- Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:43 pm
I have not commented for a very long time, but we are active Rhino/Maxwell users in my architectural studio.
It has been very frustrating to watch the conversation over these many months regarding the development -- or lack thereof -- of the Rhino 6 plugin.
We are trying to be a very integrated architectural firm between our 2d/3d and visualization work. To date, we have stuck by Maxwell as our rendering plugin, but we have been thwarted in our attempts to create a seamless workflow. Rhino 6 provides us with important tools that go a long way toward better integration; we are very interested in this! But it would be a giant step backward for us to maintain v5 and v6 versions of all of our models. So, as per your earlier promises, we decided to wait until the end of 2018 to see if NextLimit could produce its long-overdue Rhino 6 plugin.
Now you have missed another deadline and while it is good news about Marton, you are not giving us any indication of when this might be sorted out.
We will need to begin our search for a Maxwell alternative very soon. For me that is a little crazy since we have put it hundreds if not thousands of hours of working to perfect the relationship between our design and its use of Maxwell. Finding an alternative now to Maxwell is just the reality of the situation you have put us in. We are in the midst of one large pubic project and just about to sign a contract for 2 more. Until now we have been big Maxwell advocates (and Rhino!) and, in some ways, we should be an ideal client for you. We are a small but growing firm and I personally teach design and building technology at a major university as an "expert" practitioner. I also have a strong background in photography and optics. I advocate for the right combination of design tools when it comes to getting our work built and often times that falls well short of working with the complexities of systems like Revit. I had hoped that NextLimit would not abandon Rhino, but this seems to be case, practically speaking?
Can you commit to a release of a Rhino 6 plugin within the next few months? Or give us any sort of idea of a time frame?
Would you be interested in taking this conversation offline and getting our deeper insights into your product?
To be clear, we love Maxwell and what we have been able to do with it to date, but it is becoming increasingly clear to us that we need a render engine that will better keep up with current design technologies.