Rhino3d on the Mac

In case you didn't know, you can run Rhino3d on the Mac. It's funny because, like Autodesk who is now in the process of developing AutoCAD for the Mac, they once said there was no chance in hell they were ever going to write their app for the Mac platform. Well things have certainly changed because the Mac platform (OS X) has the fastest growing operating system user base out there. 

I've been using the beta of Rhino for the Mac for about a year (but not enough to know it well at all), and it doesn't have all of the features that the PC side does (yet) but they are getting there. The good news is that you can use it for free until it's a fully released and supported product.

You can get it here. Once you fill out the form, you will get a download link.

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Rhino3d running on the Mac

Rhino3d model viewer on the iPad

I've been really sick the last two weeks, both schools I teach at are coming to an end (which means it's scramble time), combined with a lot of shuffling and moving going on around here, I'm getting ready to hit the video tutorials this weekend.

On the 3d news front for architectural designers, this is an interesting development:

iRhino3d - Share your insight and inspiration on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

There is nothing like showing your designs and ideas in 3-D. Pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger. The handy navigator lets you scroll through thumbnails, so you can quickly jump to any model you want. Load Rhino models from web sites, Google Docs, email attachments (iPad only), or from iTunes (iPad only). Save views as images for markup and emailing.

Never be without 3D, (iTunes App Store link) for almost less than a cup of coffee in Seattle.


iPad viewing a Rhino3d model


  • View any Rhino 3DM files from v1.0 thru 5.0.
  • Browse thumbnails of the Rhino files on your device.
  • Zoom, Pan, and Rotate very large models quickly, even on your iPhone 3GS.
  • Stereo mode supported (3D glasses required).
  • Download from any web server or Google Docs to the model library on your iPad or iPhone in minutes (usually seconds).
  • Open 3DM files attached to an email (iPad only).
  • Use iTunes to copy 3DM files directly to your iPad.
  • Capture views for markup and emailing.
  • E-mail 3DM files directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Click here for more information.

I'm going to download it and give it a try - i just need a 3dm file to test it out with! My impressions will be posted once I give it a go.