In the latest RhinoWIP, we have made some changes to the behavior of the right sidebar.
Each inspector in the right sidebar can now be set to one of two modes: Properties or Panels. You can switch the modes by clicking the gear icon in the upper right of the inspector or right-clicking anywhere in the icons area:
What problem are we trying to solve?
The number of possible panels in the right sidebar has grown significantly since Rhino 5 for Mac. There are now panels for Lights, Materials, Environments, Textures, Snapshots …and the list goes on. At the same time, the number of distinct Object Properties pages has increased too: Materials, User Text, Decals, Thickening, Edge Softening, etc.
There were two visual stypes being used: the icons for the properties pages were bright and colorful; the panel icons themselves were unobtrusive and minimal. It generated a visual cacaphony (Which were properties pages? Which were general panels?). In addition, the hierarchy and "breadcumbs” were muddy. Where am I? How do I get back to [blank]? were common questions.
It was getting out-of-control, so we separated the Properties from the Panels and gave their icons the minimal Rhino for Mac treatment.
Please let us know what you think.