No longer able to add emoji as Rhino 8 Layer name

Dear Mcneel staff,

I am no longer able to add unicode emojis as part of layer names in Rhino 8, unlike how I used to do so on Rhino 7 on Mac. It was very nice to be able to identify deprecated and marked out layers for quick working by using the multicolored emoji, allowing for quick visual identification when working with a large layer tree, when layer names are difficult to read.

Do restore this functionality if possible. Thank you so much!

Ariel :slight_smile:

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Hi Ariel-

I can!

Screenshot 2023-11-30 at 2.55.18 PM

Can you please give me step-by-step instructions for what you do so I can attempt to reproduce your issue. We’ve likely broken something in your workflow here…but we’d like reproduce it here to see if we can see why.

Thanks :slight_smile:


Howcome I never thought of trying this yet :exploding_head: :rofl: :sweat_smile:

emojis on layers! what :open_mouth: :smiling_face_with_tear: :slightly_smiling_face: :white_check_mark: :beers:


you can (Win key + .) but not as nice as on Mac:


Even better: use Wincompose on Windows for all your input happiness.

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Actually, I don’t think this works in Rhino 8 for Mac (I do think it’s broken). As soon as the file is serialized, when reopened, you get:

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RH-78759 Emojis in layer names do not work

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Dear @dan @Gijs, apologies for the slow reply.

Thanks for taking such a small thing so seriously haha. I have discovered the exact use case for when the emoji input method doesn’t work:

Emoji input doesn’t work when using the Right Hand layers sidebar in minimized mode, and mousing over to input an emoji during a layer rename operation. Renaming with ASCII characters is alright, however, when trying to paste an emoji or open the emoji menu, the layers panel doesn’t respond and deselects the text field, not accepting input or fades away. However, emoji input is alright when using the right hand sidebar in non-minimized “maximized” mode, where it does not fade away. In that case, like you have found and I have later found, it works!

@dan thanks for the second discovery of file serialization. I didn’t know that!

@nathanletwory thanks for the tip! V nice!

@lander hahah I think it must be because my generation loves texting and in our field we are visual people at the end of the day. But it really helps!

Thank u all!

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