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I have been having a discussion with John Niebergal and others about having a simplified version of Rhino. One that has most of the toolbars striped out and just focus on 2D Drafting tools.
The Genesis of the idea:
I did a project with my daughters 3rd grade class where the students designed a zoo and calculated the area and perimeter of their enclosures . We modified the Rhino interface so they had only 5 icons -- all the rest were gone -- so as to not confuse them.
This developed into the idea of having a set of toolbars for 2D drafting, and editing tools.
Here is what I came up with:
Then I modified the commands and added a Python script to many of the icons to control which layer the geometry , text, hatching, and dimensions go onto automatically. So the students don'r need to be worried or confused on which layer they are actually drawing on.
Here are the 'new ' toolbars. Actually just a new assembly of the existing tools.
To load the toolbars:
Close the existing toolbars and opening the new toolbars.
Go to the pull down Tools -- Toolbar Layout
should look like this when done loading.
This looks great, did you keep on working with this idea?
We have more people looking at what is being done.
I would like to get a script to start up the toolbars and a start up file (more than a template)
I talked to Scott a little and there are methods of this but I am not familiar enough to pull it off.
If you know of how or someone that can program a simple script that upon start up looks for another file rather than the Default files. I would appreciate this.
We hope to show it at the teachers conference at North Creek and possibly in Barrow Alaska .
I just had some people from Illinois ask about the simplified toolbars.
Is there a method of having them come up in a 'template ' style of saving them? I have tried the themes but not with any success.
I am thinking there may be some interest in having a few 'sets' of tools that could be loaded easily by teachers to gradually introduce the students to the parts and pieces of Rhino and REduce the 'squirrel' effect.