Friday, October 21, 2011

News from food4Rhino


Check the latest new add-ons and updates at food4Rhino:

New Grasshopper add-ons:
  • SpiderWeb Spider Web is a package of tools helping to work with graphs in Grasshopper. Includes Dijkstra, AngularDijkstra, EulerianPath, MinimalSpanningTree, and more.
  • Heliotrope - Solar A Grasshopper plug-in for calculating solar position and exposure. This tool calculates solar position at specific dates and times. Use it to create solar-aware design: to align geometry, position rendering lights, or analyze incident sun on structures.
Updates and upgrades of Rhino plug-ins and Grasshopper add-ons (newest first):
  • Hoopsnake Added option (context menu) for new data to append, prepend, or replace old. Reset now resets loop count. Step button is back; affects chosen component from dropdown list. Added an option to display or not updates (Rhino viewport).
  • Slingshot! Database v0.8 WIP A major update with new database support including ODBC, OLE DB, and MySQL. Also uses a revised SQL query workflow. Includes some new tools for connecting to the web.
  • Karamba New version. Karamba is a Finite Element plug-in for Grasshopper. It lets you interactively calculate the response of three-dimensional beam structures under the action of external loads.
  • Firefly Kinect The first beta release of the Kinect Skeleton Tracker component. This component requires Windows 7, Rhino 5 32-bit, and compatible graphics card. Please see the installation requirements for further information.
  • Firefly 1.0063 This is an updated release with several new components and some added functionality. New components include Bang, Counter, AND Flip Flop, NOR Flip Flop, Stop Watch, Frame Rate, and Is Key Pressed.
  • BIM GeomGym IFC A new version of this plugin for importing, generating and extracting BIM (Building Information Modeling) data within Rhino and Grasshopper.
  • StructDraw Rhino New version of this plug-in, including mesh relaxation (minimal surfaces), mesh inflation (ETFE cushions), symmetry automation, tessellation (polygon packing), structural modeling/sketching, and more.
  • Ring Builder by Cadwax Custom settings added. This new version of the plug-in by Cadwax supports jewelers and jewelry designers in their day-to-day work.
  • Yeti 0.3 Interactive debugging Click on a keyword to see the corresponding geometry highlighted and to bring up the object properties.
New textures and backgrounds:
  • London fire lane, Oxford path, SF MOMA, Mt. Monadnock, Pearson airport  and several other spherical HDRI by Brian James.

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