I am old, full-time inventor and former AutoCAD and AutoLISP user. I like the Rhino program and I still use it to make drawings of my inventions, but it seems that every new update is crippling Rhino with new bugs. Some of these bugs may related to instability of Windows 10. From the programing point of view, Rhino relies on Windows 10 so heavily that it seems to be the extension of Windows 10.
After about 1000 hours of Rhino self-training (mostly watching video tutorials) I thought that I could work fast. I was wrong! It took me one hour to draw simple tube with rounded corners. I used 7 commands only: Curve, Fillet, BlendCrv, Revolve, TiltView, Render, and Distance.
I spent half an hour making one simple closed curve. I used mostly BlendCrv command. The shape of the curve shape was changing erratically for no good reason. Fillet command was displaying strange error messages. I eventually figured out that Rhino did not display the fillet due to wrong zoom ratio.
I could not deselect objects with the escape key. I reloaded Rhino. This time the escape key worked fine.
I ran “TiltView” command. Nothing happened. I tried Shift-Alt (Page-up, Page-down). Nothing happened again. I tried to find the word “TiltView” in the Rhino help file. First I typed “TiltV”. No topics found. I typed “TiltVi”. No topics found. I typed “TiltVie”. No topics found. I pasted the word “TiltView”. No response at all. I typed the word “TiltView” by hand. No response at all. I closed the Rhino help window. Opened it again, and typed the word “TiltView”. Success!
The Rhino help file has short chapter about TiltView command. It says: “Click and drag in a viewport to tilt the view.” No, you cannot. If you press any mouse button, nothing happens.
There are still hundreds of little bugs and omissions in the Rhino help file.
Next I tried to copy the word “TiltView.” into simple text editor. I got viewport image instead of the word “TiltView.” On the second try, I got the word, but with wrong font (good enough).
Revolve command worked fine, but the revolved surface did not look right - there was strange edge in the middle of the surface and I could not figure out how to remove the edge.
I ran “Render” command. Flamingo took over. The background was black. (Probably alpha channel.) I changed the background with Photoshop to white. I looked at the rendering again - the strange edge was still in the middle of the image.
I reloaded Rhino and was typing “Distance” command while the Rhino was loading. Rhino stopped working.
I imagine that someone with much less training may feel like being pounded with a sledge-hammer all day long.
I use Rhino 5.0 commercial version (2015-08-10, 64-bit), Bongo 2.0 (2014-11-14), Flamingo nXt (2014-04-22, 2014-06-06 patch fails), PowerDirector 12 Ultra, Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) operating system, ThinkPad W530 laptop computer with Intel Core i7 3920XM processor, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Quadro K2000M graphics card, 15,6 inch LCD (1920x1080).
Roy Hirshkowitz fixed major bugs in Flamingo half a year ago. Scott Davidson is back in charge of Flamingo now. I am brave person, but I do not have the courage to use the latest Flamingo beta fix. Half a year ago Scott Davidson promised to make long video about reverse kinematics in Bongo - I am still waiting for the video. I always had the impression that I was the only Rhino user that was reporting the bugs. When I posted many bug reports, anonymous users gave me anonymous support, but they did not have the courage to report the bugs themselves. A few non-anonymous posters chastised my Flamingo bug report. This bug report forced Roy Hirshkowitz to fix major bugs.
If you rock the boat, the hounds will tear you to pieces. If you do not rock the boat, the hounds will kill Rhino. I know that Pascal Golay will censor this post. He is a nice guy, but he is afraid of the hounds… like everyone else… or may be not… Donald Trump is not afraid of the hounds… and I am not afraid of the hounds… I pet the hounds in spare time.