Congratulations to McNeel on the monumental release of Rhino 7! Thank you to all the developers for your hard work. Here’s a list of what I would like to see the devs focus on for the next WIP. Items listed in no particular order.
- Exclude objects/selective clipping. Rhino users have requested development of this feature since as early as November 2009 according to the YouTrack. This feature will streamline the process of illustrating complex assemblies and “peel away” compositions in a non-destructive way. Exclude Object from Clipping Planes?
- Clipping Plane Depth and Extents Control Feature Request: Clipping Plane with Depth and Extents Control
- Hatched section planes and better fills.
Modern drafting features.
- technical displays that will output GOOD vector linework.
- Associative dimensioning.
- Everything else discussed here: Layout & Drafting: What's the plan?
- Support Camera Widgets for layout views
- Clean up terminology around cameras vs camera widgets. It’s so confusing, especially for noobs.
Request for Cameras again
glTF / GLB export support.
- These file formats are gaining traction. Rhino should support them natively.
- Images and textures should export to illustrator, Trimmed planes as clipping masks.
- Better support for scaling linework upon export
- We need linked file manager for texture images and the ability to see broken links all in one place, relink, and package them all into a folder that can be sent along with a .3dm file. (We get an embedded files folder sometimes but there is no way to create this folder on command.) As Rhino CPU/GPU rendering comes to maturity with Cycles, this feature is imperative for effective file management.
Variational Surface Modeling.
- Rhino needs better tools to solve complex patches and transitional surfaces. What's the best approach for creating this transitional surface?
- The number one reason my colleagues in the profession of architecture refuse to switch to Rhino from another popular 3D modeling software is their robust user-generated asset libraries where you can download anything from people to trees or a coffee pot directly into your scene. Additionally, suppliers and manufacturers appear to be paying a premium to list 3D models of their products in this space. With the current revolt against the subscription model, this user group seems ripe for the taking. Please don’t direct to 3rd party websites offering a mixed bag of for sale and subpar free assets.
SubD Weighted vertices.
- Now with SubD, It’s clear that Rhino needs better ZBrush support. See: Adding GoZ to Rhino now make much more sense
- Rhino 7 has come one step closer to the holy grail with the introduction of the _Reflect command. Let’s go all the way!
What do YOU want to see from McNeel moving forward?