I’ve been trying to use Rhino for quite a while (I started with V3). I’ve got V5 and I’ve purchased V6 but I’m not using it yet because of a crash issue that McNeel is working on.
I am not a heavy CAD user, I’m not an engineer or someone who has knowledge of advanced mathematics, I’m a hobbyist who doesn’t use the software very frequently. Where can I find the elusive “best practices for Rhino modeling” instructions or tutorials that don’t presume a massive amount of background knowledge in a novice user? I’ve got an Infinite Skills video set for V5 which has been good for “here’s a command and an idea of how to use it” instruction, but I really don’t understand the “why?” of Rhino.
I read comments here and many comments that others appear to find helpful are often having me think “I don’t have a degree in topology/maths, I don’t have a clue what a lot of those arcane mathy-sounding terms mean and they aren’t explaining anything to me”.
I’m not looking for a “here is your construction plane” level of intro. I can model some not too complicated things but when I get stuck it is often clear that I don’t have any understanding of what Rhino would like me to tell it to do, or why it wants that instead of something else. Where do I go to get past the “monkey see monkey do” stage? I’m frequently feeling like I’ve shown up for my first class which is class number 5 and the instructor presumes everyone knows what was in the half semester I missed, and half the class period is being taught in a language that sounds kind of like English but isn’t.
I’ve got no problem buying a good book if someone can point me to one. But it needs to be “Rhino for non-mathematicians” or something similar for Joe or Jane Average User.
Dealing with software that is so powerful it can only be used for good or evil gets very frustrating for me.