Rhino (TM) Plug-In Support


After downloading the Rhino (TM) plug-in installation package, run the installer.  This will install the plug-in files, most notably the plug-in library file, *.rhp,  and associated help file, *chm, onto your local disk drive in the typical Windows default directory or any other that you designate. 


Currently, running the installation package will copy the necessary files into the directory that you designated, and will make appropriate entries in your system Registry.  However, automatic installation and loading of the plug-in when Rhino is booted is not guaranteed.  While we continue to work on this problem, it will be necessary for you to manually install the plug-in the first time it is to be run, and to manually reload the plug-in each time you reboot Rhino.

Once installed, boot Rhino and navigate to Tools/Options.  In the Rhino Options dialog, under Rhino Options select Plug-ins which will bring into view a list of all of the currently installed Rhino plug-ins.  Click on the Install button at the bottom of the dialog, navigate to the directory where your plug-in file (*.rhp) is located, select the file and click on Open.  Once this operation is completed, you should find your plug-in in the list.  By right-clicking on your plug-in listing, you can check the Properties and Commands popup items to verify that you have the right plugin.  Note that your plug-in is designated in the Loaded column as loaded ('Yes').  You should then click on the OK button to complete the installation. 

Each time you reboot Rhino, make certain that your plug-in is loaded by checking the Rhino Options Plug-ins to verify that the Loaded column indicates 'Yes' by your plug-in.  If it is not so, (the listing under the Loaded column is 'No') then right-click on your plug-in and select the  'Load Plug-in' menu item.  By doing so you will facilitate the loading of your plug-in by Rhino and the listing in the Loaded column should indicate 'Yes'.  Then click OK and you can proceed to use the plug-in.


Under ideal circumstances, the online help files that were installed with the plug-in would be accessible both from the plug-in Help menu item and from the Rhino / Help/ Plugin menu.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  The only work around presently available for this is to install the plug-in in the C:/Program Files/Rhinocerus 4.0/Plug-Ins directory or the C://Program Files/Rhinocerus 4.0/System directory.  As with other deployment problems, we continue to work on this.  Meanwhile, we have made online help available via the Internet for each plug-in.


For additional support, you should contact McNeel via the Rhino News Group or email the authors directly.