snaps,
ortho, planar, named construction planes, next and previous
construction planes, orient construction plane on curve,
layers, layer filtering, groups, background bitmaps, object
hide/show, show selected objects, select by layer, select
front most, color, object type, last object, and previous
selection set, swap hidden objects, object lock/unlock,
unlock selected objects, control and edit points on/off,
and points off for selected objects.
Create curves: point, line, polyline,
polyline on mesh, free-form curve, circle, arc, ellipse,
rectangle, polygon, helix, spiral, conic, TrueType text,
point interpolation, control points (vertices), sketch.
Create curves from other objects:
through points, through polyline, extend, fillet, chamfer,
offset, blend, from 2 views, cross section profiles, intersection,
contour on NURBS surface or mesh, section on NURBS surface
or mesh, border, silhouette, extract isoparm, projection,
pullback, sketch, wireframe, detach trim, 2-D drawings with
dimensions and text, flatten developable surfaces, extract
Edit curves: control points, edit
points, handlebars, smooth, fair, change degree, add/remove
knots, add kinks, rebuild, refit, match, simplify, change
weight, make periodic, adjust end bulge, adjust seam, orient
to edge, convert to arcs, a ployline, or line segments.
Create surfaces: from 3 or 4 points,
from 3 or 4 curves, from planar curves, from network of
curves, rectangle, deformable plane, extrude, ribbon, rule,
loft with tangency matching, developable, sweep along a
path with edge matching, sweep along two rail curves with
edge continuity, revolve, rail revolve, blend, patch, drape,
point grid, heightfield, fillet, chamfer, offset, plane
through points, TrueType and Unicode (double-byte) text.
Edit surfaces: control points, handlebars,
change degree, add/remove knots, match, extend, merge, join,
untrim, split surface by isoparms, rebuild, shrink, make
periodic, Boolean (union, difference, intersection), unroll
developable surfaces, array along curve on surface.
Create solids: box, sphere, cylinder,
tube, pipe, cone, truncated cone, ellipsoid, torus, extrude
planar curve, extrude surface, cap planar holes, join surfaces,
Edit solids: fillet edges, extract
surface, Booleans (union, difference, intersection).
Create meshes: from NURBS surfaces,
from closed polyline, mesh face, plane, box, cylinder, cone,
Edit meshes: explode, join, weld,
unify normals, apply to surface, reduce polygons.
Edit tools: cut, copy, paste, delete,
delete duplicates, move, rotate, mirror, scale, stretch,
align, array, join, trim, split, explode, extend, fillet,
chamfer, offset, twist, bend, taper, shear, orient, orient
planar object on curve, flow along curve, smooth, project,
Annotation: arrows, dots, dimensions
(horizontal, vertical, aligned, rotated, radial, diameter,
angle), text blocks, leaders, hidden line removal, Unicode
(double-byte) support for text, dimensions, and notes. Dimensions
in perspective views are supported.
Analysis: point, length, distance,
angle, radius, bounding box, normal direction, area, area
centroid, area moments, volume, volume centroid, volume
moments, , hydrostatics, surface curvature, geometric continuity,
deviation, nearest point, curvature graph on curves and
surfaces, naked edges, working surface analysis viewport
modes (draft angle, zebra stripe, environment map with surface
color blend, show edges, show naked edges, Gaussian curvature,
mean curvature, and minimum or maximum radius of curvature).
Rendering: shade, shade (OpenGL),
shade selected objects, raytrace render (with textures,
bumps, highlights, transparency, spotlights with hotspot,
angle and direction control, point lights, directional lights,
rectangular lights, linear lights, and shadows, and customizable
resolution), render preview (OpenGL), render preview selected
objects, turntable, RIB export, POV export, rendering plug-in
support, settings saved in file.
File formats supported: DWG/DXF(AutoCAD
200x, 14, 13, and 12 ), SAT (ACIS), X_T (Parasolid), 3DS,
LWO, STL, OBJ, AI, RIB, POV, UDO, VRML, BMP, TGA, CSV (export
properties and hydrostatics), uncompressed TIFF, STEP, VDA,
GHS, SLC, Deep Paint 3D.
IGES (Alias, Ashlar Vellum, AutoFORM,
AutoShip, Breault, CADCEUS, CAMSoft, CATIA, Cosmos, Delcam,
EdgeCAM, FastSurf, FastSHIP, Integrity Ware, IronCAD,
LUSAS, Maya, MAX 3.0, MasterCAM, ME30, Mechanical Desktop,
Microstation, NuGraf, OptiCAD, Pro/E, SDRC I-DEAS, Softimage,
Solid Edge, SolidWorks, SUM3D, SURFCAM, TeKSoft, Unigraphics),
NASA GridTool, Yamaha ESPRi, Tebis.
File management: Notes, templates,
merge files, export selected objects, save small, incremental
save, bitmap file preview, Rhino file preview, export with
origin point, worksessions, blocks, file compression for
meshes and preview image, send file via e-mail.
Workgroup License Manager
Plug-ins: The Rhino SDK exposes most
of the internal workings of Rhino, making it possible for
third-party developers to create powerful plug-ins and add-ons,
programmer's I/O tool kit with source code is available
Scripting: VBScript support exposes
most of the internal workings of Rhino, making it possible
to develop powerful scripts.
The RhinoScript ActiveX object can be accessed
by many different programming languages including Visual
Basic, Microsoft Word VBA, and Excel VBA.
Rhino can be run in the background by an
application via the RhinoScript ActiveX object.
3-D digitizing support:
FaroArm, and Romer/Cimcore.
Input devices: Support for SpaceBall