In Rhino 4 when an object’s material was assigned By Layer, we could still see what was the material:
In V5, this panel looks like this:
To know what is the object’s material, we need to click on the properties icon to see what is the layer the object is on, and then check on the layer panel what is the material assigned to this layer.
Also, when assigning a material we get this window:
I always click on the tiny box at the bottom because I use a rendering plug-in.
Rhino should respect that and when the current renderer is not Rhino’s default, it should tick that option box by default. Rhino 4 implementation was better; I could still use the “basic” material but only if I explicitly chose so.