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The Rhino 5 goals included

  • Speed improvements
  • Quick viewport display configuration
  • Working display modes expanded and enhanced
  • Presentation and rendered display modes expanded and enhanced
  • Display mode plug-in support enhanced

Plus many other improvements, including draw order support, two-point perspective, and enhanced clipping planes.

Display Modes

New modes

  • Technical - Uses the new real-time silhouettes, hidden lines, intersections, creases, seams and shadows to simulate the look of a technical drawing. Objects behind other objects are occluded. Options include:
    • Solid or parallel lineshadows
    • Hidden lines
    • Edges
    • Silhouettes
    • Creases
    • Seams
    • Intersections
  • Artistic - A variant of Technical mode, uses an image background and soft lines to create a pencil drawing effect suitable for concept review and illustrations.
  • Pen - A variant of Technical mode, simulates the look of a simple pen drawing useful for schematic and instructional illustrations.


  • Shaded Mode default material includes a subtle environment map and some gloss to better shape vizualization.
  • Shadows are now an option with settings for:
    • Video memory usage
    • Soft-edge quality
    • Edge blurring
    • Self-shadowing artifacts
    • Transparent objects
    • Camera-based clipping bubble
    • Shadow color
  • Dynamic display - An option to display bounding boxes instead of objects during view changes.
  • Most display modes now support the settings from the renderer, including:
    • Lighting options with shadows in real-time including skylight
    • Backgrounds and environments
    • Ground plane
    • Decals
    • Bump mapping
    • Complex materials including 2-D and 3-D procedural textures
    • HDRi textures
    • Multi-channel texture mapping
    • All the texture mapping options including Cube, Horizontal Cube, Vertical Cube, and Equirectangular mapping
  • Visibility options:
    • Show clipping planes
    • Show points
    • Show pointclouds
  • Nonmanifold edges display settings
  • Shaded vertex colors for analysis results display.
  • Isocurves - Optionally can have separate colors in the u- and v-direction.
  • A new No lighting option allows cartoon-style display.
  • Clipped objects display options:
    • Fill solid areas with a specified solid color, the object color, the viewport background, or object rendering material.
    • Show edges using the clipping plane's specified solid color or a specific color.
    • Clip selection highlight wires.
  • Advanced GPU Lighting - Takes advantage of high-end graphic processors to provide better quality viewport display.
  • Pipeline and conduit settings help provide compatibility with older graphics processors and drivers.


  • Display Properties panel - Provides quick access to the most commonly used options.
  • Draw Order provides control over which 2-D curve, text, dimension, or hatch is drawn in front of another. The new commands are:
    • BringForward
    • BringToFront
    • ClearDrawOrder
    • SendBackWard
    • SendToBack
  • DisableClippingPlane- Turns off selected clipping planes in the active viewport.
  • EnableClippingPlane - Turns on selected clipping planes in the active viewport.
  • Isometric - Changes the current viewport properties to a parallel projection isometric view looking from a specified quadrant toward 0,0.
  • Two-point perspective is now supported in viewports and rendering.
  • Options > View: New Auto adjust camera target after Pan and Zoom option. When on, the view depth adjusts in an attempt to keep the view rotation in a logical location related to the objects.
  • ViewportTabs - Displays a tab control UI along the viewport edge. Viewport tabs are useful for managing multiple-page layout style viewports along with standard modeling viewports.


  • Speed - V5 takes more advantage of graphics co-processors.
  • BackgroundBitmap - The new 1to1 option uses the image's resolution and dots-per-inch to automatically scale the image.
  • Clipping Plane widget
    • Show/Hide option
    • Highlight selected clipping plane display controls for color and transparency
    • Select clipped viewports in the Properties tab
    • Dynamic section/fill display while moving the widget
  • NewFloatingViewport
    • The default projection is now CopyActive.
    • The projection can be set to a NamedView.
    • Dragging and dropping a viewport outside the Rhino viewport area creates a new floating viewport.
  • -Hide/-Show - prompt for an object set name. (Not documented.)
  • Named Views:
    • The new widget interface can be used to place or edit the camera and target location and to set the field of view.
    • Named views widget can be locked.
    • A named view can be edited in a temporary floating viewport using the widget.
    • The NamedView command displays a docking tabbed dialog box.
    • A new option animates the view changes when a NamedView is restored.
  • Pan:
    • Press Shift to lock mouse panning to horizontal or vertical after the panning has started.
    • The middle-mouse button can now be customized to emulate view manipulation in other software.
    • Arrow key behavior - Arrow keys now always pan in plan-view parallel viewports instead of rotating the view, preventing accidental rotation of the view.
  • Rotate view - Control+Shift+RMB now rotates perspective views around the pickpoint. The pickpoint can only be on things that are selectable, so, for example, locked objects and objects with points on are ignored.
  • -ViewCaptureToFile
    • Transparent background option added to the dash version.
    • Scale option added to the dash version scales the image from the viewport size.
  • Anti-aliasing enhanced with controls in Rhino.
  • Display accuracy improved for objects very far from the origin.
  • UV indicators show the surface UV directions as needed in many commands.
  • OptionsImport and OptionsExport - Includes display mode settings.
  • Editing display modes:
    • Highlighted non-default settings
    • Real-time display of changes.


Many enhancements support more robust display-mode plug-ins. Plug-in examples include:

  • Neon - real-time ray-traced viewports
  • VSR Realtime - real-time in-viewport rendering
  • Auxpecker - preview renderings in the viewport