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Rhino C# Development (V) : Create and dock Rhino Panels side-by-side

In my previous blog Rhino C# Development (III) : Add Winform UI to Rhino, I demonstrated how to create a dock bar with Winform User controls in Rhino3D.

In this blog I am to demonstrate how to use a similar approach to create Rhino panels, and then dock the panels side-by-side. Rhino panels, are tabbed containers where collection of controls can be hosted, as shown below.


To create such a panel, in Visual Studio, add a user control in the plugin project. If you don’t know how to create such a plugin project, refer to my previous blogs for details.

In this example, a UserControl called GeometryPanel is inserted into the project, and a few simple winform controls are added for illustrative purposes. Add a Guid attribute to the UserControl, as shown below.

public class MyPanelCommand : Command
    public MyPanelCommand()
        Instance = this;

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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in CAD, Dotnet/C#, General


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Rhino C# Development (IV) :Using new RhinoCommon API to develop Rhino3D .net plugins

Rhino3D has changed its .net plugin development implementation. Although you can still use the Rhino.NET SDK to create Rhino plug-ins with the same capabilities as Rhino C++ SDK developers, however, Rhino.NET will NOT be available in Rhino 6. Rhino3D instead prefers using RhinoCommon if possible, and RhinoCommon is the new .NET plug-in SDK for Rhino 5+.

To see how to use the old approaches in Rhino3D plugin development, refer to my previous blogs:

  • Rhino C# Development (I) : Get Visual Studio Wizard ready
  • Rhino C# Development (II) : HelloRhino
  • Rhino C# Development (III) : Add Winform UI to Rhino

    In this blog, I am going to show how to use the new RhinoCommon API to develop .net plugins for Rhino3D.

    • Download the new RhinoCommon Plug-in SDK:

      Project wizards for plug-ins and commands are ready for Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013, both in C# and Vb.Net, and including in Ultimate, Professional, Premium, C# Express, Vb Express and Windows Desktop Express where available.

      Same as installing from VS ‘Extension Manager’. After installing the wizards with the Extensions Manager, when you create a new project in Visual Studio, set the Framework to 4.0 or above in order to see the Rhino plug-in in the list.


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    Posted by on June 10, 2014 in CAD, Dotnet/C#, Programming


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