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3D modeling program Rhino coming to Mac

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Thu June 7, 2007

Rhino coming to Mac

The popular 3D modeling program Rhino will be making its way to Mac OS X in the near-term, with a public beta due to arrive shortly. Currently a Windows only product, Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids. It also supports polygon meshes and point clouds. Apparently the Mac OS X version of Rhino will ship with features that are designed to take advantage of technology available exclusively in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), due in feature-complete beta form during next week's Worldwide Developer conference (WWDC) in San Francisco

Architosh spoke with @Last Software (developer of Rhino) CEO Bob McNeel at COFES, reporting "Bob was -- like most developers considering the Mac platform -- cautiously optimistic. The same thing could be said of the Alias folks prior to bringing Maya to Mac OS X, or IMSI/Design with TurboCAD. And UGS' decision to fully support NX 5 on the upcoming Leopard OS is also guarded with this mixture of caution and optimism."

Additional features of the Rhino application include 2-D drafting, annotation, and illustration; ability to ix extremely challenging IGES and mesh files support for wide variety of 3-D digitizing arms, 3-D scanners, and 3-D printers; and ability to scale performance to slower systems.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Smurfman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great news for 3D pros!

    Now if only some more Autodesk products would come over... namely AutoCAD, Revit and 3D Studio MAX!!! The architectural/engineering industry is saturated with these Windows-only products. Apple and the Mac community needs to motivate Autodesk to bring these 3 apps over!!

    Having these apps on Mac OS X would probably increase Mac market-share 2%+ worldwide over a 2-4 year period by itself!

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Running a virtual machine makes any of the Autodesk 3D software useless. Emulation is pretty bad, and not having access to Mac OS (windows boot) just doesn't cut it.

    I've been watching Autodesk for some time now in hopes of this, and the current word is they're waiting it out to see if it would be a viable financial investment. Perhaps in a year or two some overtures will be made.

  1. ::maroma::

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is big news here where I work. We got some great 3D designers here and they are all giddy about this announcement. They immediately started talking about which Mac they'd get when its released. That's a huge deal for Apple. I hope Apple is working with them to make this into a success.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    McNeel is not @Last

    According to the article, you say claim that Architosh spoke with @Last (the makers of Rhino) - this is incorrect. @Last are the creators of Sketch-Up. McNeel created Rhino, but McNeel is not @Last.

    Rhino runs fantastic with Parallels. No problems whatsoever, but I would be overjoyed to see Rhino on the Mac.

  1. azman_821009

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rhino on Mac?

    I can't wait Rhino can run on Mac soon. Hopefully everything can run perfect & smooth. Rhino one of the best 3d modeler for product. When 3D Studio Max & Autodesk AutoCAD can run on OS Mac? Year 2050? 2060? 3000? Go to Mac buddy, don't run on Windows any more. GO BUDDY GO!!!

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