Hello, I'm working with Rhino v4 and I would like to know how can I chose which line will appear when two lines are overlapping.

I work on 2D plans, and there are dashed lines and continuous lines on the same spot and I would like the dashed lines to be above the continuous lines. I didn't find a tool to "arrange" lines like we can find in AutoCAD. Maybe I missed it.

Another feature that I need is the ability to have lines with a real thickness that would adapt with the zoom. We could say this line has a 0.05 m thickness, if we are close to the line it would be thick; and if we are far, the line would be thin. And I mean in the DISPLAY and not only for printing.

If someone has an idea for one of my questions, I would be glad to hear.

Thanks a lot

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Hello,

In Rhino 5 there are 4 commands for this, BringToFront, BringForward, SendToBack, SendBackward...  But in Rhino 4 these are not native - you can add the "prototypes" of the Rhino 5 tools into Rhino 4 by installing a V4 RhinoLabsTools plug in found here.

As far as the the line width display goes, you can try the PrintDisplay command and set it to on.  However, in model space, the line width will be constant, the zoom doesn't affect it.  In layout space, the line width will follow the zoom level.  You need to activate the PrintDisplay separately for layout space.  Keep in mind that the widths on the screen are translated into pixels, and Rhino 4 does not have any antialiasing for curves by default (pixels are on or off).  You can turn on AA in V4 by using the test command _TestSetAALevel - it is not sticky though, and will need to be re-done every time you start Rhino, or you can add it to your startup commands.

Lots of reasons there to upgrade to V5...

----H

I agree with you for the upgrade to v5. I also got v5. But as I have to work with Pointools4Rhino to open large point clouds, I have to work with Rhino v4 as Pointools have been bought by Bentley who doesn't want to develop Pointools for Rhino v5.

And I didn't succeed at using Rhino4Pointools plug-in with Rhino v5 32bits. So currently, I'm stuck with v4.

I'll try the PrintDisplay command and _TestSetAALevel.

Thanks you very much for all these answers really helpful.

I have to work with Rhino v4 as Pointools have been bought by Bentley who doesn't want to develop Pointools for Rhino v5.

And I didn't succeed at using Rhino4Pointools plug-in with Rhino v5 32bits. So currently, I'm stuck with v4.

Ahh, that's really too bad - PointTools was amazing stuff...  Do McNeel tech support know that PointTools for Rhino 4 is not working in V5?

----H

Indeed, Pointools allows me to work within a point cloud and it works really well (way better than it is possible with 3Ds Max and Cloudworks for exemple).

I don't know if they are aware of that. How can I tell them? Is there any email address?

Yes, you can send it to tech@mcneel.com.  But they are also reading this forum, perhaps someone from tech can respond if they are aware of the situation or not.  I know there were a few "exceptions" among the V4 plugins that would not run in V5/32, but I don't know if Pointools is one of them.

----H

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