Are you coming from Rhino for Windows? Thinking of making the leap to OS X? Or just curious? This is a brief guide to get your bearings…
By default, Rhino for Mac presumes you are not coming from Rhino for Windows. If you would like to see Windows-esque toolbars, navigate to Rhinoceros > Preferences > Themes and select Rhino for Windows. You will need to start a new modeling window for these changes to take effect. For more details on the Rhino for Mac theme, see the next item…
If you are used to the command line in Rhino for Windows, all the functionality of the Rhino for Windows command line is in Rhino for Mac. To start a command, just start typing. Your text will appear in the command field in the left sidebar. You can press Return or press the space bar to start the command. A command options dialog will appear that has all the command options that appear in the Rhino for Windows prompt line.
If you also like to type the command option values, each option prompt has one of its letters underlined. You can type that letter and press Return to invoke that option.
You never need to move the cursor at all when typing values in the command options dialog. Just type and Rhino will enter your values into the dialog automatically. All your habits for using the command line in Rhino for Windows work exactly the same in Rhino for Mac.
|Key||Action||+ Command key|
|Left Arrow||Rotate left||Pan left|
|Right Arrow||Rotate right||Pan right|
|Up Arrow||Rotate up||Pan up|
|Down Arrow||Rotate down||Pan down|
Since laptops ship with a trackpad, a Bluetooth mouse such as the Logitech V270 is a useful addition.
Missing keyboard keys
A laptop keyboard does not have a separate Home, End, PageDn, or PageUp key, but the fn key in combination with other keys duplicates the key function.
|Key||+ fn key|
|Up Arrow||Page Up|
|Down Arrow||Page Down|