Dear McNeel, Dear @dan, dear @Verena
Using Rhino for more then 12 years, teaching at 3 schools as ART - still don 't understand - from a user perspective - why both interfaces are different. It s the first time that i do a bigger / complex project with several 100 parts,named cplanes, layers on the mac-side and struggle with the interface - even if there are many improvements in Rh6 / Rh7
there should be an easier way between Sidebar usage and Floating panels.
The Windows-Concept with tabs that can be dragged is much more intuitive.
On the Mac-side the double-Concept (Sidebar + Floating) does not convince me.
- sort the Menu - see screenshot - by name. ( i would call it a small bug)
- some fuctionality that allow “make floating” and “stuck to sidebar” for example a button in both the sidebar and the floating panel.
- make sure that the position of sidebars is consistent: if i work with 3 or 4 Sidebars it should be possible to make Named-Cplanes floating - and if i stuck them back to the same Sidebar Section, if i call for example the command “_layers”, i want the panel always to be at position 3.
There is a really annoying detail: if i click an button in the OSnap Palette to handle one shot object snaps i have to wait for a certain time above the icon. if i click the icon (e.g. _quadrantSnap) and move the mouse directly after the click, the command / snap-option is not called.
Onshot Obect Snap, Project
Rhino has quite nice Object-Snap Features that work very well.
But only if handled correct.
combining gridsnap, smart track, many persistent snaps - the snapped points are nearly unpredictable - therefor i think temporary / one shot snaps are very important.
the shift-klick option on the PC side is great.
the separation into one shot / persistent on the Mac is not very fluent.
switching to one-shot view in the panel will not inform about persistent snaps and project
Doing some exercise with Orient, orient3Pt that needs to use scale1d and scale3d option together with project / not project in a class with mac and pc is a big pain to supervise. actually the best approach is to teach it twice.
Regarding this aspects the PC-interface is much smarter and offers more information on a smaller part of the screen.
doing a project with repetitive workflows it is really great to collect commands in a custom toolbar. on the pc you can do this by just dragging with hotkeys and intuitive right mouse menu.
Lets say you need a lot of lines with 200mm
the macro is simple "_line _pause 200 "
check out how long you need to to add a button in a custom toolbar on mac vs. Windows.
if you want a fast custom icon … the windows users can drink coffee meanwhile.
and again the workflow is completely different - twice the work to develop, document, teach, switch between operating systems…
it would be great, if entering some values, for example a name in the properties, that the focus returns to the command line.
If i enter a new name, “Z428” press enter i want to call the next command…
doing this as a misstake “offset” i name the object / curve.
pressing esc does not cancel the name editing (which should be confirmed by enter, or by focus leaving the panel)
Another Focus Problem: having the floating layer panel on another monitor - changing the visibility there - back to to main monitor i can directly pan the view.
but before i can select objects in the same viewport i need to click there to have the focus there.
kind regards - tom