Materials Properties Panel is difficult to use


Hi Guys,

this is something that I have been meaning to point out for a couple years. When you have a small-sized properties panel the transparency slider becomes unusable because the IOR setting takes up the whole row. It’s my guess that rhino users more often want to adjust transparency than gloss, reflection or IOR.

Rhino 5 SR9 RC3 Available
(Pascal Golay) #2

Hi Arron- any of those sliders can take numeric input with a double-click- maybe that can be made more obvious somehow. However the slider is arranged, there is always going to come a time for someone when it is becomes to narrow to be if any real use.


(Andrew le Bihan) #3

True, but this can probably be tuned up a little. Feel free to log a bug for me.

(Pascal Golay) #4

Done -



thanks Andy,

It seems like dropping ior to the next line would be perfect… also i just noticed that you can click on the slider and then roll the middle mouse button to change the value, that’s cool!


You don’t have to squeeze the Properties panel much more than shown above to loose visibility of even the % figures, at which point your only option is to expand the panel. Everything else functions fine, so: give Transparency equal rights to Gloss & Reflectivity! :smile:


I thought maybe you guys fixed this based on the update notes… but sadly no. The single most interacted-with element of the materials panel is still super hard to use.

(Andrew le Bihan) #8

But its better, right? It doesn’t compress to nothing anymore.