Robert McNeel & Associates has announced the release of Rhino 6, bringing the visual programming language Grasshopper into the core application. Major new features include:
- Grasshopper is out of beta and integrated into Rhino’s core. It now supports HDPI screens and includes multithreading for some components.
- Grasshopper includes new components, including Make2D, Symbol Display, Bend, Flow, Maelstrom, Splop, Splorph, Stretch, Taper, Twist.
- Kangaroo is added, an interactive relaxation solver and physics engine.
- Snapshot mode to save and return to states of appearance in models.
- A new raytraced viewport mode.
- Improved default rendering settings.
- Improvements to simplify material creation, decal placement and UV unwrapping.
- Speed and quality improvements to display pipeline.
- Improvements to the documentation pipeline including a completely reworked annotation-style interface, better DWG support, and support for RichText.
- Improvements to Make2D including an improved UI, dashed hidden line layers, a new Grasshopper Make2D component to create compositions with custom logic, support for clipping planes, support for whole scene silhouettes.
- Many more minor bug fixes and improvements
Rhino costs €995 for a new perpetual license, and Rhino 5 users can upgrade for €395 until 15 May 2018, after which time upgrades will cost €395. Find out more about what’s new in the new release on the Rhino website.