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 +====== Creating Rhino .NET Plug-ins that use the Zoo ======
 +> **Developer:​** //​[[developer:​zoo|Zoo 5.0]]//
 +> **Summary:​** //Discusses how to create Rhino 5.0 plug-ins, based on RhinoCommon,​ that can obtain licenses from the Rhino license manager and the Zoo.//
 +===== Overview =====
 +Zoo 5.0 allows 3rd party plug-in developers to add licensing support for their products to the Zoo.
 +The RhinoCommon .NET SDK, new for Rhino 5.0, allows developers to write plug-ins for Rhino that use the Rhino license manager and obtain licenses from Zoo servers.
 +===== Requirements =====
 +Rhino .NET plugins are .NET Framework 4.0 assemblies. Thus, to create a .NET plug-in for Rhino 5.0, you will need one of the following development tools::
 +  - Microsoft Visual C# 2010
 +  - Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2010
 +  - [[http://​​en/​Rhino/​5.0/​RhinoCommonSdk|RhinoCommon .NET SDK]]
 +Also, all Rhino plug-ins that use the Rhino license manager to access the Zoo must be signed with an Authenticode certificate issued by McNeel Plug-in Security. These certificates are free, but must be requested by each developer. Developers must agree to the //Terms of Use// before a certificate is issued. For more information on plug-in signing, see the following:
 +[[developer:​digital-signatures/​create-request|Digitally Signing Plug-ins]]
 +===== Creating a Rhino .NET Plug-in using RhinoCommon =====
 +The following are the general steps required to create a Rhino plug-in. ​
 +  - Make sure you have the [[http://​​nr.htm|Rhino 5.0]] installed.
 +  - Make sure you have the [[http://​​en/​Rhino/​5.0/​RhinoCommonSdk|RhinoCommon .NET SDK]] installed.
 +  - Launch Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.
 +  - Create a new project, either C# or VB.NET, based on the **RhinoCommon Plug-in** project template.
 +  - Build your plug-in.
 +  - Launch Rhino and use **PlugInManager** to install your plug-in (to verify that it was built properly).
 +===== Adding Licensing Support to your Plug-in Project =====
 +After you have built and tested your basic plug-in, you can add licensing support as follows:
 +  - In your plug-in'​s **Rhino.PlugIns** inherited class, create a new method with the same signature as the **Rhino.PlugIns.ValidateProductKeyDelegate** delegate. Rhino will call into this function whenever it needs your plug-in to validate a license that is entered by a user, returned by the Rhino license manager (standalone node), or returned from a Zoo server (network node). For details, see the example RhinoCommon plug-ins listed below.
 +  - In your plug-in'​s **OnLoad** member, call **Rhino.PlugIns.GetLicense** and pass it the build type of the license required by your product, and your delegate function.
 +  - Build your plug-in.
 +  - [[developer:​digital-signatures/​create-request|Digitally sign your plug-in.]]
 +  - Launch Rhino and test your plug-in. When your plug-in is loaded for the first time, you will be prompted to enter a license.
 +===== Managing your License =====
 +Rhino plug-ins that use the Rhino license manager appear in the Licenses page of the Options dialog. Here, the user is allowed to view and manage the license.
 +===== Rhino Plug-in Sample =====
 +[[https://​​mcneel/​Zoo5|Sample RhinoCommon plug-in projects on GitHub]]
 +{{tag>​Developer zoodev}}
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