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Print VersionBeyond Rhino 5 - Special benefits of ownership

Overview

We provide everyone as much information as possible during every development phase. We try not to keep any secrets. All our development is open to the owner of a current version of Rhino.

We rely on user input to help us set priorities, refine features, and solve problems unique to their systems, processes, and related software. We invite all owners of the current version to get involved by downloading and using the pre-release versions.

As a Rhino 5 user, you are invited to be a key contributor to the next releases, including service releases (bug fixes), labs projects (early prototype projects), the OS X version for Mac users, and Rhino 6. Getting involved is the best way to get what you want from the next Rhino version.  Details below...

Service releases

Rhino 5 automatically downloads service releases to your computer and notifies you when they are ready to install. You can control when updates are downloaded in Rhino Options > Updates and Statistics. You can also download them from here.

For pre-release builds, under Rhino Options > Updates and Statistics select:

  • Weekly to automatically download pre-release builds of Rhino that contain the most recent fixes and enhancements. These builds are tested by McNeel testing staff for stability and reliability, but may contain bugs that we haven't discovered yet.
  • Service Release Candidates to automatically download pre-release builds that the development team believes are stable, reliable, and are ready for broader testing.

Wishlist management and discussion

A new Wishlist forum has been added on the Rhino 5 community site to help manage the ongoing wishlist discussions.

Labs Projects

Labs projects are plug-ins for the current version. They are early prototypes of features that may or may not be in the next major version. Please download them, use them, and provide feedback. The current labs projects are here...

Rhino for Mac

We are committed to developing a real OS X version Rhino. It is an ongoing process. We need feedback from both expert and novice Rhino users. We are willing to spend whatever time and effort it takes to get it right, but we need you to tell us what is wrong. During development, pre-release Rhino for Mac is free to anyone willing to provide feedback. Details...

Rhino 6 Development

Shortly after Rhino 5 ships, Rhino 6 pre-release builds will be available to Rhino 5 users in phases:

  • Work-in-Progress (WIP) builds include prototyped new ideas and technologies. WIP builds (often called Alpha releases) are not production ready, and some ideas and technologies may never be released. All Rhino 5 users are invited to get involved. Your feedback at the WIP stage has the most impact on the design of the features and enhancements.
  • Beta: Once most of the core changes are finished and tested, beta builds are released. The beta builds should be production stable but may not have all the features or user interface finished. 
  • Final: We release a new version only when the beta users tell us it is ready. Beta users are informed when we have stopped development and have released Rhino 6 to production.

Notes

  • All Rhino 5 users are invited to participate in the Rhino 6 development process. There is no charge.
  • Each phase normally takes more than 6 months.
  • Each WIP and beta builds expires every few months. A newer build is always available before expiration. This ensures that bugs are reported for the latest build, and that we don't receive reports for bugs that are already fixed.
  • The final beta release will not expire for at least two months after the new version starts shipping.