I’ve been using the Mac beta for about three weeks and have held off posting anything until I felt any quirks I encountered weren’t being caused by user error.
The single window user interface is a joy to use and has many little tweaks over it’s windows cousin that I like e.g. the ability to easily open and close the sidebar windows for those occasions when you need maximum screen real estate for the viewports (would be even better if that feature could be actioned via keyboard shortcuts) . I’m in agreement that the Windows interface has become cluttered by the introduction of the ‘ribbon like’ tab bar in V5 but I think this is missing the point a little of how useful the tab bar is. Once you customise the tab bar to your specific workflows it makes much more sense so not having this customisation feature within the Mac version is something I miss.
I like the fact that the Mac version of Rhino is attempting to give a Mac like user experience but at the moment the default settings feel a little ‘Frankensteins Monster’. One I’d configured everything to my liking via the preferences I got closer to what I look for in an OS X program but I feel the default settings leave you between ‘pillar & post’. It was alien to me both as someone who is experienced in the Windows version of Rhino and as daily user of OS X as my primary OS. I’m sure this is in part because I’m testing a beta product but I would suggest some kind of wizard to help users configure their experience on first run based on whether they’re migrating from Windows or are brand new to Rhino.
The viewport management features are lacking the sophistication of the Windows version and much as I like the streamlined OS X friendly way of entering commands I do miss being able to expand the command window interface to 3 or 4 lines so I can get a quick view of the last commands I entered (having to open the command history palette for this info is cumbersome).
Having said all that I was pleasantly surprised with the overall experience of Rhino on my Mac and feel sure that it will mature into a solid product in the coming months.