The Rhino Installer Engine simplifies distribution, installation, and updating of plug-ins for Rhino 4.0 and 5.0 on both 32- and 64- bit platforms.
A Rhino Installer Package is a zip file with an .RHI extension. The RHI file can contain directory structures, and can include more than one version of a plug-in.
There are no file structure or naming requirements.
myPlugIn\4.0\myPlugIn.rhp myPlugIn\5.0\x86\myPlugIn.rhp myPlugIn\5.0\x64\myPlugIn.rhp
works just as well as
myPlugIn_rhino4.rhp myPlugIn_rhino5_x86.rhp myPlugIn_rhino5_x64.rhp
The Rhino Installer Engine examines each plug-in and extracts the plug-in GUID, Title, Version, and appropriate SDK version numbers. It also examines each Rhino installed on the computer.
The Rhino Installer Engine supports installing AnyCPU plug-ins written in .NET and will register them with both 32- and 64-bit Rhino 5.
Next, each plug-in is compared to each installed version of Rhino. The newest compatible plug-in is registered with the corresponding version of Rhino.