Tips to streamline the workflow with large files in Rhino

If you need to handle large files in Rhino that contain a big number of plant species and elements, you can follow some of the following tips that will help you to streamline the workflow in Rhino and Lands Design:

1. Choose the appropriate Display mode settings

Wireframe and Shaded are faster display modes. In contrast, Rendered, Pen, Artistic or Technical display modes slow down the performance. Moreover, if you have the Shadows enabled, the performance will be slower.

2. Plant 3D display

There are 4 display modes for the plant 3D display: Realistic, Detailed, Conceptual, and Elevations. Avoid the Realistic one if you have a big number of plants in the model. You can turn it on just when you need to shot a render.

3. Use billboards

If you use the Realistic mode for the plant 3D display, choose the Billboard display, under the Document tab, in the Lands Edit panel. The Billboard will replace the 3D plant in the model, but it won’t affect the scene when you need to shot a render.

4. Hide objects

Hide the geometry that you don’t need to see in the model you are working with. If you have that geometry organized in Layers, it will be easier to hide and show them by turning those layers on and off.

5. Show one viewport only

Show one expanded viewport only while you are working, rather than showing 4 or multiple viewports at the same time. Rhino needs to “paint” the geometry in each viewport independently, so it will be faster to show it only in one.