I read lots of posts mentioning using the WIP to access the sub-D “until Rhino 6 ships.”
So, now that Rhino 6 is out … where do we get it?
It was suggested many times to develop a ‘plug-in / module’ for all of the Sub-D / test commands. I loved this idea, especially if every command could occur on a separate ‘Sub-D’ menu or toolbar. Users could then instantly see all commands available, experiment, and provide feedback that would be joyously and immediately implemented.
I like these ideas so much, I thought I would create this post and invite others to tell me why I am wrong and it will never happen. You may start now.
I don’t think so.
In previous development efforts, we had a way to add incomplete “WIP” tools into the shipping version. This turned out to be a support mess and a danger to production work when the incomplete tools broke other things unintentionally.
This is one of the reasons why we have an on-going Work In Progress system now. It keeps them separate. It also allows us to make changes to the SDK for the new version without breaking the shipping version of Rhino and every plug-in a user might be reliant upon.
I know it’s a bit awkward and a PITA, but it’s the lesser of evils.
Just for the record, I have 7 different Rhinos installed on three different computers in different version combinations so I can do tech support and development testing.
I set the application “Window color 1” differently in each one so I have a visual clue as to which Rhino I’m in at the time.
Having only three Rhinos to manage sounds like a vacation.
I think a large portion of heavy t-spline users are staying at 5 only. So without access to the subD WIP now that excludes them from any input into the development…
…which from the sounds of it …and more the main point…there has been very little development of and so no incentive for me to pay for 6 to just have access to trial a feature that is not being worked on.
Hopefully things will pick up with SubD once 6 settles down so it will then be a better version of 6 to jump into as well.