Coming from SketchUp Pro where “guides” are amazingly useful, I find the “guide lines” in Rhino one of the few things where they are truly behind other applications.
I get how you can snap to a guide in Rhino. I can use the guide lines to an extent. I just wish they were as functionally beneficial as they are in other applications. Here are my thoughts (which are similar to many others on here):
Parallel Guide Lines and setting accurate distances between guide lines : In SUP I can click-drag to create a parallel guide an exact distance away. For example; I can draw a guide, and then grab that guide or an edge and draw a parallel guide, say, 10mm away. I have yet to find how to do this with Rhino guide lines. Again, I’m very unskilled so may be missing it. Can Rhino actually do this already? If so, how do you easily draw a guide parallel to another or to anything?
Visibility : Rhino guides disappear and this drives me completely insane. I WANT to see the guide lines so that I know if a part has gone passed it. Please allow us to turn on and off guide line visibility just like SUP. I get why some would want them to disappear when not being used, but that should be a toggle.
Distinguishability : I would also like the guide lines to be clearly distinguished, instead of being confused as lines. SUP uses dotted lines. Could Rhino do the same? Or make them greyed out or faded or colored or anything to distinguish them from regular lines? I could use a separate layer, but Rhino is already so “click heavy” that it’s too much extra work to do that.
Measuring : In SUP, they have incorporated guides in with a “tape measure” tool. I can simply click “t” and then measure something. Or I can click-hold to draw a guide. I can’t seem to make a connected guide line an exact distance away from another guide line. In Rhino, I have to go to “analysis” and then select “distance” or “length” to measure, but would rather use a NON-infinite guide to do that, and that remains on the screen. More, more likely, in Rhino I can draw a temporary line a specific distance and the draw a guide line from that line, and then delete the temporary line. I’d rather just do all that within a better guide-line function.
Rhino is obviously a better and much more powerful application that SUP, but that doesn’t mean that Rhino can’t learn from the few places where it’s behind. Having a robust guide line functionality would further enhance Rhino.