The 2013-11-18 and later versions of Rhino for Mac will let you take a first look at single window modeling on the Mac. There is a test command, TestSingleWindowModeling, that will switch the modeling window to the new user interface. You have to type the whole thing, it won’t autocomplete.
Run the command, then quit and restart Rhino. When you do this, the Legacy preference panel is gone. There is a new Themes preference panel. The modeling window now has a left and right side bar.
This new window format can be used in full screen mode. OS X Mavericks handles multiple displays and full screen applications much better than previous OS X versions.
Floating panels are still available in the Window menu, so it possible to have both floating panels and side bar panels at the same time.
There is plenty of work yet to be done, so if you find its current state frustrating, don’t use it.
Transition to single window modeling
We will slowly transition to just this window style for Mac Rhino. Currently, single window modeling is off by default. After more work is completed, the default will be turned on so Rhino starts in single window mode. The TestSingleWindowModeling command will be available for a while to let users turn off the default. Finally, the TestSingleWindowModeling command will be removed entirely and the previous window styles will not be accessible.
Command options dialog
Although most people prefer working with the command options dialog, some have used the legacy command line because it never covers part of the modeling window. There will be command options panel (which is not implemented yet) that can be added to one of the side bars that will provide the same capabilities as the legacy command line.
There are two new commands, ToggleLeftSidebar and ToggleRightSidebar, that could be added as screen edge macros. These show and hide the sidebars.
You might consider making the tool buttons smaller using the Tool Palette preference panel. This will allow you to see more tool buttons and/or make the left side bar narrower.
Rhino for Windows V5 added a ribbon bar that contains all 900+ tool palette buttons. The Themes preference panel allows you to add this ribbon bar to the Mac version.
Personally, I do not like the ribbon bar because:
- It duplicates what is already in the application menu without adding value
- It replaces the descriptive words in the application menu with 900+ icons you have to either memorize or constantly hover over the icon to learn (again) what it does
- It takes precious vertical screen space
- Mac applications do not use the ribbon bar metaphor from Windows
In addition, feedback from some Windows users is that the ribbon bar is very confusing.
However, the ribbon bar is part of Rhino V5, so it is there if you depend on it. It will not be part of the default Mac user interface.
There are plenty of issues and bugs. Here are just a few:
- Not customizable
- Do not remember current state
- No Current Command panel for command options
- Should auto-reveal and auto-hide
- Widths of side bar panels need some tuning so the side bars work better on smaller laptop displays
- Modeling area
- Can display extra viewports and floating viewports created in Windows Rhino, but cannot create them in Mac Rhino.
- Plenty of visual glitches