Introduction to Layouts in Rhino 5

anno_layout_tutorial 350Page Layouts are fundamental in Rhino to arrange the architectural drawings generated by VisualARQ and Rhino, and to prepare the sheets in order to deliver the project documentation.

In these video series, created by Mary Fugier (McNeel) from the Rhino Tutorials, you can learn the basics of working with page layouts: how to arrange views of both 2-D and 3-D models on the title block at different scales, how to prepare the layout for printing, and how to add annotations to the layout, like text, dimensions and plot to a PDF.

Click here to see the full content of the "Introduction to Layouts in Rhino 5".

Click here to see some of the main layout features applied to the Ville Savoye project, from the VisualARQ video tutorial.

Watch the full video below, recorded in a live webinar on March 26, 2014.

Introduction to Layouts (1:38 h.) from Rhino Tutorials on Vimeo.


Rhino Tutorials: the Gumball

Hello Gumball from Rhino Tutorials on Vimeo.

In this interesting and quick video tutorial,  you can learn the basics of using the Gumball manipulator in Rhino 5.

The Gumball is an interface widget that allows interactive editing of objects and sub-objects (polysurface faces and edges and surface edges, for example).

The Gumball manipulator is one of the main enhancements of Rhino 5. It is fully compatible with VisualARQ objects and their control points.

You can watch more videos about Rhino Tutorials on Vimeo.

Gumball on the VisualARQ's wall vertical extension arrow

Gumball on the VisualARQ's wall vertical extension arrow


10 reasons why VisualARQ works better in Rhino 5 than Rhino 4

VisualARQ in Rhino 5

It’s been over 5 months since Rhino 5 was released, and 1 month since the latest update of VisualARQ 1.7.1. It’s time to take stock of the main advantages and reasons why VisualARQ works better in Rhino 5.

  1. 1. Faster and bigger: It is well known that Rhino 5 works in 64-bit, handles larger models and improves the display speed. In addition, in Rhino 5 VisualARQ uses multi-threaded regeneration for its geometry. Just take a VisualARQ model created in Rhino 4 and open it in Rhino 5. You will notice the difference immediately!
  2. 2. Lightweight extrusion objects: Rhino 5 uses a new technology for creating extrusions. VisualARQ takes advantage if this technology and objects are now created as lightweight extrusion objects as well. This technology saves significant memory and improves the display speed. For example, in Rhino 4, a simple box was using the memory for the information of its 6 different faces. Now, the same box just uses the information of 1 surface and a vector. Imagine how much space is saved for a single VisualARQ window, which has a frame component with 10 surfaces, a leaf with 10 more surfaces, an extra surface for the glass, 6 more surfaces if there is a sill… not to mention if the glass component has muntins!
  3. 3. Toolbar and dialog management:  Remember when going crazy trying to place the VisualARQ toolbars in the toolbar area or to dock the layer, level or properties dialogs in Rhino 4 sidebar? The new system to organize toolbars and dialogs in Tabs is great for workflow customization.
  4. 4. Gumball: The Gumball object manipulation allows you to easily and precisely move, scale, rotate objects in place. Also for VisualARQ objects.
  5. 5. Drafting/Annotation improvements: More control over annotation styles, history support for dimensions, data fields in text and leaders, area and curve length dimensions, draw order, more page layout controls… and many more drafting improvements. These features are crucial when creating 2D documentation drawings of architectural projects.
  6. 6. Annotation and hatch scaling: Cool option to scale hatch patterns and annotations in page layouts based on the detail zoom factor, and in model space based on the hatch and annotation scale factor.
  7. 7. Layers display by detail in Page layouts: The improvements of Rhino 5 in Page layouts are important, but one of the most significant is the one that allows you to show and hide layers individually by detail view.
  8. 8. Render: Rhino 5 has enhanced the rendering tools for both the basic Rhino renderer and the plug‑in renderers support. VisualARQ benefits from that since it uses the same render engines and rendering tools as Rhino.
  9. 9. Display: Speed improvements, enhanced working display modes (artistic, pen….) and quick viewport display settings have been added.
  10. 10. Grasshopper: The new versions of Grasshopper only work in Rhino 5. In addition, the current development of Asuni CAD for the integration of VisualARQ with Grasshopper will only be available for Rhino 5. Stay tuned for news!

Read the full list of Rhino 5 enhancements here.


VisualARQ 1.7 available

VisualARQ 1.7 is now available for download. Owners of VisualARQ are encouraged to download and install VisualARQ 1.7. This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

What’s new in 1.7:

  • Faster, handles larger models and generates smaller files.
  • New Railing object (video)
  • Openings can be created from curves (video).
  • Spaces have height and volume.

  1. If you are a VisualARQ user, download VisualARQ 1.7
  2. If you are an evaluation user, download the new Evaluation version to test the new features.

VisualARQ 1.7 fixes all known bugs. There are also a number of enhancements. See the complete list in What’s new.


2012, a successful year in VisualARQ development

VisualARQ has made a big quality leap during the last year of development.

Since version 1.5, in February 2012, there have been over 300 enhancements including new features, changes and fixed bugs.

Now, just about to release version 1.7, the software has improved considerably:

The 2-D graphical display in real time work with VisualARQ Rhino geometry (video). The section views have hatch attributes for sectioned objects (video) and the wall intersections have different options to set the most appropriate solution. Schedule tables can now quantify VisualARQ objects areas, volumes and lengths (video), and the IFC 2x3 export is more complete.

You can check out all the enhancements and new features here.

But perhaps the biggest quality leap that VisualARQ has made so far is the integration with Rhino 5 32 and 64-bit. This change has allowed VisualARQ to benefit from Rhino 5 new features and enhancements and make VisualARQ for Rhino 5 a better, most robust and powerful software.

VisualARQ for Rhino 5  handles larger projects, speeds up the workflow, and files with the same content are now much lighter. Version 1.7 will bring important enhancements in this area.

The VisualARQ development team wishes you a successful 2013. We will keep developing VisualARQ, adding new features and improvements, and trying to meet our user's needs.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.